My friends, this message is dedicated to those in deep trouble. For our phone rings constantly with the plea of those who are in dire circumstances. We listen to the harrowing plight of deserted wives, runaway daughters, sons on drugs…
Today, as we consider the New Age Gospel, our texts are found in 2 Timothy 3:1 & 13,
This know also that in the last days perilous times shall come. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
Back in the 1940s through the 1960s, the predictions of psychic Jean Dixon laid the country by the ears. She foretold the assassination of Ghandi. She foretold Nero’s death and succession by Shastri eight years before it happened. She foretold the assassination of Kennedy, eleven years before it happened, and it was recorded in Parade Magazine… She predicted China would go red… Franklin D. Roosevelt consulted her… She said, Ahh… but he will! I’ve seen him…
Well, she got it through a crystal ball that was given to her by a gypsy when she was younger. She got it through tarot cats. She had a magic cat. And then, she studied astrology which had been taught to her by a Roman Catholic priest.
On the night of July 14, As she lay sleeping, she suddenly felt as though she were an eiderdown. Then she felt a serpent crawling up around her body until the snake’s head got opposite hers…
Years ago, a celebrated deliverance evangelist stated that God had shown him that there was nothing God would not do for him if he touched not the gold nor the glory. But in the years that ensued, he went all out for both, and spiritual speaking became but a shadow of his former self. A renowned deliverance missionary followed suit…
Yet the dire predictions of George Orwell did NOT come to pass. Or DID they? Forty attempts at socialism have brought abysmal failure in forty countries.
As we consider the subject, Fenced in by Jesus, I’m reminded that a number of years ago, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention aroused a firestorm of protest when he said that no Orthodox Jew could ever enter heaven. Immediately he was stigmatized as a bigot, a racist, anti-Semitic and what not. But, of course, he was right.
For in Acts 4:12 Simon Peter says concerning Jesus, “Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is none other name under heaven given among men…”
Some of you listening to my voice today are in deep distress, and for me to advise you to pray seems only a baseless platitude, for the world of the Bible is not your world. In the world of the BIble, the axe head can sink or swim. The sun can stand still at the command of a man. Men can walk unscathed through a fiery furnace. The mouths of ravenous lions can be closed. Lepers are cleansed.
Today I want to discuss an intriguing subject, the subject of disastrous witnessing for Christ. Our text is found in Proverbs 18:19:
“A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city…
By Lennard Darbee
Six years ago, as a Baptist evangelist, I sat in the Tacoma ice arena with 5,000 others, goggle-eyed at the ministry of Rev. William Branham. He did not ask the sick the nature of their affliction, he told them and, at his word crossed eyes straightened, goiters disappeared, the deaf and dumb both heard and spoke. A young man who refused to bow his head as demons of epilepsy were being cast out was himself seized in the gallery and fell to the floor in an epileptic fit! It was Mark 1 all over again : “And they were astonished at his doctrine : for he taught them as one that had authority and not as the scribes.”
Now the scribes certainly knew the Word, but this man, Branham, was ministering more than the Word : That mother weeping, while her hitherto deaf and dumb son for the first time said, “Mama!” The glory on his face when the organ was played! That did not speak of Greek participles. They kill, but this refreshed and I became convinced that this man was a prophet of God. A scribe tells what he has read, but a prophet tells you what he has experienced and therefore knows. The curse of fundamentalism has been that the scribes have been too long in the saddle. They will lie for the miracle of yesterday, but will absolutely repudiate the one of today. Why? Well, the miracle of yesterday is in the Book and they know the Book, but the miracle of today has to do with the living Person, and with the Person they are not familiar. While the world on the outside has been starving for the Word of God, we on the inside have been starving for His presence. In I Cor. 4 :20 Paul writes, “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” The soul, then, is not nourished by the Word alone, but by the presence and power of the living God —and this was it. Signs, wonders, miracles! Oh brother! After such a demonstration who could ever again be content with a mere exposition?
From that meeting I went forth walking on air, determined to press on into the vast resources of God! Hours a day were spent in prayer and churches across the nation reported my campaign as their greatest. In Chicago alone I preached repeatedly in the great Moody Memorial Church and held the great union tent meetings of the city. John R. Rice was printing my sermons in The Sword of the Lord and things seemed to be moving nicely, but I could not keep from thinking of Branham. With Peter, he might have said, “This is that,” but I could not. With my ministry I had to say, “This is different!” There were no signs following—and God has always given His people signs : Abel, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Isaiah had signs. David waited for the going in the mulberry trees and, in the economy of God, signs have always accompanied deliverance whether under Moses or Joshua or Samson or Peter or Paul, “And these signs shall follow them that believe.” No signs— no deliverance!
This article was published in the September, 1956 issue of The Voice Of Healing magazine.
As we consider together the matter of God-filled faith, our text is found in Psalm 81:30: “I am the Lord thy God which brought thee out of the land of Egypt. Open thy mouth wide and I will fill it.”
In the day when Asaph wrote this psalm, it was the Persian custom when the King wanted to honor an eminent visitor, to ask him to open his mouth wide. Then the king would cram it full of sweet meats as it would hold, and sometimes even with jewels. Even so, our God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.