7/12/2017
Who Backs Us?

He would've been President of the United States if he hadn't have stood for—against whiskey. But he took on the dry ticket and was defeated, because America didn't have enough Christians to back him up. But God had grace to back him.

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The question of “Backing” comes up in finance and in politics all the time, and it seems that everyone needs to know who is backing up everything. You can't get far without someone backing you. So, who is backing us up when we make a stand? One who has never lost a battle and never will! 

We have all heard of Congressman Upshaw’s healing, but have you ever put yourself in his shoes? Have you ever thought about how strong of a stand he took for what was right? Did you know that he even tried to run for president and was defeated by a sinful man? Yet, not once did he waiver in his faith. He stood strong with his convictions for decades, and in his old age, when he was 84 years old, his Backer showed that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

The following article was originally published in The Courier-Journal newspaper, Louisville, KY, (September 23, 1951).

Then, I looked back. I suppose Brother Baxter's setting around somewhere. He was standing present at the time. Maybe a lot of people else was—was—that's here tonight, was there. Well, I happened to look, going down across the audience like a shadow, and here went that old Congressman who'd been setting in a wheelchair; he'd been crippled, an invalid for sixty-six years. Fell when he was seventeen, was eighty-six years old: Congressman William D. Upshaw, Congressman of the United States. Seventeen years of service. They'd wheeled him in a little bed part of the time; in a wheelchair; he had crutches with things over, to fit over him, so when he got up they could… Many of you knew him, perhaps. You've heard him speak. How many ever knowed Congressman Upshaw? Why, sure. See you knowed him. All right.

And there he was setting there. And I looked, and I seen him with a pinstriped suit on; brown and white pinstripe suit, going, walking down across that audience, in a—like a vision, going, tipping his hat. He's the one who got me…?… started on these hats like that. He wore them, tipping his hat like that, very southern with his hospitality, bowing to the people. I knew he was healed. So I…

The vision had caught me so far, till I staggered under the impact of the Spirit of God. I'm sure you believers understand what I'm talking. I tried. You say, "Oh, Brother Branham, that wouldn't make…" Why did it make Jesus so weak till even the—the waves didn't wake Him up in the boat? Why did He say, "Virtue has gone from Me"? Why did the Angel on the pool come down and heal one person and pull the whole Angel off the pool, maybe for a month? You don't understand. Why was Daniel troubled at his head for many days when he saw one vision? See? Hard to understand, but you just have to believe.

Then, I started to stagger. I said… "It seems like if the Congressman, if God was going to heal him…" Now, he was the president of the Southern Baptist Convention for years. He had been prayed for by thousands of people. Mr. Jaggers, out on the West Coast, who had a campaign there, had prayed for him many times. Mr. Ogilvie, Mr. Ogilvie, I believe, had prayed for him several times. And all around different people had prayed for him for sixty-six years. I said, "Seems like, God would've healed you when you was just a little bitty boy, when your bones were—were—had calcium in them and not wait till they get old and brittle like this. But the Lord Jesus has made you whole right now. Stand up." And there, a man who had been an invalid, and stood for the right… He would've been President of the United States if he hadn't have stood for—against whiskey. But he took on the dry ticket and was defeated, because America didn't have enough Christians to back him up. But God had grace to back him. And when he was old man, setting there, of eighty-six years old, the power that raised Christ from the grave, took that old twisted up body, and straightened him out, and made him a perfect whole man right there; and he walked to the platform a normal man, touching his toes to the floor. Traveled through the United States and everywhere to England and before Churchill, and all of them testifying of the glory of God. Healed.

53-0604 The Angel Of The Lord

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