The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 47

276  Now, he gets into a place till he's going to make a universal church power, taking religious power. And do you not understand, my brothers, that in—when this nation appears in the 13th chapter of Revelation, this little animal raised up like a lamb and it's got two horns: civil and ecclesiastical power. But he done the same thing the beast did before him. It's strange, America is number thirteen and a woman. And strange it appears even in the 13th chapter of Revelation. We started out with thirteen stripes in the flag, thirteen stars, everything's thirteen, thirteen, thirteen, thirteen all the way down; and everything's woman, woman, woman all the way down.
278  And it finally end up, I predicted, a woman will control her. Remember that was thirty years ago I said it, and—and the—the seven things that I predicted, five of them's done come to pass. And they got the man right there now to bring her in. And you voted it in through your politics there. You… All right. So much to say, you can't hardly get to where you want to get to. Notice now. I won't keep you but a little bit longer, if I have to carry over tomorrow night.
280  Look, notice. When Satan… Now, everybody that realizes that Satan controls all political powers of the world… He said so (Matthew the 4th chapter and you get it, and the 8th verse). All the kingdoms belong to him. That's the reason they fight, war, kill. Now, remember, isn't that strange? They was given this sword to kill one another. Oh, my. Notice now. Now, when he did that he did not have the ecclesiastical power yet; but he started in with a demon of a false teaching, and that teaching become a doctrine. That doctrine become car—incarnate in a false prophet, and then he went just to the right place; he never went to Israel now, he went to Rome, Nicaea, Rome.
284  The council was held, and they elected a head bishop. And then by doing this they united church and state together. Then he dropped his bow; he got off his white horse; he got on his red horse, for he can kill anybody that don't agree with him. There's your Seal. Oh, my. Same fellow. Watch him go right on into eternity yonder with it. See? Unites both his powers together, the same thing they are trying to do right now, same thing.
285  Today and… A strange thing, maybe you don't understand it, but today from a Baptist group in Louisville (You heard it on the radio.) a speaker raised up and… (How many heard it? See, see? All right here you are.) They want and asking the church now that we don't really have to, oh, just kind of join the Catholic church, but we have to kind of fellowship with them. Get… And the same time that going on in Louisville, over here God's unfolding the Seals to His people to show us, "Don't do it." See them both working together. Remember, the crow and dove set on the same roost pole in the ark. Sure. Just remember.
286  Now, we find out he unites his power. Then when he become both state and church, the ecclesiastical, then what are you going to do? He forms his own religion, and now he can do whatever he wants to. Then he has the right to put to death whosoever will not agree with him. That's exactly what he did too. And he did that just exactly. And when he—he—he did it to the true saints of the living God who kept the Word and wouldn't agree with him on his dogmas, he put them to death.
287  Now, Brother Lee Vayle and you teachers here of the Nicaea age and the early church, I don't know if you read this or not. If you want to read it, you get in Schmucker's "Glorious Reformation" and you find it that when Saint Augustine of Hippo become a priest under the Roman church, had the opportunity to one time the Holy Spirit tried to come on him, and he rejected It. How many knows that, as a teacher? So he rejected the Holy Spirit. That's exactly what a type of the Protestant church today that's rejected the Holy Ghost. He went back down to Hippo, and he was the very one that signed that—that paper that had the revelation from God that it was all right and pleasing God to put every person to death that didn't believe with the Roman Catholic church.
289  Now, listen, I am quoting from the Martyrology: "From the time of—of Saint Augustine of Hippo until 1586 on the Roman martyrology, the Roman Catholic church put sixty-eight million Protestants to death." Was his sword red? Was he riding a red horse? What was it? The same power, the same rider. There's the Seal. They admit sixty-eight million on the martyrology besides all those put to death outside of that. Oh, mercy. During the dark ages there were millions fed to lions and slaughtered in every way, because they wouldn't bow down to that Catholic dogma. You know that.
