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STORY OF A KIDNAPPED BOY


156 I was told a little story once. It helped me a lot. There was a boy that was kidnapped in the early days. I suppose all of you has taken Bible history and taken the history of the church. And in… I believe it was the Foxe… No, it wasn't. It was the Nicaea Fathers, or the life of Saint Patrick. Saint Patrick was actually… That was just a name was give him. His name was Succat. And he was—he was kidnapped by a bunch of—of sea-rovers and was hired out, to be a hog-raiser.

157  And this story goes that this kid was kidnapped and taken aboard of a ship, and he was working his way. And the old captain taken sick one day and was—was just about ready to die. And he was so sick, way out on sea, and the old fellow with his gray beard, laying in his cabin. And he called his hands, his deck men, said, "Is there a Bible among you?" Said, "When I was a—a child, I had Christian raising." And said, "I, I'm dying. And—and, men, I don't want to die like this." He said, "Have you got the Word of God? Any man here has got the Word of God?"

158 Finally, way back in the bunch of men, a little boy stood up, and he said, "Sir, I have a Bible. I am a Christian. I pack it with me."

159 He said, "Come here, sonny." He said, "Do you mean you pack a Bible?"

160 He said, "Yes." Said, "My mother and father was Christians, and I gave my life to Christ when I was just a teeny little fellow, and I've packed His Word with me wherever I go." Said, "I put it upon my heart and it's been in my heart."

161 He said, "Read me something out of there, son, before I die."

162 And the little fellow turned over to Isaiah 53:5, "And it reads like this, 'He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquity. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him. And with His stripes we are healed.'"

163 And when he said that, the old captain said, "Can you read on?"

The little boy said, "May I comment here?"

And the old captain said to the lad, said, "Go ahead."

164 He said, "My Christian mother, before I was taken from her, said… You know, she used to read that Scripture to me, so much. And you know the way she read it?"

165  And the old captain said, "No, son. I'd like to hear the way your Christian mother read it."

166 "She said…" He said, "Here is the way she read it, 'He was wounded for Willie Pruitt's transgressions. He was bruised for Willie Pruitt's iniquity. The chastisement of Willie Pruitt was upon Him. And with His stripes Willie Pruitt was healed.'"

167 The old captain said, "I like that. I like that." Said, "Oh, if my name could only be read in there!" Said, "You think you could do it, son?"

168 He said, "I'll try it." He said, "He was wounded for John Quartz' transgressions. He was bruised for John Quartz' iniquity. The chastisement of John Quartz' peace was upon Him. And with His stripes John Quartz was healed."

169  With tears running down his beard, he said, "Fetch me my clothes. Jesus Christ has healed me. I give my life to Him." See?

170  Oh, friend, if you can only read your name in there! Oh, if I can read my name, "He was wounded for William Branham's transgressions. He was bruised." Not the church, not just… not creed." "But He was bruised for my iniquity. The chastisement of my peace was upon Him. And with His stripes William Branham was healed." Oh, if we can just read our name into Scripture, and really mean it, it's that what does it. Read our name into it, makes a receiving, pardoning, for when we realize that He was wounded for our transgression, He was bruised for our iniquity.



    63-1028 - Pardon
    Rev. William Marrion Branham


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