Over the years William Branham had learned obedience through the things which he suffered. He had learned to "wait" on a "clear-cut" decision from the Lord, and once he knew it, he had learned to act on that decision. So it was with his decision to move Westward, He waited till it was God's time.
He had always known that someday he would live in the West. As a teenager he had a vision of a Cross in the sky, with the glory from the Cross streaming down upon him. And in this vision he was standing somewhere out in the West. Since his early teen years, he had always had that yearning in his spirit to "go west". This yearning wasn't just for "the West" in general, but rather he felt he was being pulled toward a definite part of the West - For him, Arizona was the place and the poem which he had written, as a young boy of sixteen years old, was strangely prophetic, indicating exactly where Brother Branham would live in Arizona...
I am lonesome, oh, so lonesome
Yes, it was the Catalina Mountains he had written about and it was to these mountains the Lord led him in 1963. God had His servant wait for almost forty years for His instructions to move West. In December of 1962 Brother Branham preached a message enitiled "Is This The Sign Of The End, Sir?" In this Message he spoke of the "Dreams" and the "Vision" which finally directed him Westward. At this point, Brother Branham, in his own words explains to his church WHY he would be moving to Tucson, Arizona - showing us that it was "Thus Saith The Lord!"
Brother Branham begins by reading his text from Revelation 10:1-7:
Listen close now, and pray for me!
1. "And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
And my text (if I should call it that) tonight is this: Is This the Sign of the End, Sir?
We all know that we are living in a glorious time for the Church, but a horrible time for the unbeliever. And we are living in one of the most dangerous times of all that ever was since the world began. No prophet, no apostle, never in no time, ever lived in such a time as we live now. This is the end!
It's written in the skies. It's written over the face of the earth. It's written in every newspaper. This is the end - if you can read the handwriting. The prophets lived in the time when the handwriting was on the wall for a nation, but we are living when the handwriting is on the wall for time. All nations, earth, everything... So we must search the Scriptures to find the hour that we are living.
Always, a true prophet of God will go to the Scriptures. Therefore he's absolute that it's going to be that way. In the Old Testament when prophets said anything, there always somewhere was a prophet with the Word - who stayed with the Word. He watched God for visions. And if his vision was contrary to the Word; then his vision was wrong. That's God's way of getting His Word to His people.
I just hardly know where to start. Now, it has been a great privilege to me to know that this tabernacle was my first church. It's a glorious thing. I will remember the day I laid the cornerstone, and the vision He gave me that morning, of this tabernacle. And all of you remember. It's wrote in the books. And it's absolutely been fulfilled to the letter. Not one bit of it missed.
And now, I do not believe that there's anything that He has spoken, in all these years of my life, that I have spoke to the people, but what come to pass. And many people has come with dreams that He's let me, by His grace, interpret for the people. And many has come with dreams and with problems that I was unable to interpret.
But I haven't tried to introduce to you people a gimmick that has all the answers. I've tried to be honest and to tell you what was truth, and I could only tell you, as He told me. And then as it come to me, then I could tell you.
And I want to warn you - Not saying anything against people - In this day that we are living in, when you see a person that has got the answer to everything, that's contrary to the Word.
Now, in those visions and interpretations - I cannot tell the interpretation of a dream until I see exactly, by vision, what the dream was. And many of you know that you have told me your dream, and would not even tell it all. And when I saw the dream come back to me, I turned around and told you that there was much of it you left out, and then tell you what you left out of it. You know that's right. If that's right say, "Amen." Like Nebuchadnezzar said, "If you can't tell me what I dreamed, then how would I know you got the interpretation of it?"
But all these impressions, we mustn't take them and say, "THUS SAITH THE LORD." We mustn't do that. We must have a direct voice (an answer from God) before we can say it's God. Not an impression. Not a sensation. No matter how much it's pulsating... THUS SAITH THE LORD is perfect. Never has failed. And as long as it is, THUS SAITH THE LORD, it can't fail.