290  How much time you got? All right, let me read something. Turn with me; now let me show you something. Let's—let's picture this thing just a minute. Just happened to come on my mind, and we'll just read it. Let's turn over in Revelations to the 17th chapter of Revelations. We still got fifteen minutes more. All right. Now, listen real real close now as we read. You who have your Bibles can turn; I'm going give you just a little time so that you'll get it. Did you get that, Lee? In Schmucker's is where I got it. See? "Glorious Reform," that taken straight out of the martyrology of Rome at the Vatican. Now…
292  That was down to the persecution of Saint Patrick's people. And then they call Saint Patrick their—their saint. Saint Patrick was about as much Catholic as I am; and you know how much I am. He—he detested the doctrine of the church. He refused to go to the pope. Yes, sir. Saint Patrick even… Why, you ought—did you ever go up in Northern Ireland where he had his schools? You know his name wasn't Patrick. How many knows that? His name was Succat. That's right. Lost his little sister. You remember when they were… See?
293  All right. Now, notice: 17th chapter of Revelation. Now, everybody just try to open your heart and let the Holy Spirit teach you now. … there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the—had the seven vials,… Now, you see there's seven vials; you know these sevens as we are going through. They all happen right at the same time, following the plagues, following the church ages just the same, 'cause it is all sealed up into that one Book, everything, and everything happens just in rotation, and one goes right into the other, and the other into the other. There's two spirits a working: God and the devil. See? … which had the seven last vials, and he talked with me, saying…, Come here; and I will shew thee—unto thee the judgment of the great whore that setteth upon many waters:
295  Now, look here, over here. That waters… Whore, what is that? That's a woman. Can't be a man. And what is the woman symbol in the church—in the Bible? Church. Why? Christ's Bride and so forth (You see?), it's woman, the church. Now, "waters," what does that mean? Watch here. Read the 15th verse of it there. And he said unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore setteth, are peoples,… multitudes,… nations, and tongues. This church is ruling over the whole world (See?) "set upon many waters." With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication,… (Spiritual fornication is taking her doctrine—Nicolaitane doctrine.)… and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication… (Boy, you talk about a drunken bunch on it. You…) So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman…
300  And did you know what, the Catholic's own writing admit this is their church? How many knows that? Right in their own writing, I got "Facts of our Faith" it's called that. See? Belongs to a priest. All right. All right. And so he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman setting upon a scarlet clothed beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. Now, just watch that, that symbol, that seven-heads. Now, you see here, said,… "And the—and the—and the—the heads which thou sawest are seven hills on which the woman setteth." Rome sits on seven hills. See? Now, there's no mistake about it. See? Seven heads and ten horns. You know are ten Kingdoms, and so forth. And the woman was arrayed in purple… scarlet clothed,… decked in gold and precious stones… pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations—abomination of the filthiness of her fornication: That antichrist spirit, fornication (See?) teaching, that committing adultery with God. See? Now, she's supposed to be a bride (See?), and committing adultery. See? Just like Eve did—just like the church does there. See?
303  And upon her… head was written—a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT… (And anybody knows Babylon's Rome.)… THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And… (Listen to the 6th verse.)… And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. She was such a beautiful thing with crosses and everything on her; how in the world could she be the guilty of drinking the blood of the saints. It puzzled him. Now, He's going to tell him. And the angel said unto me, Wherefore does thou marvel? I'll tell thee the mystery of the woman, and… the beast that carried her,… (Now, this is not under one of the Seals. This is something else. See?)… And he said… the seven heads and the ten horns. The beast… thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit,… (has no foundation, the pope)… and shall go into perdition: and they that dwell upon the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the Lamb's book of life… (There's the elected. See?)… life from the foundation of the world,… (How, when was your name put on the Book of Life? At that revival you attended? No, sir. From the foundation of the world.)… when they beheld the beast that was, he is not, and yet is. See, the beast. One will die; another one take his place. He was; he was not; he was; he was not; was; he was not, and she's go plumb into perdition that way. See? All right.