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THIS ISSUE WILL CONCLUDE BROTHER JACKSON’S FOUR PART MESSAGE ON HEALING. HE HAS COVERED MANY OF THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL DISPUTES ON WHETHER GOD STILL HEALS, OR WHETHER WE ARE LEFT AT THE MERCY OF MEDICAL SCIENCE. HE DOES NOT JUST GIVE HIS OPINION ON ANYTHING HE TEACHES: HE ALWAYS BACKED UP EVERYTHING HE TAUGHT, WITH SCRIPTURES FROM THE BIBLE AND KEPT EVERYTHING IN THE PROPER CONTEXT.
I greet each of you in the name of the Lord, and ask that He help me as I continue on with this message I thank the Lord for His greatness and His goodness. This morning, I have the testimony here, which you will find in the Psalms, “Who forgive all our iniquities and healeth all our diseases.” I want to try to finish this message today, on “Healing is a promise of God;” and I ask for your prayers as we continue on. When WW2 was over the homes of America were still filled with tears of sadness in families where men had went away as young men to fight a war, and never returned home. Hearts were broken and the outlook very questioning for many. God saw the attitude of a lot of people, and it presented an opportunity for Him to begin to show grace and His presence, not only in a salvational way, but He began to manifest Himself in some outstanding healings. During those years that God showed mercy along the healing line, using men of faith, men with gifts and such, a lot of things were taught, some right, and many wrong. Some were good and some were completely out of context with the scriptures because it looked like God was just over riding everything and He was healing almost everyone. I have some books with some of the statements those men have written, giving you the idea that to go to a doctor is strictly unbelief, and it is just simply because you do not trust God. That was a very careless statement for a preacher to make. I was privileged through the years, to watch different men’s ministry and observe the things that were done by them. I have to say, Right here in this area, God raised up a little man, actually he was the man that spearheaded that healing revival ministry. I could begin to name many of them and their own testimonies, because what they saw God do, encouraged them to launch out and do the same. This morning I have the testimony of people that my wife and I have known, especially some of our neighbors. I want to try to clarify some things. I said last Sunday, that medicine is a product of God. I want you to listen carefully how I say this about medicine. Long before medical science ever came along with scientific means of putting chemicals together, every part of man’s medicine was taken from nature. Bloodroot and ginseng, the aspen tree, those things had been harvested for hundreds of years for man to produce medicine. I want to clarify this for you, because some of these men would always quote these scriptures where Jesus came along and healed certain ones, how the woman who had spent so much on physicians, leaving the idea that it is wrong to go to the doctor. That is why I brought out the time when Hezekiah became sick, I believe that is in 2nd Kings 20, verse 1, where God sent Isaiah to him with a message. He said to Hezekiah, Set thy house in order because thus saith the Lord, thou shalt surely die. This so struck Hezekiah, that it was a shock to him. Nothing was said at that time, of what the sickness was. Isaiah was leaving, but he was not completely out of the king’s compound when Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and began to seek the favor of God. You can read how he prayed. His prayer touched the throne of God and before Isaiah got out of the king’s court, the Lord had spoke to him, “Turn back and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer. I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shall go up unto the house of the Lord. And I will add unto thy days fifteen years.” Yes Isaiah told him the Lord had heard his prayer, and that the Lord would show mercy, and that He would extend his life for fifteen years. Was that not enough? Nothing was mentioned as yet about what the sickness was, but then Hezekiah said, How will I know that the Lord is going to heal me and extend my life? I have to say, Right here is a problem, a question, but it shows how merciful God is throughout the whole thing. When Hezekiah had prayed like that and Isaiah has told him, Take a lump of figs, and they laid them on the boil he afterward recovered. Hezekiah had asked, What shall be the sign that the Lord will heal me? Isaiah had already come along with the means of the healing but Hezekiah wanted a sign from God, a sign that God is imputing the healing. Isaiah said, Shall the sun dial advance ten degrees forward, or ten degrees backward as a sign to you? Hezekiah said, Well it would be easy for it to go forward ten degrees, but to come back would be what I will ask. God then granted his petition. They did not have all kinds of shots for boils at that time, but the man was deathly sick with boils. He was told to take figs and make a poultice to put on the boils. He did so and was healed. I am using this to show you, that whether it is a divine act of God bypassing certain medical things, or whatever, the end results are the same, and all healing is of God. We have got to understand that, lest we fall into error. Hezekiah recovered from his boils, but now I will ask you also, go to Jeremiah, 8:22, where we read of another case and the Lord is speaking. As I read last Sunday, the Lord is asking the Jewish society, What, is there no balm in Gilead? That was a territory where this herbal stuff grew in abundance. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there not a physician? (What does that have to do with it? Listen), Then why is the daughter of my people not healed? This is God talking, not man. I use this, because there comes a time when God will not let the physicians of the earth be able to minister to the betterment of man’s needs. Somewhere along the line He is going to let His own hand of divine mercy be extended for His glory. Any time He does this, He has a reason for it, and we have to understand it in that light. That is why I looked back this morning, to those years that my father suffered from tuberculosis of the spine, because, in those days there was no known medical cure for tuberculosis. Usually, if it was tuberculosis, especially in the lungs, it was sure death. As I have already stated, before my father’s condition was found, the second and third vertebrae above the tailbone was almost eaten in two. That is why the doctor said to my dad, I wouldn’t give you a dime for your life, the shape you are in right now, because you could just bend over to tie your shoes and that could snap your spinal chord and you would be a dead man. That is when the doctor said, but if you will work with me, I want to try something. So the doctor, knowing there was no known cure for this type of tuberculosis of the spine, as I related last Sunday, went to work fashioning that narrow little bed for dad to lie on; and for two years and a half of treatment, the only medicine my father took was cod liver oil emulsion, because it had a lot of bone building vitamins in it. That is the only thing in the line of medicine he ever took. After that my father lived thirty some years and worked many days of his remaining life and that condition never bothered him any more. Young Dr. Willy Green, that practiced medicine all through WW2 with his father there in Pekin, later went on to become a great bone specialist. After the war was over he returned to Boston Massachusetts, where he had taken medical training before. He became the administrator of a big hospital. Later he became known as the third best bone specialist in the United States. There are some physicians that God is going to honor. There are others that He will not honor. Why? It is because of their attitude and motive.
SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO
We are living in a day when you and I know, that medical science has forgotten all about God. They want to concentrate and boast on what WE have done, what WE have achieved, what WE found out, and what WE have experimented with; and they never give God any mention. Well saints, we are living on the brink of the coming of the Lord and only God knows what we will face in the meanwhile. I do believe that somewhere up ahead, there is going to be some things along the line of healing, that God is going to do strictly for a witness that He is still the same yesterday, today, and forever. When it looks like the medical world, or we could say, the intellectual world has turned their back on God, and especially away from the idea of a Creator, that presents an opportunity for God to step in and show Himself. Well I have some truthful things I want to relate to you. We grew up with a Methodist background, we did not know that God does such a thing as an act of divine healing outside the medical world. Then we came in contact with and became acquainted with Bro. Branham, and the wonderful gift of healing that God had put in his ministry. We became acquainted with him in 1952. I did not have to see a miracle in order for me to believe he was a called out man of God. The first sermon I ever heard him preach, I walked out of church that night, and going to the car I said, If there is such a thing as the coming of Elijah, this is that man. It was the way he preached the word. After we became more acquainted with him and saw how God used him, we made a request for him to visit someone and pray for him. My wife had a cousin by marriage, that worked at the Chevrolet dealer in Corydon. His name was Junior Flickner. He worked in the body department. A terrible accident had happened, and there had been gasoline put on the floor to clean something. Somebody lit a welding torch at the wrong time. That ignited the fumes on the floor. He was standing in this; and the fumes engulfed his body, clothing and all. He collapsed. They managed to get hold of him and drag him out of the garage. They took him to the hospital. One leg was burned so bad, they had to be careful how they took the clothing off because the skin wanted to stick to the clothes. After a few hours they were afraid gangrene would set in. The doctors had voiced their opinion, if we don’t take that leg off, he will not live through this. At that time I thought, who are we to trouble Bro. Branham with a request to pray for this fellow? Nevertheless on this particular Sunday afternoon, we heard he was going to Milltown to pray for somebody there. I managed to get word to him and ask him, Brother Branham: my wife has a relative in the Corydon hospital who has been burned very badly, the doctors are saying if they don’t amputate the leg, he will not live. Would you be willing to stop by and pray for him? Brothers and sisters, I want to say this, It is strange sometimes, how God lets something get to the extreme end before you even see what He can do. You can scream, Oh God help us, but sometimes something has to get to an acute stage before He steps into the picture. We did not go to the hospital with him, because he would go there from Milltown. He went to the hospital and the Lord had already showed him a vision. As he stepped into the hospital room and looked at Junior lying there, he said to him, Thus saith the Lord, you will not lose the leg and you will not die from this, you will live on. He was several days in the hospital, slowly recovering. Gradually that indication of gangrene all disappeared, the flesh stopped falling off and the leg began to heal. The leg wound up being very scarred, but he is still alive today. I saw him the other day in Corydon. When I saw him, I just thought, Fifty two years ago, he could have been a dead man. The reason I say this, is because it was like every miracle of divine grace God imputes to anyone, it ought to change their attitude, but it does not always work like that. We naturally think, It looks like this ought to make them give their heart to the Lord. It is not always that way. There are many back through that era that were touched by God’s divine hand of grace and it became a miracle recorded in all kinds of magazines. Very few of those individuals ever gave their heart to the Lord to live for him. They could say, Oh it is the grace of God. Well sure. It would look like God just ought to forget that kind of people, when there are many people within church realms that beg God to do something merciful toward them, and it seems as thought He does not hear the prayer. That is why I said last Sunday, God is still a sovereign God. Do not try to program Him to fit your ideas or feelings. It will not work. He does not work that way. As the years passed, a lot of the time people have said, Oh Lord, heal me that I don’t have to wear glasses. They wind up having to wear glasses. Why did He not answer that prayer? Revelation faith is what God pays attention to, not just our desires. I wear glasses to read. So do an awful lot of other saints. I will tell you a testimony I read about back in the 1950’s. There was a preacher traveling west to an evangelistic meeting of some kind. He was somewhere in a western state, an arid desert area and had a flat tire. He had his glasses on when he got out to repair the tire, but because of the discomfort of the glasses, he just laid them on top of the car. After the tire was changed, he forgot about the glasses he had laid on top of the car and headed on toward his destination. Some people would read this and say, Well it is not the will of God for anybody to wear glasses. He got back in the car and was driving on down the road to the meeting. All of a sudden he remembered, Oh my glasses. This startled him, How am I going to preach tonight. He turned around and drove all the way back to where he had the flat tire. He looked, and looked, but could not find the glasses. Now he was really troubled. He got back in the car and went on his way and began to pray about it. The Lord said to him, Fear not, I am the Lord that healeth thee. If you will trust me, if you can believe and trust me now, you will never wear glasses again as long as you live. He did not know how to verify it, because there did not seem to be any indication or anything he could look to. Well he went to the meeting that night and when he got up to read, he could read the text just as well as if he had his glasses. That became his testimony everywhere he went. Now the point is, Are we to take that and make a doctrine of it? Like, if He can do it for one, He can do it for everybody. That is where I have to say, Many have gone wrong. You should not even think like that. Sure, He can do that, because He is a sovereign God, He can do as it suits His purpose, but after all, we are part of His creation; and it is not right for us to try to put God in a corner, You did this for him, now you do it for me. You cannot demand that of Him. We have read and heard of the many miracles that have been done by the hand of God, and made to see how merciful He is, but every case is an individual one. I suppose, that in the days of the woman who had spent all her life’s earning going to different physicians, and finally when she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and was made whole, there could have been many that day to say, Well if He can do it for one, He can do it for others. My point is, God is still a sovereign God and He doesn’t want any man playing around with a certain scripture, making a doctrine out of it that you can hold as leverage over everybody else. It just simply does not work that way with God.
