As we were in Colorado, see, as we were up there, we went back, and it had been real dry. Game was scarce. Brother Wheeler, the Lord blessed him and give him a--a fine trophy, and we was so happy about that, is the first time he's ever in the woods hunting. And the Lord blessed him. And then I had shot a big trophy that I had looked for for twenty years, been watching, Brother Banks and I been after him for a long time. And when I did, shooting my rifle in, down in the hot country, and bringing it up into a cold, it swelled the stock although it was glass bedded, and it shot it several inches off. And hit the animal, standing between trees, where it oughtn't to hit him, lower than that which would've humanely killed the animal in a second. But it hit him so high, and it... he jumped and like he fell like that.
And Billy was with me, and he said, "That got him." And I thought he did, too; but when we went over there, it wasn't. So he said, "You hit a tree." I looked up and down, there was no mark on a tree. And then I went to searching for it. And then, there come a warning sign. There was practically a hundred man just above us. And Brother Palmer and them is witness of that. And Brother Evans, that's right, he was there; Brother Welch Evans and his boy, Ronnie (I believe I called him a while ago). And great loads of man had went up above us, what they call the "cow camp" up there, where the cowboy stays and rides, keeps the cows separated. I used to stay in that camp myself and herd those cattle and keep them apart.
And then... So, in there, there was about a hundred man. But anyone knows, in that country, when a blizzard is forecast, you better get away "right now." That's why Brother Palmer and them left early, because they only had a three-speed transmission in their car, and they had to get out of there, 'cause weather... you're there, and you might stay for weeks. So they said, "There is a blizzard coming," the forecast, the papers, the radio. Load after load, practically everything from up around in there left out. They'd gone, right now, 'cause they knowed to get out of there.
But my brethren had two deer license, and they--they didn't want to go. So I--I said, "Well, we'll stay." But I had a meeting coming up, in about six days, and I had to go back to Tucson.
So my little wife, I... we been married twenty-two years. And twenty year, on our anniversary, I'd been up there every time; just happened to hit there. So I--I got a little place I always walk out and pray, and it looked like the place where I took her.
You know, I made kind of a little thing, you know, I didn't have enough money to take the hunting trip and my honeymoon, so I--I--I kind of took my wife on a hunting trip for the honeymoon. So, we was in New York, and I remember helping her up over logs and things in getting to a place. And I got a little place out there, I always think of her when I go there on our anniversary. October twenty-third is when season's open there, and twenty years I haven't been home, always up there.
So, that day was our anniversary. And Brother Mann... I said, "Now, if you brethren..." I said to the... fire that morning, "Now, if..." that night, rather, "If you all want to stay now, remember, we may be in here for a month." Cause I've seen twenty foot of snow fall in just a little... overnight, just... You'd go out there and you... just as dry and nice; the next morning, snow was this deep, over... maybe over top of your tent. So then I said... And then you stay there till that melts off. So, you're about fifteen to twenty miles back in the wilderness. And so then I said... And if it gets emergency, course they send in helicopters and get you out, but if... usually they just, nobody perishing, they just have to wait there.
So everybody scats just as soon as they hear that broadcast; a forecast, rather. So we were back there, and I said, "Now, you make up your mind. If you want to stay, I'm here to hunt with you, and I'll call my wife and tell her 'Happy Anniversary!'" But I said, "Then, in that, I will also... I'll... we will--we'll get some groceries, 'cause we might have to stay in here." We was out of bread then. And I don't want to see any more flapjacks for a long time! Them pancakes! So then... I'd been eating them in Canada for about twenty-one days, and I sure had a fill of them things. And so then, I wanted to get some bread.
So they just said they wanted to "stay." So there wasn't nothing to do... to stay. But Brother Mann and I went out, and we went down there and I got the groceries. And I called the wife, and the phone wouldn't answer. No one answered; so I waited about a hour till we got the groceries shopped, went back, called, she didn't answer. And I had to call Sister Evans. I believe Sister Evans is here. And I told... Yeah, Brother Evans and Sister Evans is here.
So I called Sister Evans for Brother Evans and told him, she said, "I'll call Sister Branham and tell her a 'Happy Anniversary,'" of course, you know. So, but she'd gone shopping to get some groceries for the children.