But so far He's protected me, because I have waited on Him. I haven't tried to seek popularity, or vain glory of man. I have tried my best to live humble, and live the kind of a life that I think a Christian should live. And I haven't been able to do that within myself, but He has done it, unto this day. As I say, that He is the One that has led me.
Now, all my life, since I've been a little boy, there has been something that has bothered me. And I have had a very odd life, hard to understand. Even my wife scratches her head and says, "Bill, I don't believe anybody could understand you."
I said, "I don't understand myself," because I submit - commit myself to Christ many years ago. He does the leading. I don't try to understand it. I just go where He leads, the best of my knowledge.
N ow, all along down through the journey, there has been things that's happened that I couldn't understand. And one of the things that I could not understand was when I was a little boy and them visions would come upon me. And I would see them and tell my parents the things that was going to happen. They thought I was just nervous. But the strange thing, it happened just the way It said so. You say, "Was that before your conversion?" Yes. "Gifts and callings are without repentance," the Bible said. You are born in this world for some purpose. Your repentance don't bring gifts, they are predestinated to you.
Now, when I was a little boy I was dissatisfied in the country I lived in. I longed, somehow, to go west.
And I was operated on, when I was shot, when I was a little boy. And when I come from under the first anesthetic, I thought I was in torment, going down. The ether had me out. And I had been gone out for eight hours, I think. They was worrying about getting me around to myself again. They had a great operation with no penicillin. Both legs almost shot off with a shotgun. A friend let his gun go off.
And then about seven months later, I took another anesthetic. When I came from under that anesthetic, I thought I was standing out on the western prairies and a great golden cross in the sky, and the Glory of God shining down off of it, and I was standing there like this.
Now, The Light, which you see on the picturetonight, that has been proven to be a Supernatural Being by scientific research. To me it was the same Light that struck down St. Paul. Is the same Light that led the children of Israel, by night. Did you notice, here, this Angel? (Rev. 10:1) He was clothed in a cloud. See, He was A Cloud by day.
If you will tell the truth, You may be laughed at for a while, you may be misunderstood for a while, but God will vindicate that, that it is the truth, if you will just stay with it. Just hold on. It might take years, like in Abraham and others, but He will always make it the truth.
Besides my wife, is there anybody in the audience now that was there (thirty years ago) when the Angel of the Lord, came down on the river the first time, before the people, raise up your hands. Yes, there they are. Now, I see Mrs. Wilson raised up her hand. She was standing there. My wife there, she was there. ...before many, many people, when I was baptizing at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, and right out of the brassy skies, where there hadn't been rain for weeks, here He come with a roar. He said, "As John the Baptist was sent forth to forerun the first coming of Christ, you are sent forth with a message to forerun the second coming of Christ."
Many man, businessman of the city was standing on the bank, asked me what it meant. I said, "That wasn't for me, it's for you, I believe." On It went. And when that angel left, if you'll remember, He went Westward as He went up. Right out, up over the top of the bridge, and went Westward.
Later on I met an astronomer, which is a Magi. And they told me of a constellation of stars that had come together at a certain constellation when the wise men in Babylon saw down towards Palestine this three stars in a constellation. You've heard me tell it many times. Do you know that is proven these last couple of weeks to be the truth? It is in the paper, a sheetof a Sunday paper, December the 9th. The reporter went over there and they dug up all these things... It is later than you think!
So, you can see and watch, exactly. Those Magi's, Jewish Magi's, up in Babylon, studying the stars, saw those stars fall into their constellation, and when he did, they knew that Messiah was on earth. And here they come into Jerusalem singing, (two years' journey) "Where is He That's born King of the Jews?" Up and down the streets they went. And why, Israel laughed at them. These bunch of fanatics. They never knowed nothing about it. But the Messiah was on earth.
