The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

Chapter 5: The Third Seal 63-0320 (Continued)

Day 51


37  Now… The world's still going worse, and sin is heaping up and—and sickness and trouble and death and sorrow. The godless men and godless women die right down; cancer eats them up and everything else, when they can't appropriate enough faith to reach out there and take a hold of it. Now, notice, but then after it was all over, after the—His—His interceding was done, He comes forth, takes the Book out of the hand of Him, and then John, and everything in heaven, and begin… The souls under the altar begin screaming (We get that in the Sixth Seal again), and how they rejoiced, and—and the—fell down, the elders, and poured out the prayers of saints. And the souls under the altar cried, "Worthy art You, because You have redeemed us to God, and we're going back to earth to live as kings and priests." Oh, there's a great…
39  And the… John said everybody in heaven, everything beneath the earth, and everything heard him praising God about it. John must've found his name on there, you know… And all that time… Then he said, "He is worthy to take the Book of Redemption." Now, it doesn't belong back to the Judge any more. It belongs to the Redeemer, and He's done done the work of redemption. Now He's going to show the church what He done. See? Then He just takes… But the Book is closed. No one knowed at all. They know it was a Book of Redemption on it there, but it's to be revealed in the last days according to Revelations 10. The seventh angel is going to be given the message of that, because it said that in the time of the sounding of the seventh church age—the seventh angel, when he sounds, all the mysteries of God should be finished up by his sounding. Then after it's revealed, the Angel come down from heaven, which was Christ (Now remember, this angel and is on earth, a messenger). Down comes Christ (You see Him in the 10th chapter of Revelations.), puts one foot upon the land and the other one on the sea, rainbow over His head, eyes and, like—and feet like fire and so forth, raises up His hand and swears by Him that lives forever and ever on the throne, that time shall be no more.
43  And when He takes this oath, seven thunders utter their voices, and the writer… Which when John was taken up, was supposed to write what he saw. He started to write down. He said, "Don't write it, because… Don't write that. It is an un…" He said, "Seal it up." What in? "Seal up; don't say it." See? It's to be revealed, but it's not even written in the Word. And then when He begin to open the Seals, we find out they were all puzzling. See? When He opened the First Seal, he thought, "Now, here He's going to say, 'And it will come that So-and-so will take the throne and certain do this and this will do that.'" But when it was, here he's went a white horse riding, and a rider on it. Well, "He had a bow in his hand, and he was given a crown after while," he said. That's all.
46  Then the Lamb turned back again and pulled another Seal off and here went out a black—a red horse rider. And he had a—given a sword, and he was going to make war and given great power and take peace from the earth and kill one another. That was kind of a—still a mysterious thing, wasn't it when He opened it up? And then goes on and said, in the day just before these seven thunders, all the mysteries here are revealed.
48  Now, look, then we find out as we've been studying that down through the ages we've had reformers, not prophets, reformers. And each office carries its own—its own work. Just like a man that is a telephone operator, he isn't exactly an electrician. He might do a little job at it. And—and like if a man is a lineman, why, he certainly… A man that's a post-hole digger and never did do any line work, he better keep off the line, but he might do a little patch up work or something.
50  But when the real thing is to be revealed at the last day of the last part of the church, is when God has said that He would send to us, according to the Scriptures, and we've searched it through and through, that He predicted that the spirit of Elijah would return in some person. Now, I think that's been made just as clear, and we—and—and we're looking for that to happen. Somewhere an anointed person in the last days to rise up. Now, you'll hear a lot of fanatics and everything else, but that just—just tries to… It's the devil trying to take away from the real one when he gets here. See? But it'll be properly identified. You know what Elijah was. And watch that, and you'll—you'll know. And then, when he… Now, the elect will know (See?), not the others. They sure won't do it. They'll miss it a million miles. Like…
