The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 8

199  Now, notice. It pleased God to—to identify… Now, God always will a-vindicate whether it's the Truth or not. See? Now, many people try to act themselves into something that God stays a million miles from. That's right. But when you see God come back around and say it, punctuate it, say, "It's right. That's right. That's right." Then you know that's true. Now, when the offerings was on the altar, God refused his intellectual conception of God. But when He seen Abel by simple faith to believe that it was not apples or fruits of the field, but it was blood, by faith he believed it, by a revelation from God, God a-vindicated Adam by accepting his sacrifice. See?
201  That's where we think of praying for the sick—anything else. Jesus said, "If ye abide in Me and My Word in you, just ask what you will, and it shall be done to you." Now, as we're coming right on down, fastly now, with twenty minutes more…
203  Notice. Elijah's day, God chose to hide Himself in a simple person. Now, just think of it. God chose… That was His choosing. Remember, they had rabbis, priests; they had great men in them days. Even King Ahab himself was a Jew. He had great men in the land in that day, but God hid Himself in a simple man, not a scholar, no, not a renown man of the world, some great military genius, or something, no, no big names. We don't even know who his papa and mama was. We don't know anything about his genealogy: just a plain old farmer somewhere that was raised up for the purpose to be a prophet. God had him living to himself in the wilderness. Only thing we know, he stomped right out of nowhere, walked right in and condemned the whole ecclesiastical system. My.
204  And you know what they thought about him? "What school did he come from? See? What denomination is he with? Is he with the Pharisees the Sadducees," or whatmore they had? He didn't belong to any of them, but he condemned the whole thing. See? God chose to do that. But a simple man, no education… We have no place where he ever went to school; we have nothing about him, just a simple man; but God was pleased to hide in that simple person. God, back there with this simple man, hiding in a human being, can you grasp it? God hiding in a illiterate crank to the world… 'Cause… You know, they—they accused him of everything, even being a witch. Elijah, all prophets are accused of that. See, so… Jesus was accused of being one (You see?): Beelzebub. And being crazy, said, "Why, you're mad. You… We know you got a devil. You're—you're off at your head." See? That's where He told them when it come in the last days that they'd—that'd be blasphemy to do such. He forgave them, but it wouldn't be forgiven in these last days. It had to be paid for with eternal separation, never to be forgiven in this world or the world to come.
209  But Elijah was considered a crazy man. Could you imagine him, standing up to the… The women was all cutting their hair like the modern days, I guess, and painting up like Jezebel, the first lady of the land; and—and the—the preachers all gone worldly and everything, and then what taken place? Then here come old Elijah out condemning the whole thing all the way from Jezebel down. They thought, "We don't have to listen to you; we got pastors." Sure they didn't have to, but he was their pastor anyhow. He was Jezebel's pastor. She didn't want… She might've had a different kind, but—but God sent; he was. See? He was God's sent pastor for her. She hated him, but he was pastor just the same.
212  Notice. And Elijah humbled himself and stayed with what God said in such a way that it pleased God to take that same Spirit from Elijah and promise to shove it three times down the road from there (See? Amen.), and He did it. Amen. Sure He did. Sure. He promised it that it would come. And it come upon Elisha, his successor, then come on John the Baptist, and according to Malachi 4, it's supposed to be here again in the last day. See? God loved that spirit that was upon that simple, uneducated woodsman from back there in the woods somewhere. And so… It was so obedient to His Word that He could say, "Elijah, do this," and Elijah would do it. And God hid Himself in there in such simplicity till they all told him… "That old crank. Don't have nothing to do with him," and so forth.
215  But one day when—and he got old and his head bald and his—and his whiskers hanging down, gray, what few hairs he had hanging over his shoulders, his little old skinny arms, and the meat flopping on them like that, come walking down that road to Samaria, and them eyes looking up toward the skies with a crooked stick in his hand. He wasn't very much to look at, but he had THUS SAITH THE LORD for the day. He didn't stammer with it. He—he didn't stutter. He didn't say, "Now, great Ahab…" He walked up and said, "Not even the dew will fall from heaven till I call for it." Hallelujah. God had honored his simplicity.
