The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 10

267  And yet He was so simple till those great scholars had got it so mixed up, till they missed it. But you know Jesus didn't come contrary to the Word; He come according to the Word, but contrary to their interpretation. See? He taught things that was against their ecclesiastical training about Him. Now, they said, now for instance, "When Messiah comes, certainly He will come up to the temple and say, 'Caiaphas (or ever who's high priest), I have arrived.' He will come with a ten million Angel salute. The… God will say, 'All right, fellows down there, you're really a mighty church. You're My people. I'm going to turn the crank here and let the corridors of heaven down; I'm sending you Messiah to you this morning. I'll let it land right out there in the yard.' And all the people get around and say, 'Doctor So-and-so, you and Doctor So-and-so; you all can stand at the head to greet Him first.'" You See?
269  That's perhaps something like they thinking today. Now, I know it's a little—it sounds a little "rashal," but I don't—I'm trying to make a point. "And—and there is—that's the way it's going to be. And if it don't come that way, it's not right. It's an antichrist. If it don't come just that way, it's an antichrist (You see?), so it won't be. And so then there'll be a… Then the next thing comes down will be about a ten million Angel salute with their bands, and they'll land out there in the yard where Solomon built the temple, and oh, all up and down through here, this holy place where saints and sages had died…" and so forth.
271  "Yes," Jesus said, "you hypocrites, you sons of the devil," said, "you garnish the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers put them in there." That's right. That's right. See? "How many righteous men and prophets was sent to you, and still you slayed every one of them." See? But what would He called righteous then, what they called fanatics and cranks. Yes. There they thought it would come that way. But when He come in a stable, borned of a—a virgin, with just a common carpenter for a foster father and a—a little unknown girl… See, not the high priest's daughter or whatmore; He—He come as from a little lady that lived down in the—in—in a little old mean country called Nazareth. And just a common widower; his wife was dead. He had some children: Joseph. And—and she—he was engaged. And then He come with a black name to begin with. They said He was illegitimately born.
273  Oh, my. That hit their polish too hard. See? Their educational ethics could not swallow that. Their interpretation of the Scriptures knowed nothing about that, but yet it was the THUS SAITH THE LORD. Oh, my. Shivers me to think it. And to see the same thing reoccurring again… God cannot change. (It's already twelve, but… Will you just… Shall I stop or just—just go on? I think if you can sit still just a little bit. See? Now, now, this is… I'm basing something here for a message coming. See? And I'll try to let you out just as quick, maybe the next ten or fifteen minutes if we can. God bless you.)
276  Notice. Now, it's so simple that it—it—it just missed the mark for them, but it hit God's mark (See?); it hit the Word. He come just exactly the way He said, but they—their interpretation of it was wrong. The interpretation of the deliverer in Moses' time was wrong; the interpretation in the time of Noah was wrong (See?), but God comes according to His Word. And then Jesus came, and He—and He taught things that was contrary. "If Thou be the Messiah, do such-and-such." You see? "If Thou be… Come off the cross, and show it to us now." See? But God don't clown for people; God just does the things that's pleasing and right.
278  They thought such a One would certainly have to come with a great salute of Angels, but He come by a stable. And to their own polished ethics, it was ridiculous for a—an ordinary human being to think that Almighty God, the great mighty Jehovah, Who owned the earth and created the whole thing, couldn't fix a place for His own Child to be born, better than some cow barn over a manure pile. How could there… See? What was it? God in simplicity. That's what made Him so great. See, the ethics of education cannot belittle itself like that. See? It cannot stand it, but God is so great that He brought Himself down to that, not even of clothes to put on His own Child. Think of it. And the world… There was no room in the inn, and He went into a cow stable, a little—a little ledge, a little cave-like back in the side of the hill; and there upon a straw bed came the Son of God. Oh, that was a lot different from meeting up there…
280  And His mother was to be mother; she was found to be mother, oh, months before they was even engaged to be married or even married. See? She was to be mother, and the people saw it, and they knowed that it was this a way. And Mary, in her own heart she knowed what was going on. And Joseph didn't understand, but the Angel of the Lord came to him by night saying, "Joseph, you're a son of David. Don't fear to take unto you, Mary, your wife, for that's not nothing bad, but that is of the Holy Ghost." That settled it.
