It goes without saying that William Branham 'loved' the land of his birth - America. Many times he had thanked God for the freedom which it's citizens possessed. But over the years he saw a "Spiritual Decline" in his beloved country. More and more, like Eve in the Garden of Eden, the American people began to partake of the "Tree of knowledge of good and evil".
The land of America was originally founded on religious principles - "One nation under GOD.....". The motto on it's currency - "In God we Trust" - reflected it's one-time "living faith" in the "living God". But like the nations before it, America fell from Grace. Politics and politicians became more and more corrupt. Political expediency took preeminence over Spiritual Convictions. The Great Wall of "Christian" Democracy cracked under the pressure of compromise, fearing that the non-Christian factions would be offended if we insisted on maintaining Christian principles in all phases of American life. The end result: We are no longer "Masters in our own house".
It was for this backslidden, corrupted and perverted nation that William Branham had wept and prayed. But alas, America had made it's "Fatal Choice". You will see this unfold in the sequence of Quotes taken from a number of different messages preached by Brother Branham.......
THE ANGEL OF THE LORD - 7-18-51:
This nation, it's in a crumbling condition now, because our politics and things are so divided. That's was the Indians lost it to the white man. If them Indians had all gathered together, there'd still be an America for the Indians. But they separated, and the tribes fighting one another, and we come in and took it. And that's they way we're going to lose it; and that's the way the church is losing today, because we're not together.
DO YOU NOW BELIEVE? - 8-17-52:
If this America could only come back to God. We're a great civilization, but we're living on back experiences, back reputations. That's right. The termites has eat the foundation out from under us nearly. The only thing that'll ever save America, is an old fashion God-sent revival. I don't mean going through and shaking hands with the people. I mean being born again, and breaking up the things, and getting back in the path where we ought to be. And that I doubt, we'll ever have.
ISRAEL AT THE RED SEA - 3-26-53
But God's just now loosening up the church everywhere, getting in order now so He can get into the rapture, got to give it rapturing faith before it can go in the rapture.
The people are in the spirit of the last days, just like they was in the days of Noah, eating, drinking, marrying, giving in marriage, unconcerned, don't care, walk around, and anything else. And these American people is the worst on the face of the earth: heady, high-minded, incontinent, fierce, and despisers, a know-it-all. With, my Bible over my heart, and God knowing, looking down on me and know I may have to stand before Him before morning - If I had to say so, the place that needs missionaries worse than any place in the world is the U.S.A., the United States of America. The greatest bunch of heathens that I know of anywhere is in America. "Heathen" means "unbeliever."
GOD'S PROVIDED WAY - 6-13-53:
We talk about the revival in America; we haven't got any revival. We've got a lot of church joining, but we haven't got any revival.
One of the famous evangelists, not long ago, had claimed twenty thousand (converts) in six weeks; about six weeks after that, couldn't find twenty people. The reason of it is this, friend, is because they just have the people just to make a confession, just stand up and set down. That's good. That's all right, as far as you go. But, brother, there's a deeper experience than that. You've got to get that person to where the Holy Spirit takes control of that life by the baptism of the Holy Spirit. That's God's provided way.
RESURRECTION OF LAZARUS - 11-22-53:
Someone said, "Brother Branham, do you think the communist will ever sweep over America and take America?"
No, sir. I don't believe it. It isn't communist that's going to hurt us; it's our own rottenness right among us is what's a hurting us. It ain't the robin that pecks on the apple that hurts the apple; it's the worm at the core that rots the apple. And our own demoralization that we got among us now, our women smoking cigarettes and drinking whiskey, and the barrooms and things filled at night, and cussing and carrying on, that's what is killing us. These churches around here having a form of godliness, denying the power thereof, that's what's killing us. Amen. That's exactly right.
JUBILEE YEAR - 10-3-54(E):
In America, as American Christians, God's going to require a lot at our hands, because we have the true Gospel Light and are failing to make use of it like we should do it. So tonight I want to speak to the Christian, concerning how you could grieve away the time of repentance for you; and how that you could be absolutely marked out, having no part with Christ by making the wrong choice. Now, these things are a little rough. But it has to get rough, once in a while, to make us appreciate the Lord Jesus.