51  We've been through all that and showed how they missed John, how they missed Elijah, how they missed Jesus, how they missed them all the way along, and they will do the same thing, 'cause the Bible said they would. See? So then, in that time it will be very humble. It will be so simple. That will what will makes people fall away from it. It's too simple for them. We find out that always when people get smart and educated and know a whole lot, then they just—that—that's just the kind that misses it, you know. See? Jesus never took them kind of people for—be His disciple. He took unlearned people, fishermen, and nobody's connected with their churches and things. He just got ordinary men, tax collectors, and farmers, and fishers, and so forth to do His work (See?), 'cause they—they know they're nothing, then He can make something out of them. See? As long as they keep knowing that they're nothing, then God can work; but when they get to thinking that they know something, then you don't know nothing that you ought to know, the Bible says. So then we—we find that.
54  And now, we find out then that these mysteries are supposed to be revealed. And why didn't these other men, Wesley, Luther, and those great reformers who brought out justification, and sanctification, the Pentecostal age with the baptism of the Holy Spirit and things, why didn't he catch these—these messages? Why didn't they get them? Because they were reformers. See? Just like, take it on the other side, there was people come in who was—had power as kings but wasn't kings. See, see? You have to notice the Bible terminology of anything. See? Now, watch. But these—the reason that all the stray ends of the mysterious part about justification, the mysterious part of sanctification, the mysterious part of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and why… What kind did… Did Eve eat an apple, or did she eat a pomegranate or something? See? Did… What was the serpent's seed? And—and… Is the baptism in the Name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost, or the Name of the Lord Jesus right? And oh, a hundreds of those things that has been left loose-ended. See?
57  And then in the last hour this fellow is to come on and reveal the thing (See?), take up the Scriptures. It'll be properly identified. Yes, sir. And… Now, it won't be a great big thing now. It looks like here in the Bible it'd be something big. How much bigger it was when John was supposed to come down there and baptize? Just think now, the prophets back, all the way back to Isaiah, Malachi, and all of them spoke of him, when he would come, and when he did, just a lone, old uneducated fellow with whiskers all over his face, and hair sticking out like a fuzzy worm, and a big old piece of sheepskin draped around him, no education at all, never went to school a day in his life as far as we know. See? Here he come out of the wilderness, not even as much as welcomed into a pulpit, and stood out there on the river of Jordan and begin to call for people to repent. Could you imagine it?
59  The Bible said that everything will be so great in that day even to all the high places will be made low, and all the low places will be brought up (Yes, sir.); and all the rough places will be made plain. Why, I can imagine seeing them out there think—John would come out, or this great forerunner of Christ, and just take all the desert and smooth it out and put it in grass again. See? Oh, then I imagine they had it all fixed up about like they have today. But it was so humble, even the apostles missed it. They said, "Well, why does the Scripture say… Is the… You're going up there to be offered up now; why does the Scripture say that—that Elias must come first?" He said, "He's already come, and you didn't know it." And the Son of man, they'll do the same thing; but, "John," He said, "did just what was listed for him to do, and they done to him just what they were supposed to do"; and said, "so must the Son of man be suffered." Why, there wasn't, I guess, one-third of the whole Jewish race ever knowed that Jesus Christ was on earth. They—they might've heard of some fanatic down along there somewhere, but they didn't pay any attention to it, just going on. "He came to His own, and His own received Him not."
64  Now, there's where I believe even… Now, it didn't say He'd secretly come, but the rapture will be a secret. So if that was so secret when He come, how much more will the rapture be unknown. See? They want to… Directly they'll say, "Well, I thought we were supposed to have a rapture and all this judgment upon the earth." He said, "It's already taken place, and you didn't know it." See? It'll be so—just like a thief at the night. Like a—a book I read one time… What is that called? "Romeo and Juliet," is that what it was, or something. He let… They got the ladder up the side the house some way I for… (It's been a long time ago.) And he come, got his—to get her out at nighttime.
67  Now, that's the way that it'll—a—it'll take place, and it'll be gone… Not that they'll have—send down a bunch of Angels down with some spades and dig up the graves. The Bible said we'll be changed before even you could bat your eye, just a twinkle. It'll all be over that quick. Just say, "Somebody disappeared." Well, I'd imagine if we could search the world over today, there's been five hundred people disappear off the earth each day (See?) they don't know nothing about. They just come up disappearing. Well, there ain't going to be too many go in that rapture.