The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 6

134  And yet, the message was in the face of science, radical. How could there be rain in the skies when there was no rain up there? See? And the simple message of—of building an ark, constructing of something to get into that there's no water to float it, why, he become a fanatic. And he become a—an—a—a—a what we would call (if you'd excuse the expression of today) a "oddball." And nearly all God's people are oddballs (See?), they are. I'm glad to be one of them. So… You know, they—they're different from the—the modern trend of civilization. So they become odd, strange. He said His people was a peculiar people (odd, strange), but a spiritual priesthood, a royal nation, offering spiritual sacrifices to God, the fruits of their lips giving praise to His Name. What a—what a people. He's got them.
136  And notice now what a great thing that must've been in that day for some fanatic to come forth to the church, a fanatic, and preaching a gospel that was seemingly all out of line to their way of believing. And scientists… Why, they—it was simply crazy. How they could scientifically prove there was no rain there. But this simple sheepherder believed if God said it would rain, it would rain. See? And so that… Just compare that with today about somebody gets healed, they say, "It's only emotion," or "I can scientifically prove to you that the cancer, or the substance, or—or the thing is still there." But to the simple believer, it's gone (See?), because he's not looking at the substance; he's looking at the promise, just the same as Noah did.
139  So don't you see: "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the coming of the Son of man." Scientifically, no one… The doctor could say, "Looky here, your lump is still there. Your cancer remain. Your arm is as crippled as it ever was. You're crazy." And remember, that's that same spirit from the days of Noah that said, "There's no rain up there. We can shoot the moon with instruments, and there's no rain there." But if God said there would be rain there… For faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things that not seen. And faith takes its final resting place on the Word of God. There's where it finds its resting place. You—you understand? Its resting place is on God's Word. That's where Noah rested it: "God said so." That settles it.
143  Now, if you notice again then… And now, Noah in believing such was a fanatic. And the people of today who believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit… Now, the church says, "These people are fanatics. They're nothing but a bunch of worked-up, emotional, panic-stricken people." But little do they know, that the Word of God teaches that; it's a promise.
145  And to Noah, no matter how much they said the old man was off at his mind, that he was scientifically wrong, and—and mentally he was wrong; but to Noah it was the Word of the Lord. And Noah stayed with it, and the wise and prudent stumbled over the simplicity of it and lost their being. What a—a rebuke. Now, it is to that generation. Many people say, "If I would've lived back there…" No, you'd have took the same attitude, because today in the very same thing being reproduced again today, only in another form, they stumble over it today just like they did then.
147  No doubt in them days they had plenty of preachers, but Noah was inspired of God. And Noah could look out and see that what was fixing to happen and know that an adulterous and wicked generation like that, that God would not let stand. So what can we do today, but see the same thing: a modern Sodom and Gomorrah (See?), wicked, adulterous people so polished in scholarship that they stumble over the simplicity of God's manifestation of His Being and His Word, showing His Word.
148  There's not a person in the world, Rosella, that… or any—any can say that we don't see with us the very Word of God made manifest. The very promise of the last days, the very evening Lights that was to shine, we are privileged people to see that. And where the high-polished world, it's hid from them… Jesus said to God the Father; He said, "It pleased You to hide it from them. Even so, Father, You have hid it." Let them with their wisdom… You see, it was wisdom that started the ball rolling in the muck of sin at the beginning. For Eve was seeking wisdom when she met Satan, and Satan give it to her (See?), and wisdom is contrary to the Word. We're not asked to have wisdom; we're asked to have faith in what's already been said. So you see? But today the scholars polish it up in such a way, and set it over there, and put their own interpretation to it, always have… They do the same thing today. It's in the same measure.
150  Now, people… But the people then missed it just as they miss it and do it today, same thing. They do the same things. For they—for the reason they missed it, for they were too smart to believe it. See? Now, the message was so simple that the smart was too smart to believe the simplicity of the message. Oh, my. God made it so simple in Truth that the smart and intellectuals missed seeing it, because it was so simple. Well, that's what makes the greatness of God so great, because being the greatest can make Himself simple.
151  Men today, showing that they are not of God; they are great and trying to get greater and express themselves greater as big Bishop, Doctor holy Pope, everything—making themselves something that they're really not, and God being so great, brings Hisself down simple. Simplicity is greatness. We can build a jet plane; we can fire a rocket to the to—to—put a missile in orbit, and we can do all these things. Yes. But we cannot build one blade of grass. Amen. What about that? But instead of trying to come back and see what makes that grass and accepting the very God that created the grass, we're trying to build a missile that'll get there quicker than somebody else can build one. See?
153  We are so smart and intellectual in our churches till we can build a million dollar building, or ten million dollar building, but yet—and trying to build one better than the Methodists, or the Baptists build one better than the Presbyterian, and the Pentecostals got in the rat race. But by—the thing of it is this: we are yet—we are so smart and so set on our ways until we fail to humble ourself to realize the God that's in the little mission on the corner. See? That's right. Well, that's… We stumble in simplicity. They've always done it.
154  Now, they—they were—they were too smart to believe such a simple message. It wasn't polished enough for their scientific researches that they'd had. It wasn't—it wasn't brilliant, the message wasn't enough for their educational program that they had in that day. See? They'd studied to know that there was a God; and they studied to know that He was great; and they tried to build themselves up great with Him, when the way up is always down. Now, who knows whether the North Pole is the North or the South Pole is the North, or the North Pole is the South, the South Pole the North? Which is up and which is down? We're hanging in space. We say, "The North Pole's up." How do you know? The South Pole might be North. See, you don't know. So let's remember… In this words, said, "Then how would you say, Brother Branham, that up is down? On the basis of Jesus Christ's Word. He said, "He that humbles himself shall be exalted, but he that exalts himself shall be abased," be brought down. So then, actually, up is down and down is up.
158  As the old saint said in Chicago, that a man… A certain minister from a certain organization got up where there were some Pentecostals… He had all of his intellectual things together. And he got up there and used words that the Pentecostals knowed nothing about. And he got up there, and he seen it wasn't going over with the Pentecostal people. And he went up with his chest stuck out, and he was holy Doctor So-and-so, you know, from certain-certain big school there in Chicago. And he looked around, and them Pentecostals were looking at one another. They didn't even know what he was talking about; he was so educated, so smart, brilliant. They didn't know… 159  It was something like a certain senator or man that just run recently for President and was defeated. Tuck Coots told me, when I was preaching Mama Ford's funeral and was telling about the resurrection, the guarantee of the resurrection… Just as sure as the sun rises, so shall I rise. Just as sure as the grass dies in the fall, and the leaf falls from the tree, it comes back again; when the earth corrects itself around the orbit, it's got to rise again.
160  Tuck said, "I appreciated that message, Billy." Brother Neville and I were setting together in the car, and I said, "Tuck…" He—he said, "I appreciate your messages." I said, "Tuck, I have no education." I said,… He said, "That's the good part about it." See? And I… He said… He went to see… Well, I guess the man forgive me; I don't mean, Adlai Stevenson, you know. And he said he heard him fifteen minutes, and Mr. Stevenson is such a brilliant speaker, supposed to be, you know, until Tuck said (I guess he's got a college education.) he said he set there and went to sleep. And said he went to sleep listening to him in fifteen minutes. And said, "With a college education, I didn't understand but very few words he said. It was so highly polished." He said, "You never seen me sleeping in one of your services, did you, Brother Branham?" So, see, it's the simplicity of it, just simple. That's where God lays.