GOD IS NOT HONORED IN EVERY MIRACLE
Through the years, we have witnessed many things that God did for some. There was one case close to where we live. Another distant relative of my wife, a common farmer who was getting on up in age fell sick. He got seriously sick and they took him to the hospital. I heard about him being taken there and that he was very bad off. His wife wanted to know if I would go and have prayer for him. That night I had a dream, and in the dream I saw myself walk into the New Albany hospital, I asked for information concerning his room number. When I received it I walked up to the floor and walked into his room. The minute he saw me, he started crying. He was an emotional man anyway. He started just bawling, Oh Bro. Jackson, I don’t know what is going to take place, the doctors don’t give me much hope. It sounded so pitiful. There was no need of interrupting him while he was crying like that. Finally he stopped and I said, Arlie, I had a dream about you last night. I want you to know, you are not going to die, you are going to get out of here and go home. The Lord showed me in a dream, that you are going home. He reached up and grabbed my arm, and because he was a very emotional man, he started screaming and yelling, Hallelujah! Hallelujah! You could hear him all over the hospital. Here came the nurse and others, to see what was going on. I thought, I have myself in a situation now, don’t I? He lay there in bed and shook. Finally he calmed down. I told the nurse, I just talked to him and stirred his spirit a little bit. He came home later that week. He was soon doing the same work that he always had done. The reason I say these things, is to remind you that one would think every divine act like this would cause the heart of that man to repent and give his heart to the Lord. You would expect such a person to say, I want to live for the Lord, I want to go to church where this is believed. Well I never did know of that man being stirred to go to church as he should have. The reason I say these things, is because all through time God has been merciful to many people. We do not have a right to question Him. Nevertheless I still have to say, Healing is a promise of God, whether He does it by using an earthly physician or whether He overrides it and does it by divine act of His sovereignty. He is still a healer: He is the one that healeth all thy diseases, who forgiveth all thy iniquities. (You know the scripture.) I am saying these things, because back in the 1950’s, many evangelists who had success in praying for the sick, also wrote all kinds of books on how to have faith to be healed. The way they preached it, they made it sound like going to a doctor was a sign of unbelief, you keep that up, and you never will be healed, some would say. I have read other testimonies of God’s mercy, when it looked like certain people had exhausted all their physical and financial means going to the physician, and it looked like their life was just about over and they would be taken out of this world, then God by His divine mercy, would show mercy and step in. As I have said already, We are living in a day just before the coming of Christ. He is going to come for a church that has no spot or winkle or blemish. Everything that is in the Bible that is supposed to be believed, this element of people is going to be believing and living by in the correct manner. I believe with all my heart, that as God restores the truth of His word to His Church, and as the people embrace the truth and become unified in it, then God will restore those gifts of healing in the body wherever, and however it suits His purpose. When I say that, remember, it does not always have to be a preacher that the gift of healing is working through. These gifts of healing can be of a minor degree, and they can lay in the body somewhere and God can use them at His will. Since God is a sovereign God, and He is not going to allow modern man in this twentieth century to take His grace and His anointing and go down the road commercializing it, like, Come and be healed, this and that, you should be aware of those who do try it. You do not find anywhere in the Bible, that the apostles went down the road screaming, Come and be healed, come and be healed. The apostles went preaching the gospel of the kingdom and God stretched out His hand to heal whoever He would, and however it pleased Him to step in and show His mercy. He did it at Corinth that way. He did it at many other places also, but nowhere do we find the apostles running down the road commercializing this unusual gift of healing. I will say this though, When we were brought into the light of Bro. Branham’s ministry, and fellow shipped in those circles, I have seen many of those men conduct themselves in a way that one might think that is all the Bible was written about, just divine healing. I do not condemn the men, but it is the fact that they cut the gospel message so short and make it sound like that is all the gospel is made up of, that I find fault with. Divine healing is more than just one thing. God is interested in the salvation of the soul first of all; and then there are these added benefits in His grace and mercy. I have to believe, as God moves around the world to put His church together, there are certain things He is going to do, and He has a specific way to do them. I just want to be able to have my eyes open to Him and watch Him, how He wants to do these things. I believe there are things He has never done before, that He intends to show some people before the end, especially in this religious realm of the world. When you listen to some of these religious evangelists today, it is a shame how they have commercialized this thing called the power of God. The other night on TV, I saw Benny Hinn and watched for a few minutes. He was wearing a white suit, white shoes, and his hair was as white as the suit. I could not help but think, Yes Benny Hinn, God has anointed you through the years gone by, in a few outstanding healings. You have taken that and built it into a great big commercial picture. Everywhere you go, you look at the people and have a certain way of saying things, a way that is not ordained for the glory of God. What is he doing? He is building on a platform of psychology, so the people will fall under the power of God. It looks and sounds good to a lot of people. One time, I saw him looking way up in the balcony at some people, You up there, do you want God to touch you. He just blew into the air and it was like a storm hit. You don’t see that in the Bible. Where did Jesus ever do that, or the apostles after Him? They never did, but we are living in the commercial age of modern intellectualism. God is letting men get by with much of this, but is it for their good? No. Because in that day, Jesus said, Will they not come to me saying, Have we not cast out devils in thy name, have we not prophesied in thy name, have we not done many mighty and wonderful miracles in thy name? He will say, Depart from me ye workers of iniquity, I never knew you. That kind never have the intimate relations with Jesus in the WORD, that the chosen bride has. They have made it a play thing. No wonder in the church world at large, that some of those men have huge auditoriums, because you look at the people, how they are dressed, they are no more dressed like word loving saints that are going to go to heaven than anything: they look more like they are ready to go to a dance or something like that when they leave there. Yet they are able to say a few words and cry crocodile tears and praise the Lord, Hallelujah! I love Jesus! Well God is still in the saving business, and He wants to save people from their sins, not bless them while they are living in sin. I believe with all my heart, that we are living in a day that when He gets the silliness out of some people, and they depart from those who commercialize the gospel of Jesus Christ and get serious about their spiritual lives, Lord, put me in unity with your people wherever they are, we are going to know our time here on earth before the rapture is getting short. When we begin to hear more of, Oh Lord, Let me be in harmony and agreement with you, the seven thunders are about ready to sound. Remember, that the Bible says He will present the Church to Himself, a glorious Church not having spot or wrinkle, He was speaking of something that is to be a reality. When He said glorious, that was His way of looking at it, having neither spot, wrinkle, nor blemish. I believe He is looking at our minds, our attitudes, and our motives. In other words, What are we going to do with what we believe? Does it mean anything to us? I am thankful this morning that God has allowed me to see with my eyes through the years, what He has allowed me to see, and also hear and understand with my spiritual mind. I don’t want to look at this and treat it like something we manufacture. It is the grace of God that any of us are saved. But I want to be in a body of people that all believe the same thing and that can actually understand spiritual truths the same. We have so many people today that say, Well do you mean to tell me that I have to believe exactly like you? I cannot tell you how many times I have heard, Now you know we don’t all have to see eye to eye on everything. That is the way an awful lot of people are. They want to be free, to choose, to think, to see and believe certain things the way they want them to be. It matters not whether it is healing, prophecy, or conduct or what, some people who claim to be believers, just want everything to be their way, regardless of what the Bible teaches. That is why many times as they go down the road and you ask them, Where are you going to church now? Well I am not going anywhere right now, because I cannot find anybody that believes like I do. That is the way they are and they have no thoughts of being different. Saints I have to say this, God is looking at people today and knows our every thought and motive. He is working with true believers in a way that He can get all this foolishness and silliness out of us; and put in us sincerity and integrity that causes us to live and walk in a way that glorifies Him. I believe with all my heart, that we will soon see the hand of God do some outstanding things that He will be glorified in, because those affected will give Him praise and magnify that which is known by them to be the hand of God. I have some more testimonies I want to share with you.
ANOTHER HEALING TESTIMONY
Back in the 1970’s one night I had gone to bed, and somewhere around 1:30 AM, the telephone rang. I answered it and (Some of the people of this family are here this morning.) the woman was crying, calling from the hospital, Bro. Jackson, we have a little baby here in the hospital with such and such a sickness. The doctor is not giving it any chance to live until morning, can you come and pray? I said, I will be there as soon as I can. I got up and went to the hospital. As I made my way to the waiting room, here sat the young mother and father. She took me by the hand and began to weep, Bro. Jackson, our little baby has something wrong with its kidneys: they won’t act, and the doctor is not giving us any hope. They have it in intensive care. We are not allowed to go in except when they allow us. I could tell by the way they talked that it was bad. I know I would have felt the same way under those circumstances. They were really worried, that the baby would not live. When she got through talking, I said to her, Sit over here by your husband. I took them both by their hands and prayed, Lord, I have heard their story, you know all about it, Lord these hearts are broken, this little baby means so much to them, you know what the medical doctors have said, but we know all things are possible with you. (This is the way I prayed.) Father, if it is thy will to take this child from this world, then do not let it linger and suffer on and on in this state. But Lord, if it is in your plan to show mercy to this baby, then touch its body and cause it to recover, and Lord, you be glorified. That is the way I prayed. Finally the mother said, Let’s go down toward the intensive care room and see if there is any information. The three of us went into the hallway, walking toward the intensive care, when one of the nurses came out and saw the mother and said, Oh, I was just coming after you to let you know your baby has just now regained consciousness and its kidneys have acted. You may go in and see her. When we walked in, the baby was sitting up in bed under the oxygen tent. Naturally when the baby saw its mother, it fell forward reaching out and the mother took a dive toward the baby. Her arms were around the baby, and she was crying. You could not help but say, Thank you Lord. Do you know what? That little baby lived and she is also a mother today. We would think that ought to have set that home on fire and they should be sitting here today, but they are not. To me, it is heart breaking, that we can take the grace of God, then show such little respect. I have seen that happen many times through the years. It should be another way, but we cannot change that. We will now look at another case. In 1975 we were in a convention here in this building. After the service ended we had stopped at the Frisch’s Restaurant for a little snack. After awhile the waitress came back and said, Rev. Jackson, you have a phone call. I answered the call, and it was another family member of Sis Virgie. She was at the hospital in intensive care, she was hemorrhaging, losing much blood and the doctors were saying she may not live through the night. The caller said, Would you please come and pray. My wife and I went to the hospital. I will never forget that. Entering that room I looked over and saw her laying on her side and a bed tray full of cotton and gauze, she was coughing and spitting up blood. The nurse took us over to her bed and said, Now you cannot stay long. I said, No, I will not be long, I just want to pray for her. Sis. Virgie recognized who I was. I said, Let’s pray. I laid my hand on hers, she was really in a weakened state. I just prayed, Lord, be merciful to this sister. I ask you touch this problem and take it away. In less than a week she was out of the hospital and she has been here in church ever since. I have to say, That is the way it should be. You know, I believe those people that were healed in the day of Jesus, sooner or later would end up following Him. However we are living in a day and hour of time when the world has such a strong pull on people, and they will say, Well it is too far to church: I would go if it was closer to where we live. To that I say, You will not go that far to church, but you would run half way to New York for something in the material realm, something to satisfy some longing you have. I have nothing against people going on vacation, but when a vacation means more to you than going to worship God, watch out, down the road you will have a wreck of some kind and it will not necessarily be a car wreck either. If God sees you in His plan, He is going to get hold of you. This is a day when we cannot play around with God and get by with it. Let us therefore purpose in our hearts, As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. I love the Lord. He first saved my life, then He saved my wretched soul. He has been so merciful to allow me to see with my right eye, after the doctor had said, If he lives, he will never be right. Well I will give him credit for that, I have never been right since then, if you know what I mean. Those of the world are always accusing believers in Jesus Christ as not being right. I am thankful today, even though it took that kind of blow in life to bring me to my senses, that I now realize there is a God to be served. I am thankful for the fact that I have the privilege of serving Him.
MIRACLE IN INDIA
I will never forget an incident the first time we went to India. I have never gone anywhere saying, Lord, I want to see you heal the sick, I want to see you do this and that. I have never asked God to do anything other than to confirm His word in whatever way it suits His purpose. It was in the year 1978, when we went to India for some meetings. We did not go to the big metropolitan cities to be seen: We got on a train and were taken a hundred and some miles inland to a back woods city. There, is where we had our meetings. They lasted one week in that place. I preached three times a day. It was a tent meeting, and there were very few chairs available. Most everyone sat on carpets on the ground. The first service, I noticed a man standing just on the outside of the tent flap area. The flaps were up because it was hot. I noticed he had his left ankle and leg bandaged. He was walking with a crutch. He did not come inside: he just sat outside looking in. He was there all three services that day. The next morning we were back for service. When it was over and we dismissed and were leaving, the interpreter was following me, but this man on his crutches asked the interpreter to come over to him. He was sitting on a porch opposite the tent. He had sat on the edge of the porch listening to the service and then motioned for the interpreter to come to him. The interpreter said to me, This man wants to ask you a question. He wants to know if you pray for the sick? I said, Yes I do. He asked, Can God heal this? I said Yes. Then he said, If God will heal this, then I will come to the service, but if He don’t, I will not come. I did not ask to be backed into a corner. I did not ask to have my faith tried, but God heard the remark and it was all up to Him. I just laid my hand on the leg and prayed, Heavenly Father, you and you alone know what is in this man’s heart. You know what you want to do for this man, so I just commit it all to you. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Touch this man’s leg, whatever it is, you heal him and let him see that you are still the same yesterday, today, and forever. Then we walked away. I did not know if I would ever see him anymore or not. That night he was there, and did not have his crutch, nor did he have his leg bandaged as before. He was sitting in the front row. Through the rest of that meeting he was there every service. On the following Saturday there was to be a baptism at the river. There were a lot of people to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. He was the first one to lead the way, the whole crowd followed him. He did not have a crutch or his leg bandaged, so it was reasonable to assume that he had been healed. Now saints, I did not come home and say, God did great things while we were there. I just made a small remark about it. I am not going out here and advertise and commercialize what God does, like it has been done by many others in these last number of years. I believe God Himself should be the one allowed to broadcast it. He was walking on a crutch when I got there, but after God touched him there was no bandage on his leg anymore. He led the whole crowd to the river. I just have to say, God did something for him. I did not heal his leg nor perform any magic. I just trusted God to work His will and purpose in it and I have to say, God did it and I am thankful. I am thankful to God for what He is able to do. I never want to get to the place of thinking, Well He is not doing this any more or He is not doing that anymore: I believe He is ever the same and what He does is what fits into His plan. You will never know what He is going to do: You just pray and wait upon Him. I always believe, that if we will keep our hearts right and look at God in a positive way, we will see the hand of God in many such ways on up the road in front of us. When He gets all of us in unity and in harmony with his will and purpose, so that we go down the road of life allowing Him to lead and direct us, He is going to do something more than just touch someone now and then. I believe with all my heart, that God is going to leave a testimony in this unbelieving world, a testimony that He is still the sovereign God He has always been, and that He can do the same things today that He did two thousand years ago. He will always be the same and there is nothing impossible with Him. Every time I hear on the News, what they are saying about new diseases breaking out, it always seems as though it is in the Oriental part of the world. I have to think, Lord, is there a reason that these new kinds of diseases always seem to start up somewhere in the Oriental world? Then I think of the tribulation hour up ahead. I know that in that time of tribulation, when the last three and half years of the seventieth week of Daniel are being fulfilled, and God has taken His hand off of society and is no longer showing any mercy, things will be drastically different. I have no doubt that throughout the Orients and all over the world, people are going to die with uncontrollable sickness and diseases. It is because they have refused to open their eyes to acknowledge the true and living God, and refused to give Him credit or recognition for the many things He has done. Many times it looks like God has just taken His hands off of things already, looking at the general society of the world, how they talk, how they conduct themselves; and especially the politicians and the educators. There are those who would ask, Why should He, but I believe that somewhere just ahead the hand of God is going to begin to be seen outstretched to show some healing and miracles and signs. It is not for us to throw up signs and advertise, but to reward those who have been faithful. Let us just live for God and rejoice in whatever He does. Let us purpose in our heart’s to walk with God, and may God do with us and among us, whatever pleases Him to do. I know God will be glorified in those who are following Him in the days ahead.
