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At Kadesh-Barnea.

William Branham.

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At Kadesh-Barnea.

Numbers 20:7-8,
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water. And thou shalt bring forth... them water out of the rock: so that--so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.

And that’s what started Israel’s trouble, when they got to a place, after they found out these people went out... Sure the supernatural had been done. That’s what we find in our realms today in our churches. God has come on the scene; He heals the sick; He’s raised the dead; He’s opened the eyes of the blind; He makes the deaf to hear, the dumb to speak; He heals the cripples; He takes cancers away from the people. We... That cannot be denied. That’s by the thousands. One time it started from right here on 8th and Penn Street, and now around the world, with ten thousand revival fires burning on the hills of every heathen nation and everywhere else. Signs and wonders are being done, great things are moving, God on the move. We’re at the end time, the junction time.

So we find out in this there’s a mixed multitude. Many times people go out saying, “Yes, I am. I’ll do this.” And we find out that those people were carnal. Just as soon as the first little strain come, they desired to go back into Egypt. They wanted the garlic pots; they wanted the fish out of the river; they wanted the leek and the garlic; they wanted the things that they had down in Egypt. That’s a beautiful and a perfect type of the carnal church member today. He loves the things of the world because he’s not of God. The Bible said, “If you love the world or the things of the world, the love of God’s not even in you.” And Christ is right in all of His statements. And that’s true. And today we find people going out... Oh, I wish God, somehow, could put this on the left side, under the fifth rib, and tamp it down. A man, no matter how much you’ve tried to pretend, when it comes to a strain, a man will show his best and worst points under strain. Take a Christian sometime and put him under a strain and watch how he acts, and you can tell what he’s made out of.

Everybody can go good; everybody can praise the Lord while the Holy Spirit’s a falling in a congregation of people. But let trouble arise and watch what takes place. Watch what happens then. There you’ll follow them around? Are you one of the mixed multitude? Are you the person who can’t (as the street expression say), can’t take it? That’s it. You can’t stand up to it. Brother, if you’ve got that way, backslidings, and up-and-downs, and ins-and-outs, why don’t you come to Calvary and die out to yourself and be borned again of the Spirit of God? Amen. Shame on you. You who profess Christianity, you who live in your churches. We have no members here; you just come here; you belong to all different churches. But you people who profess to be Christians, and then live something else life, that you’re not here and an indebtiment to the society of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. You who profess to be Christians and are ashamed to take Him at His Word or testify to His power and glory when He comes, you’re indebtiment to the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. That’s true. That’s right. Flee to the Word, sink or drown ground, stand on His Word.

Abraham had to do it and call those things which were not as though they were; and he believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness. What we need today is the wishbone out of a backbone put in Christianity. It’s there; the thing we need is some borned again Christians, men and women, who’ll when they see trouble rising, not slip off, not fall off, not run out this way be partakers of it, but a man and woman who will stand and show their color. Even your friends will appreciate you more if you’ll do that. What man is he, that don’t appreciate a woman, let her be as ugly as a fence, made of mud and daubed with tadpoles. Let her be as ugly as she may be, but let her be lady and character enough to stand for the woman morals. Any man that comes along will take off his hat to her, if he’s got an ounce of man in him. And if man face that being a fallen son of God, what will God, Himself, say to a man who will stand upon his convictions, call right, right and wrong, wrong.

What we need today is a good old-time Saint Paul’s revival and the Bible Holy Ghost back into the church again. There’s so much of this wishy-washy carrying on in the name of Christianity, taking away. So much denominations, so much theology, so much education and... I’m not trying to support... People don’t walk anyhow, as crippled as the church is. Here it is. As crippled as the church is, education’s not your crutch; your faith is your crutch. Amen. That’s right. Education will never do it; denomination will never do it; there’ll never be an organization ever substitute the upper room experience. There’ll never be a school that’ll ever take the place of Pentecost. It can’t be. “Not by power, not by might, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord.” That’s what we need today is back to the Bible experience, Christians that are borned again, that are washed in the Blood of the Lamb, made white, rejuvenated, twice born. What the world needs today, a revival, old-time revival, the kind that Saint Paul had in about A.D. 66.

Now, my brother, sister, we watch this mixed multitude going up. After while they begin to complain. That’s what we find in every move of God. That’s what you Methodists find in your church; that’s what you Baptists find in your church; you Presbyterian, Pentecostals, whoever you are, you find them. It’s a mixed multitude. That’s what it was when John Wesley had a revival way back in the seventeenth century; a mixed multitude went in. When Martin Luther had a revival, mixed multitude went up. When the Baptists by John Smith had a revival, a mixed multitude went up. When the Pentecostal had a revival, a mixed multitude went up. And that’s exactly what lays it on the shelf. If it had been the real genuine articles, would’ve stayed into the church, and would’ve prayed these others out, and had went on, there’d still be a revival in the Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, and Pentecostal church. It’s a mixed multitude.

They went out. As soon as they got over there they begin to complain. They’d only been out in the desert three months; they begin to say, “Oh, if I had some garlic, if I had some leeks.” They were out there and had substituted Angel’s food for garlic, and was complaining. Why, their gastronomics wasn’t able to digest Angels’ food. That’s what the matter today; we haven’t had an old-time, Holy Ghost revival, and our spiritual gastronomics is not able to digest real good, old fashion Holy Ghost hold on revival...?... We need a doctor’s prescription; that’s Doctor Jesus’ prescription that will get us right. Certainly. They don’t hold on; they go on; and they go back. Just the first little thing rise up, complain, fuss, stew. They... Take a church that gets one of them things started in it, it’s like a cancer, it’ll kill the whole church. That’s right. We ought to get that started and get it out. Now, when they wasn’t gone very far... Now, think, eating Angel’s food, come down from heaven and was complaining. And they were drinking a waters from a smitten rock, the pure, holy waters of Life, and was complaining they wanted the muddy water of the Nile. So is it today.

