The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 13


361  Now, He hid Hisself in the death of Christ, but manifested Himself in the resurrection, oh, my, so forth. You can just—we just—we… There's no end to it. Just keep saying… But there you are. To refuse to say there's a sunshine is to go into the basement and shut your eyes from light. That's right. And remember, the only way that you can be wrong is first to refuse right. And to refuse to open your eyes, you'll live in darkness. See? If you just refuse to look, how you going to see? See? Watch the simple things. It's the little things that you leave undone, not the big things you're trying to do—do. Oh, my. Then look here.
363  Let me tell you. In Mal… In Matthew 11:10 He said, "If you can receive it, this is he (See?), this is he who was sent before Me." It was simplicity. It was asked of Him one day, said, "Why does the scribes say then that…" He—He said, "Son of man's going up to Jerusalem. I'm going to be put in the hands of sinners, and they're going to kill the Son of man. He's going to die, and on the third day He's going to rise again." Said, "Don't tell nobody the vision up there."
366  And the disciples… Now, think of it, disciples who had walked with John, talked with him, eat with him in the wilderness, set down on the bank, they said, "Why does the teachers say that Elias must first come? You say you're going up to the crucifixion and going to rise; you're the Messiah, take the throne. Now, why does the scribes… All of our Scriptures say here—the Scriptures plainly says that before the Christ shall come, that Elias will come first." See? He said, "He's already come, and you didn't know it." Now, who was that? Disciples.
368  I'm going to hurt here in just a little bit now, but I don't mean it. See? For the next few minutes (See?), just a minute too; but so that you'll be sure to understand. (Can you hear me?) Look: Why… Them men who'd walked with Christ, "Why does the Scriptures first say that Elias must come," and they were John's own converts and didn't even know him. Why did the Scriptures say, the teachers? Can you see what I mean? "Why does the Scriptures say that Elias must first come?" Disciples that walked with him. "Why does the Scriptures say that he must first come before these things and restore all things?" He did to about a half dozen people, and that's all there was. See? That's all that was supposed to receive it. That was what was ordained to see it.
370  Jesus said, "He's already come, and you didn't know it. But he done just what the Scriptures said he would do. He restored them, you all, that received Me and believed on Me. He done exactly what the Scriptures said he'd do. And they did to him what the Scriptures said they would do. He's already come, and you didn't know it." Are you ready? I want to shock you a little bit. The rapture will be the same way. It'll be so simple; no doubt it'll be likewise, till the rapture will come one of these days and nobody will know nothing about it.
371  Now, don't—don't—don't get up now, but study just a minute. I'm sure enough closing. The rapture will come in such a simple way till the judgments will fall, and they'll see the Son of man; they'll say, "Wasn't we supposed to have such-and-such… And wasn't there supposed to be Elias sent to us? And wasn't there supposed to be a rapture?" Jesus will say, "It's already happened, and you didn't know it." God in simplicity… See?
373  Now, this week we're going to get in some awful deep teaching on the Word. Now, notice. The rapture will be… So few go in that Bride. It'll not be… Now, see how the teachers has got it? They've got charts, and they go to show ten million people coming up here, and all the Methodists, if it's a Methodist preacher; and if it's a Pentecostal, all the Pentecostals coming. It will never touch it. It'll be, maybe one leave Jeffersonville, just somebody come up missing. They'll say, "Well, you never…" The rest of them won't know. There'll be one leave Georgia. See? There'll be one leave in Africa. And let's say there'd be five hundred people a-living will go in the translation. Now, that ain't—that ain't the church body; this is the Bride. That ain't the church; this is the Bride. See? The—the church will come up by the thousands, but that's in the next resurrection. They lived not for the space of a thousand years. See? But in the Bride if five hundred people left the earth this very minute, the world would know nothing about it.
377  Jesus said, "There'd be one in a bed; and I'll take one, leave one." That's at nighttime. "There'd could be two in a field (over on the other side of the earth); I'll take one and leave one. And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the coming of the Son of man." Think. Everything will move just as common as it can be. A fanatic message will go by, and the first thing you know something, "This minister going somewhere, he's never come back. He probably went to the woods hunting; he's never returned no more. And this fellow went somewhere…" "You know what happened? I believe that young girl, she—she must've been caught away somewhere, you know. Somebody take that girl out and ravish her, probably throwed her in the river. She was miss…?… Nobody… Half of it." Ninety-nine out of every… May say one out of every hundred million will ever know anything about it. See? Unless somebody's acquainted with… Say, "The girl's missing. Why, I can't understand. She never did leave like that." No.