ANOTHER TESTIMONY SHOWING GOD’S MERCY AND GRACE
I have one more story to illustrate just how God works in certain places and conditions. In 1980, which was the last time we went to India, God showed His mercy and grace to a little baby. We arrived in Calcutta, and Bro. Hiwale and his brother-in-law and their wives were to meet us there. We were going to have a meeting there as the Lord directed. We got there late in the evening. We made our way to the hotel where we would stay. After we got settled into the hotel, Bro. Hiwale came in and brought his brother-in-law and his wife and their little baby girl which looked to be about a year or year and a half in age. At that time, they never said one thing to me about what she was sick with or what. They asked, Bro. Jackson, would you care to pray for this little baby? Right there in our hotel room I just laid my hands on its little body and said, Lord, whatever the sickness is, you heal it in the name of Jesus Christ and may you be glorified. After awhile they left; and I did not know that the brother-in-law of Brother Hiwale and his wife and little girl had come to Calcutta to see a specialist about her condition. She had a kidney problem that would not let them act properly. I was not told that until the next morning, just before the service was to start. On our way to the meeting Bro. Hiwale told me that the little girl I had prayed for the night before was suffering from a kidney condition. Until he told me what was wrong with her, I had no idea whatsoever what her problem was. Being in Calcutta for that purpose, they had a chance to take her to a specialist this morning. The specialist examined the little girl and her kidneys had acted, so he tested her urine and could not find anything wrong with her: God had healed her. Did I come home and broadcast it? No. I just said, Thank the Lord, that He is ever the same. I believe there is a time when we can say these things and there is a time also when it is better to keep quiet. There are too many times people just want to hear those things and then run with them. We have thousands out there, if God was healing the blind, raising the dead, healing the sick and it was all publicized, this place would not hold all that would try to get in here. Do you realize that? There are thousands of people in the world today, if they hear of anything like that, that is all they want, they could not care less about hearing the truth of God’s word preached. They just want to see and hear something exciting, and they will go where they can see it. Well I am not following the Lord because of some miracle: He got inside my soul, saved my life and saved me from death and blindness in my right eye. When I came to my senses in the hospital, I knew why He had spared my life, it was to bring me to the place that I would give my heart to Him. I have to say, What I have been privileged to see with my eyes through the years since then, has all been a part of God’s sovereignty. I am thankful to Him for His mercy and grace and the things He has allowed me to experience. The same way with my wife. I have told about the condition with her bladder infections already. For almost three years she was bothered with that, it just kept coming back. The doctor would give her a prescription for some new antibiotic and the condition would go away for a little period and then back it would come. The last time, he said to her, After you have taken this, if it is not better, then we will send you to a specialist. That is when I had the dream. I saw myself take my wife up to Bro. Branham’s home for prayer. In the dream, as we were leaving there, he said, Sis. Jackson, don’t worry, everything is going to be alright. Here I was thinking I could take her all the way to Topeka Kansas and get her prayed for. That was not the way God was leading. I went all the way out there and back, spent the money for gasoline, and even though I saw a lot of things done out there, none of it was the fulfillment of my dream. When we got back here, it just seemed like my wife’s condition took a turn which was much worse after the trip. That is when I made up my mind to contact Bro. Branham. When he did pray for her, everything came about exactly the way it was in the dream. That was about 1962 or 1963 and that condition has never come back since that day. God is a healer. He can heal when the medicine has failed to work. On the other hand I plead with you, Do not look at the doctor and say, We have no place for you any more. They are every one here to carry out God’s purpose, regardless of the experience some of you have had. How many understand what I mean? There are many doctors out there that are doing good, just as there are preachers out there that think only they themselves are doing the good. I hope that does not offend any of you. There are a lot of preachers that have torn the word of God all to pieces. They have commercialized it to make it fit their purpose. They are the ones I am pointing to with disfavor.
SURE PROMISES OF GOD CONFIRMED
I am going to try to finish this message tonight, so open your Bibles to the 5th chapter of James starting with the 14th verse. “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the Church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; (That is a promise.) and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” That very scripture shows beyond the shadow of a doubt, that God has a way, a plan and a purpose for healing the sick. As I said this morning, Healing is a promise: We cannot deny that. We just have to realize it does not always have to be a divine act. God, before the foundation of the world, when He created the first man, created in the loins of that man a law of reproduction by which every other human being that has ever been brought into this world, was brought by that means. They are born with a quality for health and a capability of replenishing, because each body has within it an immune system. It was put there by God Himself. The old fashioned remedies of years gone by, we do not hear them talked about very much any more. The modern medical profession has made synthetic chemicals and all such, that are supposed to be the answer for all of the problems of modern mankind. They all have their place, but I have to say this, Sixty years ago when we did not have all of this modern means, there did not seem to be as much sickness as there is today. Our hospitals are filled almost every day anymore, and they are constantly building new ones. It just seems like the building and progress of things cannot keep up with the pace society demands. I have to believe, that up the road in front of us, as we get nearer to the coming of the Lord, the sickness condition is not going to get better, but worse. Regardless of everything else though, I cannot help but believe that those believers who have a willing and humble heart and a right attitude toward the things of God, He is going to cause His promises to be fulfilled to them one way or the other. I believe God is going to be glorified, and that it is going to be made known through His true Church, that He is still the same yesterday, today, and forever. As I spoke before, my wife and I were raised up through the Methodist background, and we had never heard about such a thing as divine healing in the miraculous way during all the years we were in that system. I gave the testimony of how God was merciful to my father and brought him out of that condition, but now I want to bring it on up to the years that my wife and I have both experienced something in that line. We have learned many lessons by the things that have fallen upon us. We have learned the lesson that lets us know, no matter what the circumstances may look like, we should never lose our confidence and trust in God, because some where He is going to guide you through it all. I want to take us back to the year 1955, the year Naomi was born. We had a sister in our church back then; and (I know that many of you have heard this, but I want to include it in here at this point.) God had placed a gift of prophecy in her life. She had told me several weeks in advance, Bro. Jackson, I am not saying this is the way it is going to be, but when the child is born, it may be that God would want to name the child. You call me when the child is born, and I believe God will have spoken to me in advance. I just said, All-right. It came to that time that I took my wife to the hospital, and in a short period of time she had given birth to Naomi. I held off giving her a name. I did not know what the name would be. I went downstairs and called that sister and told her we had another daughter. This is what she said to me on the phone, Bro. Jackson, how long has it been since the child was born? I said, just a few minutes. She said, Well, that you might know that this is of the Lord, I just got up from the table writing this. It is up to you whether you want to use it or not. Have you seen the child? I said, No. Well, that you might know that this is of the Lord, you will find a birthmark on the back side of her shoulder, and that will be proof to you that her name is to be called Naomi Ruth. There was more to it. She later sent me this prophecy in the mail. This was in the summer. When I got this prophecy in the mail, the Lord started out saying how we had prayed earnestly for a son. The Lord said, Not yet my will be done, but in the appointed time and season I will visit you and a son will be born at last and thou shall call his name David. Well little did I know what lay in store. I am telling this to give God the honor and glory. I respect the medical profession in their right place. I went back upstairs, the nurses had just finished giving her a bath and putting her in a little bed and pushing her up to the window. I said, could you turn her over, when they did I saw that little birthmark. That was all I needed. I went to the nurses desk and said, Her name will be Naomi Ruth Jackson. That was it. That was in the summer time. I have the promise there will be a son come at last. This was 1955. We passed on into the year 1956, but before going on I want to remind you, we had no way in those days for a woman to have a test to determine in advance whether the child would be male or female. Well there we were, under the opinion that my wife will become pregnant again and it will be a boy. In 1956 I began to get a big idea that I wanted to go somewhere for a service. I had heard about A A Allen’s miracle valley revival. I wanted to go ever so badly. I was telling my wife that we were going to make great plans. By then we were in the late summer of 1956, somewhere along about August or September. My father-in-law and I were baling hay. All of a sudden my wife came across the field in the car with her mother at her side, my wife was crying, because she was in severe pain. She said, I have to get some help: I am in severe pain. I just turned everything over to my father-in-law and jumped in the car heading for the Harrison County hospital. They put her in the emergency room immediately. After awhile the doctor came out and said Raymond, your wife is suffering from what we call tubal pregnancy, which means we have to stand by and maybe perform an operation. If she starts hemorrhaging, she may bleed to death unless we are able to help her, so I have a surgeon standing by. I thought, Lord, I was not looking for anything like this. He had given her a shot to reduce the pain. When I went in, my wife was under the influence of the pain medicine. I told her what the doctor had told me. She said to me as she lay there in pain, There is no knife going to touch this body, I am going to believe that God is going to perform a miracle. Because she has already suffered so much, her blood pressure dropped way down. Ever few minutes the nurses were taking her blood pressure, knowing that when it reached a certain level, that is when they would expect hemorrhaging. After a period of about forty five minutes, the nurse came in and took the blood pressure. She raised her eyebrows and said, The blood pressure has come up a little bit. Without making it a long story, over a period of a few minutes, as these nurses came in and took her blood pressure, it kept rising, rising and our hopes rose with it. After awhile she said, I feel like going home. To that I said, Well now, you are in no shape right now to go home, they have a surgeon on standby in case he is needed. Nevertheless in about an hour and forty five minutes to two hours of lying there, the pain was becoming less, and less, and less, and her blood pressure was coming back up until it was almost normal. The family doctor came in and checked her again. He asked her how she was feeling. She said, I feel like going home. Are you sure he asked? Yes. He said, Then will you promise me, if we release you and you go home and this pain comes back, that you will get in here as quick as you can? She said yes. Then you can go. The minute he left, I put my arms around her and said, Lord, this is all in your hands. You do with this situation as you must, but above all Lord, don’t let this pregnancy turn into some kind of surgical situation that causes the loss of this life. With that we went home. That condition never did come back. But now I look back at the prophecy, A son will come at last. By then it was late in the fall, after Thanksgiving. There was an epidemic of mumps broke out in the school. There were no less than eight or nine cases in the community where I lived. I had never had this disease, so naturally I was concerned. My children had gone to school, but I personally had never been around anyone to catch it. One afternoon I started feeling awfully sick. By nightfall I was really sick with a rising fever. I was chilling terribly and could not get comfortable. This was the fall of 1956; and as I lay there I thought, I hope this isn’t the mumps. Well about midnight I woke up so terribly sick: I was shaking and my wife called the family doctor. In those days they did not say, Well come on in to the emergency room and we will check up on you. Instead, the doctor made a house call, so in a short order of time he pulled into our driveway. He examined me and checked my temperature; and these are the words he said, Raymond, you have the mumps and they are going down on you. I am asking you to stay in bed. I am going to give you some pain pills, because you are going to have some severe pain. Take these pills for the pain, and stay in bed. Brothers and sisters, I was not in pain, I just had a fever. He gave me something for the fever; and said, Now Raymond, don’t get out of bed and start walking around just because you might feel like it. I truly had taken the mumps. I could tell they were in my throat, but they were moving on through my body. In three days time I was lying in bed flat on my back, swelled, and with a fever, but I was not in pain. The reason I say this, is to give God the glory and honor. He was watching over me. Lying there in bed, burning up with fever and feeling miserable, I did not have any energy to take care of myself. The doctor had said, Raymond, you will be sterile the rest of your life. I thought, Well I have that prophecy laying in the bottom of my dresser drawer, declaring that I was to have a son at last. What kind of predicament is the devil putting me in I thought. My wife was building the fire, cooking the meals, milking the cow, and I am laying flat on my back in bed. For three solid weeks I was like that, but I never did have to take a pain pill. Bro. Glenn Funk brought Bro. Branham down about the third or fourth night I was in bed. I will never forget what Bro. Branham said. He took hold of my hand and said, Bro. Junie, don’t worry, everything is going to be alright: this is going to be for the glory of God. I thought, I am lying here in bed feeling like this, how could this be for the glory of God, but I believed the man knew what he was talking about. All I could do was lay in that bed for three solid weeks until all the misery and everything went away and I was back to normal. By that time winter was upon us. I was slowly being able to go back to a normal amount of work. Well, my wife was already pregnant as we crossed over into 1957; and naturally I was thinking, Well this is probably going to be my son. I have to say, Do not ever question God, as to why certain things take place the way they do, because He has a certain way He works. My wife was to give birth some time in May. We had been at the Tabernacle and met a Bro. Faust from Canada, and heard his testimony. He was the man in Canada that had gone into a country farm store to get parts for his machinery and as he was going to get into his car, Bro. Branham, who had been in the mountains deer hunting, had received a telephone call to come to the nearest phone and pray for a certain person in California. As Bro. Branham passed this Bro. Faust in the parking lot of that store, Bro. Faust recognized Bro. Branham and stopped. You are Bro. William Branham. Bro. Branham stopped to look at him and said, Yes, and you have a call of God in your life, and you have not obeyed it. Well the brother was shocked. Bro. Branham went on and said, God has spoken to you to go to the mission fields and you have not obeyed him, isn’t that right? Bro. Faust said, Yes, that is right. He said, You will never succeed in anything until you do what God has called you to do. We were at the Tabernacle the morning Bro. Branham introduced him and told about this experience. After that morning service we were privileged to be introduced to him personally. We had him and his wife and children come down to our little mission in New Albany that night. We were by then into the month of March, and I began to feel like, Here I am, laboring here all these years and have only about fourteen people in the congregation. The same faces, the same kids every service: Lord, I just need to go somewhere to a place where somebody needs to hear the gospel. I was starting to complain, because I did not see anything growing from my ministry. One night when we had gone to bed I said to my wife, Honey, if the Lord was to tell me to go to some foreign country, would you go with me? She said, Whatever the Lord tells you to do, I am right with you. (That is why I say tonight, She has stood by my side through these years.) Right then and there, I took her by the hand and said, Let us pray for the Lord’s will to be accomplished in us. Then I said, Lord, if it is your will for me to get ready to go to some foreign field, give us this child a little early as long as it does not impair its health. It went on into the month of April. The day I took my wife to the hospital and she gave birth to our last girl, Lois, you don’t know how that made me feel. I thought, This was supposed to be a boy, but it was a girl. Now the devil was sitting on my shoulder, saying to me, See, I have you now. You are never going to have a boy, you just as well throw that prophecy away. Well I was not ready to discard the prophecy, because I believed it was from the Lord. Therefore again I would say, I don’t know why, I don’t know how, but somewhere down the road, God, I believe you are able to bring this about. The very day that Lois was born, that night, I had a dream. In the dream I saw myself and my wife and children on a boat sailing across water somewhere. I saw my children running around on the deck, I could see the color of it. I remember making the statement, This is not safe for little children like this. I told my wife the dream. After awhile we came to the conclusion that the Lord was directing us to go to Cuba, because I had contacted this Bro. Faust and they had made provision for me to spend a month in another small town about twenty five miles from where they were doing their missionary work. In the meantime they made arrangement for a young fellow to be our interpreter. When the time came we were able to go. That was in the fall of 1957. The day we got on the ship was the last of November. I always wondered what would be the color of the deck. Going over, the waters were rough and they would not let us on the top deck. But coming back on the same boat, the sun was shining, the sea was calm, and anybody could go up there and enjoy the view. We went up to see the top deck. It was just my wife and I and our children that were up there right then. The deck was red, just like in the dream. All the time we were up there, we were the only ones. I had my parents little movie camera and took some pictures of it, to prove that my dream was right. I say that only to say this, Still deep inside I was asking, Where is this son coming from? The years passed on through 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, and 1963, and still no son. We were in the last week of 1964, and I will never forget, right after Christmas, the telephone rang during the night hours and it was Sis. Wright, the mother of little Edith that had polio and was confined to a wheelchair. This was what Sis. Wright said to me, Bro. Junie, Sis. Edith just passed away; and her last words were, that she wanted you to conduct her funeral. I just said, Sister Wright I will do my best. After I got back in bed, I told my wife, This fulfills the dream I had while we were in Cuba. While we were in Cuba I had a dream and saw myself back at home, but I was entering an undertaker’s establishment, walking over to the casket and there lay a funeral card, Services will be conducted for Edith Wright on a certain date by Rev. Raymond Jackson. I remember reading that in the dream. It was seven years to the exact month, that it came to pass. When I told my wife this, I said, Honey, I don’t know what all this is adding up to, but God has something planned for us. When I did go back to sleep that night, that is when I saw Bro. Branham approach me on that white horse. I say this tonight to let you know how God has directed my life. Sometimes when circumstances hit you, it is just like the devil has unloaded a truckload of problems on you. There is not a thing you can do about it: You can only say, Lord, I am in your hands, you take charge of everything. That is the way I prayed about it. Little did I realize that within a few weeks my wife would become pregnant again. August 1, 1965, the day I told that horse dream to Bro. Branham, we already knew she was pregnant. I did not have to worry: I did not have to say, Well suppose this or that. I knew after nine years, and there was no birth, that God had a time factor in the works for that promised son, so I am saying to you tonight, God uses doctors under certain circumstances, ☛ but on the other hand there comes a time when He will not let what the doctor is doing be of any value whatsoever. He is going to do it His own way. He is sovereign: He can do that. When my wife was pregnant with Lois and we didn’t know it, little did I realize God was going to take His hand off of this, and let it look like it was an impossibility, but that prophecy was true, just waiting for God’s time. I have seen the hand of God intervene like that through the years, and work in such a way I could not doubt that He was on the scene. When everything has looked like it would fail, God has been right there to fulfill His purpose. So I thank God tonight, that He never fails to keep His word.
