The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 32


189  The reformers came to reform the last fallen church age preceding them. And then after the reformers come and reform the—the church age from where it was and is went back into the world, then they start a new church age: always done it, always. Now, we went through that. See? In other words, here'd been a Catholic church age, of the Roman Catholic church. Along come Luther, a reformer. He's called a reformer. And what does he do? He starts right out there a-hammering away, and when he does, he protests the church, and the first thing you know, what does he do? He builds the same thing that he come to drive out of: another church. Then they have another church age. Then the first thing you know, here comes… The church age is in such a mess, along comes John Wesley, another reformer (See?), builds another church age. Get what I mean? Another church age is built up. They're all reformers.
192  Notice. This last message of the last church age is not a reformer; he is a prophet, not a reformer. Show me where one prophet ever started a church age. He's not a reformer; he is a prophet. Others was reformers but not prophets. If they would've been, the Word of the Lord comes to the prophet; that's the reason they continued on in the baptism in Father, Son, Holy Ghost, and all these other things, because they were reformers and not prophets. But yet they were great men of God and saw the need of the day that they lived in, and God anointed them, and they sent out there and tore those things to pieces. But the full Word of God never come to them, because they was not prophets. They were reformers.
194  But in the last days it'll have to be a prophet to take up the mysteries of God, bring it back, because the mysteries was only re—known by prophets. So it has to be this fellow come. See what I mean now? He can't be a reformer; it's got to be a prophet, because it's got to be somebody that's gifted and set there that catches the Word. Now, them reformers knowed there was something wrong. Luther knowed that—that—that the bread wasn't the body of Christ, and so he preached, "The just shall live by faith," and that was his message. And when John Wesley come along, he saw that there was sanctification, so he preached sanctification. That was his message. See? The Pentecostals brought in the message of the Holy Ghost and so forth. But in the last days in this last age the messenger is not to start any reformation, but is to take all the mysteries that those reformers left off, and gather them together, and solve them to the people.
196  Let me just read it again. It sounds so good to me; I—I like to read it. … I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud:… a rainbow… upon his head, and his face was… the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: Now, we saw the same thing, which was Christ. And we know Christ is always the Messenger to the Church. All right. He's called a Pillar of Fire, the Angel of the covenant and so forth. And he had in his hand a little book opened:… (Now, the Seals had done been broke here. We're breaking them now; but this, the thing's opened.)… and he set his right foot on the sea, and his left… on the earth, And he cried… a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he… cried, seven thunders uttered their voices… (My, the complete) … when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I… (John)… was about to write:… (Write what? What they said.)… and I heard a voice from heaven… (God)… saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. (Don't write them. See?) And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea… lifted up his hands to heaven, And sware by him that lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens, and the things… in there they are, and the earth, and the things that are there—in there…, and the sea and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:
199  Watch. Don't forget this now, as we go. But in the days… (days)… of the voice of the seventh angel,… (That last angel, earthly angel.) This Angel come down from heaven. Wasn't Him. He come from heaven, but He's speaking here the voice of the seventh angel. Which is a "angel" means "a messenger." Anybody knows that. And the messenger to the church age... … in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery… (Seven Seals, all—all the mysteries)… of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
201  The entire mystery is unfolded. That's the ministry of that angel. See? Be so simple people just drop off the top of it. But yet it'll be perfectly a-vindicated everywhere, just be perfectly normal. See? Everybody that—that wants to see it can see it. See? That's right. But those… Jesus said, as He said when He come, said, "You got eyes and can't see, Isaiah said you did. (See?) And you got ears and you can't hear." Now… So we find out that… That scared me. I looked back there at that clock, and I thought it was ten o'clock. But it's a… I—I got… It ain't even nine yet. You see? All right. Oh, my. Let's get it now.
204  Notice. I love this. Others reformers, but by being great men of God, seeing the need of the day, and brought forth reformation… But Revelations 10 said his message was to reveal not reform, reveal the secrets, reveal secrets. It's the Word in the man. Hebrews 4 said that the Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword, a piercing even to the sunder of bone, and a Revealer of the secrets of the heart. See? This man is not a reformer; he's a revealer, revealer of what? The mysteries of God. Where the church has got it all tied up and everything, he's to come forth with the Word of God and reveal the thing out, because he is to restore the faith of the children back to the fathers. The original Bible faith is to be restored by the seventh angel. Now, oh, how I love this. All the mysteries of the Seals that the reformers never understood fully… See?