Now, coming to this, that the visions don't fail, because they are from God. And all along the journey has been something pulling me, tugging at me. Then, when that Magi told me these things when I was just a boy, about these things, and it scared me, because I was afraid of what the Magi was. But later on I found out that the Magi's of the Bible was right, because God declares it in Heaven before He declares it on earth. Oh it would take hours to go into. This Magi said to me, "You will never be successful in the East." He said, "You were born under a sign." And he said, "That sign, that constellation, when they crossed way out in there, the day of your birth, they were hanging westward, and you must go westward." And I said, "Forget it." I had nothing to do with it. And all along though, still that didn't take it out of my heart.
Then, when I was up there that night about these visions, I couldn't understand. My Baptist brethren told me that was of the devil. And then when that Angel appeared, He absolutely throwed it into the Scripture and said as it was then, when the priests were arguing about things; not knowing nothing about what kind of coats they should wear, and clothes, and everything, and arguing about their differences, the Magi's was following the star to Christ.
When the preachers said that Jesus was an impostor, a Beelzebub, a devil raised up and said, "We know who You are: the Holy One of God. Why are You coming to torment us before the time?" When Paul and Silas came down preaching the Gospel, the preachers of that country said, "These man are impostors. They tear up our churches, and so forth, turning the world up-side-down with their corruption." But what happened? That little fortune teller said, "These are man of God that tell us the way of life." But it goes to show that sometimes devils knows more about the things of God than preachers does. They became so ecclesiastical bound. That was so in the Bible, and God doesn't change.
One day, coming down five years ago (1958) from Brother Norman's, I was driving down the road. And I just had a meeting up there, and the Lord God appeared to me in a vision. And I was sitting in front of my gate, up here at my house. And it seemed to be bad weather.
Many of you people will remember the vision. It is wrote in my book of visions. I put them down so that I will be sure that I don't forget them.
And in this vision I saw, there was something that had come through the lane, and there was stones lying all over my yard. And there was graders and scrapers up and down the lane, and trees had been cut down and rooted up. And I started to turn into the gate, and it was all blocked off with stones. And I got out to say to the man, "Why this?" and he got very hostile. Shoved me backwards and said, "That's the way with you preachers."
I said, "I only ask you, why do you do this? You're coming over on my side of the street, here. Why did you do this?" And he just almost slapped me, and shoved me back.
And I thought, "I am just going to tell him that he doesn't know what he is talking about," and a voice spoke, said, "Don't do that. You are a minister." And I said, "Very well."
And I turned around, and to my right, sitting in front of the gate, was an old prairie schooner - a covered wagon, with horses hitched to it. And sitting opposite the driver's side was my wife. I looked back in the back, and my children was sitting back there. I climbed up on the wagon. I said to my wife, "Honey, I have stood all l can stand." And I picked up the lines, and pulled the lead horse, and started heading westward. And a voice said to me, "When this comes to pass, then go westward."
Now, the strange thing happened about a year ago. I was having services one night down at Brother Junior Jackson's church - Just to show you how God deals with this people. ...knowing what was going to happen, Brother Jackson dreamed a dream in February of 1961. He couldn't get away from it. And I was leaving his church, and he just couldn't stand it. And he come to me, and he said, "Something is on my heart, I must tell you, Brother Branham."
And he said, "I dreamed a dream." I just sat still. And I listened and watched. He said, "I dreamed that there was a great big hill, like out in a field where blue grass, or something was." And said, "Up on top of this hill, where the water had washed away the soil, there was a top rock up on top of the hill; like the top of the mountain. It was rock, no grass. And where the water had washed down, it had cut some kind of readings on these stones, and you were standing there interpreting this reading on these stones." And said, "The brethren from Georgia, and from all around, we were all standing together, listening to you interpret that mysterious writing on those stones - that mountain."