TESTIMONY OF CRUELTY
Brothers and sisters, I am going to say something now, that I have told very few times before; and the reason I have not told it very many times, is because it is not related to the gospel of Jesus Christ. While we were in Cuba we became very attached to this Bro. Faust and his family. We were there in the last part of 1957, and in June of 1958 is when Castro came out of the mountains and took over. While we were in this certain little town, there were two different occasions when soldiers raided some outlying villages and found various arms caches, rifles and things that been hidden. They were for the guerillas that were getting ready to take over, but the soldiers found them and the guerillas never got them. Well we left there, and later on Bro. and Sis. Faust left also, because conditions had gotten so bad. They stopped over in our area to spend some time at the Tabernacle when they returned; and he told me what I am going to tell you now. He said, Bro. Jackson, I am going to tell this testimony to you because I need to tell somebody. During the time that Castro first came out of the mountains and took over the country of Cuba, his troops confiscated the brand new military jeep they had left Canada with, to go to the mission field, without asking authority or anything, they just took it. At that time Canada was still on talking terms with Cuba. Bro. Faust reported this to the Canadian embassy and in a few weeks time they brought the jeep back to him. Listen to this now, when he went to run it, the motor had been practically burned up. He notified the Canadian embassy of it. Again the Canadian embassy went to bat for him. They put pressure on Castro’s military, they came and got the jeep and in a few days time they gave the motor a complete overhaul and returned it to him. During the process of time before they left Cuba, Bro. Faust became sick and felt he needed to go to a doctor. He went to one not too far away. After ministering to him, that doctor said, I am going to tell this testimony to you because I know there is no one else here in Cuba that I can tell it to, no one that will believe me. Maybe you can tell somebody outside of here. Here is what he told, Some weeks back, after Castro had taken over the island and had control of everything, some of the military officials came to this doctor one night and took him by force. They took him in a vehicle, out into the countryside among the sugar cane fields. He said, I did not know where we were going or why, but after awhile, on the back side of a sugar cane field, we came into an area with a few vehicles and I could see some nurses and artificial lights, and several Cuban people. I wondered What is going on here? The doctor said he was forced by the Castro military regime, to take blood from those Cuban citizens who had been taken from their homes against their will. He was told to draw all the blood from their veins; and if they die, so what. Every Cuban citizen that the Castro regime felt like might be untrustworthy, this was their way of getting rid of them and using their blood for their military. The doctor told him, Here I was, having to extract blood from those people, and there was not a thing I could do about it because they threatened to kill me. I am telling you, hoping maybe you will tell somebody on the outside. After Bro. Faust told me this story, I have thought many times, Who on the outside would believe such a story, how can you prove it? If you were not there, do you think the news media would believe it? No. Do you think the politician would believe it? No, they will not. You have to have proof of it. When I heard this story, I thought, God have mercy on this unbelieving world. One of these days when God takes over this planet to bring about judgment, He will destroy this kind of people from the face of this earth. They don’t deserve to live, when they will treat humanity like this. What good would it do to go to a government official? How can you prove it? If you weren’t there, you are only taking someone else’s words as fact. We don’t know half the things that innocent people have suffered, old and young. When Castro took over with his regime, almost everyone wound up having to submit to him, but some wound up as prisoners and only God knows what became of them. I just pray that you can understand, I am thankful to God for what He has allowed me to see and experience in life. He did not have to do it, but He did. This lets me know, you cannot say, God, you do it this way. He does things the way He wants them to be done, because He plans it ahead of time and it will always come out the way He wants it to. That is why we have to learn to live with our trust in Him, that if He starts you down a course, then He has a reason, and believe me everything will work out just fine. After spending one month in Cuba when all our children were small, not one of us ever had a sickness of any kind during that month. We cooked our meals on a charcoal burner for thirty one days. God was very gracious. I can say this, We were invited into the homes of several families in that small town. They knew something was getting ready to take place, because they all knew Castro and his forces were in the mountains. They said to me many times, Do you know what we are praying for? We pray that God will let America take over Cuba and run it. That is the way they looked at it, but Castro got it and you can see what has happened. I say these things in closing the message, I am thankful for the things He has allowed me to experience in life, because they prepared me for what God had called me for. As for what I have related to you, I want to assure you, I do not try to exaggerate. I only say I am so thankful that God saved my soul and gave me the Holy Spirit to guide and direct me in life. May the Lord Bless You.
This is the end of our message “Healing is a promise” It is a little short for the paper, so we have selected a small portion of the April 1989 issue to insert at the end. It gives us a chance to see with our own eyes, that what Brother Jackson preached back then, did not have to be changed to be God’s Word for this present time.
APRIL 1989 TRUTH REVEALED
Bro. Branham absolutely did put his messages into 20th century phrasing, even though he was without a formal education, and did not use words that the scholars of our day would accept. Therefore he has been greatly criticized because of that, and also for the various dual statements he made touching certain subjects. However I am fully persuaded that God ordained it to be like that, to confound those who believe He only speaks through the educated Doctors of Divinity, and also to send a lot of tares running in circles, quoting the literal words of the prophet, without having any revelation of what he was talking about. If he had placed every verb, every adjective, and every noun exactly where they should have been, he would not have been so rejected by the Doctors of Divinity out here in your religious systems. Neither would there be all of these divisions in the Branham movement itself. Because of his way of saying things, there were many times that people without the Holy Ghost, who just sat there to catch his literal words, would leave the meetings, some believing one thing and others believing something else, and they all got what they went away believing, from the same statements. No wonder the apostle Paul wrote, in 1st Corinthians 2:14,”But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” Only those true children of God are going to get a true revelation of things that are revealed by the Spirit, because they are the only one’s that have that Spirit of revelation in them. That is why some knew what Bro. Branham meant at times, and others did not. The same Spirit that wrote the Bible through men in former times, is the Spirit that has to reveal it to people later on, if they are ever to know what certain things really mean. Take for instance, when Bro. Branham was preaching the Seals messages; I believe it was either the first or second night, he made a statement saying something like, The Church goes through the tribulation; it is the bride that is raptured. Then when I preached a Millennium message stating that the Church is raptured before the great tribulation, and that she comes back with Jesus to rule and reign with Him in the Millennium, a lot of people got upset, and started telling me how wrong I was, for the prophet said the Church would go through the tribulation. They never bother to read their Bible to see what it says about the matter.All they care about, is what the prophet said. Like I have said saints, I believe God allowed a lot of things just so the tares would have something to run with; thereby allowing the true children of His to see who the tares are. I challenge any man to step up here with his Bible, and show me one verse of scripture that puts the Church in the great tribulation in the seventieth week of Daniel. You just simply cannot find it there. In the mind’s of those who wrote the New Testament, there was only one Church, made up of those who believed the gospel message,submitted to water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ, and received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. They are the Church the apostles wrote about. Well how do we look at the man’s statement then? We simply must realize that he, living here in the 20th century when that great conglomeration of religious systems out here in the world is referred to as the Church, made that statement based upon that. He certainly did not deliberately stand there contradicting what the apostle Paul taught; it was just a matter of knowing what he was referring to. Just to speak it very plainly, Those Protestant religious systems in the world about us are the harlots of Revelation,17:5,and they certainly are going through the great tribulation, for the Bible says they are abominable. Do you know why? It is because they still hold on to most of the doctrine their old mother (Catholicism) taught, and the Bible calls her a whore, spiritually speaking. Their mother is none other than Roman Catholicism. John said,(in) Revelation,17:6, “And I saw the woman (that same whore) drunken with the blood of the saints, so do not try to tell me she is part of the bride of Jesus Christ. I do not say these things trying to be unkind; I am just telling you what the Bible says about that system.
IDENTIFYING THE CHURCH
The apostle Paul was consistent in the terminology he used, and you will find that his reference to the Church, always pertained to that baptized body of believers who were filled with the Holy Ghost; no matter what age they may have lived in. Therefore here at the end time, reference to the Church technically and literally applies only to those who are free from those systems of religion. I do not know if God has all of the living element of the Church out of those systems yet, or not; but when they are all out ,the only thing out there that God has any interest in is the FOOLISH VIRGINS, spoken of in Matthew,25, which spiritually speaking, are a by-product in the overall plan of God. The rest of what is left there will be the tares of Matthew 13:24-30, which the Bible says will be bundled up ready to be burned . No I am not the one that will appoint them to that fate, the word of God has already done that. A lot of them will scream when they hear this; but the tares are not all out there in denominational systems; a lot of them claim to be followers of Bro. Branham’s message. The real truth is, they do not even know what Bro. Branham’s message was. They say they do; but they are not back in the Bible yet, so I would have to say they do not; for his first priority was to get the bride of Jesus Christ back into the Bible. Never did he purposely say anything to throw people off the track and get them out of the Bible; God just simply allowed it to turn out like that. Literally, it just makes what we were reading in 1st John, chapter 2, stand out even more vividly. You will recall that John said in verse 18, “Little children, it is the last time:and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” Verse 19, is the one that really nails it down. “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” These were not a bunch of worldly people that came in and tried to take over. They were people who on the surface seemed to be above reproach, but what they believed and taught was not according to the truth the original Church was founded upon. Satan, seeking to buffet the Church succeeded in getting people into those fellowships that by and by began to turn some of the others from that oneness of revelation the early Church was founded upon. That is exactly how the Church began to be pulled off course,as those original apostles passed from the scene. The younger generation was not as zealous to contend for the faith, as their parents and grandparents had been. The devil just simply created situations to get one pulling one way, and another one pulling another way,until by 500 A.D. the original revelation had just about been lost altogether, and the Church had to go through what history calls, “The Dark Ages.” That is why God sent men like Martin Luther, John Knox, John Wesley and Bro. Branham. They were called of God as instruments through whom He could restore the apostolic teachings back to the Church. The Church did not lose her revelation of the word of God all at once, and neither was it restored back to her all at once. However now that it has been restored, God will accept nothing less than a pure revelation from those whom He calls, from here on out to the end. It is easy to see why the Bible says, How can two walk together except they agree? All the devil has to do is get people disagreeing on something, and the first thing you know they are actually pulling against each other. Even two gangsters cannot walk together except they agree. In order to walk together you have to see things the same way. Anyhow John told us some had left; good people no doubt, if you are looking only at the flesh. They were probably very good neighbors to those they lived close to; but when you bring them over into the realm of the family of God, you have a setting for eventual trouble. That is what causes some to leave. Regardless of what men may do, the Bible only presents one picture,and sooner or later we all have to see it the same way, if we are going to be ready to go with Jesus when He comes. God cannot really use us until we get a proper revelation of His word, and of His purpose. I believe with all my heart, this world is being programed and the stage set for the coming of the Lord, and that the denominational systems are completely blind to what is going on. We have printed a message titled “The Dragon Speaks,” which if looked at properly, should enable anyone to see that the old Roman Empire is being restored. She is almost back to where she was when the Reformation hit; and the American Lamb Beast has been fulfilling its part of the prophecies right on time, right on through the years, but the world is blind to it all. They are ignoring the signs that hang over their head’s. They read Revelation, chapter 13, and look at Gorbachev, Henry Kissinger,and men like that; but their lack of revelation keeps them from seeing where the Antichrist really comes from. The world is full of blind leaders leading blind people, and you know what Jesus said about that; they will all fall into a ditch (The great tribulation). Hear me though, saints, we do not need to fall into that ditch. We have been pointed in the right direction, and our guide (the Holy Ghost) is still on the job. Hallelujah! I am so thankful to be walking in the light, with people who have a genuine desire to be one, and to be led by the Spirit of God.
WHERE ARE WE GOING?
