The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

Chapter 3: The First Seal 63-0318 (Continued)

Day 29


87  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work:… (deceivers, you see, deceiving the people off into something. See?)… only he… (God)… that… letteth will let, until he… (the Church—Christ, the Bride)… be taken out of the way. And then shall the Wicked one be revealed… (at the breaking of the Seal, at his time. Paul said, "Not in my time, but in the time when he'll be revealed. See?)… whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth… (We're going to get to that after while.)… the spirit of his mouth… (Watch what that is.)… and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan… (him, him, a man)… whose working is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders. (See?) And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness… (deceiving people by unrighteousness)… in them that perish;… (not this Bride, in them that's looking for such a thing)… because they received not the love of the truth… (And Christ is the Truth, and Christ is the Word, but they'd rather have a creed.),… that they might be saved. And for this cause God has sent them strong delusion, that they should believe a—a lie:… (It should be translated there, as I looked in the Lexicon, "the lie," not "a lie"; "the lie," same one he told Eve.) That they… might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
93  What a statement. My. After the Bride is taken away, then this man of sin will reveal himself. She, the true Bride of Christ has been elected out of every church age. Now, the other day I made a statement: The Bride could go home and you'd never know nothing about it. That's true. Somebody said, "Well, Brother Branham, that would be a mighty small group." Jesus said, "As it was in the days of Noah (Now, you talk to Him about it. See?) wherein eight souls were saved by water, so shall it be in the coming of the Son of man."
97  If there was eight hundred went in the rapture tonight, you'd never hear a word about it tomorrow, or the next day, or no other time. They'd be gone and you'd know nothing about it. See? It'd just be the same thing. What am I trying to say? I'm not trying to scare you, worry you. I'm—I want you to be on your toes. Be ready, watching, every minute. Quit your nonsense. Just get down to business with God, 'cause it's later than you think.
99  Now, you remember, the true Bride… Now, there is a false bride. We get that in Revelations 17. She said, "I am a widow and have no need of nothing," (You see?), setting upon the scarlet clothed beast, and so forth (the beast, rather). Now, but the true Bride will be made up of thousands times thousands of people, but it will be the elect out of every church age. Every time a message went forth and the people believed it and accepted it in all the Light it was, when they were sealed away until that day of redemption… Don't Jesus speak the same thing when He said the—the sound come in the—the seventh watch? That's the last church age. See? And said, "Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go out to meet Him." And then the sleeping virgin come, rubbed her eyes, and said, "Suppose I ought to have some of that oil too; so maybe we'd better have some." And the real true Bride standing there said, "We have just got enough for ourself. We just got enough to get in ourself. We can't give you nothing. If you want some, you go pray up."
104  And while she was gone, the Bridegroom come (See?), and in went the Bride. And then them remnant there, the ones that were absolutely virtuous, the church was left outside. And He said, "There will be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth." See? Now, that's the elect. And when the sound come, "The Bridegroom cometh," then every one of those that slept down through those ages awakened, every one.
105  See, it isn't God, as we'd think, just going to hunt Him out a few thousand people of this age and take them. It's the very elected out of every age. And that's the reason Christ has to stay on the mediatorial seat back there as an Intercessor until that last one comes in at the last age. And these revelations then of what it has been breaks forth upon the people, and they see what's happened. See? You get it now?
106  All right. Notice, the rest of the dead, church members, lived not again until one thousand years was passed. The church members, the—the Christians, the church lived not again until the end of the thousand years, and then they come forth to stand before the Bride (That's right.), stand before the King and the Queen. Glory. Some church today calls herself "The Queen of heaven." The Queen of heaven is the selected Bride of Christ, and she comes with Him. Daniel saw it and said: "Ten thousands times ten thousands ministered to Him." Now, if you'll watch the Scripture there in Daniel. Judgment was set, and the books were opened.
