Howdy from Woodland, CA
I mentioned in the last blog (see: "One Man or Many), that I've been reading books on the life and ministry of William Branham. Also, before I go much further into this post, I'd like to mention, that I am fully aware of the error that Branham got himself into and I do not in any way promote it. Yet, I also wish to state that I do not feel to "throw the baby out with the bath water!" Branham had a very powerful ministry and was used greatly of God to touch many, many people with the power of Jesus Christ. Just yesterday, I spoke on the phone with an "Old Timer" who used to eat lunch with Branham while he was ministering in Minnesota. My friend told me that the stories that I had read were true. By the way, the book I'm reading is:
"Supernatural: The Life of William Branham." This quote is from "Book Three: The Man and His Commission (1946-1950) by: Owen Jorgensen and published by: Tucson Tabernacle, 2555 North Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705 USA. (ISBN 0-9700955-3-8)
A very interesting fact about Branham's meetings are that the more he prayed for people, the more that got healed, the longer the prayer line was the next night. During Branham's record eight days of continuous meetings, the prayer lines seemed to never cease, and even with eight days and nights of constant ministry, Branham was never able to pray for everyone who came for their miracle. Branham actually took some naps behind the pulpit, and guess what? The people just stood there and waited for him to awaken and continue the prayer ministry! Can you imagine that happening today? Not so!
During Branham's day, the people who got healed, got on the phone and called every sick person they knew and even brought the sick and dying to the meetings in ambulances. The faith of these people brought extreme miracles. When reading this I'm reminded of the guys who cut a hole in the roof and dropped their friend through the roof to the feet of Jesus so that he might be healed!
My good friend, Evangelist Roger Webb (www.rogerwebb.org) often tells us of his miracle meetings. Roger has real miracles happen all the time in his meetings. Roger doesn't just talk about miracles, they really happen! He often tells me about what's going on in his meetings, usually giving me daily reports. During the heat of a meeting he actually called me on his cell phone and had me listen to what's going on.
I remember Roger telling me of one meeting in New York State. The first night they had about 60 in the meeting, and I recall him saying that about half of the people got healed, the real deal, with very obvious signs, wonders and miracles happening. Roger thought that the next night the crowd would double. Not so! The next night there were only 30 in the meeting, many still got healed, but the following night was the last night as people just didn't show up or bring any of their sick friends, relatives or neighbors. What's with that? It's just signs of the times.... ~I got my miracle, and I'm too distracted with things in my life to even suggest that I make a few phone calls and bring my sick friends to the meetings~ Here's the bottom line...PEOPLE JUST DON'T CARE ANYMORE! CAN YOU SAY .....DISTRACTIONS??
What's the answer to this dilemma? CAN YOU SAY....REVIVAL?
How about Psalm 85: 6, "Won't you revive us again, so your people can rejoice in you?"
Then how about Isaiah 64: 1-4, "Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down! How the mountains would quake in your presence! As fire causes wood to burn and water to boil, your coming would make the nations tremble. Then your enemies would learn the reason for your fame! When you came down long ago, you did awesome deeds beyond our highest expectations. And oh, how the mountains quaked! For since the world began, no ear has heard, and no eye has seen a God like you."
Often Corinne and I wonder if ministry like ours is done! Have we entered an era when people just don't care any longer? Are we at a place where the only way we can get meetings or see people come to meetings is to compromise and water our ministry down? We're asking lots of questions these days. However we still come up with the same answer....JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER! As for me and my house, we'll believe that truth forever! And if you want healing in your church, you better give us a call. If not us, give my friend Roger a call and watch what happens! The Revivalists of today are still on a roll and the Tidal Wave of the Spirit is about the hit the beach!
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