The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

Chapter 1: God Hiding Himself In Simplicity, Then Revealing Himself In The Same 63-0317M (Continued)

Day 5


106  And now, this is just a little service that—it—it'll blend right in with it though, so listen to every word. Catch it. And—and if you're taking it on tapes or anything, then you stay right with that tape teaching. Don't say nothing but what that tape says. Just say just exactly what the tape says (See?), now because some of those things… We're going to understand a whole lot about this now, why it's misunderstood. See? And you be sure to say just what the tape says. Don't say nothing else (See?), 'cause… I don't say that of my own. It's Him that says it. You see? And… So many times confusion, people will raise up and say, "Well, so-and-so said it meant so-and-so." Let's just leave it just the way it is.
107  See, that's the way we want the Bible. Just the way the Bible says it, that's the way we want it, just—just like that. Don't put own—no interpretation to it. It's already interpreted. See? Now… Who has believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? Let me read it again now, closely. Who has believed our report?… (Question)… and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? In other words, if you have believed our report, then the arm of the Lord has been revealed. See? Who has believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
110  Now, I want to read also in the Book of Saint Matthew's Gospel, the 11th chapter of Saint Matthew. And now, you bring your papers and things, because constantly we're… If you don't have a recorder, you—you bring the—your paper so we can get it. The 11th chapter of Saint Matthew, the 25th and 26th verses, 11:26 and 27. All right. Jesus speaking in prayer… I want to begin a little bit behind that. Let's make it the 25th and 26th verse I believe that's where I announced though, for I had it marked here in my Bible. At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou has hid these things from the wise and prudent, and has revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seems good in thy sight.
111  Catch those two Scriptures. "Who has believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?" Even… Then Jesus thanked God that He'd hid the mysteries from the wise and prudent, and would reveal it to babes such as would learn, for it seemed good to God to do that. Now, from this text, or from this Scripture reading, I draw this text: "God Hiding Himself in Simplicity, Then Revealing Himself in the Same." Now, for the tapes I keep repeating, so for the tapes (You see?), 'cause they're—they're taping it. See? "God Hiding Himself in Simplicity, Then Revealing Himself in the Same." 113  It is strange to think how that God does such a thing as that. God will hide Himself in something so simple that'll cause the wise to miss it a million miles and then turn right back around in that, some simple thing in the simplicity of His way of working and reveal Hisself right out again. I thought it made a—a text that we might study this before we go into the—the—the great teachings of the Seven Seals. Many miss Him by the way He reveals Himself. Now, man has their own ideas of what God ought to be and what God is going to do; and as I have made the old statement many times that man still remains man. Man is always giving God praise for what He did do, and always looking forward to what He will do, and ignoring what He's doing. See, see?
114  That's the way they miss it. They look back and see what a great thing He done, but they fail to see what a simple thing He used to do it with. See? And then they look forward and see a great thing coming that's going to happen, and nine times out of ten, it's already happening right around them, and it's so simple that they don't know it. See? 115  One day a—a man up here at Utica… And if some of his people is here, I don't say this for any—for any radical exposure of the man. He was a—a veteran of the Civil War, and I believe he was… I don't know which side he was on, but I believe he was a rebel. But he—he was an infidel, and he claimed that there was no such a thing as God. He lived in Utica; his name was Jim Dorsey. Many of you people might've knowed him. He's given me many a watermelon when I was a little fellow. He used to raise watermelons down on the river in the—in the bottoms there. And he was quite a friend to my daddy. But he said one day, one of the great outstanding things that was ever said to him in contrast (Now, I was just a little boy in those days.)—but in contrast to his belief that caused him to walk away, and drop his head, and cry. And I understood that by this the man was gloriously converted to Christ at the age of about eighty-five years old.
117  He asked a little girl one day, who was coming from Sunday school, why did she waste her time on doing such a thing as that? She said, because she believed that there was a God. And Mr. Dorsey said that… He said, "Child, you are so wrong to believe in such a thing as that." And said that the little girl stooped down and picked up a—a little flower out of the—off of the ground, pulled it from its petals, and said, "Mr. Dorsey, could you tell me how this lives?" There it was. When he begin to search back… He could have said to the child, "Why, it's growing in the earth." And then the questions could revolve back: "Where'd the earth come from? How'd that seed get here? How it happen?" On and on and on and run it on back until he seen… See? Not the great glamorous things that we think about, but it's the simple things that God is so real in, the simplicity.