107  Now, remember, when He come, He come with His Bride. The wife ministers to her husband. And ten thousands times ten thousands of thousands ministered to Him. Judgment was set, and the books were opened, and another book was opened which is the Book of Life. Not the Bride at all, she's done gone up and come back and standing there in judgment of those generations that refused the Gospel message. Didn't Jesus say the queen of the south shall rise with this generation in her days of the judgment and will condemn this generation, for she came from the utmost parts of the world to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and a greater than Solomon is here.
109  There stood the—the judgment, the queen of—of Sheba of the south stood there in the judgment, and her own testimony… Not even a Jew came up with that generation that was Jews, and they were blind and missed Him, because they were looking for Him; but He come so simple that they went plumb over the top of it, like that. And there that great queen humbled herself, and come and accepted the message. "And she'll stand in the judgment," He said, "and condemn that generation."
111  Now, you see the three classes always? The book, the dead were judged out; another book, the Book of Life: them who had their names in the Book of Life… You say, "If your name's in the Book of Life, it's all right, huh?" No, sir. Look, Judas Iscariot had his name in the Book of Life. Now, say that's wrong. Jesus in Matthew 10 gave them power to cast out devils and sent them forth to heal the sick, and to cleanse the lepers, and raise the dead. And they went out and returned back, Judas right with them; and they cast out devils and done all kinds of miracles, and returned back, and said, "Even the devils is subject unto us." Jesus said, "Don't rejoice that the devils is subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven," and Judas was with them. But what happened? When it come down to the elected group to go up there at Pentecost and really receive the Holy Spirit, Judas showed his colors. He'll be there in the judgment. So the books was opened and the Book of Life was opened, and every man was judged thus. Now, the Bride's standing there with Christ to judge the world. 115  Don't the… Paul say, "Dare you (talking to the Bride) having a—any matter or grievance against each other that you'd go to the unjust law. Don't you know the saints shall judge the earth?" There you are. The saints is going to judge the earth and take it over. That's right. You say, "How in the world is a little group like that…" I don't know how it's going to be done, but He said it's going to be done; so that just settles it as far as I know. Now, look.
117  Now, notice the rest of the dead (the church members, dead church members) lived not again until the thousand years, and then at the thousand years, they were gathered… Another resurrection come, which is second resurrection, and they were gathered, and Christ and the church, the Bride (not the church, the Bride) Christ and the Queen (not the church)… Chur… Christ and the Bride stood there. And they were separated like the sheep from the goats. That's right. There's the church members come up. And if they heard the Truth and rejected the Truth, then what's going to be said when the big thing's spread across the canvas when even your own thoughts will be there, what you thought about it. How you going to escape, and it right there on the canvas of the skies; and God's great television and there's your own thoughts rebelling right… Your own thoughts will speak against you in that hour. So if you speak one thing and think another, you better stop that. Get your thoughts on God. Keep them pure, and stay right there with it, and speak the same thing all the time. See? Don't say, "Well, I'll say I'll believe it; but I'll go find out." You believe it. Amen.
120  Notice, these type, the reason they die out, they go through the purging of trial of the tribulation; because they're not actually under the Blood. They claim they are, but they're not. How can they go through a trial to purify them when the—when the bleach Blood of Jesus Christ takes every symptom of sin and stuff away from you. And you're already dead, and your life is hid in Him through God and sealed in there by the Holy Ghost; what are you going to be judged for? Where you going to get your purification? What do you have to be purified from when you're perfectly in Christ, sinless? How… What's the judgment for? But it's this sleeping bunch that them people can't make out.
121  Now, they haven't done it for years (See?), but this is the hour of revelation (See, see?) being revealed, just at the coming of the Bride… The last winding up, the last things are coming… It's coming to an end, friend, I believe. When? I don't know. I—I can't tell you, but anything… I want to live tonight like if it was tonight, I'd be ready. See? He might come tonight yet, and He might not come for twenty years. I don't know when He'll come, but whenever it is, I… My life might be over tonight, and then whatever I've done here is finished at that hour; I—I've got to meet Him in the judgment the way I went down here. The way the tree leans; that's the way it falls.