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103 Christians, I may never see you again. See, it's been years since I been here. May never see you again. Line up with God's Word. Look in the mirror.

Like a little boy one time, had been out in the country, never seen a mirror. He come to his—his auntie's house. He started walking up the steps. He seen a mirror, and he seen a little boy in the mirror. He kept walking up, looking. And—and he would wave, and the little boy would wave. And he kept looking. He never seen himself in a mirror. So when he got close enough to it, he turn around, said, "Why, Mama, that's me!"

104  How do you look, in God's mirror? Does it reflect a daughter or a son of God? Is there something, which, you hear That, does it make you hate the man that's saying It? Or, is there something pull, say, "I know that man is right because that's in the Scripture"? Then, that's the vitamins needed for this body that's ordained to be there, a house that that other one is going to need when you get there. See? "This house; if we have borne an earthy."

105  Now remember, we think so much of this body. We put so many clothes on it. We do so many things, that, unnecessary, change after change after change, and all these things. And—and, oh, it's just everybody.

Just let somebody start something. You paint your steps red and watch the Joneses paint theirs red. You change from a Chevrolet to a Ford, and they just can't stand it. It's matching time. You let the… You let a woman come to church, certain kind of a hat on, watch all the women get that; especially the pastor's wife, see, just watch what happens. Now, that is true. That is the absolutely truth. It's matching time. Brother, it ought to be matching time. And all them—all them things is—is for a purpose.

I don't care whether my coat matches my trousers. And I have a hard time. My wife or my daughter-in-law, somebody have to tell me what kind of—of tie to wear with it. I—I don't care whether they match, though. I want my experience to match God's Word. That's the thing, 'cause that's where I aim to live; not down on the corner yonder with the Joneses, but yonder in Glory where Jesus is, gone to prepare us a place. Yes, we want that. Yes, sir. Keep from all this.

106  This old earthly tabernacle here, you know what it is? This body is like an old coat that you wear, a coat that you once wear. But now you have one so much better, you don't use it any more. What do you do? You hang it in the closet, for you've got one better. You've got a better coat. It's more up to date than the one you used to wear, that's worn out. What? It is that garment. You are the inside of that there. That garment only done what? It bore your image. See? But you don't need it any more now. You've hung it up. It's a rag.

And that's the way this old body is, you, it's bore the image of the heavenly. Yet, it is not you. You are on the inside of that body. You, the Spirit of God, is on the inside of that body. That's what makes the outside come into subjections, because the inside is pulling it, see, bringing it in line with the Word of God; your inside, you yourself, your being.

This body is just an old coat. And someday, what will you do with it, for you was—was only in the garment for a while? That is like the earthly garment; this body. Your—your real body, your real self, is on the inside of this old coat that you call William Branham, or Susie Jones, or whoever it is. See? Someday it will hang in the earth's hall of memory of you. You'll put it out yonder in the grave, and somebody will put a tombstone up, "Here lies Rev. So-and-so, or John So-and-so, or So-and-so." It'll lie there as a memorial of you. The people just seen you in this. And what you was, your real you, was on the inside of that. But the old coat, itself, just "borne the image of the Heavenly."

Oh, people, have you made reservations to change coats? Have you made reservations for Heaven? Remember, you must have reservations. You can't get in without them.

I'm talking to you in modern language now, that you know. If you go to the hotel, say, "Well, I had the…"

107  "Did you have reservations? Well, I'm sorry. Everything is filled up." You're out in the cold, because you failed to make reservations.

And if you come to the end of your life's journey, without reservations, there will be no One there to meet you. You'll have to step off into a dark Eternity where there will be screaming, and weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth. You must. You can't get into the City, you, because you haven't got reservation. You must have them, to enter the City, where Jesus has gone to prepare a place for you. Remember, you must have the reservations, and the garment of salvation, on. You cannot.

108  In Matthew, I got a Scripture here. I'm watching Scripture, Matthew, twenty-… 22:1 to 14. I haven't time to read it, because it's getting too late. I've spoke too long, to you. But remember, the king sent forth and made a supper. He killed all of his oxes, and—and fixed the fatlings and everything, had a great supper prepared. And he sent out, and he bid many to come.

One said, "Well, you know, after all, I belong to this." "And I got this." "I got to go with my farm." And one did many things. And he sent again, and they evilly mistreated them. And finally… That was the Jewish generation, Jesus was talking to. They had something else to do.

