Beyond the Curtain of Time
Shows the importance of teaching
the Gospel as the Apostles of
By: Rev. William
The other morning I was laying in
my bed. And I was . . . had been
asleep, and I dreamed that Joseph
was sick, and I had picked him up to
pray for him. And when I woke up, I
was very upset. I said, "Well, maybe
Joseph is going to be sick."
And I looked, going before me, in
a little, dark shadow, rather of a
brownish color. And it seemed like
it was me. And I watched it. And
coming behind it was Someone white,
and it was Him. I looked over to my
wife, to see if she awake, that I
could show her, she could see the
vision. But she was sleeping.
I said, "Oh, I'm sorry, Lord.
But, that's been my life, You've had
to drive me to everything that I
done. Every time anything would
happen, I'd think it was You doing
it. And I realize it was Satan
trying to keep me away from it." I
said, "If You could only lead me."
And as I looked, I seen the
prettiest face I ever saw on a man.
He was in front of me, looking back.
He raised His hand and got a hold of
mine, and started moving this a way.
The vision left me. Last Sunday
morning, I was, had waken up early.
That was on Saturday, this vision.
On . . .
Always worried, I've always
thought of dying. It, me being
fifty, it's, my time is not . . .
didn't think was too long. And I
wondered what I would be in that
theophany, celestial body. "Would it
be that I would see my precious
friends and, say, a little white fog
going by, and say, 'There goes
Brother Neville,' or, he couldn't
say, 'Hello, Brother Branham'? And
when Jesus come, then I'd be man
again." I often thought that.
I was dreaming that I was out
West. And I coming down through a
little sagebrush place, and my wife
was with me, and we had been trout
fishing. And I stopped and--and
opened up the gate. And the skies
were so pretty. They didn't look
like they do over the valley here.
They were blue, and the pretty white
clouds. And I said to wife, I said,
"We ought to been out here, long
time ago, honey." She said, "For the
children's sake, we should have
been, Billy." I said, "That's . . .
" And I woke up.
I thought, "I'm dreaming so much!
I wonder why?" And I looked down,
and she was laying by me.
And I raised up on my pillow, as
many of you people have done it, put
my head upon the--the headboard of
the bed, and put my hands behind me.
And I was laying there like this.
And I said, "Well, I just wonder
what it will be, the other side. I
am already fifty, and I haven't done
nothing yet. If I could only do
something to help the Lord, for I
know I won't be mortal. Half of my
time is gone, at least, or more than
half. If I live to be as old as my
people, still half my time is gone."
And I looked around. I was laying
there, fixing to get up. It was
about seven o'clock. I said, "I
believe I'll go down to church, this
morning. If I am hoarse, I'd like to
hear Brother Neville preach."
So I said, "Are you awake,
honey?" And she was sleeping very
And I don't want you to miss
this. It has changed me. I can't be
the same Brother Branham that I was.
And I looked. And I heard
Something, kept saying, "You're just
starting. Press the battle. Just
I shook my head a minute. I
thought, "Well, I probably just
thinking like this." You know, a
persons can get some imaginations.
And I said, "I just probably
It said, "Press the battle. Keep
going. Keep going."
I said, "Maybe I said it." And I
put my lips within my teeth, and put
my hand over my mouth.
And there It come again, said,
"Just keep pressing. If you only
knew what was at the end of the
And it seemed like I could hear
Graham Snelling, or somebody, that
sang that song like this. They sings
it here, Anna Mae and all of you
I'm homesick and blue, and I
want to see Jesus.
I would like to hear those
sweet harbor bells chime.
It would brighten my path
and would vanish all fears.
Lord, let me look past the
curtain of time.
You've heard it sang here at the
And I heard Something say, "Would
you like to see just beyond the
I said, "It would help me so
And I looked. In just a moment, I
. . . One breath I had come into a
little place that slanted. I looked
back, and there I was, laying on the
bed. And I said, "This is a strange
Now, I would not want you to
repeat this. This is before my
church, or my sheep that I am
pastoring. Whether it was, I was in
this body or out, whether it was a
translation, it wasn't like any
vision I ever had. I could look
There, and I could look here.
And when I hit that little Place,
I never seen so many people come
running, screaming, "Oh, our
And I looked. And young women,
maybe in their early twenties,
eighteen to twenty, they were
throwing their arms around me, and
screaming, "Our precious brother!"