I realize I have dwelt on these verses of the 17th chapter of John, in this message; but after all, verses 21, and 22 are what this whole thought is built around. “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; (For what purpose?) that they may be one, even as we are one.” I like the words of verse 22; which lets us get a little glimpse of what is ahead. We are to be one, just like Jesus and the Father were one. How? By yielding to the Spirit of God and following a true revelation of His word. We live in 1989, in the LAODICEAN AGE, and we believe God sent a prophet messenger to this age to turn us back to the faith of our fathers, according to Malachi 4:5-6. How will we know when we have the faith of our fathers? It is simple; we will Believe what they believed, and conduct ourselves in the same manner they did. It is all recorded right here in the book of Acts, and in the Epistles. What Peter, Paul, James, John and Jude believed is all recorded right in here, (The Bible) and it will make you and I, all believe the same thing. That in itself is what really makes us one. The Messenger came, delivered his message, and left the scene; and hundreds of thousands of people the world over have either heard or read the words of that little man, so why are we still so divided after 23 years? We printed a message a few years ago titled, “They Are Not All Children,” so that should give you a clue as to why we are still so divided. Naturally if any of those who believe different than you and I, should read this, they will feel animosity toward me for saying that, but it is true anyway. I am going to read some of these controversial statements from the “Spoken Word” books, so you will know exactly what I am talking about. Of course they will say, You have no right to do that, but I say, The Holy Ghost has a right to point people to truth any way He chooses to, regardless of what they say. I am not criticizing Bro. Branham, nor trying to make myself something more than what God called me to be; I am just trying to give innocent people a chance to know first hand what is going on among those who claim to be following the message of Bro. Branham, but are in reality instruments of the devil, being used to cause confusion among people who do not yet have a revelation of what God is doing in this age of time. This just happens to be the warfare we are engaged in presently. It is a spiritual warfare, waged by those who are enemies of the truth. Amen.
Let us open our Bibles to Isaiah 53. We are going to read verses 1 through 8. “Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For He shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” I think I will stop reading right there for now. The last number of weeks I have been looking at this scripture, and I want to say, This is a message I never went to study for, God just laid it upon my heart. Thoughts began to come to me along the line of divine healing. Through my lifetime, the things that I have heard said by preachers and others alike, as they would say what this means, what it is not, who it is for, when is it available, and so forth, none of which ever really spoke to me, but now I feel that it is time to deal with it. I am going to say some things, that I hope will set some minds straight. Divine healing is a promise, but remember this, All healing is of God. I will look anyone in the face and say, All healing is of God. There is a lot of the Bible that has never been read. A lot of people have thrown this question at people, Do you believe? Well there is a right way to believe God and to understand God, and especially what He has promised. I have to say this morning, Healing, no matter what method or means, or way it is brought about, it is God that does the healing. Let me explain something though. The very minute a little baby is formed in its mother’s womb, there are certain genetic laws and (We could say) virtues that go into affect. When that little baby is born, you may have heard it said, Its immune system is thus and so. Well, what is its immune system? It is something that God has instilled in every physical being, including animals and birds alike. As you are related to this earthly atmosphere and environment, God knew there would be a time when Satan would be the master of the overall situation and he would begin to pervert the natural things that God has instilled in His creation. When a child is born, you may hear the doctors say, Well he or she needs this to build up the immune system. What is he actually saying? They have discovered through blood tests and such that the body is a little slow in reacting and building up immunity to fight against certain infant diseases. I have heard it preached, that if you cannot believe in divine healing, then you have no faith. Well I want to set the record straight on that this morning. I am going to use the Bible. I am not going to use anyone’s nonsense. I have heard people say this, Well just don’t accept it. Don’t accept what? That headache? Regardless of who you are, young or old, when you play with things like that, you are like a scientist: You like to use someone else’s mind to play with your own ideas. That is not according to the Bible. An awful lot of the Bible is never even read or referred to. I am going to take my time and try to show you that all healing is of God, whether it is through a natural way, or by a divine act. I want you to know also, that I have actually heard men say, All doctors are of the devil. Let me say to you, The profession itself is certainly not of the devil. The man himself, in any profession, regardless of his stature in life, may have studied this and that and became guilty of shoving God out of the picture. Regardless of personal choices, if God had not allowed him to have a certain knowledge of how the natural laws of healing work, he could not do a bit more for you than your pet dog. I have Bible for what I am going to present to you. I am not trying to be smart or claim to know it all, but I have lived long enough to see a lot of sick people and observe a lot of things that have been done.
WHAT IS GOD’S WAY?
I want us to begin to understand, and not just play with something when we have scriptures to help build faith and right attitudes in the hearts of people. Some people get the wrong idea when they are brought into this way. I will never forget when we were brought into it from the Methodist realm of belief, into the light of Bro. Branham’s teaching, how I thought things were. I had never heard a lot of teachings on healing prior to that. Therefore the thought came to me quickly, If you are going to believe the things he teaches, you are just going to have to stop going to doctors. You will have to trust God for a divine act. What if eating your meals were like that? Do you expect God to cook you a meal? Of course not It is not necessarily within God’s plan to perform a divine act every time you have need of healing. I am going to read scriptures for what I am saying today, because I do not want anyone to think I am just preaching my ideas. I am not standing here to be made a fool of. I have heard down through my life, how people study foods, and I grant you, that in America, in the food industry, a lot of our foods have been tampered with by modern day scientists. As they fix these foods for the consumer, some of our foods have been overdone as they try to keep it from spoiling. When I look at people who want to say, Well you should never eat white bread, because it has had certain things taken out of it. Well in America, white bread has become the fashion of the day. If we would go back three hundred years ago, there was no such thing as white bread, but as man came along with modern scientific things to invent, that is what he comes up with. We met a woman years ago, a follower of Bro. Branham’s ministry. My wife had some relatives that were bothered with some certain sickness during that time, and I want to tell you what happened. When something was said to this lady, Bro. Branham said, Well maybe we can get Sis. So and So to go pray for them. The first thing she asked was, Do they eat white bread? If they eat white bread, then I will not go to pray for them. I want to ask you something, When you go into a country where they are half starving to death and they have no choice of what bread to eat or anything else, what are you going to tell them to eat? That is like the preacher who preached that all the sisters in his church had to wear shoes, and that their feet had to be covered. I thought, you blind man, I have been where they did not have any shoes. Are you going to go there and take a pair of shoes to every one of them that you convert? My point is this, Let us stop playing with the word of God. Let us become a people that will let the word of God talk to us. It will, if you will just open up your heart to His leading. I have heard people say, Oh if you go to a doctor it just proves you don’t have faith to believe in healing.
SOME STRAIGHT FACTS
I am going to tell you about a man who was the station caretaker at Borden Indiana. He was in his eighty’s back some years ago, and said he had never been to a doctor in his life. He slept with his windows open nearly the year round. He ate a lot of raw fruit and such; and I never knew him to go to church a day in his life. I thought, What about someone like that? Did he have good health because he believed in God? What caused him to have good health? He did not even have a testimony that he believed in God. Yet in eighty some years he had never been to a doctor. Well the point is this, We are all born into this world having an attribute to commit sin in this mortal flesh. There are certain things the devil works on. My point this morning, is that preachers have taken the word of God and diluted it to suit their own purposes, throwing away the parts they do not want to deal with. That is the main reason so many people grow up in life totally ignorant of the reality of what God does do and what He does not do. I am going to a biblical example of what I am talking about, so go with me to 2nd Kings. We have all read about Hezekiah. He was a godly king in his day. We are starting in the 1st verse of the 20th chapter, which says this, “In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.” Let me say this to you, because this is not to let you know that what God has promised here, or said to this man, could be an application for everybody who might want to use it. Why do I say that? Simply because not everyone is likely to do what Hezekiah turned over to the wall and began to do. We therefore ought to look at this as an example of the sovereignty of God. He can and does do whatever suits His sovereign purpose. Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Set thine house in order, for thou shalt surely die. Watch though, what Hezekiah did. “Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, saying, I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, (In other words, he began to search himself. As he looked back through the years of his service, everything he did, he tried to do it right because he did it to please God.) and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. (He was really broken up.) And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying, Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord. And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee, and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake. And Isaiah said, (Listen to me now: I want to remind you of how some people have approached this thing of healing . Well, I don’t believe in taking an aspirin, and I don’t believe in taking this and that. I will just say to all such, Be quiet: You have fussed too long about this. You have been dragging that carnal stuff around with you and missed the true will of God. Get back in the Bible. What does Isaiah say?) Take a lump of figs. (This is a home remedy) and they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.” Right here, it tells us what the sickness was. May I say this, In olden times, people that had blood infections that produced boils, sometimes it was bad enough it did end in death. They put figs on the boil and he recovered. That is why I say, Coming down the road of life, you have had every kind of theologian and doctor of divinity give their opinion on these things, and very little has been spoken of what the Bible actually teaches us. The Church of Christ does not even believe in a divine act at all. Others want to take the natural side completely out and make it all a divine act. Most want to ask, Well did you eat this, have you taken that, did you take medicine, have you tried this? They are not looking at it the Bible way. They are looking at it their own carnal way, trying to build some kind of image of something that does not even exist. Let us read on. “And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, (The king, not only has been promised fifteen more years of life, he has also been told what to do for the boil. Is that not enough? Well for Hezekiah it was not. He asked…) What shall be the sign that the Lord will heal me, (Now we will see, that whether it is a poultice of figs or what, it is still the Lord doing the healing. Is that not right? Have you everyone got the picture? He wanted to know what the sign would be that the Lord would heal him.) and that I shall go up into the house of the Lord the third day? And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing that He hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, (meaning the sun dial) or go back ten degrees? And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees. (Now saints, I am looking at two things here. First there is healing involved, but now we have an astronomical miracle taking place. Do you agree? Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees, (It would do that anyhow.) so in other words, if it suddenly jumped ten degrees it was an easy thing, but if He brought the shadow ten degrees backwards, changing from standard time to daylight savings time, he would accept that. That is the best way I can say it.) And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the Lord: and He brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz.” That was his sign, and just think, it all started with a physical ailment in Hezekiah’s body. From this recorded example, this tears down every idea that preachers as well as other people have, like, Well don’t accept it, don’t do this and don’t do that. Why do you not read what the Bible presents on this subject? This thing has been on my heart for days on end. I have seen some of the things that have happened to people through life. I remember when I was a child, how we were brought up in the old fashioned denominational way. Most people in those days were taught that God no longer was doing healing in a divine way, so we did not expect it. God is sovereign though, and is not bound by some people’s unbelief. He does those things that work into His will and purpose; and many of those instances really open the eyes of some.
WHAT MY DAD SUFFERED WITH
When I was only a small child and my father had suffered with a back problem for years, I had heard him at night, walking the floor in pain, not knowing what was causing it. Mother never told us. But after all this really began to work hard on my Dad’s back, she said to me one time, Junior, your dad has started hurting so bad that he said, I want to die, I want to get out of this misery. He had already doctored with twenty eight different doctors. They told him it was lumbago, or sciatic rheumatism, just a weak spine. He had used up nearly all his money, this was right in the beginning of the depression, 1929, when the stock market fell. He was praying, God, let me die, let me get out of this misery. When the old Pekin paper came out one day, there was an article in there that caused a turn around for dad. I am telling you this to tell you, There are doctors in society that God uses, and He has instilled in them an insight that others do not have. When mother read, that Dr. Willy Green of Pekin had just returned home from medical college and was going to set up a practice with his father, the elder Dr. Willy Green, she begged dad, Please, go see this doctor. Dad got my neighbor to take him down to Pekin. The doctor first asked him, Mr. Jackson, what can I do for you? Dad told him, I have suffered for years with a back problem, and there are times it hurts so bad, I wish I could die to get out of the misery, because nothing I do ever helps. He asked dad, Have you ever been to any other doctors? I have been to twenty eight different doctors. What did they say? Lumbago, sciatic rheumatism, a weak back. This doctor just started pressing up and down his back, pushing on different places, and he came to one place and dad said, Oh that really hurts. The doctor put a check mark there and went on. When he was finished examining him, the young doctor looked at him and said, Mr. Jackson, anybody would have a weak back when it is eaten up with tuberculosis. In those days, doctors had not gotten into a lot of modern discoveries of anything like that. They did not know how to test for TB. He said, If you can come back in the morning, I would like to take you to Louisville for some x-rays. You had to go to certain hospitals in those days for x-rays, because many of them did not have the x-ray machines. The doctor brought him to the old Baptist hospital in Louisville and took an x-ray of his spine. It showed that the second, third, and fourth vertebrae up from the tailbone, were almost eaten into. He said it was like the tips of two ice cream cones barely touching. When the doctor showed this to my dad, he said, Raymond, you could bend over some morning to tie your shoes and that could snap and cut your spinal cord into, and you would be dead just that quick. He then said, I wouldn’t give you a dime for your chance of a longer life, But Mr. Jackson, if you will work with me, I would like to try something. (Here is what I am leading up to in telling this.) Do not ever develop that attitude in your life that a doctor does not have any place in the life of a believer. Not all doctors are going to be doctors that God can really inspire, because they do not have the proper mental attitude. It is always spoken of as what I can do for you. Most of the old time doctors would say, Well I can only do so much, but we will put our dependence in the Creator. When my dad was put in this little narrow bed, about the size of a door frame, he was to lay on that for six months. I am going to cut the story short. The x-ray showed from that part of his spine over into this right hip there was a hallow place where tuberculosis had eaten away the whole inside of his body, and in the months that he was under that treatment, many pints of pus were drawn out of that leg. There was no medicine for tuberculosis but the doctor prescribed certain minerals. That is all dad ever took during that time, but he took that for six months. Well instead of six months, it wound up to be two years and a half that dad had to lay there on that narrow little bed. When he finally came off of that bed, the doctor had designed a little brace for him to wear. I have an aunt in Jeffersonville, whose brother was a shoe maker. They took the design to the shoemaker. He got little short pieces of metal and built a frame according to the doctors design. My father wore that. During that same time a neighbor woman took sick with the same thing. The doctor gave her the same treatment. There was another farmer near Salem, he had made the remark before when something was said about my father being very sick, There is nothing wrong with that man other than just laziness. That man came down with the same thing and died. Therefore I say to everyone of you, Do not ever make fun of someone and try to diagnose what he or she is or is not suffering with. You could wind up suffering the same thing and paying might not help you. Well let me get back to this event. WW2 came on, and after WW2 the doctor went back to Boston Massachusetts to take a higher degree in medical science, and he became the third best known bone specialist in the United States. He was on his way of prescribing ways and means of curing people with tuberculosis. After my father came off that little bed, he lived many years and never had back pain anymore. His back was always a little weak, but I have seen him work in strawberries, and even work with his cousin in the woods making cross ties. He knew his limitations, so he always went at any kind of work in a careful way. I am telling this, believing it may encourage someone somewhere. As I was saying earlier, I grew up in an old denominational way; and we did not know anything about divine healing. My mother told me the testimony of dad’s ordeal and she said also, that when my father was first put on that little bed, at night when she would go to bed, she would cry herself to sleep, wondering, What is my future going to be like? This was in the depression time and things were really rough. She said this though, One night, I was caught up in a dream and saw a terrible storm brewing in the sky. All those black clouds came toward me. She said, that as she looked at them, she thought, What am I going to do? All of a sudden the clouds split at the top. Where it split, there was a little white cloud that came drifting out. She saw a prophet dressed in white, that looked at her and said, Fear not, everything will be alright. Remember now, that was back in the depression days. Do not tell me there is not a God we can look to for help. I would have to say to modern atheists today, You do not know what you are talking about. Knowing how God used the mentality, the experience, and the profession of that young doctor, and knowing that he became the third best known bone specialist after WW2, really blesses my soul. That is why I am quick to say, Do not try to tell me that going to a doctor is wrong. Oh but Bro. Jackson, that don’t mean God is in it. Watch your words and go with me to Jeremiah 8:22. I will start with the 20th verse. “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me. (Now listen to what the Lord said…) Is there no balm in Gilead; (How many know what balm is? It is an ingredient that was once used in medicine. I have seen it on the labels of old medicine bottles.) Is there no physician there? (God is asking the question.) Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?” Here you have a medical ingredient, then you have a profession mentioned. How many see it? I am not done with all the biblical references. I will say this though, I grant you that at the turn of the century when the Pentecostal move hit, a lot of people from different denominations received a wonderful experience from the Azusa Street meetings. Out of those meetings came all kinds of testimonies of what God had done for people, men, women, boys and girls, and also of the attitude and ideas some eventually got. I have heard many stories.