Then, finally, he sent in, "And say… Go. Just don't… Just compel them. Go into the streets and highways, and everywhere, and compel them to come in." And after that, determined that his house was… His wedding supper was going to be set. There's going to be guests there.

And then he found a man in there without the wedding garment on. He wanted to hold to the old coat. And look what he said. "Friend, after I have invited you to my wedding supper, and I invited you and give you an invitation to come!"

109  And if you ever was in the Orients, which I preached in there many time, that wedding supper is still carried on just the way it was. The bridegroom, that, all, he has so many guests that he's going to have. Probably, Brother Kopp, probably you've watched it there in India. See? They have so many guests that he's going to ask; say he's going to ask thirty guests.

Now, the bridegroom has to furnish the robes. He has to furnish them, therefore there's a man stands at the door. And you come up with your invitation. He examines your invitation and puts you on a garment, a robe. That, some of them are rich, and some of them are poor, and some of them are different, but they all look alike when they get these robes on. They all look alike.

And you have to all be alike. You ain't going to be, say, "I'm the Methodist over here. I'm the Presbyterian over here." Oh, no. You ain't going in, the first place. See?

You've got to come by the Door. Jesus said, "I am the Door to the sheepfold."

"I'm Pentecostal. I'm this. I'm that." That don't mean one thing.

You come by that Door. And if you come by that Door, you get the robe.

110 And this man, when he said, "How did you get in here, friend?" See?

It showed he come up some other way, and come in a window, come in the back way, but not through the door; not through the Door, the way that Jesus came, through self-sacrifice; giving your all to God, and walking to Calvary and be crucified with Him. And rise again, to wear His garment of sacrifice and death to the things of the world.

111  "If you love the world, or the things of the world, the love of God is not even in you." See? If you still have the love of the world, want to act like the world, and do like the world; you're try… you're… Yet, you're in the church, but a cocklebur in the patch with the wheat; shout with the rest of them, rejoice with the rest of them. All the spiritual blessings is right upon you.

You say, "Well, I prophesy." So did Caiaphas. So did Balaam. That has nothing…

112 "I got the baptism, the Holy Spirit." That still has nothing to do with it. That's just only a temporal gift for you.

The real gift is your soul down in there, see, that was born of God, and that controls the whole thing to the Word of God and the will of God. And there you grow up, see, then you're a son and daughter of God. You're a child of God. And these things, as you come up… Like the mother, now you're in the bowels of the earth, trying to come forth. You're a son of God, coming forth, and you see the Word says, "I should do this. I should be born-again."

"Well, I belong to church." That don't mean one thing. See?

"I'm Methodist; my mother." That's good for your mother.

113  "Well, my, I'm Pentecostal. I belong." That, if you don't line with that Word, there is something wrong. See? Then, you see, your real father ain't God. See? Because, that real start in your soul, before there even was a spirit, it was your soul. That soul didn't come from God, then it wasn't a germ of God, to begin. You're deceived. You're in a patch of weeds and bearing the world's record of the weeds coming forth. Acting like the world, loving the world, is because the love of God is not in you.

114  And now there'll be false anointed-ones in the last days, not false Jesus. They wouldn't stand for that. But, "false," anointed. They are anointed, yes, sir, but they're anti-Christ. They're anointed with the Spirit, to do the signs and wonders that Christ did, but won't line up with His Word. See?

"Many will come to Me, that Day, and say, 'Lord, have not I prophesied, and cast out devils, in Your Name?'"

He say, "Depart from Me, you that work iniquity. I never even knew you."

"I was Pentecostal, Lord. Glory to God! I shouted. I spoke with tongues. And I laid hands on the sick, and healed them, cast out devils."

"Depart from Me, you that work iniquity. I never knew you."

115 See what I mean? Oh, little children, do you feel the need of that vitamin tonight, that something? There's a body waiting yonder. There's a body waiting to be received. People, don't be deceived. Don't be deceived. The devil is a deceiver. Even the—the wedding garment, you must wear It. It must be.

116  Now we're at the evening time. The earthly body is now ready to be dissolved, and we're preparing to enter into the Heavenly. And we now feel the strange call, of God, to go to this great Eden. And before we can be born here, our little bodies cried for something that—that had to be provided, or we'd be an afflicted child here if we wasn't. God has no afflictions up there. They're, every one, perfectly lined up, the Bride just exactly like the Groom was, the Word manifested in Its season. God grant, tonight, children, each and every one of you! There is a Heaven to go to. There's a hell to stay away from.


    65-1205 - Things That Are To Be
    Rev. William Marrion Branham