282  The man, Joseph, with such connection with God till God could speak to him. But today we get our ecclesiastical jackets so drawed around us till nothing can speak to us outside of the ecclesiastical group that we belong to. I don't want to get harsh or radical, so I'll leave that alone right there. Notice… But you understand what I mean.
283  Notice. A stable was ridiculous for them. The polished… We don't even have a—no record where He ever attended one day of school, and yet at the age of twelve years old, a simple boy confounded the priests in the temple by His teaching. Oh, my. What was it? God hiding Himself. I feel pretty religious right now. God hiding Himself in a barn, God hiding Himself in a little Child… See? Watch. It's going to display after while though. See? He had to… He… When He went on the streets, the parents, no doubt would talk and say, "Don't play with that kid. Don't have nothing to do with Him. His mother's nothing but a common prostitute. (See?) And the father and mother… The baby was born before they were actually married. She was to be mother. Have nothing to do with it."
285  What Mary thought… But altogether, no matter what the outside thought, she pondered all these things. They hid it in their heart. They knowed they couldn't say nothing about—against it. God speaks to His men sometimes, say, "Hold your peace. Don't say nothing about it." I've had people in my meetings say, "Well, if you be a servant of Christ, you know this is going on there." Sure I know it's going on, but then what are you going to do when He says, "Hold your peace. Don't say nothing about it." 289  Took some men the other day, showed them on a book, something spoke years ago. I said—said… Said, "Well, I couldn't understand it." I said, "You see there?" Here it was back there, got it dated and everything when it happened back there. Oh, when many people had seen it on the book there, I said, "It'll come to pass that this will do this way and that way." Said, "Well, why didn't you say something about that?" 'Cause it had to be that way. See?
292  And Joseph knowed different. He knowed Who that baby belonged to. Mary knowed Who it belonged to. Jesus knowed Who His Father was. What did He say? "I must be about My Father's business," not sawing wood and—and making a door, but about His Father's business. Amen. He said that to His mother: "Can't you understand that I—it's time for Me to be about My Father's business?"
293  Now, they thought this little cracked-up Child—any illegitimate child is kind of an odd, curious thing anyhow, and there you are. See? But God hiding Himself… Listen. God hiding Himself in what was thought of the world as filth, corruption, illegitimate… Look, God hides Himself in the corruption of a dead seed to bring forth life. See? Do you get it? God hides Himself in a simple little wash woman or an ordinary man with his dinner under his arm, kiss his wife and children good-bye, and go out there, and maybe hide Himself in that man to do something that a archbishop would know nothing about. See? You don't hear Him blow no horns and send it out. He—He… God just gets glory; that's all. The simple hear it and are glad. See?
296  Now, God was hiding Himself in the simplicity of a baby, hiding Himself in the simplicity of a—a common family, God. And the ecclesiastics and the great men, the mind, the genius, and the—and the—all of them, the Herods and so forth of that day, and the Neros, and they all overlooked it: God hiding in simplicity. (Now, quickly).
297  John the Baptist, in Isaiah 40… We could get it if you want to. Malachi 3, all… Well, yeah, you mark it down if you want to. Isaiah 40, all you know, speaking peace to the… As it is, maybe I… It might be good that I—I—I would read it right here, if you got—if you got that much time, just a—just for a minute. We'll turn over here in the Book of Isaiah the 40th chapter and—and read here and just see what he says about this now. Look, here. Comfort ye, comfort ye my people,…
297a  Now, remember this is seven hundred and twelve years (Look at the heading on there. See?)—seven hundred and twelve years before He's born; here's the prophet speaking of Him. Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith the Lord. Speak ye comfortable words to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she has received of the LORD'S hand double for all of her sins. The voice of him… crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight his path in the desert a highway for our God. And every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough… shall be made… plain: (Oh, hallelujah. What a man that was to be. See?)