The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

Chapter 4: The Second Seal 63-0319 (Continued)

Day 46


240  Now, notice this. But He said, "When you see the fig tree and all the other trees putting forth their buds…" Now, watch. There's never been a time for twenty-five hundred years that Israel has ever come to her homeland. We got the little show, "Three Minutes To Midnight." There she is, a nation, the six-point star of David flying, all these things. Has there ever been a time that the denominations has had revivals like they have in the last few years? Now, just study now; we're at home. When did the denominations ever bloom out over any man's ministry like it has with Billy Graham's, Methodists, Baptists, and so forth? When was there ever a man (Search down your history.) that ever went forth to the church formal by the name ending with h-a-m before? Just ask you…"A-b-e… A-b-r-a-h-a-m." Now, look, Abraham's name has seven letters, A-b-r-a-h-a-m, but our Brother Billy Graham has G-r-a-h-a-m, six, not seven, the world. That's where he's ministering to: church natural.
245  Church natural was Lot in Sodom, and when this fellow went down there and preached and blinded them by the Gospel, but there was One Who stayed with Abraham, and Abraham called Him "Elohim, Lord." Now, when Abraham seen Three coming, he said, "My Lord." And Lot seen two coming; he said, "My lords." There's your difference. See your trinitarian work? See, see? Jesus said, "As it was in the days of Lot…" You see that?
249  Notice, count it. Now, there was One come to this church spiritual, the Bride, Abraham, that wasn't in—in Sodom to begin with. And watch what He did. He never done no preaching like they did. He taught them, but then He done a sign before them. He done the Messiahic sign. He had His back turned to the tent, and He said, "Abraham…" Now, remember his actual name a few days before that was Abram. But He says, "Abraham, where is your wife, S-a-r-a-h?" A few days before that it was called S-a-r-r-a. Abraham said, "She's in the tent behind You." And He said, "Abraham, I (There's your personal pronoun again.), I am going to visit you according to the promise that I've made you." You see Who it was. See? A Man with dust on His clothes, eating the meat of a calf, and drinking the milk from the cow, and eating corn bread (Yes, sir.): God, Elohim, manifested in flesh: promised in the last day to manifest Himself in flesh again. Notice. "Abraham, where is your wife, Sarah?" "She's in the tent behind You." He said, "I'm going to visit you."
252  And the lady, of course, being a hundred years old, she kinda laughed up her sleeve; she did: back in the tent now, behind the curtains in the tent. She said, "Me, an old woman…" Why, it'd ceased to be with them as husband and wife for years, you know, 'cause he was a hundred years old, and—and she was ninety. Said, "Now, that will never happen." And He said, "Why did she laugh?" (Whew.) With His back turned to the tent. "Why did she laugh saying, 'How can these things be?'" See, He showed him a sign. Now, He promised us that this will repeat at the end time again. And the two men went down there and preached the Word and told them to get out of there, the place was going to burn up and so forth, and it did. And Lot staggered out, the church natural down in sin, in the mire, but yet struggling along in their organizational programs… But the Bride, that one Man never went to them. He went only and called the Bride type. Now, we're in the last days. See?
257  Now, notice. You said, "There God manifested in the flesh." Jesus said Himself, "How do you condemn Me?" Said, "Isn't it written in your Bible, your laws, that they, the prophets, who the Word of God came to…" Jesus said the Word came to the prophets because He was Scriptural in all things. He said, "Now, the Word of God says that the Word came to the prophets, and you called them gods, for the Word of God came to them." Said, "Then how are you going to condemn Me when I say I'm a Son of God?" with their own laws… Oh, my. There you are. See? How, where we at? We're at the end time.
258  Now, listen real close now. Now, we find out that there would be wars and rumors of wars. And now we see that the fig tree's put forth its buds, and the other trees put forth their buds, Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, and all put forth their buds, a great revival going on. Now, I believe that God's gathering the Bride for that last hour, the elect. Oh, my. Now, notice. Let us now consider what John saw then, of these things what he saw: A red horse and his rider goes forth; power given to him to slay with a great sword.
261  Now, here's my revelation of it: This is Satan again. It's the devil again in another form. Now, we know that—that Seals pertained… (As I said the other night) and trumpets pertained to—to—to civil wars (You see?), amongst the people, or among nations. But you find out here that this man has a sword so he pertains to church political war. Now, you might not think that, but just watch it a minute, just a few minutes. Notice the change of color of these horses: same rider. Change of color of horses… And a horse is a beast, and the beast in the Bible under a symbol represents a power. The same system riding on another color power from the innocent white to a bloody red… See? Watch him now how he's coming.