216  Now, you see, while it was in the simple way and everybody was—everybody against him, everybody was at his throat… All the ministerial association and everything else was at his throat (That's true.), trying to get rid of him, everything else. But in that simplicity, even though they had no cooperation with his campaigns and whatevermore they had, everybody thought he was a crank, God was hiding Himself. But when it come time for that seed to get ripe that had been planted, God manifested Himself by sending fire out of the heavens and licking up the sacrifice. God hiding in simplicity and then revealing Himself again. See? Sure. It pleased God to do that. He's always did it in such a way. Yes, sir.
218  Now, we find out that He—He promised these things. The trouble is today with so many of us people, we want to get so, you know, so seminary and denominational, educated minded that God can't use us. God can give a man a start to do something and give him a ministry. The first thing you know, he will go to catering to what others say. And the first thing you know, he will be all wrapped up in a big bunch of stuff, and then God just takes His hands off of him and let him alone. See, see?
219  And then He will try to find Him another man somebody that will do it. See? He's got to find something that will—will take His Word, will take the Divine revelation and won't move with it, will stay right there on that Word. That's the way He—He does it. He's always done it that way. So when man gets so educated and smart that he tries to put his own interpretation… Well, like they say, "The baptism of the Holy Ghost," they say, "oh, that was for another day." But if they don't… "Well, it wasn't for another day, but I'll tell you; it don't come just like it did on the day of Pentecost. We received the Holy Ghost when we believed," and—and all kinds of stuff like that. You see?
220  And talk about the baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ, they—where the Bible teaches it that way, they say, "Well, but the seminary says, and so-and-so says." That's compromising. See? God can't use a person like that. See? He may let a man be beat all across the country like that and the man cast out, and laughed at, and made fun of, and everything else like that, but when the real showdown come, God stands up and vindicates Hisself right in the same simplicity.
222  Rise right up like the flower, the seed look like it's over with; it dies and falls in the ground. Dig the little seed up, and it's rotten and looks like a mess, but out of there springs life to reproduce another flower again: God in simplicity. He does the same thing. The way up is down, always. Humble yourself. Don't never say, "Well, I've got this and that." You ain't got nothing. Just—just remember, if you've got the grace of God, just be thankful for it and be humble…?… Just keep humbling yourself.
224  Now, I'm going to have to hurry 'cause the clock's… I don't want to keep you too long, 'cause I don't want to wear you out. See? We got a long time yet through this week.
225  Now… And now, we find out that people get so smart and educated. Now, I want to show you another. The—the other goes so far to the other side, they become fanatics trying to be religious. Now, we know we have that group. See? They go to the other side… That's where I different with the group of brethren that pulled off here not long ago from the—the way of Righ—Light; they—they just couldn't see the phenomena of being done unless they made themselves a group, so they gathered up in Canada and—and made a group of people that they was going to give out and make apostles and prophets out of one another and things, and it fell right through. See? And it always will. See? They become… They feel that because that they are… That—that they don't… They so condemn the other things and the—and the things till they go plumb on the other side.
228  See, there's one side that's highly intellectual, cold and indifferent; they deny everything there; and the others get on the other side, on the other side's a radical bunch of emotion and deny the Word. But the real true Church stays right in the middle of the road.
229  Now, if you notice, it's—it's—it's got the Bible knowledge of what God said, and it's—it's spiritual enough to be warm in its heart, and it's just a road. Isaiah said it would be that way He said, "There shall be a highway." And the blessed, holy, precious friends of the Nazarene church, a mighty little move that God started up. But what did they get? When God begin to speak with tongues in the church, they were so religiously and so self-starched that they called it the devil, and you see what happened to them. See, see? They—they… And the holier than thou are… And—and so we find out that all those things goes to seed and dies right out. See? And the—the—the other side…