206  Now, look at Malachi 4 just a minute. Well, well, you just mark it down. He is a prophet and restores the original faith of the fathers. Now, we're looking for that person to appear on the scene. He'll be so humble, the ten millions times ten millions will… Well, there'll be a little group that'll understand it. When… You remember the other day when John was supposed to come, prophesied a messenger before Christ come, a voice of one crying in the wilderness; Malachi saw him. Look, the 3rd chapter of Malachi is the coming of the Elijah that was to come and forerun the coming of Christ. You say, "Oh, no, no, Brother Branham. It's the 4th chapter." I beg your pardon. Jesus said it was the 3rd chapter.
209  Now, take Saint—you take Saint Matthew the—the 11th chapter and the 6th verse. He'll—he'll say this (11th chapter, I believe it's the 6th verse; 4th, 5th, or 6th, right along there). He said, "If you can receive it (when He's talking about John) this is he who was spoken of, 'I'll send My messenger before My face.'" Now, read Malachi 3. Some of them try to apply it to Malachi 4. No, sir. That's not it. Notice, Malachi 4, as soon as that messenger goes forth, the world is completely burned, and the righteous walk out in the Millennium on the ashes of them. So you see, if you put that being him back there, then—then the Bible told something that wasn't so. We've had two thousand years, and the world ain't burned up yet, and the righteous living in it. So it's got to be in the future. Oh, my. If you get over here in Revelations and see what that messenger at the end of this age is supposed to do, then you'll see what it is. He must be a prophet. He's got to catch these ends that these reformers didn't see and place it in there.
212  How can Matthew 28:19 compare with Acts 2:38 without the spiritual revelation of God? How can these people say the days of miracles are past and so forth like that, and—without revelation of God? Why, only way they'll ever know it, know whether it's right or wrong. See? But they've come through seminaries… I hope we have time to get into them. I want to hurry, 'cause I don't want to keep you over a week (you know what I mean) in—in this—open these Seals. I've got one day, and I'd like to have prayer for the sick on that day if I could.
214  Now, look, Malachi 4. He's a prophet and restores the original faith of the fathers. At the end time, when the tribulation period comes… Now, here's a little thing; we're going to reverse back a minute, where the three and a half years or Daniel's seventy weeks (the last half of Daniel's seventy weeks which is three and one-half years.)… Now, we… How many remembers that from the church ages? Sure, you see? There's seventy weeks determined: look how perfect it was; said, "Messiah will come, and He'll be cut off for a Sacrifice in the midst of the week, and the obligation will cease."
216  Then there is still three and a half years waited for the Messiahic doctrine to the Jew, and God does not deal with the Jew and the Gentile at the same time. He deals with Israel as a nation, Gentile as an individual. He never taken the Gentiles for His Bride, He taken a people out of the Gentile. See? Now, He deals with Israel as a nation. And now, there she sets right there now as a nation. I got a letter from Paul today, Paul Boyd, and he was telling me, said, "Brother Branham, how true it is; these Jews still have a funny feeling towards the Gentiles, no matter what's happened." Sure they will, and they ought to.
218  When Martin Luther made the proclamation that all Jews ought to be run off and their buildings burned down because they were antichrist… See? Martin Luther made that statement hisself in his writing. Now, Hitler just fulfilled what Martin Luther said. Why did Martin Luther say that? Because he was a reformer, not a prophet. God that… My prophet blessed Israel. He said, "Whosoever blesses you will be blessed, and who curses you will be cursed." How can one prophet stand and deny what the other prophet said? He can't do it. It's got to be in harmony. See? But…
220  That is the reason they class… See, Germany is supposed to be a Christian nation, and they—the way they treated Israel, they still got a stick on their shoulder; and you can't blame them. But just remember, if there's a Jews setting here, don't you worry; the day's coming. God can never forget them. They were blinded for our sake. You know He said to this prophet, He… The prophet cried out and said, "Will You forget Israel?" He said, "Take that measuring stick, and how high is the sky? How deep is the sea?" Now, he said, "I couldn't measure it." He said, "Never can I forget Israel." That's His people, His servants. And the Gentile is only a few taken out of there for His Bride. It's exactly right. That's the Bride