TURNING GOOD INTO BAD, AND ALSO BAD INTO GOOD
I used to know some old people from Huston Texas, that came here years ago to the Tabernacle. They were followers of Bro. Branham’s ministry. The man himself was a young fellow during the Azusa Street revival. He was not in it, but he knew a lot of people who were. He said to me, Bro. Jackson, I have been told many stories of what actually occurred. He said, Some of the things those preachers came up with were really far out. One particular preacher received the power of God; and oh what a sensation surged through his being. What a revelation he got though. The experience literally mystified him. From that moment on he began to preach, I will never die, I have eternal life, I will never die. Well it shocked people, hearing that. Everywhere he went he preached, I will never die, I will never die. He began to preach to people, You should also believe, if you have the Holy Ghost, that you will never die. Well brothers and sisters, some of this nonsense people come up with, God will only tolerate for so long before He intervenes. That preacher said one day, But if I was to die, it would probably be by an accident of some kind. An accident it was. He was on a train going somewhere; and during the night there had been a terrible thunderstorm. It had blown down some telephone and electric poles. It broke one off at the top of the ground but the wires still held it up somewhat. That caused the cross arm on the utility pole to lean toward the railroad track. This was in a place where the track made a curve. That preacher was sitting next to the window. As the train came around the curve, the cross arm hit the glass of that man’s window. It broke the glass out and a piece came across his neck and cut his head almost off. He bled to death. I take no pleasure in telling things like this, but if we are going to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and what He can do, let us be sure we know what we are doing an that we have Bible for it. We must have the leading of the Lord in what we preach. Nevertheless out of Pentecost came many things that were negative as well as some that were positive. There were a lot of preachers from then onward that delighted in teaching against taking medicine. They had to believe that all healing was a divine act. If you believed in going to a doctor and took medicine, then you were showing that you do not have faith to believe God for what you need. I am saying to you this morning, That is mere nonsense. You do not even have scripture for anything like that. I have just barely touched the surface of the scriptures I could use in this message. I am going to give you some illustrations that I believe will help. It is true that many times God has healed people when they were not even aware of the divine act of God, they come through life and encounter some kind of circumstances physically, or maybe by accident or such, that puts them in need. Sometimes it is how God, through their ignorance, reaches out and causes something to take place by a divine act. When you look back upon what has developed, you can see that the hand of God manifested something on our behalf; and that is because God is fully aware of every one of our situations in life. When it came to my own life and the testimony of my own life, as I have said many times, Growing up in a denominational realm of belief, I knew nothing about a divine act of healing or anything like that. I was telling a fellow the other day, I never wanted to be too religious. I wanted to be a believer in one sense of the word, but I did not want to be really religious. I always thought the Bible was a good book to have on the night stand, or somewhere in the home, but don’t get too close, don’t study too much, don’t read too much because it can make you a fanatic. That was my natural attitude. I thought growing up in life, Yes, it is nice to go to church, but don’t get too serious. When I came home from the army, all these things were floating through my mind. My ambition was to be a farmer. I started out to be a farmer, as that was my natural aim. Many times I would go to church and the preacher would preach a message of salvation. That would put me under conviction, but I held back from doing anything about it. I would sit there feeling like the Lord was saying, When are you going to give your heart to me? Deep inside though, I did not want to get too religious, so I just went home feeling bad. In the past, I had read stories about people that would get really religious and fanatical, like, If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, so that is what they did. If thy hand offend thee, cut if off, and that is what they did. I did not want to be like that. My desire to be a farmer was strong, and I thought I was well on my way with it. Then in October 1948, on old Highway 31, is where God let the devil bring me within an inch of losing my life in a terrible accident. When I came to myself three days later, in the hospital, and they told me what had happened, they told me what had happened in the natural, but in the Spirit, God was saying, This happened to bring you to me. From that time on, October 1948 to April 1950, I lived a very miserable life. I did my best to be a success at farming, trying to do everything right. But for a year and half it seemed like everything was going in reverse. It got so bad I could not go to sleep at night. I would go to bed, but I could not get to sleep, because something was saying, Until you give your heart to me, nothing will be successful and you will not have peace of mind, nor joy, nothing to look forward to. Many nights I lay there until way past midnight, wanting to sleep but sleep would not come. I would get up and go out into the yard and look up at the moon. Then I would say, Lord, take this feeling away from me, I can’t stand it. I wanted that feeling to leave me, but I never said what I would do if He took it away. I just wanted that feeling to leave me so I could go ahead and do what I wanted to do. In those last months of 1950, in the spring of the year, I was plowing a field for corn. There was no such thing as “no till” planting back then. One day as I was plowing, it was like something took my mind and turned a tape recorder loose in it and I heard, You will not succeed at anything, you will no longer have any peace of mind and you will not be successful until you first give your heart to me. When that was said, that finished the picture for me: A friend of mine that had been in the army also, and was a preacher that was doing a lot of evangelistic work, was holding a meeting in an old country Methodist Church. My wife and I, my father-in-law and mother-in-law went to the meeting. None of them knew what I went there to do that night. I did not even listen to the preacher: I was just sitting there waiting for the altar call. When the altar call was made, I got up and went to the front. I have heard them say, Pray through, give it up to the Lord, turn it all over to God. Well there I was. Do you know what I said? Lord, here I am, and Lord, if you will take this doubt away from me and give me an assurance inside that my sins have been forgiven, Lord, you can have this life of mine. If you will take these cigarettes away from me, Lord, (I was using it like the old Methodist saying, for good measure.) then I will do my best to teach your word. I just thought I was throwing that in for good measure. When the prayer line was over and everybody got up, I was asked, Bro. Jackson, what has the Lord done for you? I said, I came here tonight to give my heart to the Lord and I have surrendered my heart to Him and said, Lord, give me a know-so salvation and I will do my best to live for you. Now comes the Bible into the picture. I had no way of knowing it would be pouring down rain the next day and I would not be able to work outside. This was April 1950, I find myself sitting in the living room with my Bible. I had never wanted to get close to it, as I have testified many times. I did not want to be a fanatic, that would do something like I had heard of others doing, like plucking out an eye, or cutting off a hand, as you see in Matthew 5:29-30. Nevertheless for that entire day I read the Bible, just stopping long enough to eat a little lunch. From then on, God started speaking to me, verse by verse. When it was necessary, a little verse would stand out. Yes, I have read whole chapters never knowing what I had read, but once in awhile there would be a verse that would stand out. That went on for months to come. When they took me to the hospital in the condition I was in after the accident, my scalp was torn back from over my right eye and the doctor said later, We didn’t even know if you had an eye left there. Everything was torn upward. He said, The way your heart was acting, we didn’t know if you would live until daylight. I remember my wife and parents were told, Stick around until morning: we do not think he will live until daylight. The accident occurred late in the evening. For three days I did not know a thing. On the day I came out of that state , my family told me what had happened, and from then on, I began to regain consciousness and began to eat. As I regained consciousness I began to be aware that my head was all bandaged, so that I could only see with the left eye. I will never forget the day the doctor came in and said, Raymond, we are going to unbandage your head: we don’t know if you have an eye there in the right socket, and your scalp Raymond, looking at it, we did not know if you would even live. The scalp was torn back and this is what the doctor saw, something that they did not know what to do with. (The reason I am telling this, is to emphasize what the doctor said.) This is what the doctors saw, all the muscles that controlled the eyebrow, and the eyelid, were all peeled back with the scalp. He said, We could not tell where to connect anything, so we just peeled it all out and brought the scalp back down and sewed it in place. (You can see that I still have the scar.) When I did regain consciousness and they saw that I was going to live, that is when they took the bandage off. I was sitting in bed, with a nurse on each side and the doctor in front talking to me. They started unwrapping the bandage. When they were done, the nurse picked up some gauze with a lot of fluid on it and began to soak the dried blood on that area. The doctor in the meantime, saw that there was still an eye in the socket. He put his hand over my eye and said, Raymond, can you see me? I said yes. He looked around to my family and said, You can thank Almighty God for that. I went to see that doctor for several weeks after I was released from the hospital. He said to me one day, Raymond, you will never be able to close that eyelid, and staying open all the time would irritate the eye, so you will have to pull the eyelid closed part of the time. I thought, Well at least I can do that. But I testify to you this morning, God did a miracle on behalf of my physical being, not because I knew anything about divine healing, but God knew exactly what He was going to cause me to do at a future time. Therefore I just want to say, Let’s stop playing with God’s word and get realistic with it. We must let it talk to us instead of letting somebody come along and sway us with a bunch of nonsense. As for my eye, I could not wink with it for quite some time. If I pulled it shut, it stayed shut. If I opened it, it stayed open, but it would soon start watering. Within six months though, I began to notice a certain sensation in it, a pulling sensation when I would pull the eyelid shut. I could feel that muscle doing something. That went on for almost one year, and then I began to notice something different. Now I can open and shut that eye at will, so I ask you, Why am I able to do that when all those muscles were supposed to have been cut out? I have to say, God is a Creator, and while I was in my ignorance, He performed a miracle for me. I was not supposed to live, but I did. Then the doctors said, he may never be right mentally, but I am. I was not supposed to be able to close and open my eyelid, but I can. I can even wink with that eye now. What the doctors could not do, God did it for me. I stand here today saying, Thank God, He is a sovereign Spirit; and He knows exactly what He is doing, and why He is doing it. What He did for me, He did it well. He makes no mistakes. On top of that, having come home from the Pacific, I had contracted malaria. All the time I was in the army, we had to take pills to keep the malaria from acting on us, but after coming home, I had no access to those pills. I thought, When I get home, I will be out of the Pacific and the malaria will soon be gone. That was not right. I had not been home very long until I had my first attack of malaria. When that malaria fever hits you, you will know you have had a fever. You chill, you feel like you are freezing to death, you shake, the more cover you put on, the colder you get. From the time I was discharged until I had this accident, I had three attacks of malaria. But when I had the accident and recovered from that, I thank God, the same God that healed my head so that I could close my eyes, so that I could think straight with my mind, He also healed me from malaria. I never had another attack after that. Those things let me know, He is a God that acts sovereignly and divine, any time it suits His purpose. It does not pay to let your mind be carried away and played with by everybody’s ideas. I say that to let you know, it does not pay to try to use your ideas on someone else, as though it has to be according to what you say. God is not bound by what you say, unless He has told you to say it.