People say, “Oh, preacher, you’re too narrow-minded. You’ll take all the pleasures away from the church when you go to preaching against these kind of things and that kind of thing.” Brother, if the church stood where she professes to stand, she would love the things of God and hate the things of the world, not our mixed multitude. That’s what’s the matter today, a mixed multitude, a people who desires the things of the world and wants to pitter along with the church. That’s what causes it when they stumble and fall; that’s what shuts off prayer meetings; that’s the way it organize with all kind of societies in the church and take out the altar off the ...?... and the only fire its got’s in the basement. That’s what tells a preacher to preach fifteen minutes and make it on rosaries or red birds or something. Why, I’ll tell you a borned again church of the living God wants to hear the Gospel, ‘cause a man that’s borned of the Spirit of God... Jesus said, that the... “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Certainly did. Mixed multitude...

They went up. Yes, they had left a great boasting physicians of Egypt, boasting in their material ideas, in their mechanical devices, in their medical science, in the way that they had, and the mechanics; they were boasting of their physicians. They left that to journey with the Great Physician, and were still complaining. Isn’t that just like the mixed multitude today? And the first thing you know, they come to a place called Kadesh-Barnea. Kadesh-Barnea is the judgment seat, was the judgment seat of the world. The real name of the place, the meaning of it was a great, super spring that bubbled up by this, a bunch of palm trees that stood in the desert, where some small huts, called a city, a dwelling place of--of a nation of people, or a little handful of people. And all along there, there were little bitty springs that bubbled up everywhere, fed from this one great big spring.

What a beautiful picture of a church. Out on the desert where everything had to come to Kadesh to get water. Everything had to come to Kadesh to get water, and therefore the one big spring, and fed the other springs. That is a type of heaven; that is a type of the judgment seat of God, where that the judgment begins at the house of God. And where this one great spring fed and the other little springs run out from it, means the heaven being the judgment seat of Christ, and all the churches is giving life, water, and the judgment seat wherever people comes to the church to be judged.

The trouble of it is today, people come to church and they’re patted on the back. And the things is, because that they pay in on the collection plate, because that they become a deacon, because they become something else of the church; or either, or can drive up in a better car, or can wear better clothes, or--or something like that, you’re respected and you’re patted on the back. Brother, what we need today is some old fashion preachers who will call black, black and white, white like John the Baptist. When he come out of the wilderness of Judaea, he wasn’t dressed very well. He had a piece of sheepskin around him, with a leather girdle cloth of camel hair wrapped around him, and he come out preaching repentance. And when Herod took his brother, Philip’s wife, and there--come over there to the meeting, I can imagine the deacon saying, “Don’t you preach on marriage and divorce tonight, ‘cause there’s a great man among us tonight. Don’t you do nothing like that.”

And could you imagine a man receiving the Holy Ghost in his mother’s womb ever holding down on anything that was sin. John the Baptist received the Holy Ghost three months before he was born. He was dead in his mother’s womb, but the speaking of the Name of Jesus, he jumped and leaped in the mother’s womb. Could you imagine a man that received the Spirit of the baptism of the Holy Ghost three months before he was born, compromising with the things of the world? Walked right straight out and stuck his finger under his nose and said, “It’s not lawful for you to have her.” That’s the way it... It cost his head, but he’s in glory tonight amongst those redeemed in the other world. Amen. That’s not popular, but it’s truth. Amen. Notice.

Don’t get scared when I say, “Amen.” It means “So be it.” That’s right. Now, I know I get a little excited once in a while. You think I’m excited, but I’m not; I know where I’m at. I know just exactly what I...?... know what I’m talking about. I know Who I’m talking about, the Lord Jesus Christ. Notice, how beautiful.

And they begin to murmur and complain, and finally they were brought to Kadesh. And when they come to Kadesh, this judgment seat, judgment... And then all the whole thing was gathered together. And some glorious day, and I believe that day is at hand right now, when there will be a separation between the right and the wrong. And I believe I could sufficiently prove by the Scripture authority that the mark of the beast and the Seal of God of the people of God is soon to take place, and even now taking place. The mark of the beast is the mark of apostasy. The mark of the beast was those who rejected the right; they were bored in the ear to be wrong the rest of their days. Those who receive the Seal of God is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 4:30 said, “Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God whereby you’re sealed until the day of your redemption.” It’s come to a place where a person can’t stand mediocre anymore. That’s right.

I challenge any man or woman in the Name of Jesus Christ to take God at His Promise tonight, and see if It’s right or wrong. I’ve seen the dead raised when the doctors walked away, pronouncing them dead. I’ve seen the blind been made see, was total blind for years and years. I’ve seen the deaf, and the blind, and the halt, and the lame to leap and jump and praise the Lord. I’ve seen prostitutes come off the street and make ladies. I’ve seen drunkards come out of the gambling hall and the place of devises of this world and made gentlemen and saints. I challenge any man to produce something else that’ll do that. I’ve seen men who took the Alcoholics Anonymous and tried to be made well; took shock, take everything, and all the psychology in the world, and the best psychologist that could be gotten to give them treatments, and failed. I seen that same man picked up by the Blood of Jesus Christ and made a saint of God and a preacher of the Gospel. Amen.

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