Here come young men, in the
brilliance of young manhood. And
their eyes glistening and looking
like stars on a darkened night.
Their teeth as white as pearl. And
they were screaming, and grabbing
me, and screaming, "Oh, our precious
And I stopped, and I looked. And
I was young. I looked back at my old
body laying there, with my hands
behind my head. And I said, "I don't
And these young women throwing
their arms around me. Now, I do
realize this is the mixed audience,
and I say this with the sweetness
and with the mellowness of the
Spirit. Men cannot put your arm
around women without a human
sensation; but it wasn't There.
There was no yesterday nor tomorrow.
They didn't get tired. They were . .
. I never seen such pretty women in
all my life. They had hair way down
to their waistline; long skirts to
their feet. And they were just a
hugging me. It wasn't a hug like
even my own sister, setting there,
would hug me. They were not kissing
me, and I was not kissing them. It
was something that I-- I have not
got the--the vocabulary, I haven't
got the words to say. "Perfection"
wouldn't touch it. "Superb" wouldn't
even touch it, nowhere. It was
something that I never . . . You
just have to be There.
And I looked this way, and that
way. And they were coming, by the
thousands. And I said, "I don't
understand this." I said, "Well,
they . . . "
And here come Hope. That was my
first wife. She run, and never said,
"My husband." She said, "My precious
brother," and when she hugged me.
There was another woman standing
there, that hugged me, and then Hope
hugged this woman; and each one. And
I thought, "Oh, this has to be
something different. It can't be . .
. There's something . . . " I
thought, "Oh, would I ever want to
go back to that old carcass again?"
I looked around then. I thought,
"What is this?" And I looked, real
good. And I--I said, "I--I can't
understand this." But Hope seemed to
be like, oh, a guest of honor. She
was no different, but just like a
guest of honor.
And I heard a Voice then that
spoke to me, that was in the room,
said, "This is what you preached was
the Holy Ghost. This is perfect
Love. And nothing can enter Here
I am more determined, than ever
in my life, that it takes perfect
Love, to enter There. There was no
jealousy. There was no tiredness.
There was no death. Sickness could
never, in There. Mortality;
could--could never make you old. And
the . . . They could not cry. It was
just one joy.
"Oh, my precious brother!" And
they took me up, and set me up on a
great big high place.
I thought, "I am not dreaming.
I'm looking back at my--my body
laying down here on the bed."
And they set me up there. And I
said, "Oh, I shouldn't sit up here."
And here come women and men, from
both sides, just in their bloom of
youth, screaming. And one women was
standing there, and she screamed,
"Oh, my precious brother! Oh, we are
so happy to see you Here."
I said, "I don't understand
And then that Voice that was
speaking, from above me, said, "You
know, it is written in the Bible,
that, 'The prophets were gathered
with their people.'"
And I said, "Yes. I remember that
in the Scriptures."
Said, "Well, this is when you
will gather with your people."
I said, "Then they'll be real,
and I can feel them."
I said, "But, there's millions.
There's not that many Branhams."
And that Voice said, "They're not
Branhams. Them is your converts.
That's the ones that you've led to
the Lord." And said, "Some of them
women there, that you think is so
beautiful, were better than ninety
years old when you led them to the
Lord. No wonder they're screaming,
'Our precious brother!'"
And they screamed, all at once,
said, "If you hadn't have went, we
wouldn't be Here."
I looked around. I thought,
"Well, I don't get it."
I said, "Oh, where is Jesus? I
want to see Him, so bad."
They said, "Now, He is just a
little higher, right up that way."
Said, "Someday He will come to you.
See?" Said, "You were sent, for a
leader. And God will come. And when
He does, He'll judge you according
to what you taught them, first,
whether they go in or not. We'll go
in according to your teaching."
I said, "Oh, I'm so glad. And,
Paul, does he have to stand like
this? Does Peter have to stand like
I said, "Then I preached every
Word that they preached. I never
divvied from It, one side to the
other. Where they baptized in the
Name of Jesus Christ, I did too.
Where they taught the baptism of the
Holy Ghost, I did too. Whatever they
taught, I did too."
And them people screamed, and
said, "We know that. And we know
we're going with you, someday, back
to earth." Said, "Jesus will come,
and you'll be judged according to
the Word that you preached us. And
then if you are accepted at that
time, which you will be," and said,
"then you will present us to Him, as
your trophies of your ministry."