263  When he first started, he was just… Well he's just a little doctrine in the—in the—amongst called the Nicolaitanism. Of course it wouldn't slay anything. (That's Revelations 2:6, if you want to put it down.) He wouldn't slay anything. It's just a doctrine, just a spirit amongst the people. Now, he wouldn't slay nothing. Oh, he was so innocent riding on this white horse. "Well, you know, we can have a great worldwide church. We could call it the universal church." They still do. All right. See? Now, "We could have… Oh, it is perfectly innocent. And, oh, it's so innocent. It's just a group of men. We'll all get together for fellowship." See, it's very innocent; it's white, the white horse was. See? Now.
264  So the dignitaries, and the better dressed, and the educated, you know, kind of like "birds of a feather," you know, we'll—we'll kind of get things together. "And the poor bunch, why, if they want to stumble along, well, all right; but we—we'll get a better class coming to our church. If we can just get ourselves pulled off right here, we'll—we'll be a—we'll be a bunch of masons or so forth. You know we—we'll just have the things fixed up—or 'Odd Fellows,' as they are." And so then… Not the Odd Fellow Lodge now, but you know what I mean. So it's odd to the real believer.
264a  Now, but otherwise, in other words, "We want a little group, a little syndicate we can call our own. It's just a doctrine—very innocent. Brethren, why, we have nothing against you people, certainly not. You are all right, but, you know, we feel that—that we have business and ever… We—we'd be better off if we just had ourselves together." See? Un-huh. It finally went right on down till it happened. Yes, sir. Get together… But when this awful deceiving spirit (Oh, man.) incarnated—incarnate spirit, this doctrine spirit became incarnated to take the place of Christ into a man, it must be worshipped then—turned to be a worship like Christ.
265  In other words, up over the Vatican (Now, I've been right there.) it's wrote Vicarivs Filii Dei, and it's wrote in Roman numerals. Now, you just draw a line at the bottom of those Roman numerals, and it means "Instead of Son of God." In other words, he's a vicar. (You know what a vicar is. Just takes the place of something.) He is the vicar instead of the Son of God. And the Bible said, "Let him that has the gift of wisdom count the numbers of the beast, for it's the number of a man, and his number is 666." Now, if you take VICARIVS FILII DEI and draw a line (the Roman numbers of V for 5, I for 1) and add it up and see if you haven't got 666.
267  The Bible said he would be setting in the temple of God, worship like God. When that little doctrine become a—incarnate, it become a vicar instead of the Son of God. See? Oh, my. That awful deceiving spirit. If you want to read that, read in Second Thessalonians 2:3 and you can see where it's at. And of course, you will remember Satan is the head of all political power of every nation. How many knows that? You want to put it down? Matthew 4:8. Satan took Jesus up to a high mountain, and he showed Him all the kingdoms of the world that ever was, or ever would be in a moment of time. Talk about a person, he said, "I'll give them to you if you'll worship me." And Jesus knew that He was going to fall heir to them.
269  That's what they say, "Why, you bunch of poor holy-rollers…" Why, we get the world. "The meek shall inherit the earth." What Jesus said. See, see? Notice, Jesus knowed He would fall heir to them so He said, "Get thee hence, Satan. It's written. (Right back with the Scripture again. See?) Thou shalt worship the Lord and Him only." See? Now, now, when—when he as his head demon incarnate in this super religious man (as the Bible predicts), then he unites his church and state, both of his own powers unite together. See? When the antichrist spirit went forth, it was a spirit. Then it become what? It become then… Now, watch this Seal. When the spirit went forth it was antichrist, against the teaching of Christ.
273  All right. The next thing did… What Christ set out for His Church to do, it was against sin. "It ought… Oh, it don't mean that. It—it don't mean it. That was for somebody else. That—that's back in the—a hundred years ago back yonder. That—that ain't for us." See? That's the "anti," "against." Then it become… Now, the rider went out; he was—he didn't have no crown, but he was given one. That white horse… He had a bow, no arrow. See? So then when he went forth, then after while he was given a crown, because you can't put a crown on a spirit's head. But when this spirit become incarnate in the second work of his—of his dispensation of his mystic… The second work he become a crowned false prophet to the working of the antichrist spirit. Now, we see him there now. Now, he becomes that when he takes that… Then he is already… Satan controls the political powers of the world.