Now, my brother, America has had forty years of old fashion apostolic preaching, the jubilee year. And if they won't receive It as a nation (and I'm afraid they won't do it), then they'll be sealed out in dark, utter apostasy. All of our denominations, they're all right, but, brother, God don't look to denominations. He looks to individuals. Christianity isn't a denomination. Christianity is the life that an individual lives. Amen. Some day, THUS SAITH THE HOLY SPIRIT out of the Word of God, that, "America, there had been whole turning God down, and will receive the mark of the beast according to Revelations the 13th chapter." And we're moving into it.
JUNCTION OF TIME - 1-15-56:
O God shake this great adulterated nation of America, who's fell in folly and a modern Sodom and Gomorrah. "Oh, thou son of the morning, how come that you fell. You did run well. What happened to you?" But, "Oh, Jerusalem, Jerusalem how oft would He have hovered you."
And so is it with America today, as the Holy Ghost cries in my heart. "How oft would I made you a flaming torch to the nations and to the world, but you accepted Hollywood. You accepted the fashions of the world. And now, you've been given over to a Jambres and Jannes and how your day has come. How that mighty men has swept the nations. How they have combed through for what they could get. Now, you're pulling away and leaving to other nations."
O God, she set in the ashes of her own ruin. She set upon her own barrel of glamour. And some glorious day the Son of God in His holy righteousness, will be revealed from heaven. Then where will we stand? O God, grant today that our hearts be established in Thee. Forgive us of our many sins.
MAKING A WAY - 3-04-56:
I just feel that we haven't got much time now. And I'll predict it. I don't say this is the Lord saying this now, I--I'm predicting that this (1956) year America will receive Christ or reject Christ. See? I believe this will be the turning point, that America will go in, we'll have a revival in this day, or we won't have a revival. And I believe that this is the year that America will make it's decision. And I trust that they'll make it, and we will have a great revival that'll just sweep...
MAKING THE VALLEY FULL OF DITCHES - 7-28-56:
I believe this America will be blowed to pieces. I believe the thing has done been sunk and gone, if God didn't respect the real genuine Christians in America that's praying to hold it together (Amen.), I believe it'd been gone long ago. I believe the Japanese would have took it, or some other nation, if God hadn't respected the honest, sincere prayer of born-again children of God. That's right.
FAITH ONCE DELIVERED TO THE SAINTS - 6-10-57:
If you regarded me to be God's servant, you take my word; I do not look for the American church to get any better. It'll continue to get worse. I believe there'll be droppings, and powers, of Holy Spirit fall. Yes, I believe that. I believe there'll be miracles and signs done yet. But I believe as a nation, no, sir. I believe our day of grace has been sinned away. Now, Christ is coming.
WHAT HEAREST THOU ELIJAH - 4-12-59(E):
Paul said, "Though I speak with tongues of men and angels, and have not love, it profits me nothing. Though I can have faith to move mountains, and have not love, it profits me nothing." See, we're so prone to go after the gift instead of the Giver. When you see signs and wonders take place, don't notice the signs so much, but look what's behind it. It's that still small voice that speaks.
That's the reason we can't have revivals in America, is because people go after gifts instead of the Giver. That's what's the matter with the world tonight. ...If you want great crowds and audiences, you have to have a real classical Hollywood outfit with a lot of show. American people want entertainment. They don't want the true Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. So therefore, the radio and the television will give them more entertainment than the church can do it, and they stay home. All that comes out is the elect of God that's still hungering, and thirsting, and calling, and crying for the real thing of God.
I say this with reverence, not to you people, not at all; my voice is going out in radio land, but America is burnt over. It has been combed, and gleaned, and glided, and fished, and pulled, and so forth till it's just about ready for judgment now. That's right. The next thing is judgment; and we're going to get it; just remember that.
ALL THE DAYS OF OUR LIFE - 6-12-59:
Now, we hear so much today about, "We are free. Oh, we live in a beautiful America. We are free." Oh, the air's full of it. Books are wrote of it, thousands of them. But you are a million miles from being free. You're not free. Don't you be deceived by that. America is one of the greatest deceived nations, and in more bondage than any place I know of. They're worse in bondage than communism could put them in. Communism can only hurt the body; they can only put the body in bondage. But when the devil comes in, he puts the soul in bondage.
And man is a slave. America is a bunch of slaves. You may be a slave to pride. You might walk up and down the streets and go through every store and every fashion that you can see on television, and go from store to store trying to buy something. You become a slave to it. You become a slave to your dressing. You can become a slave to your money. That's the only thing that you think of is to make money, grab, and put it up here. If you do that, you're a slave.