And then we come back. And the next morning, what was in the skies but clouds. It hadn't rained up there all fall and this was really dry. And they had to prolong the hunting season a few days extra on account of the dryness.
Well, I said to the brethren that morning, "Now, the first drop of rain starts to fall, the first snow, the first sleet, anything, take for the camp just as hard as you can, 'cause within fifteen minutes you can't see your hand before you. See? And it'll just twist and blow, and I don't care how well you know the country, you--you ain't going to... stay right there, and you'll perish. Cause sometimes you can't even breathe, the sleet blowing so, you die right there." And I said, "As soon as it starts with that sleet, you take for the camp just as hard as you can, I don't care where you are."
Well, I said, "Go up here and set in these gulches, and I'll climb way high and roll rocks over the hill and so forth, scare the deers off the top and run them down, you pick out what you want."
So I started climbing high, and about time I got up to where we call "the saddle," a little place there that I always cross over to go to a place called "Quaker Knob," right on the Continental Divide there, way high. And when I got to almost this little saddle, the clouds a-getting blacker and blacker. Wasn't a car left, just us up there, far... and the cowboy on the camp. So we got... it got worse and worse till it... in a few minutes it started raining. Well, I took my gun and put it under my coat, keep the scope from smoking up and--and the stock getting wet; whether... run into a bear or something, coming back, so I--I held my scope like that and set down under a tree, a little bit. And I set there and prayed. I said, "Lord, God, You're the Great Jehovah, and I love You."
How many experiences have I had! I pointed out to the brethren, Brother Palmer and them, the places where the eagle, you know, I seen him rise up that day, you know, and how that's the places where it all taken place in there. It's a temperamental thing to me in there. I've had so many great experiences with my Lord, up in them mountains. So you just can't go there without seeing Him, He's just everywhere.
So then, as I--I set there, then the sleet started, and the wind twisting, like that. And I said, "Well, I know the way down, but I better get off of here right now."
So I said, "It..." looked down, and I couldn't even see the bottoms no more, them clouds just whirling and twisting, and sleet a-blowing. And there it was, the blizzard! Forecast for several days, "a big blizzard coming."
Brother Tom is here. Brother Tom Simpson, coming down from Canada, heard the forecast, and he was advised not to go through that part of the country 'cause this forecast said "It'll be blizzard." Where are you, Brother Tom? I think that... Yeah, right here. And he... The blizzard was coming! Everybody had done set in for it.
Well, I put my gun back under my shirt, like this, my red shirt, started walking down the mountain. And as I started, got about half a mile from the saddle; and oh, my, those big drops of snow, like that, and the wind twisting up on that mountain and blowing. I couldn't see the bottom no more. I could see about twenty feet in front of me, or thirty, and I knowed to come right down this little, what we called, "a hog back," little ridge, and I'd come off to the creek, and then I knowed to follow the creek, and where to go to if it got real bad.
And so then I started down, and got about half way down there, and Something said to me, just as plain as you hear me, "Stop and go back!"
Oh, I thought, "What was I thinking about? Maybe it's just my mind." And I just couldn't make another step forward.
David had fixed me a sandwich that morning, and I think he tried to get even with me for fixing his Daddy one, one time, of onion and honey (that's all we had). So he fixed me a baloney and, oh, I don't know what all it was, wrapped in there! And I had it in my shirt, and it done got wet through my shirt, I thought, "I'll just stop and eat this, and maybe I'll... it'll be all right then." So I pulled out the sandwich, about ten o'clock, and I started eating the sandwich. And as I eat the sandwich, I thought, "Now I'll be all right." And I started to move on, but Something said, "Go back where you come from!"
"Go back through that storm?" A half a mile or more back up the mountain, into that dark timber where you... Can then hardly see as far as that organ! But I'm getting to be an old man, and I'd been a Christian now for thirty-three years; and I know, no matter what, how ridiculous it seems, mind the Lord! Do what the Lord says!
And I turned and went back to the saddle, feeling my way back. Oh, the sleet getting harder and harder; getting darker and darker. And I sit down there, and just put my coat up like this, or my shirt over the scope again; set down. I thought, "What am I doing here? Why would I come back up here?"