WHERE SOME LEAVE THE BIBLE
In 1952 the year I met Bro. Branham, I started reading some of the old Voice of Healing publications. Bro. Glenn Funk had given them to me. As I read some of them, I was amazed. There was one young man though, I believe he was from Louisiana, whose name was Jack Cole. He had been in the Navy. I read his testimony. The reason I am telling this testimony, is because some people that have had an experience of healing, will allow that to cause them to depart from the scriptures. Jack Cole was one of those people. He had several attacks of malaria when he got home, and almost died. However in one of those attacks, he cried out to God and was healed. As this attack was raging in his body, God touched him by His divine power and delivered him from malarial fever. This caused him to get the idea that God is still a healer, so he began to preach divine healing. As he did, he also began to preach that it is wrong to go to a doctor, it is wrong to take medicine and so forth. He was a great admirer of Bro. Branham’s life and ministry, but his own story came to a bad end. This was probably about 1956 or 1957, somewhere along there. Jack Cole had a tent and was in Florida. In this incident, they brought a little boy with polio onto the platform. The little boy was walking with crutches. When they brought him to the platform, Jack Cole had a very narrow minded attitude about how he prayed for sick people, especially when they had canes, crutches and such, he would take them away and brake them up as if the person would never need them any more. When they took these crutches off the little boy’s legs, he turned around and threw them away. He prayed for the young boy. The little fellow walked off the platform back to his parents. To the audience, it looked like a great miracle of God. I have to say, it was, but God did this to show something else. The next morning when the little boy woke up, he could not walk again. He could not do anything with crutches. When the parents took the boy back to the doctor, the doctor immediately condemned the whole thing. Then the people started a law suit against Jack Cole. A friend told Jack Cole, Get out of Florida as quick as you can. He went back to Louisiana and had not been there but a few days when he fell seriously sick with a high fever. I read the account, he had taught against doctors and against everything, but finally when he got sick, his wife saw that he needed to do something, she over rode his decision and had a doctor come in. This doctor examined him, he had contracted polio, the worst kind. In those days there was little anyone could do, so Jack Cole just lay there in bed. Doctors did everything they could. Everybody was praying, but Jack Cole died. Does that tell you something? Do not take a good thing and run over the hill with it. It will not work. From a standpoint of divine healing, that is a miraculous act of God. God did not have to heal my eye. He did not even have to let me be in my right mind. I could be a living vegetable yet today. I could have had an eye that I have to wear a patch over, because of not being able to control my eyelid, but God knew what He had called me to do and He wanted me to have the use of my mind and eyes to fulfill that calling. I did not know what was ahead, but He did. I have to say, Thank You Lord ever time I reflect back on those days. You must remember, that there was a time when I was so stubborn I did not want to get close to the Bible. In the last number of years, this book means more to me than all the other books in this world. I am thankful to God for His divine grace and mercy in my life. God is still a healer, but do not ever think He does not have different methods of healing. I am going to use another illustration, of something that happened to me. I met Bro. Branham in 1952. By the end of the year we had made up our minds we would start going to the Tabernacle frequently. Then we came into the year 1953. Bro. Branham had been asked to come to the Church of the Open Door in Louisville, Kentucky to preach. My wife and I decided we were going to go hear him. The meeting were in March. Bro. Branham was going to pray for the sick in those meetings, so I had decided I wanted to be in every one of those services. I wanted to see how God would work. Up until that time, ever time I would get a cold, it would always settle in my sinuses. Looking back on that period of time, there were times that nothing I would take would do me any good. I had so much misery and pain, I would stick my head in hot water, as hot as I could stand it, to try to get relief. In that month of March when Bro. Branham was to have this meeting, I took a bad cold. That first morning when I woke up and Bro. Branham was going to be there that night, I thought, How in the world can I go to this meeting with my head feeling so miserable. Nevertheless through the daytime, I would do everything I could to relieve the misery. I said, Lord, I want to go to this meeting, but how can I sit there and enjoy anything, being like this? You know, all through the daylight hours I lived in misery and pain, but when it was time to start getting ready to go to the meeting, I would start feeling better. We would get ready and go to the meeting, and I would feel fine. I am telling you an actual experience that happened to me. I thought, Oh my, God has healed me, so I would go to the service that night. My how the power of God did use Bro. Branham! I would come home feeling fine and wake up the next morning, my head throbbing, feeling terrible. I thought, What in the world is wrong? I must not be a believer, because I really let the devil work on me. I would try to do other things, my head hurt so bad I could hardly stand it. I sat around the house, sat in a dark room, put my head in hot water, just trying to get some relief. Then about the time to get ready for church, I would start feeling better. Every evening when it was time to get ready to attend service, that misery was gone. I would go to the service and I thought, Thank God, I am really enjoying this. That went on for five nights. Sunday night was the last night. I thought, Now how will this condition be next week? When we would come home Sunday night, there would be no more meetings. I woke up Monday morning and felt fine. I said, My, God has healed me! Not yet. That same thing went on for about another month or six weeks. I took another bad cold. When I did, it settled in my sinuses. I thought, Now I am really in for it. Saints, I am telling this for the glory of God. When it looked like I was heading in for another episode of soreness, pain, suffering, one night in a dream I saw myself in a hospital room, lying on a bed. I saw two interns come in, which took me from my bed and put me on another one. They rolled me out of that room and into an operating room. I knew, as I was being pushed down the hallway, they were going to operate on me. They put me in the operating room, they stepped out and two figures in white stepped in. One came to one side of the bed, and the other on the other side of the bed. I heard the voice of one say, Hand me such and such, some kind of instrument. I saw a hand pass over my vision, then felt a line drawn on my skull. As I did, immediately my spirit was out of my body. I was standing at the side of the room, watching. As I watched, they did some kind of operation inside my head. I knew that when they were finished, I would be healed. When they had finished everything, I was lying wide awake. I did not feel any misery, no pain. I have had several bad colds since then that has affected my throat at times, and has even taken my voice, but never have I had that throbbing sinus headache and suffering again like before. God healed me. He did it right when it looked like I was ready to go into another attack. Therefore I say to you everyone, Yes, God is a healer, but the healing is not always by a supernatural means: He also heals naturally, because He instilled a law of healing in us. He has a way of healing you in the natural, and He can do it in a way to let you know He is doing it. I am not going to say any more on this today. I feel that I have said enough on that for now. I have said, Lord, you laid this message on my heart, so I ask that you would enable me to do it justice, and allow me to use scriptures, as well as examples as I stand to deliver it. I am not seeking any glory out of it, but I do want to see truth itself honored by all. When the Lord laid this message upon my heart, I purposed to do my best to try to show that even though there are what we call miracle healings, there are healings that take place under other circumstances as well. Those are not necessarily by a divine act. I say to you also, Do not ever think God is not in any healing. When He made this physical body, He designed it that certain laws will function to keep it in a healthy state, especially if we treat ourselves right. When we talk about medicine and different things, we are not leaving God out of the picture. I referred to the scripture this morning, in Jeremiah, where it referred to balm, which was an herbal mixture used in the Middle East in the days of the Bible. The medical benefits of that became known worldwide. As I have said before, I have seen in some of the pharmaceutical ingredients, (years ago) before they started bringing out a lot of scientific stuff, that balm was used in different medicines that doctors ministered to their patients. As I said this morning, If we will take the Bible the way it is laid out, we can see the miracle side of God, but we can also recognize the natural side of God’s law of healing. When the Bible refers to the balm of Gilead, it is a known fact that in a lot of our herbal plant life today, doctors through the centuries have discovered medical ingredients. For instance, aspirin, is a product of the aspen tree. How many realize that? It is part of plant life. When man found that, just think of the realization that this could be extracted from that plant life and could be used to curb some of the pain and fever that would hit the human body. There are many other herbal things that have been discovered by medical science through the years of time, that are used to treat certain conditions. God knew what mankind would need as long as we live here in this natural body. He knew exactly what was coming, therefore He designed the herbal plant life to be of benefit to him.
WHAT WE CAN READ IN THE SCRIPTURES
I am going to ask you to turn with me to Jeremiah 46. I want to keep this message as scriptural as I know how. In many of the scriptures we will see how God looks upon certain people in connection with the medication mentioned in these scriptures. We begin to see the background of the type of people and we begin to see how God looks upon the unbelieving world. I will have to say, God has miraculously, divinely healed people of the unbelieving world. We can say it is an act of God’s mercy. When medical science has done all it can do, here is this person in a very serious situation. Somebody comes along and says something, and we see the hand of God reaches out and touch that unbelieving person. I am not going to bring those things in too much tonight because I want to finish up this message next Sunday. I want to give it full coverage as the Lord enables me. In Jeremiah 46, when your thought is not on the healing side of things, and you just read this, it is just so many words. But I want us to notice in the 11th verse, the prophet of God said, “Go up into Gilead, (That is where this herbal product was found.) and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt: (Notice, a different people. Here, it sets the type of the unbeliever.) in vain shalt thou use many medicines; for thou shalt not be cured.” Now we read this morning, God would say, go up to Gilead, is there not balm, is there not a physician, then why has the daughter of my people not been healed? But here he turns right around, and is speaking of medicine, of a healing herb, but He is actually looking at another type of people, unbelievers. That is why the Egyptian part plays in there. Actually, no matter what they do, no matter how much they spend, the wrong is not in what they are doing to get healed, it is the attitude they have toward the Creator and the one doing the speaking. That is how we have to look at these things. Let us go now, to Jeremiah 51. These verses of scripture fit in very uniquely. I know that back through the years, as this generation has had a deliverance move by the Spirit of God, and especially for divine healing, in the late 1940’s through the 1950’s and into the 1960’s, many times these verses were looked at and the healing evangelists would refer to them, like, Well that just goes to show that God is not in it. No, that is wrong: you have to read from the picture, before you can see what God is looking at. In Jeremiah 51:8, He is speaking to another element of the unbelieving society. “Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; (meaning cry for her) take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.” In other words it is questionable, and it is conditional. It is not that God would not do His part if approached in faith. To the Egyptians though, (the unbelievers)He has seen something there, that no matter how much medicine they would take, they were never going to get well. He could see that attitude, ungratefulness, the unthankfulness, so that is not the atmosphere God works in. No matter what that kind of people did, they would never get well. On the other hand, there is another element of people with a different attitude. When He sees an attitude that is questionable, He therefore says these things like we see in various scriptures. I brought them into the message tonight, to put this in the background. I now come back to the era of time that I remember, that I have lived in, and I have enjoyed seeing some things the hand of God has done. When we first got acquainted with Bro. Branham, in those days, for quite a long while, I was of the opinion though I had never heard him say one way or another, that if you are going to be believing in divine healing, then you just have to forget about a doctor and taking pills. I began to try to reconcile my mind to that kind of thought, but it looked like every time I thought things were going smooth, suddenly one of my children would become sick. That is one thing I can hardly stand, to see a little child with a fever. You want to do your utmost to comfort it, yet it somehow seems like at the last moment, you are compelled to take the child to a doctor. Oh how the devil likes to get on your shoulder and fight you, like, Now I have you right where I want you. You then take the child to the doctor: The doctor diagnoses it, a bad virus, quite common, but when you have gone against what you wanted to do, you are looking at it altogether different than he. Why did I have to be so unbelieving? Why did I have to give in and do what the devil wanted me to do? The devil just wants to fight you. If he can confuse you concerning the word of God, that is what his main purpose is. Another thing comes to my mind after having said that. Some of the evangelists you hear, and some of the people who follow them, have the philosophy, Well you don’t have to accept anything the devil tries to put on you. Just reject it, if you feel a sickness coming on, don’t accept it. Young people, please do not ever entertain that kind of thought. You want to live by revelation faith, not just someone’s ideas. Now I will tell you why I said that. If you could talk to Job, you would hear a quite different story. It is one thing to look at someone that is getting sick, but do you know the situation behind that case? When you try to experiment with your ideas, what is and what is not of faith, you may think it is easy to be smart. You begin to feel that fever in your body and then somebody says reject it. Don’t talk like that! Let us look at the trials of Job. How many know the story of Job, what he was faced with? I would like to see some of these Pentecostal people go talk to him, if it were possible. Well we cannot talk with him, but we can read the book of Job and learn a good lesson. One stern look from Job, and he would say, Where did you come from? You are not my friend. Most of Job’s critics were supposed to be his friends. Were they not? The reason I say this, is because of a lot of the things that have been taught in later years by those of the divine healing ministry. They have taken scripture completely out of context and tried to make it a basis of their own. It will not work. God has overlooked our ignorance in times past, when many times we misunderstood, but many times God also knows that we need the right kind of understanding and He makes it available. When we look at Job’s problems, how the devil came up before God and the Lord asked him, Where have you been? Oh, I’ve been running up and down the face of the earth. (God speaking) By the way, I have a man down there by the name of Job, what do you think of him? Now the old devil lights in on Job. Well, you have put a hedge about him. However if you take down that wall of protection, I will show you, that he will curse you to your face. That is why I can say tonight, If there were conditions back then that became recorded in the word of God, they were recorded for a reason, so who are we to try to change the picture, whether it is past or present, or future? How do we know but what sometimes peoples’ sickness, is for a reason? You never know why, when one day they look completely healthy; and the next day it looks like their health has crumbled to pieces. We all know there is a devil behind it, but we do not know why it was allowed. We have no right to tear down the character of anyone unless God has shown you something; and that will be for your own benefit. You get a lesson when you read the book of Job, because all these friends of his came and accused and gave advice, but none of them knew why God had allowed Job to be tested like that. We have a lot of people around today that can give you advice, how to be healed, when to be healed, what to do, and what not to do, but their advice is usually guesswork. That is mainly because, not every case is the same. It is better to believe God, and seek His will in every situation, though many times we will not understand the situation or the circumstances, but believe God anyway and do it without giving your mind away to everybody else’s advice, because many times it is only them trying to experiment with you, to see if their idea works. That is why I say, When we see some situations, it is better for us to keep quite. God is still the healer, regardless whether it has been done through medical means or a divine act.