Said, "You will guide us to Him,
and, all together, we'll go back to
the earth, to live for ever."
I said, "Do I have to return back
"Yes. But keep pressing on."
I looked. And I could see the
people, just as far as I could see,
still coming, wanting to hug me,
screaming, "Our precious brother!"
Just then a Voice said, "All that
you ever loved, and all that ever
loved you, God has given you Here."
And I looked. And here come my old
dog, come walking up. Here come my
horse, and laid his head upon my
shoulder, and nickered. Said, "All
that you ever loved, and all that
ever loved you, God has given them
into your hand, through your
And I felt myself move from that
And I looked around. I said, "Are
you awake, honey?" She was still
And I thought, "O God! Oh, help
me, O God. Never let me compromise
with one Word. Let me stay right
straight on that Word, and preach
It. I don't care what comes or goes,
what anybody does; how many Sauls of
sons of Kish, rise, how many this,
that, or the other. Let me, Lord,
press to that Place. All fear of
death . . .
I say this, with my Bible before
me, this morning. I've got a little
boy there, four years old, to be
raised. I got a nine- year-old girl;
and a teen-ager, that I'm thankful
for, that's turned the way of the
Lord. God, let me live, to bring
them up in the admonition of God.
Above that, the whole world seems
to scream to me, ninety- year-old
women and men, and all kinds. "If
you hadn't have went, we wouldn't
And, God, let me press the
battle. But if it comes to dying, I
am no more . . . It would be a joy,
it would be a pleasure, to enter,
from this corruption and disgrace.
If I could make, up yonder, one
hundred billion miles high, a square
block, and that's perfect Love; each
step this way, it narrows, until we
get down to where we are now. It
would be just merely a shadow of
corruption, that little something
that we can sense and feel that
there is something somewhere. We
don't know what It is.
Oh, my precious friends, my
beloved, my darlings of the Gospel,
my begotten children unto God,
listen to me, your pastor. You, I
wish there was some way I could
explain it to you. There's no words;
I couldn't find it; it's not found
anywhere. But just beyond this last
breath, is the most glorious thing
that you ever ... There is no way to
explain it. There's no way. I just
can't do it. But whatever you do,
friend, lay aside everything else
till you get perfect Love. Get to a
spot that you can love everybody,
every enemy, everything else.
That one visit There, to me, has
made me a different man. I can
never, never, never be the same
Brother Branham that I was. Whether
the planes are rocking, whether the
lightning is a flashing; whether the
spy has a gun on me. Whatever it is,
it doesn't matter. I'm going to
press the battle, by the grace of
God. For, I've preached the Gospel
to every creature and every person
that I can, persuading them to that
beautiful Land yonder.
It may seem hard. It may take a
lot of strength. I don't know how
much longer. We don't know,
physically speaking. The . . . From
my examination the other day, he
said, "You've got twenty- five years
of hard, good life. You're solid."
That helped me. But, oh, that wasn't
it. That isn't it. It's something
within here. This corruption has got
to put on incorruption. This mortal
has got to put on immortality.
Sons of Kish may rise. I . . .
All the good things they do, I have
nothing evil to say against it,
giving to the poor and to charity.
And remember, why, Samuel told Saul,
"You'll also prophesy." And many of
those men are great, mighty
preachers, can preach the Word like
archangels. But still it wasn't
God's will. God was to be their
king. Brother, sister, you let the
Holy Spirit lead you.
Let us bow our heads just a
I'm so homesick and blue, I
want to see Jesus,
I would like to hear those
sweet harbor bells chime;
It would brighten my path
and would vanish all fear;
Lord, let us look a past the
curtain of time.
Lord, let me look a past the
curtain of sorrows and fear,
Let me view that sunny
It would strengthen our
faith and would vanish all
Lord, let them look a past
the curtain of time.
I am sure, Lord, if this little
church, this morning, could just
look a past the curtain! Not an
affliction among them; there never
could be. Not a sickness; nothing
but perfection. And It's just one
breath between here and There, from
old age to youth, from time to
Eternity; from a weary of tomorrow,
and a sorrow of yesterday, till the
present time of Eternity in
I pray, God, that You will bless
every person here, if there be those
here, Lord, who does not know You in
that way of Love. And truly, Father,
nothing could enter that holy Place
without that type of Love, the new
Birth, the being born again. The
Holy Spirit, God, is Love, and we
know that that is true. No matter if
we move mountains by our faith, if
we did great things, still, without
That there, we could never climb
that great ladder yonder. But with
That, It'll lift us beyond this
earthly cares. I pray, Father, that
You will bless the people here.
