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And if your church tradition has taught you contrary to that, let's go back to the beginning where we left it. And let's produce here tonight a members of the church like the beginning, who had brotherly love, one for another, lay down their lives for one another. Men and women who love one another, such Divine love till they go to penitentiary or to the gallows for each other, that's the original church. Lord bless you while we pray.


Now, God, when He created His church, He created a Pentecostal church. That was the original: A Pentecostal church filled with the Holy Ghost, men and women led by the Spirit of God. Man couldn't leave that alone. He wanted to hybreed the church. So he bred in the world with it: theology, doctrines, denominations. Oh sure, it makes a prettier church, my, yes, how much different it is from the original church.


Irenaeus, yes, I had a note here on Irenaeus, about "read this history." That the reason Irenaeus was chosen is because that he had the signs of the Pentecostal original church following him.

Now, if God... How many believes that the church begin at Pentecost? All right. How many believes that God endorsed the church at Pentecost? All right, sir. Then if that was God's first church, and that's what He called a church, and He's the Vine now, we're the branches, if the Vine ever puts forth another branch, what will it be? Pentecostal. Yeah. Now, maybe not by name. Now, we got names of Pentecost, but that's no more than Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal. That don't mean a thing (See?); that's just a name. But as long as you got a Pentecostal experience in your heart, Pentecost in your soul giving you Eternal Life, then God has promised you that you'll never be touched with the second death; that, you got eternal Life and can't be touched with the second death. See?


The origin--origin come from Pentecost. That's the beginning of the first church anywhere, anybody can find. The Christian church begin at Pentecost with a Pentecostal experience, Pentecostal people, Pentecostal baptism. All come from the original church at Pentecost.

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See, God just keeps repeating it. He showed there's a man going forth with a white horse and with his bow and no arrow. He's a bluff. He has no power. You say, "The power of the church..." Where's it at? What do they do? They say, "We're the original church." The original church cast out devils, healed the sick, and raised the dead, saw visions and everything else. Where is it now? See? He's a bluff: bow with no arrow. That's right.

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While you have your heads bowed, look to Jesus now, brother, the Word. If you've never repented, repent. If you've never been baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ, be baptized. You've got a promise of God that you'll receive the Holy Ghost. That's what the original church started with. And the way it started... God is infinite. He cannot change His program. That's the way it has to ever remain. The church was inaugurated on the day of Pentecost by repentance, baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ and a promise to receive the Holy Ghost. "These signs shall follow them that believe..."

If that's never happened to you, friend, will you raise up your hand to God now and say, "Brother Branham, pray for me."


Let me show you another reason why Satan hates this Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ in the church. He knows that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever, and He changes not. He knows that a whole lot more than do ninety percent of the theologians. He knows that since God is immutable in His nature, then He is just as immutable in His ways. Thus Satan knows assuredly that the original church at Pentecost with the power of God (Mark 16 in action) is the True Church that Jesus claims as His own. All else is false. It has to be.


Now we know exactly from the Word which was recorded by the Holy Spirit how the first, or original church, was founded and how God manifested Himself in her. The Word can't change or be changed because the Word is God. John 1:1, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." To change one word of it, as did Eve, brings sin and death, even as it says in Revelation 22:18-19, "... If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." Thus, what the church was at Pentecost is the standard. That is the pattern. There is no other pattern. No matter what the scholars say, God has NOT changed that pattern. What God did at Pentecost He has to keep on doing until the church ages close.



Elijah had had a hard day. He'd been on Mount Caramel. He'd seen the glory of the Lord come down. He'd prayed fire out of the heavens, and--and then prayed rain down upon the earth. And under all this strain, his nerves were about broken. Oh, how I can feel for him.

And here we find him first preaching to a backslidden nation of people and to a Jezebel that wanted her way. And the people had come to a place that they had forsaken God, forsook all of His promises, and all of His commandments, and no longer kept His statutes, and cared nothing for Him.

And Elijah, in the midst of all of it he could not compromise. He had to stand true to his convictions. Oh, how that reflects in this day.


And they had a queen there by the name of Jezebel, and she had led all the children of Israel astray with her modern, fantastic way of living. She'd caused them to commit fornications and to do evil things. If that isn't a good parallel to today...

But Elijah, in the midst of it all... Yet many of the children of Israel, thousands of them had compromised and wanted to live the modern trend of life. Yet Elijah would not compromise. He told Jezebel her place and how she must do. Oh, she hated that prophet. But just the same, she wouldn't claim him, but he was her pastor.

Oh, there's a lots of times they don't want to claim it, but a God sent man to a community is a pastor of the entire community. Whether he's Baptist, Presbyterian, or who it is, God anoints His man and he will not compromise. And the people sometimes hates him, because that he stands for truth. But yet, he's God's pastor for the hour.


Oh, she despised him. She'd do anything she could to kill him. But yet he was true to God's principles, God's standards. Her modern parties, and socials, and her painting of her face, and the wearing of her clothes had polluted that nation.

Old Elijah wasn't easy. He told her right where she was standing. God, send us some more Elijahs in this day, that'll not compromise with sin, somebody who'll preach the truth no matter how bad it hurts. God's still got servants in every community that won't compromise with the things of the world. Elijah didn't like the modern trend of things, so he stood true to God.

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