He said, "Then you picked up something, like from the air, something like a wrecking bar, or crowbar - How you done it, I don't know." And said, "You struck the top of that mountain, ripped it around, and lifted the cap of it off. It was in the shape of a pyramid. And you ripped the top of it off." Now that was months and months and months before the pyramid message (The Stature OF A Perfect Man) was preached. And said, "Beneath that was white stone, granite, and you said, 'The sun, or the light, has never shined on this before. Look in on this. Watch this.'"
And that is right, because in the formation of the world, the world was formed before there was light. We all know that. God moved upon the water, and then in the beginning He spoke for light. And naturally, down under there in the age that formation was, that light had never come upon that stone.
And in Bro. Jackson's dream I said to the brethren, "Look upon this. Light has never come upon it before." And when all of them got up, and I told them to watch that, and all of them came up to look in. But he said while they were looking in, he looked out of the corner of his eye and watched me. I slipped off to one side and started going towards the West; towards the setting of the sun, coming up a hill, going down a hill, coming up a hill, going down a hill, getting smaller and smaller, and went all the way out of sight.
And when I did that, he said, "Then the brethren turned around, after while, and said, 'Did he vanish? Where did he go?'" And said that some took out that way, some took one way, and some another, but a very few stayed and looked on to what I had told them.
Not long ago, Billy said, "Brother Beeler is all tore up. He had a strange dream." I went to Brother Beeler, down at his house one night when I was going on some calls. And he said, "Brother Branham, I had a strange dream." He said, "I dreamed that I was going down a stream of water towards the West. And there was a road on the left side, and I was on the left side, going westward on the road, seeming like, hunting for cattle. And on the right side, I happened to notice after I got down there, there you were. And you were rounding up a big bunch of cattle, and there was plenty of feed over there. Then you got those cattle and started them back up the river." And seemingly (in the dream) that I must have nodded to him to watch those cattle, and he said, "Now it will be easy for those cattle, I know they will go the way of least resistance, but Brother Branham wants them to stay on the right side of that river. So I will go back up this road, and keep them from coming across the river on this side and keep them on that side," but he noticed, I never followed the cattle, but went on westward. He said, "He must be hunting strays."
No more than he spoke the dream, I saw it. And then, notice, he said he got a little leery about me, so he went back to look. And said that I was coming to a solid mountain. And all at once I vanished. And he wondered what was wrong. He went down, and then he had a little stream on his side that forked off to the left. And he noticed over on my side was a terrific falls. And then, he thought I could have got in those falls and perished. Then he noticed then, and he said he looked around and he seen the effects of those falls that went down this way, and was causing an artesian well to spurt up, but the water wasn't going back in the ground. He looked across the little branch, or little stream, and he seen some little animals with round ears. And said, "I believe I will take one." And he crossed.
Then (in the dream) he got to thinking about me. And he got up on a little knoll to look over and see if there was a little, bitty, narrow ledge you know, that I could have walked around, but said, "There wasn't nothing." And he got worried, and said, "Wonder what happened to Brother Branham?" And when he got scared, he said he heard me speak. I was standing up on top of a mountain, and told Brother Beeler an interpretation of a dream that I'd give him not long ago, and told him to wait on the Lord, that some day I would meet him on an island and there he was.
Now, the interpretation of that dream is this: Insomuch that the stream was large, it was the Stream of Life. I was going Westward on it, and so was he, because he was running down this road, and on the other side was lots of grass, but lots of thickets, and briars, and jungle. But in there was much grass. That is the way we hunt for the Lord, and the food of the Lord, through difficult. Rounding up the cattle was this church. Keeping them on that side. Cattle will actually go on the smooth road, the denomination, if they can, which the road represented denomination.
I started him back up the road to see that they did not go to any denomination. Insomuch that he saw a wall, that was totally impossible to pass, that kept me from going West was that tax case with the government. Nobody can understand how I ever got out of it. It was a wall that blocked me off, but the Lord taken me through it, and I was over it. I will meet you, Brother Beeler, on the island.