And may, that, every person that
has heard me, this morning, tell
this Truth, that You be my witness,
Lord, as Samuel of old; "Have I ever
told them anything in Your Name but
what was true?" They are the judges.
And I tell them now, Lord, that You
taken me to that Land. And thou
knowest that it's true.
And now, Father, if there be some
that doesn't know You, may this be
the hour that they say, "Lord, place
within me the will to be Thy will."
Grant it, Father.
And now, you, with your heads
bowed, would you raise your hands,
and say, "Pray for me, Brother
Branham; God will within me."
[Brother Branham pauses--Ed.]
Now while you're right where you
are, just real sweetly, why don't
you just say to Father? "God, within
my heart, today, I renounce all
things of the world. I renounce
everything, to love You and serve
You, all my life. And I will, from
this day, henceforth, follow You, in
every Scripture of Your Bible." If
you have not been baptized in the
Christian baptism, "I will, Lord."
"If I have not yet received the
Holy Ghost . . . " You'll know when
you received It. It'll give to you.
It'll give to you the assurance and
Love that you need. Oh, you might
have done different, had sensations,
like you might have shouted or spoke
with tongues, which is fine. But if
that Divine Love isn't there,
believe me now, say, "Lord, place
within my heart, and in my soul, the
reaching of Your Spirit, that I
might love, and honor, and have that
Divine Love in my heart, today, that
would take me to that Land when my
final breath leaves me," while we
pray. You pray, yourself, now. In
your own way, you pray, ask God to
do that for you.
I love you. I love you. You
precious gray-headed men sitting
here, who has worked hard and fed
little children! You poor, old mamas
who has stroked the tears from their
eyes! Let me assure you this,
sister, dear, it isn't that way
across the other breath yonder. I
believe that It is absolutely in the
room. It's just a dimension that we
live into. This is just a corruption
that we live in now.
"But will in me, Lord, Thy will
to be." You pray, while we pray
Reverently, Lord, upon the basis
of Thy Word and Thy Holy Spirit, we
are so glad that we know where our
birth comes from. We are glad that
we were "born not of the will of
man, nor of the will of flesh, but
of the will of God."
And we pray, today, Father, that
these who are now asking for
pardoning grace, that Your Spirit
will do that work, Lord. There's no
way for me to do it; I'm just a man,
another son of Kish. But we need
You, the Holy Spirit.
God, let me be as Samuel, one who
tells the Truth of the Word. And You
have vindicated It, so far, and I
believe that You will continue, as
long as I stay true to You.
May they all now receive Eternal
Life, Father. May this day never
depart from them. In the hour when
they come to leave this world, may
this, what I have just said to them,
open to a reality. And as we sit
here, mortal, today, looking at our
watch, thinking of our dinner, of
work tomorrow, of the cares and
toils of life, they'll not be Then.
They'll all fade away. There will be
no cares; and one great joy of
Eternity. Give them that type of
Life, Father, every one. And may . .
I ask You this, Father, that
every person that's here this
morning, that's heard me say this
vision, may I meet every one of them
on the other side; though there may
be men here that would disagree with
me, and women, too. But, Father,
never let that stand in our way. May
we meet them over There, and they
run, too, and we grab each other,
screaming, "Our precious brother."
Let it be like it was shown There,
Lord, to everyone, all that I love,
and all that love me. I pray that
it'll be that way, Lord. And I love
them all. Let them appear, Father. I
offer them Eternal Life now. May
they do their part, to accept It.
For I ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen.
[Brother Branham pauses--Ed.]
We have just a few moments, to
pray for the sick. I see we got a
little, sick girl here, and a lady
in a chair.
Now, to my most precious
brethren, sisters, please do not
misunderstand me. I--I don't know
what happened. I don't know what
happened. But, God, when I die, let
me go back There. Just let me go to
that Place, is where I want to be,
wherever it was. I'm not trying to
be a Paul that was caught up in the
third heavens. I'm not saying that.
I believe that He was just trying to
encourage me, trying to give me a
little something to push me on, in
my new ministry coming up.