The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

Chapter 2: The Breach Between The Seven Church Ages And The Seven Seals 63-0317E (Continued)

Day 21


156  And he saw One setting upon the throne with this Book in His hand, in His right hand. Think of it. Now, and then in this Book was the title deed to redemption. And it was sealed with Seven Seals. And then a Angel came forth, a strong Angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who was worthy to open the Book, to take the Book; Who was able to open the Seals; Who was able to open this Book?" See? The Angel asked it; John saw it, and he said, "Now, Who's worthy? Let Him…" Oh, my, maybe I'm just feeling this this a way. "But, let Him," said the Angel, "let Him…" Here is the Book of Redemption. Here is the plan of redemption. Here is the only way you'll ever be redeemed, for here is the title deed to redemption of the whole heavens and earth. "Let Him come forward, if He will." Oh, my. "Now speak or forever hold his peace. Let Him come forward and claim this Book. Who's worthy to do it?" And John said there was no man in heaven found worthy; no man on earth found worthy; no man beneath the earth that ever lived and died was found worthy; no man was found worthy.
159  The Angel's call was a call for the Kinsman Redeemer to appear. God said, "I have a law, a Kinsman Redeemer can—can be a substitute." Where is that Kinsman Redeemer? Who's able to take it? And it come from Adam all the way down through all the apostles, and prophets, and everything else, and nobody was found. Now, what about that? Nobody in heaven, nobody on earth, nobody that ever lived… Elijah was standing there. Moses was standing there. All the apostles were standing there of—of all the ones that had died, all the holy men, Job, the sages. Everyone was standing there, and nobody was worthy even to look at the Book, let alone take It and break the Seals. Now, where's the pope and all these come in at? Where's your bishops? Where's our worthiness? We're nothing. That's right.
162  He asked for the Kinsman Redeemer to step forward, if he could. But John said no man was worthy, not that there wasn't worthy people there. Now, like an Angel, like for instance, we'd say, Gabriel or Michael, but remember, it had to be a kinsman. Remember, John said here, "And no m-a-n," not Angel, not Seraphim; they hadn't sinned, but they were in a different category. They'd never fallen. But this had to be a kinsman redeemer. No man, 'cause there was none of them redeemed. No man was worthy to look at it. Oh, no, my, my.
164  So it took a human kinsman; and he asked for it, and he wasn't found nowhere. There's nobody. No bishop, no archbishop, no priest, no hierarchy; no nothing was even a—that didn't even have the holiness enough to even look at the Book. Whew, my, my. That's pretty strong, but that's what the Bible said friend, I'm just quoting what John said.
165  The Bible said that John wept, not as some people has taught it. I was hearing a man teach this one time; said, "John wept because that he found himself not worthy." Oh, any man under the Holy Spirit would know different from that (See?), under the inspiration of God would know different from that.
166  But John wept. Here's what I think he wept for: because if no one was worthy and could open this Book of Redemption, the whole creation was lost. Here is the Book; here is the title deed; and It will be offered to the Kinsman Redeemer that can meet the qualifications. That's God's own law, and He can't defile His law—can't defy His Law, rather. See, God required a kinsman redeemer who was worthy, who was able to do it, who had the substance to do it. And the Angel said, "Now let that Kinsman Redeemer step forward." And John looked, and he looked all over the earth; he looked beneath the earth, and there was nobody. Their creation and the—everything was lost. Of course, John wept; everything was lost. His crying didn't last but just a minute though. Then there stood one of the elders said, "Don't weep, John." Oh, my. His crying didn't last but just a minute. John thought, "Oh, my, where is the man? There stands the prophets; they was born like I was. There stands the sages; there stands… Oh, ain't there nobody here?"
172  "I want a man that's able to do it. I want a man that can redeem," and he wasn't found. So John broke out; oh, everything was lost, and he wept bitterly. And he—he—he was sad, 'cause everything, the whole creation, everything was gone if they couldn't find somebody. Glory to God. If they couldn't find somebody that could meet that requirement, they—every human being, the whole world and creation was gone. All, everything had fallen. The—the—the rights of redemption, the rights of—of Eternal Life, a—the Light, or—all these rights had been forfeited, and there was nobody who could pay the price.