A TESTIMONY OF HOW GOD WORKS
I will now relate an incident that took place in my wife’s body. In the early 1960’s she started having bladder infections. She went to the local doctor, a good doctor that we had confidence in. He would give her some medication. She would take that. In the time she took it, the situation would get better, but after the medication ran out, usually within a couple weeks or so, it was right back again. This condition went on for at least three months. Each time she would go back, the doctor would say, You take that, when that is gone, I may have to send you to a specialist. It went on until it came to its worst state. He had given her the last type of medicine that could be used for such a condition at that time and said, If this does not cure it, I will have to send you to a certain place to have it checked out. To see my wife that stood by my side through the years, and done everything she knew to do, not only in the natural sense, but always to stand by my side to help me, hurt me terribly to see her suffer with this sickness in her body. We prayed a lot about what to do next. Then one night I had a dream about what to do. In that dream, I saw myself taking my wife to Bro. Branham for prayer. We went to his home and he came to the door and invited us into the house. My wife was told to sit in a certain place. I was shown a certain place to sit. I saw exactly how he started talking with her. I saw the whole process. We afterward received the news that Bro. Branham was to have a meeting in Topeka, Kansas. This was around 1962, somewhere along in there. I thought, Well I will take her to Topeka and see if I can get a prayer card for her. We drove all the way to Topeka and got a hotel room. When we left the hotel to go to the meeting place, circumstances prevailed in the traffic, that I did not make very good time getting there. When we finally got to the meeting place, the prayer cards were all given out. This same thing went on, Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday night. All the time I was thinking, I have taken her to Topeka to try to get Bro. Branham to pray for her, still the situation was not a bit better. Monday morning came, and we were in our car heading back to Indiana. I could not help but think, What did I go to Topeka for? Nevertheless when I got home, the next morning or so, she got up feeling very bad. That is when I decided to call Bro. Branham and ask if it would be possible to get an appointment to have him pray for her and he agreed. The next day we went to Bro. Branham’s house. I will never forget it. The dream I had, as we drove into the driveway, he met us on the porch and invited us into the house. As we went into the living room, at that time there was a piano sitting on the side. There was a couch opposite it against the other wall. Here was a chair that matched the couch. He motioned for me to sit in that chair. I did, just like in the dream, and there I saw my wife sitting on the couch all by herself, and he was sitting on the piano stool. For some reason Sis. Branham had stepped out into the bedroom and was doing something. Bro. Branham started casually talking with my wife. Then he stopped and said, Well I guess you understand the reason I am talking like this, I am just waiting on the Lord. Well the Lord is here now. He got up and took off his wrist watch, and laid it on a shelf. He started talking to my wife about the situation, as she explained how she felt. He then got up from the bench he had been sitting on and stood in the middle of the floor and said, Sis. Jackson, stand up. She stood up. He said to her, Give me your hand. He took her left hand and looked at it. These are the words he said, You worry a lot, don’t you? He said, That condition has become a very chronic thing. He began to illustrate what happens. When worry enters your mind, it causes your digestive system to go into a strain. If you worry in excess, after awhile it causes the body to secrete acids which overload the urinary tract. As the urinary tract is overloaded, this excess acid begins to irritate the bladder. As that keeps repeating, the condition gets worse. He was holding her hand, talking slowly, describing all the actions of what was going on. As he explained all this to her, he said, Now Sis. Jackson, let’s pray. He prayed a very simple prayer. When he was finished praying he said, Now sit down. Then he began to talk about other things. When his wife came in from the bedroom, he said, Mede, you weren’t in here when the Lord came in. He began to describe my wife’s condition to her. He stood up again and told why he took his watch off. He said, When I took your hand, big purple blotches would rise up, I could hear that spirit meeting that gift. After he explained this, he took her hand again. He took her hand and looked at her and smiled, you have more faith than I thought you had. He said, See, it is all clear now. With that, I cannot help but think, That is just exactly the way I saw the dream unfold. Here I went all the way to Topeka Kansas, but that was not the way God wanted to do it. I am saying this tonight, to let you know, You cannot hurry God. Stop trying to hurry Him. Stop trying to put Him on any kind of terms. You have to do that. I believe God has certain ways He wants to do things. We stayed for a few more minutes; and he said to me, Bro. Jackson, you have a wonderful companion. May God bless her abundantly. As we were leaving the house, the last thing he said as we stepped out on the porch, Sis. Jackson, put your trust in God. However in a day or two you might want to go back to the doctor and have him check you. The last words he said was, Don’t be afraid, everything is going to be alright. That is exactly what I heard him say in the dream. That was on the weekend. She felt so good during those three days, we decided there was no need to go back to the doctor. But after three days, when she awakened that morning she said, You know what, it looks like that condition has come back. I said, Then let’s go to the doctor as he said. She got herself ready and on our way to the doctor that condition stopped. We went ahead to the doctor and he examined her, and found that everything was O.K. I tell that to explain this, In that case what the doctor could not do, nor his medicine, the divine grace of God did what was needed and did it just exactly the way the servant said. That condition never did come back to bother her. I have to say Thank God, every time I think of that. He is still alive, He is still working with his people. He is still just as merciful today as He was back then. I must tell you though, That experience taught me something: you don’t hurry God, nor do you put conditions out there that He must help you your way. When we approach Him the right way and do our part, He knows what we need and how to meet that need: we do not need to instruct Him. Sometimes you do walk by faith. Sometimes you know when you are in a condition where you do not know what to do, but above all else, just keep your confidence in the Lord and somewhere down the road He will show His hand of mercy. You do not know how He will, but He will do it. I am able to give a complete account of what my wife went through. Therefore I say tonight, Young people, and others as well, do not try to experiment with something until you have been led by God enough to recognize His leading. You will only wind up disappointed. I am thankful for everything that God, by His divine mercy, has allowed me to experience in life. I know He is still the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is a God that is sovereign. He is a God that is merciful. He knows more about your condition than the doctors do, but it may just be that He wants the doctor to be the instrument in your healing, because He has ordained it to be that way for a purpose. I realize sometimes you could go to one doctor and you can spend a fortune to one doctor, but if for some reason he has not done one bit of good for you, do not say they are all alike. They may not all be alike. There may be just one physician out there somewhere that God wants to honor. That is why it is in the scriptures like this, especially in the 8th chapter of Jeremiah, verse 22 “Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?” He is questioning those two terms. Therefore I am saying tonight, The things that evangelists have preached and propagated, how they have used people to play on and experiment with, is not right for them to get by with that kind of supposed-to-be ministering to people seeking God. I cannot tell you how many times, especially in the 1950’s when there were a lot of preachers in the deliverance move, that preachers would pray for the sick, and the next thing you hear, is that So and so is traveling the road as a great healing evangelist. They would get a tent and then they were ready to go. Over a period of time, they would get to using this act of mercy to take advantage of the people for money. I know, that back in those days I bought every kind of book I could get my hands on, how to increase my faith, how to find the will of God and so forth. I still have them: they are old now, just sitting in the book case. But as I look at them I have to say, I did not learn a thing from them, because God did not want me to learn it out of those books. He wanted me to learn it out of the Bible and by practical experience as I walked with Him. I do not say these things to sound smart or to rebuke anyone, but God is sovereign and we need to look to His Word and wait upon Him. He is not going to sell Himself to some evangelist for you to just take however he wants to use you, and then you put that in a book and it goes for everybody, everywhere. No. A sovereign God does not work that way. He knows the way He wants to do things, and He wants us to be willing to wait on Him, for His time. One time during those early years we went to Illinois for a meeting. I have forgotten the man’s name, but he was listed among the preachers in the Voice of Healing Magazine, so we went to his meeting one Saturday night. It was the first time I had ever sat in one of his meetings, so we knew nothing about how he ministered. His message was a very simple one. When he came to the end of his message, he brought out an illustration about another meeting he had somewhere, and how God had showed him there would be a certain man. That man he saw, had some kind of sign hanging over him, that he would point him out and he would come to the front. He would talk to the young man and God would heal him. He was telling this. As he ended his sermon, he looked back over the audience and began to describe a young man, his clothing and everything. You have a condition in your body, you have gone to all kinds of physicians already. If you will come to the front and believe, God is going to heal you. The young man did. As I watched this, the young man told how he had gone to doctors in different places. I said, Here is one young man that has a gift, not necessarily to use as often as Bro. Branham, but the one time he was shown something, he used it wisely and the young man responded and received the benefits. I had to say, At least there is one young man that did not try to make this a traditional thing, that everybody he wants to pray for, he saw the condition. I say this tonight, and I want all of you to listen to what I am saying, Before the Bride leaves this world, I believe with all my heart, there are some things that God wants to do among that body. You cannot tell Him what to do, even if you see a thousand beds with sick people. You can stand and cry, but that is not going to move God one bit. You have to have an attitude like, Lord, these people need a touch. Lord, would you show us what to do or what not to do? That sad part is, a lot of people cannot be still long enough to hear from God. If God answers one prayer they automatically think, Oh He will answer the same way for a thousand. Away you go down the street screaming, Come and bring all the sick. From 1950 on up until now people have made a fool of themselves the way they have tried to commercially program God, to use Him according to their terms. It also caused another category of evangelists to come on the scene using the promises of God, like, It is the will of God that you might prosper, have money running out your pockets, the Bible says so. They really like to use that verse from 3rd John, It is the will of God that you prosper and be in health, but let us read that verse carefully. 3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” That is certainly not a verse to use as some use it. I could wish that for all of you, but God would not be obligated to make all of you rich.
LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE
We had some friends in the southern part of Michigan, which we knew very well. They came down on one Saturday and was going to stay all night with us and go to church on Sunday morning. They were planning on going on to Florida the following Monday for a vacation. At that time there was another man over here in Louisville ministering. I had read about him in the Voice of Healing. He had set up his tent over on Dixie Hwy. We decided we would go and hear him. We took this young couple with us to the meeting. I had never been in the man’s meetings, and neither had they, so we went, not knowing what to expect. During the preliminaries of the meeting they had taken up an offering. Then for some reason, the evangelist delayed coming to the platform. After awhile he came to the platform; and you could tell the way he looked, he was burdened. Oh, they could get their facial expressions in such a terrible look. When the meeting was turned over to him, he stood before the microphone looking so burdened. I have been back there praying, my heart is so pressed tonight and the Lord has told me He wants to do something for the people. That was his way of starting the service. He then said, But He wants me to tell you, if you are here tonight and you want to see God do something, you stand up and take out your pocket book and take the largest bill out of it and then come walking down here and give it to the Lord, and you watch to see what God will do. Well I had heard these things before, so I just took a dollar bill and went and laid it down, to me that was all this approach was worth, but these friends of ours, it touched their hearts. I do not know how much they had saved to use for vacation. He reached in and evidently took out two or three large bills. He walked down there and laid it where they had specified. The man did not preach but about ten minutes that night, and then prayed for the people. It was not a big crowd. I went home that night very disgusted. I thought, This is getting to be just a bunch of cheap evangelists. The next morning was Sunday, and we were getting ready to go to church. I noticed when this young couple got up and came out for breakfast, they began to talk about going home on Monday. I said to them, I was with the understanding that you were going on to Florida from here. They replied, Bro. Jackson, we were planning to go to Florida, but when he took the offering last night, we took most of it and put it in the offering, so now we do not have enough to finish our planned trip. Right then is when I said, God have mercy upon this bunch of cheap evangelists we have so many of today. They use the promises of God to exploit and rob people and fill their own pocket books, and God is not in it at all. You know, that taught me a lesson, Stop running everywhere to hear them. It is not worth the time, because you do not learn anything you do not already know: you only see how foolish some men can be. Well they no longer run up and down the roads with tents, but they do get on TV and do exactly what the tent preachers did, take every dime they can get from people.They come on with the spiel, God has showed me, that if you will do this and do this, He will bless you abundantly. They want the material benefits. It is a shame that the truth of God’s word has been so twisted until lit no longer carries the real meaning it is supposed to carry. I have to say, God is still a God of mercy, but He is not going to listen to everybody the way they have explained His word. Now turn with me to the 3rd verse of Psalms 103. I have heard this read so many times I cannot count them. I will read from the 1st verse on down. “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases.” Every preacher that believes in divine healing will say, See there, that is a promise of divine miracle healing. Read it again, who healeth all thy diseases. He can use a doctor. Are you listening to me? I said, He can use a doctor but I am not telling you to run to the doctor every time you have a pain. If you are burning up with a fever, then for goodness sakes, it may be that God wants you to go to a doctor. The way faith has been preached these number of years, is just plain sickening to think about. If you even think of going to a doctor, some will say, you just don’t have any faith. Why did someone not tell Job that? It is the way you look at the promises of God, that causes so much misunderstanding. I have said many times, If God wants your healing to be done a medical way, through a physician, He will do it that way. On the other hand, if God intends to take the situation that is bothering you, and you have suffered extensively with it, He can reverse it at any time. I am going to use something that happened to me, around the years of 1992 and 1993. I got some new metal to put on a barn roof. The sheets were sixteen feet long and three feet wide. It was in the month of October. I tried to pick a day when the wind was silent because when you get up on a roof and start picking up large sheets like that, if they catch a lot of wind, then you have a lot of strain on your wrists. I wrestled those sheets of metal until I got that new roof put on the barn. As winter set in, it wasn’t long until both my wrists began to hurt me. I could see both wrists swelling. I would come to church on Sunday morning and my wrists hurt so, that I could hardly drive, so I went to the doctor. He looked at my wrists and wanted to know what I had been doing. I told him. He called it something, and I cannot remember what, but he gave me some pain pills to take when needed. I took them occasionally, but the condition was still no better. I went back to the doctor. He said, Mr. Jackson, I am going to send you to a specialist. He sent me to a doctor in Clark County, and they x-rayed both wrists. They explained that it was some kind of infection, and the only known cure was to have surgery. I thought about that, I don’t want to have both wrists cut on. I began to read everything I could on what that condition was. Over a period of several months, he kept giving me the prescription for pain pills. I decided later on, I am not going to take these every four hours, I don’t want to become addicted to this stuff. I was really in misery though. There were times I came to church on Sunday morning and my wife would have to drive. Sitting in the car by her side, I had my wrists wrapped in ice packs. That seemed to be the only way I could get any relief. I could not even open a bottle of soft drink, because of the pain. I came here one day and asked Bro. Allen and Bro. Bud to pray for my wrists because they were hurting so much. I felt that somewhere, through prayer, God would do something for me. That condition bothered me for at least another six months. I began to think I was going to have to live with that miserable condition for the rest of my life. I said, Lord your servants have prayed for me, but I just cannot stand to go to church every Sunday with my wife driving and me sitting there holding this ice pack on my wrists. I had stopped lifting any kind of weight. Now I want to show you the grace of God in all of that. When it got to the place that it looked like I had no relief at all, a change came. To this day, I do not even know when it started getting better. One morning I got up and didn’t even notice that it did not hurt as bad as before. Over a period of weeks, that condition which had tormented me for months, within a short period of weeks, it was all gone. I have been able to unscrew can lids and do with my hands, what six years ago I could not even touch. It was not the medication I was taking, because it was only a pain pill. It was because the God I serve knew when to bring about the change. He let me see His hand of mercy in it that way. It simply let me know, sometimes He is going to let you endure a little bit of pain for a while. The main thing is, that you keep the right attitude toward God, and do not ever let yourself get discouraged and take the attitude that God no longer hears you. He does. I stand here as a testimony, and I am thankful to God He healed my wrists. There used to be a knot right here. Do you see it now? It was like that joint was swelled completely up. My hands, I could not grip anything with them. But now I can. There is no knot there any more. Where did it go to? God took care of it and it was not through any medication I took. The only thing I took was a pain pill to get me through a few hours at a time. That is why I have to answer when you say, Is God a healer? He sure is. Hallelujah! The thing is, He does it right, and in His time. He does it in a way that when it is done, you will know it has been done by Him, a divine act. For the condition it was, there was no medication the doctor could give that would cure it. All they could do was give medication for the pain. I can truthfully say, God is a healer because I have experienced it. That was not the only time I have experienced His mercy in healing. I will say this, then I will stop. As the Bride of Christ begins to come to her senses and realizes who she is, what she is and what is going on, I believe there are some things God wants to do among the body, and will do, but He is not going to do it if we have preplanned ideas of our own as to how He must do it. God may come upon the scene some night and anoint Bro. Allen or Bro. Bud, or somebody else, and they might stand up and say, I had a dream last night that a certain person would be in here, and they have such and such wrong with them. But in that dream I saw the person go to the front and be prayed for and God healed them. I am using this as an example. No sooner would that be said, that person would be sitting there waiting, because they came here in pain or misery and they have been praying, God help me. So that person comes to the front and is prayed for. They feel the power of God come upon them and they feel a whole change come over their body. About that time, ever so many want to hit the healing ministry, and down the street they go, screaming, Come and see God work! Don’t do that. I said, Don’t do that. Let’s start letting God do a few things when He wants to, and the way He wants to, without us interfering. You just sit back and let God work, while you continue to walk with Him. How many understand what I have said? That is the truth. I do know this, When God healed those wrists that hurt so much and were swelled up for so long, I never did think I would ever be able to grip anything much again, but all of a sudden, where I had been taking a pain pill, I did not have to take it any more. So I have to say, Is God still a healer? He sure is and He knows how to do it and when to do it. I am thankful for brothers and sisters like you, who are not afraid when we talk about divine healing. In some churches you could go to, they will say, God doesn’t heal today. Yes He does too. They may say, We speak where the Bible speaks. No they don’t: they have cut that part out of their Bibles. God is still God and He is real to all who truly believe. I think I will just close on that tonight; and we will pick this up again next Sunday