120  So it pleases God to reveal Himself and then hide Himself, then hide Himself and reveal Himself in simple little things. It's—it's put over the top of the head of man because… If you'd say, "Why would a just God do that?" Is because that man was made up in the beginning not to try to shift for himself. A man was made to rely completely upon God. That's the reason we're likened unto lambs or sheep. A sheep cannot lead himself; he has to have a leader; and the Holy Spirit's supposed to lead us. So man is made that way, and God made all of His works so simple that the simple could understand it; and God makes Himself simple with the simple in order to be understood by the simple.
122  And otherwise, He said in Isaiah 35, I believe. He said, "Though a fool should not err therein…" It's so simple. And we know that God is so great, till we expect it to be some great something, and we miss the simple things. We stumble over simplicity. That's how we miss God, is by stumbling over simplicity. God is so simple until the scholars of these days and all days miss Him a million miles; because in their intellects, they know that there's nothing like Him so great. But in His revelation, He makes it so simple they go plumb over the top of it and miss it.
124  Now, study that. Study it all. And you people who are visiting here, when you go to your motel rooms, take those things and ponder over them. We don't have time to break it down as it should be broke down, but I want you to do it when you get to the motel, or hotel, or wherever you're staying, or the home. Gather together and study over it.
125  Miss Him by the way that He reveals Himself, for He is so great, yet hides Himself in simplicity to make Hisself known to the least. See? Don't try to get the great, because he goes over the top of it; but listen to the simplicity of God, and then you find God right here in the simple way. High-polished worldly wisdom, educated, always misses Him. Now, I'm not here… And I know there's school teachers, two or three that I know of setting in here; and I'm not here to contradict school and education and try to support illiterateness; I'm not here for that. But what it is, the people have so placed so much upon that, until they're… Even in the seminaries and so forth they're missing the very thing that God has put before them.
127  That's why I not against brethren who are in denominations, but I'm against system of denominations; because it tries to magnify itself and—and—and educate its ministers in such—such a place, until if that they don't have the proper schooling and education, they're ousted; and—and they have to stand the psychiatrist's test and so forth. I've never think that it was God's will to test a minister by psychiatry but to test him by the Word. See? Yes. See, it's just the Word would be God's way of testing His men that He sent out to have the Word—preach the Word. Now, today we preach philosophy; we preach creed, and denominationalism, and so many things and leaving off the Word, because they say It can't be understood. It can be understood. He promised to do it. Now, we're asking Him to do it.
129  Now, we're going to take a few characters here for a few minutes. Let's notice in the days of Noah. Noah's day, God seen worldly wisdom so greatly punctuated and respected, He sent a simple message by a simple person to show them His greatness. Now, we know that in the day of—of—of Noah, they claim that a civilization was so mighty then until we have never reached that spot yet in our modern civilization. And I believe that it will finally be reached, because our Lord said, "As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of man." And He gave some illustrations. 132  And they built the pyramid and the sphinx there in Egypt, and they built gigantic things that we have no power today to build such with. They had an embalming that they could embalm a body to make it look so natural until it still stays today. We cannot—we cannot make a mummy today; we haven't the stuff to make it with. They had colors that—that hold so fast for four or five thousand years ago, it still remains just the same color it was. See? We don't have no such as that today. And many great things of that civilization speaks of its superiority over our modern civilization.
133  And so you can imagine how education and science of such great tokens that we have left that there was such a civilization, what the—what a great civilization that must be by these memorials, how that science and—and modern civilization and education was—was a—a must with the people. They must be. It had to be. There was hardly any, I guess, any illiteracy among them at all. And so God, searching through that great economy at that day in their systems could not, perhaps, find the right type of a man till He found an illiterate, maybe farmer by the name of Noah, a sheepherder. And He gave him His message to preach to the people that was so simple till their—their scholarships of that day, until the people stumbled over the simplicity of the message.