So, now then immediately after that, Brother Roy Roberson, he had a dream. And he dreamed that we were rounding cattle. Now that is the third one. Rounding up cattle. And there was grass belly-deep, plenty of food. All of us brethren were together. And we come to a place for dinner, and Brother Fred Sothmann raised up and said, "Elijah, the great prophet, will speak from here today at noon." And then when we all had dinner, everybody went away, and he wondered why they didn't wait to hear it being spoke. Now, see how that exactly curbs with Brother Jackson? See that hits exactly what Brother Beeler said? No one waited to find out.
otice, immediately after that, Sister Collinsdreamed a dream of being here at the church, and there was a wedding fixing to take place. And when she did, she saw the Bridegroom come in perfect, but the bride wasn't very perfect, yet it was the Bride. Now, that is the Church. And there was like a communion, or a service, going on here, like a dinner being set And it kind of got next to her because that Brother Neville was serving a dinner in the church, but she said it was the best food that she had ever seen. She was so hungry. But she thought maybe, that in the dream that he shouldn't serve it, and she and Brother Willard was going to go up to the Ranch House and eat. And when they did, the light on the right hand side went out. Now you know what that is.
Now, the food: the Bride isn't perfect, but the Bridegroom is perfect. The Bride is not perfect yet, but the food that was being given was not literal food, it is the Spiritual food that you have been having all along. Let me stop here on that fourth dream, just a moment.
AT THIS POINT BROTHER BRANHAM PAUSES TO EXPLAIN A VISION THAT THE LORD HAD GIVEN HIM THE PREVIOUS YEAR. IN THE VISION HE WAS INSTRUCTED TO STORE IN FOOD. HE SAID: "And then the food in that little long building - I returned to this little building, and we made dozens of tapes of the pyramids and everything, to show the people the hour that we are living in. Now compare even that with the others, the dreams. This was a vision. The food; here it is. This is the place."
Notice, then what took place? Then immediately after that fourth dream that was told me, up come a Brother Parnell . And Billy wasn't here, and the man was frantic. And he had a dream, and he come down to Brother Wood. And he said, "I just can't let this go. I have got to tell it. I have got to tell Brother Branham. It is bothering me." And God knows, not one dream in between them. Just come one, two, three, four, five, six.
Brother Parnell said, "I had a strange dream. I dreamed that I was going to have a meeting up there, and somehow another there was a meeting here in a new church like." And he said, This new church, how it come out, that he wondered why they wasn't cooperating between the two, or something on that way. And said he was standing here and thought, "Well, I have been in here, I will just wait, and I will attend the service." And said a man come through the building with a brown suit on and a book. I think he was writing. And he told Brother Parnell, said, "This is a closed meeting. It is only for deacons and trustees." Well, he kind of felt a little stepped on. So he went out the door of the new church, the church that had been erected, or this one repaired, fixed over; and when he went outside it was snowing, bad weather, winter time. And none of these people knowed nothing about this.
And when he went out the door, I was standing there, looking Westward. And I said, "Don't feel stepped on, Brother Parnell. I will direct you what you should do." And then, Brother Parnell, he said that I said to him, "Brother Parnell, start, and the first place you will come to will be Zipporah," Zipporah, which means hyphen, or stop or something. In his dream, I said, "Don't stay there. Then go next, and you will find an old woman; and then don't stop there. Go again, you will find a real old woman; don't stop there." And all the time I was talking, we were walking through the snow. And (still in his dream) I said, "Go till you find my wife, and when you find my wife, stop there." And said he looked, and we was out of the snow, on the desert. And I had vanished. And he looked back and he saw his wife pumping water from a well, and some minister pulling on her, to pull her away from the pump. She was watching him, and he woke up.
Here is the interpretation of your dream. And I could have told you that night, but I just turned away. Insomuch that Zipporah, and one old woman, and another real, real, old woman: that's churches. See? I told him not to stop at them, no matter how old they was, they were organizations. Don't stop at them! They have lived their time. But when he comes to my wife, which is my Church that Jesus Christ has sent me to in this last day, and here it is! Stop there! And I was gone Westward.