CONDEMNATION BY REPRESENTATION - 11-13-60:
And now, let me bring something else. I haven't got it written here (but this is taped) - In 1956 in Chicago, Illinois, standing at that Lane Tech High School. I said, "This year (1956) is going to be the changing point of America". I just come from overseas - don't know why I come. Canceled my meetings in Africa and around....." Billy Graham, something mysterious, he canceled his. Tommy Osborn canceled his. And we (were) all crossing the United States in meetings. I said, "America will either receive or reject Christ this year."
Then I said ( When they elected in Indiana, a twenty-two year boy--year old boy to be judge), the Spirit of the Lord came on me and I said, "They'll finally have a president that'll be one of these crew cut, playboy, beatnik-type presidents, a lady's man." Now, them's predictions years ago. See where we're at? It's later than we think.
TEN VIRGINS - 12-11-60(M):
The image of the beast: the Protestant denomination, not the Catholic. This is America He's speaking of here (See?), because this 13th chapter is on the American - See, all the other beasts come up out of water, which means "thickness and multitudes of people." But the beast here (Revelation 13), it come up like a lamb, out of the ground where there was no people: had two horns, and then it spoke like a dragon. And they made a image of the beast that was in Europe, and made this over here a image to it. Uniting the churches together and making this Protestant fellowship, and then they forced all the other churches, that they couldn't even buy or sell or anything else without they got this image of the beast.
REVELATIOIN CHAP. 4 PT.3 - 1-8-61:
Back when America was America, she was a great nation. The greatest the world's ever known since Israel, was America; but she sure has polluted herself now. She's rejected the message. ...You can see where she's at now. Everybody knows that; in the last election shows where her spiritual standing is. She doesn't know.
SEAL OF GOD - 2-16-61:
America has blasphemed the Holy Ghost. She's made fun of it ever since she come on the scene of existence forty or fifty years ago.
FALLING APART OF THE WORLD - 12-16-62:
Russia wants a scientific genius for their anointed messiah this Christmas. That's what they want to be given. India wants a messiah who can feed them and clothe them without working.
America, what do you want? What's your opinion, America? You been crying for a messiah. (I know that this is taped). You been crying for a messiah, what do you want? You got what you wanted. You wanted a politician, and you got it. Now, what are you going to do with it? He's going to skin you; that's exactly what it's going to do, going to send you to your grave. You wanted it; you got your desire. Now, what are you going to do with it? It's on your hands now:.....
Now, I'm neither Democrat nor Republican, I'm a Christian. See, see? Both sides are rotten..... You put him on the television, scattered it across the country, oh, my, trying to test the mental powers between the two presidents in elect to be. You elected the one you thought that had the genius brain, and not looking what was behind it.
WAY OF A TRUE PROPHET - 5-13-62(M):
The very God that America claims to serve will bring judgment upon the nation and destroy it. I hope that gets so deep that you'll never wiggle out of it. The very One that you claim that you love and with your own manmade dogmas, and immoral life, and decay that you got in you, away from the Word of God will destroy you someday. That's THUS SAITH THE LORD. Nothing else left for us.
BROKEN CISTERNS - 7-26-64(E):
Now, we find again that this mark of the beast that was formed here. America is number 13; it was born with 13 colonies; it had a flag that had 13 stars, 13 stripes; and it even appears in Revelations the 13th chapter. And America has always been a woman, represented on our coins. Even the Indian head on a penny is a woman's profile. We know that, know the history of it. Everything, the Liberty Bell and everything else, the Statue of Liberty is. Everything a woman, a woman's number 13. See?
TRYING TO DO GOD A SERVICE - 7-18-65(M):
They (the denominations) said..., "God bless America, it's a nation, it's a Christian country." It's a million miles from being a Christian country. I don't even pray for it. How can I pray for it, and it won't repent under the mighty powers of God demonstrated before it, and denying, and closing the doors to it, and walking away? I commit it to God. And she's going further away, and now she's going to sink. Just watch what happens.
LAODICEAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK.CPT.9:
The last and seventh vision was wherein I heard a most terrible explosion. As I turned to look I saw nothing but debris, craters, and smoke all over the land of America.
America has been weighted in the balance and found wanting. For the Nation, there is no escaping the judgements of God.
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