379  And when they say the—the graves will open, how is the graves going to open when… I—I haven't got time to get into this, what I wanted to. I'm going to have to take this… Just to show you the simplicity of God. And that calcium, potash, and everything when… When everything that's in you of materials only makes a spoonful… That's right. And what that does it breaks on back into spirit and life… God just speaks and the rapture will come. It ain't going out there, and the Angels come down and shovel out the graves and get out an old dead carcass here. What is it? It's born of sin to begin with, but a new one made in its likeness. You know… See? If we have this, we'll die again. See? Nobody will say, "The graves will open. The dead shall walk out." That may be true, but not open the way you say open. See? That's right. See? It won't be like that. It'll be a secret, because He said He'd come like a thief in the night.
380  He's already told us this, the rapture, then judgments will strike: sin, plagues, sickness, and everything. The people will cry for death to take them when the judgment… "Lord, why is this judgment upon us when You said that there'd be a rapture first?" He will say, "It's already come, and you didn't know it.": God hiding Himself in simplicity. Oh, my. All right. "It's all—it's already happened and you knew it not." Why don't believers believe the simple signs of His coming? They're expecting the—a—all this things that's spoke of by the Scripture, and—and the moon's going to go down in the middle of—the sun in the middle of the day, and there's going to be all kinds of things. Oh, if we just had… I got the notes wrote here on it (See?), to show what them things are, and we'll get it on the breaking of these Seals this week anyhow. See, see? There it is, just where it's already passed and you didn't know it. See? See if it is. If the Angel of the Lord will break them Seals forth to us… Remember, it's sealed with them seven mysterious thunders. See?
385  Now, why—why can't people believe the simple simplicity of a humble bunch of people (See?) and the—the voice of the signs of God? Why can't they believe it? Just like it always been. The true Word of God being made manifest, It's… They're too smart and too educated to believe the simple form of the written Word. They want to put their own interpretation to it. "It don't mean this. It don't mean that." See? It does mean that. Listen. May I say this right quick now? Even the visions that God gives here at the place, it's so misunderstood. That's the reason you hear me on the tapes say, "Say what the tapes say. Say what the visions say."
386  Now, if you're wide awake, you'll see something. See? I hope I don't have to hold it in my hand to show you. See, see, see? You're… It's—it's here. We're at the end. Yes, sir. Smart, education will miss it. The simple visions, when they're revealed in such simplicity, till it just crosses over the top of people's head. See? Because I seen the vision and told you all about going up there hunting, and, you know, that just stumbled people. And there God set it up there for the very purpose, and come back and interpret it right around, showing of the going of my mother and things like that, and then come back and told it beforehand, and it happened just exactly the way He said it would do… 388  See? And yet, John came right out there and confessed: He said, "I'm not no Messiah, but I'm the voice of one crying in the wilderness." And then them very disciples say, "Why did—does the scribes say, the—the Scripture teach that Elias must first come?" See? The simplicity of God goes—just roosts right over the top of people's heads. Let me take this, and then close; I will, by the help of God. See, look. Now, let's break this down. Then I—I'm sorry to keep telling you all that going down there. See, so… Sorry to hold you, but just a few hours, we come back.
391  Look. Let's take a simple drop of ink. Everything is for a purpose. You've gathered here this morning for a purpose. I eat at your house, Charlie. Nellie, you cooked for me for a purpose. Now, everything's for a purpose. This church is erected for a purpose. There's nothing without a purpose and a cause.
392  Let's take the simple drop of ink now. (Can you hear me?) Let's take a simple drop of ink and look at it. What is it? A drop of ink. Where did it come from? All right. Let's take this drop of ink. Now, it's—let's say it's black ink. Now, that ink is for a purpose. It can write my pardon in a—out of a penitentiary. It can write my pardon from a death cell. That right? It can write John 3:16 and save my soul by believing it. Is that right? Or it can sign my death warrant. See? It can condemn me at the judgment bar. It's for a purpose. Is that right? Well, let's look at that little ink and see where it come from. Now, it's ink; it's been put together in chemicals and so forth, till it's become ink, and it's black. You drop it on your clothes; it'll stain it. But we have manufactured a stuff called bleach. You women use Clorox bleach. Well, I'll take that one drop of ink and drop it into a tub of—of bleach. Now, what happened to the ink? See? Why? A bleach has been manufactured, invented and manufactured chemicals together that'll break up that coloring so bad till you can't find it.