Then, Sister Steffy comes to my house for prayer before she went to the hospital for surgery, that God would help her and bless her, and He certainly did. And she said, "I had a strange dream, Brother Branham."
And she said, "I dreamed that I was out west and it's rolling country, and when I looked, standing upon a hill, there was a real old man with a long white beard, and what hair he had, was grown down across his face, and he had a white wrap-around, something, garment," said, "the wind was blowing it." And she said, "I kept drawing closer; he was standing up on top of a mountain, watching Eastward. I wondered, 'Who is this old man?'" And she moved closer, closer, and when she got closer, she recognized who it was. It was the immortal Elijah, the prophet, standing up there watching the East.
She said, "I must see him!" She had a need! And she ran up the hill and fell down there to speak to him in the name of Elijah, and said when she spoke, she heard a voice say, "What do you want, Sister Steffy?" And it was me.
Your dream was fulfilled right there, Sister Steffy. For, immediately after that, I'd went to Louisville. What you was needing was the prayer, to see that she got through all right at the hospital; and the sign of me going Westward, watching Eastward, for my flock.
BROTHER BRANHAM WENT TO LOUISVILLE TO PRAY FOR SISTER STEFFY. RETURNING TO HIS HOME IN JEFFERSOVILLE TO FIND THE THE VISION THE LORD GAVE HIM FIVE YEARS PREVIOUS WAS FULLFILLED.
I went to Louisville, and when I come back, I kind of started in the gate, and there was stobs drove there over my gate. Mr. Goyne, of the city street here, was going up the lane. He said, "Billy, You have to move your gates and things: stone fence, and gates. Right, the first of the year they are going to start doing it."
So I started to go back in the house, and wife said, "I have got to grocery right quick." And I went down the lane, and there was a boy, Raymond King, which is a city engineer. He lives right down the lane from me. We've always called him "Mud". And so, I said, "Mud, come here a miniute. He came over there. I said, "That stake that you drove down..." Mud said, "Billy, they are going to take the whole thing in. All these trees, these fences, and everything else has got to be moved."
I turned away, and that quick something struck it. I went home, went into my den room, picked up "that book," and there it was. Wasn't concrete blocks - it was stones. I said, "Meda, get ready."
SIX straight dreams, and then THE VISION capped it. "WHEN THESE THINGS COMES TO PASS, TURN WESTWARD."
I called Tucson. Brother Norman has got a place. I don't know where I am going. I don't know what to do. I am leaving a home I don't have to pay rent on. My wages is a hundred dollars a week. And I almost have to pay a hundred dollars a month for a house. I am right here with my brothers and sisters, where I am loved. And I am going, I don't know where. I don't know why. I can't tell you why. But there is only one thing I know: just follow what He says do.
I guess Abraham felt that way when He told him, "Go over across the river." He didn't know what to do. "But, sojourn." Separate himself.
DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF JANUARY 1963 BROTHER BRANHAM AND HIS FAMILY ARRIVED IN TUCSON. IT WAS TO THIS OASIS ON THE ARIZONA DESERT THAT GOD LED HIS PROPHET, KNOWING THAT SOON HE WOULD BE BE CALLING HIM INTO THE WILDERNESS. GOD HAD CALLED HIS ELIJAH PROPHET ASIDE FOR A TIME OF COMMUNION AND REVELATION.
IN THE WILDERNESS OF THE CATALINA MOUNTAINS,
THE LORD WOULD COMMISSION HIS SERVANT FOR THE THIRD AND FINAL PHASE OF
THIS PHASE WOULD BRING AN ANOINTING THAT WOULD NOT
ONLY CHANGE THE PROPHET, BUT IT'S ORDAINED TO CHANGE
A BRIDE - DRESS HER WITH THE WORD AND MAKE HER READY
FOR HER BRIDEGROOM.
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