174  And John started crying, 'cause no one was worthy, and no one could even look at the Book. Oh, it took a human being. John wept, because no one could do it, and everything was lost. And there came a voice from one of the elders standing in the midst of the four beasts, and all that great host of heaven said, "Don't weep, John." (Oh, my, the grace of God.) "Don't be brokenhearted, John. Don't weep, for the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root and Offspring from David, He has prevailed." "Prevail" means "wrestle with and overcome." Oh, my. In the garden of Gethsemane when His Blood dropped down out of His face, He was overcoming…?… The Lion of—and the Root of David has prevailed, has overcome.
179  Like Jacob, being supplanter, and when he got in contact with the Angel, he held on. And the Angel tried to pull away. He said, "I—I'm just not going to let you go." He held on until he got what he wanted for, and his name was changed from "supplanter," which means "deceiver" to what? To a "prince with God, Israel." He prevailed.
180  And this Lion of the tribe of Juda prevailed. He said, "Don't weep, John, for the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David has prevailed; He's already overcome. He's done it; it's over, John." Oh, my. He produced a bleach that sends sin on back to the greasy hands that the—with his wisdom that defiled it: the human being. Yes.
181  But when John turned to look, he saw a Lamb. What a difference from a Lion. He said, "The Lion has prevailed." See, again I can use that there "God Hiding in Simplicity." He said, "He's a lion." That's the king of the beasts. The Lion has prevailed. The strongest thing there is is a lion. I've laid out in the jungles in Africa and hear the—the giraffes squealing and—and the great mighty elephant with his trunk in the air, "Whee, whee, whee," and hear the—the—the savages of the desert screaming out their bloody curdle cries, and the—the beetles till… And Billy Paul and I laying in a little old place covered over with stickers and hear away off in a distance a lion roar, and everything on the desert shuts up. Even the beetles stop hollering. The king speaks. Oh, my. Oh, I tell you, that's when denominations and doubts fall to the ground. Everything's keeps still when the King speaks. And this is the King. That's His Word.
184  Oh, he said, "John, don't worry; don't cry; don't be broken up, John. I have you here in a vision; I'm showing you something. And I know you're all tore up, because, you know, it—it—it… there's nothing to be redeemed; everything's gone. There's nobody could meet the requirement, but the Lion of the tribe of Juda…" You know Juda's… We had it in—on the blackboard here, you know, the tribe of Juda's emblem was a lion. Remember, the lion, the—and the ox, and the—and so forth, a head of the man and so forth, and then watching those Seraphims—that Word—while all Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John all stood around the Book of Acts.
187  And I heard a man said, a great minister said, "The Book of Acts is just a scaffold work." It was the first vine that the holy church ever put forth. Yes, sir. And she ever puts forth another one, it'll be that kind too. Yes, sir. You got some grafted vines in there bearing lemons that ought to be oranges, but it—it—when that vine—that vine ever puts forth its branch again, it'll be just exactly like the original. And Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, those Gospels are standing there guarding that: the wisdom of a man, the power of a lion, the work of an ox, and the swiftness of the leopards, or the eagle, rather. Yes, the Gospel's standing there what… Remember when we had it? It's in the Seven Church Ages.
190  Now, He said, "The Lion of the tribe of Juda." Why? Out of Juda… "Oh, Juda a law-giver shall not go before or between its knees until Shiloh comes"; but He will come through Juda. And the Lion (the symbol of the tribe of Juda) has prevailed; He's overcome. And when he looked around to see where that Lion was, he saw a Lamb: strange, look for a Lion and see a Lamb. The elder called Him a Lion, but when John looked, he saw a Lamb—a Lamb as It had been slain from the foundation of the world: a Lamb, having been slain… What was it? What was that Lamb? It was bloody, wounded, a Lamb that had been slain, but was alive again; and He was bloody. Oh, my. How can you look at that, folks, and remain a sinner?
193  A Lamb stepped up; the elder said, "A Lion has overcome, the Lion of the tribe of Juda. And John looked to see the Lion, and there come a Lamb, shaking, blood on Him, wounds; He had prevailed. You could tell He'd been in battle. He'd been slain, but He was alive again.
194  John hadn't noticed this Lamb before, you know here. He hadn't been mentioned before. Nowhere had it been mentioned. John didn't see It all over the heavens as he's looking, but here It come forth. Notice, where It came forth… Where did It come from? It come from the Father's throne where He had been seated since He had been slain and raised again. He raised up and set on the right hand of God, ever living to make intercessions. Amen. Raised there today as an Intercessor with His own Blood to make intercession upon the ignorance of the people. Now, oh, that's the One I'm depending on. He still was covered with bleach, the bleach of the forgiveness of sin.