And I just waited a few minutes. And I started to get up again, and just as plain as I'd ever want to hear, a Voice said, "I am the Creator of Heavens and earth! I make the wind and the rain." I took off my hat.
I said, "Great Jehovah, is that You?"
He said, "I was the One Who made the winds to cease upon the sea. I was the One Who made the waves to go down. I created heavens and earth. Was not I--I not the One that told you to speak to those... for squirrels, and they come into existence? I am God."
Now, when a voice speaks to you, watch the Scripture. If it's not Scriptural, you leave it alone; I don't care how plain it is, you stay away from it.
I said, "Yes, Lord."
He said, "Speak to those winds in that storm, and it'll go away." Now, this Bible lays before me, which my life is in That.
I raised up, I said, "I do not doubt Your Voice, Lord." I said, "Clouds, snow, rain, sleet, I resent your coming. In the Name of Jesus Christ, go to your places! I say that the sun must come out immediately and shine for four days, till our hunting trip is over and I leave with my brethren."
It was just gushing, just like "Whoooossssh," like that. And it started go--going, "Whoosh," and then went "whew, whew, whew, whew" Stopped!
I stood real still. My brethren up there, and wondering what was happening. And the sleet and rain stopped. And there came a wind whirling down through the mountain, lifted up the clouds, and one went this way: east, north, west, and south. And, within a few minutes, the sun was shining nice and warm. That's truth! God knows that's truth! I just stood there, just looking around with my hat off, looking.
"Are you saying..." I got numb all over.
I thought, "The very God of Creation, it's all in His hand. What's He telling me?"
And I picked up my gun, wiped off the scope, started walk back, go down the hill. And Something said to me, "Why don't you stroll with Me through this wilderness, walk with Me?"
I said, "Yes, Lord, with all my heart; it would be one of the greatest things I could do, was walk with You." So I put my gun over my shoulder, and I started walking down through that (never a axe laid in it, virgin timber), walking through there.
Then as I did, walked along, down along these game trails, I felt like, "I believe I will go up to the place where... yesterday was our anniversary, and I will stand there just a few minutes; just as a little salute to Meda, at where there's a little bunch of quaking asp upon a little knob." And I said, "I believe I'll walk up there, just as a salute to our anniversary. Then I'll go back down on this other side of these dark timbers, and walk around, and go right over by... towards Corral Peaks, and come back down that way." Just walking and rejoicing.
I was saying, "Father, I know You are walking with me, and what a privilege! There's nobody greater I could be walking with, the very God!" And that warm sunshine, even to when I come out of the mountains.
I stopped at filling stations, and I said, "Beautiful day," three days later. It never rained in that part of the country until the four days was over. The sun shined every day. Is that right, brethren? See? And not a cloud in the sky.
And I come out to the filling station, I said, "Sure a beautiful day."
"Yes, it is!"
I said, "Been awful dry."
Said, "It's a strange thing!" This attendant said--said, "You know, they told us we was 'going to get a big blizzard,' but all of a sudden it stopped!"
I come on down, on the New Mexico line. Billy and I, my son, we went into a little place there to get some... the morning we left, and I said, "Sure a pretty day."
"Yes, it is!"
I said, "Look like it's been pretty dry."
"Yes, it has been!"
I said, "Are you from here?"
Said, "No, I'm from Wisconsin," or somewhere. Said, "I've been out here about twenty years, so I guess you could call it home."
I said, "You're a native then, I guess." So, I said, "Yes, sir," I said, "looks like it's been awful dusty."
Said, "You know, the strangest thing happened!" Said, "We had a forecast that we was going to get to blizzard, a lot of snow; and it actually started, and then quit!"
I said, "You don't say so."
And I come home. And Brother Tom said that he was told not to go that way, a blizzard was due. And he come right through the country. Without even a sprinkle of rain or anything! And is still God, see, just as much as He ever was. See?
Adapted from the book, published by Voice of God Recordings, called "Footprints on the Sands of Time", which is a compilation of excerpts, by William Branham, taken from over one thousand tape recorded sermons.
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