The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 55


185  Now, what we need today… I just keep reading this here "Herald of His Coming." Across the headlines "We need a prophet to return. We need a prophet to return." and I guess when He does return they will know nothing about it, just like I said. That's right. It's always been that way. See? "We need a…" Everything you talk about: "We need a prophet to return who will bring the Word of the Lord, fearless. We believe the Bible promised it." Now, I know Brother—Brother Moore and them, eat in his house and everything else (the editor); and he's a—finest man that walks in shoe leather, I guess, one of the finest fellows. But just… See, he knows that we've got to have that. And Sister Moore, one of the finest women, little—poor little fellow, and they sacrifice. And that's one of the best papers on the field in my opinion is "The Herald of His Coming." But you find out they keep blasting that "We need a prophet. We need a prophet." See? My. That's what they talk about.
188  And then here we are today, and like yesterday and today announcing on the radio that in the Baptist churches and so forth that we're not to take in with the Catholics, but we're to kind of fellowship with them. See? And right here the message going out right here to stay away from that poison thing. See, see? "How can two walk together 'less they be agreed?" Light and dark can't fellowship together. When light comes in, dark goes out. See? It can't—the most powerful… You can't put light out with dark, but you can put dark out with light. That's right. And He is the Light, and He is the Word. See? Now, there you are, right straight back. You can't make it lie or do anything wrong. It comes right straight back to this spot again. Yes, sir.
190  Just like some guys start to try to fuss with you, if you know where to stand, know what he believes… It's just like taking a rabbit and turning him loose in a pen and you've got every hole stopped up. Just stand at the gate; he's got to come back. So… See? He has to come right back to the gate again 'cause that's the only way he can get out. He will stick his head through here and almost break his neck, go over there and over there. Just stand and watch him, and he will come right back. See? That's all. That's the only way to do: stay with that Word. Now, just blast all around your creed and just break your neck everywhere, but you got to come right back to this Word. See? That's all of it. 193  Now, see, they—they—they—they don't want it. They don't want God's Word. Because she held to her traditions, she kept the Word of God from being of none effect. The same now on spiritual Eve, she don't want… She wants to keep her traditions and get away from the Word of God. She holds again to the denominations and their creeds and traditions of her elders instead of taking the Word of God. And when the promise of the Word in the last days is brought to her, she will not receive it, because with her traditions, like the Hebrew bride did, the real Word, though manifested, proven, vindicated, she won't have it. Why won't she? Because there's her type. She can't do it. That's right. She can't beat her type. See? And it's predicted she would do it, so how you going to keep from anything… Now, the only thing to do is be happy you are in. That's all, be ready for it. All right. God promised in the last days that He would manifest and would vindicate His Word to her and still she wouldn't do it. All that God promised her by His servants, the prophets, God promised through Jesus Christ, God promised through Joel, God promised through Paul, God promised through Malachi, John, God promised through John the revelator, all them prophets, just exactly what the last message would be to her.
197  Now, if you want to write them down, 'course you all know them: Jesus: John 14:12; and Joel: Joel 2:38; Paul: Second Timothy 3; Malachi 4th chapter, and John the revelator: Revelation 10:17, 1-17. See? Exactly what would take place now. And to the church, what is it? The incarnate Word made flesh amongst His people again (See?), and they just don't believe it.
198  You know what Jesus said when He seen He—when He done them miracles before them and proved that He was God, proved that—that what He was doing, He was—He had done exactly. He—He said to them, He said, "Oh, you Capernaum, who is exalted into heaven, if the works had been—the mighty works had been done in Sodom that's been done in you, it'd be standing today." That's right. And in Capernaum, He never done nothing but heal a few people and told them the secrets of their hearts and walked out. Yes. That's all. See, they don't know what mighty works are. They think it has to be a great big program where everybody gets up; and the judge makes a speech; and—and the bands playing, the colors fly, and the—and the well-dressed women and their… and tarrying, and all the Ph.D's, LL.D's, the big tall hats and turned-around collars and everything; they all have to walk in; that's something great. God said, "That's foolish." See?
200  And He brings up a little something that don't know what— difference between, maybe, abc's hardly and performs something that just sets the real Church afire; and the rest of them says, "A bunch of holy-rollers." God calls that great, and the world calls it foolish. The world calls that great, and God calls that foolish (See?), just vice versa. See? And the thing that God has promised, God will and has done. Here we are.
201  Now, still she remains as she did, the Hebrew Eve. She just wouldn't do it. You could raise up the dead; you could see the Spirit of God. Jesus came down, vindicated Himself to be the Son of God. First He started preaching. Well, they thought, "Well, kinda odd-like fellow. Who is he anyhow?" Well, the first thing you know, people begin to say… Of course they'd said before when His forerunner come, John—they said, "Are you the Messiah?" He said, "No, but He's standing among you somewhere." See? Why? He knowed when his message taken place what he was to do. He knowed what he was going to do.
204  Just like Noah kept watching Enoch. When Enoch went, Noah said, "Better get close to the ark. The time is at hand." Noah kept watching Enoch (See?) and John watched for the sign that Jesus told him—or God told him to watch. He said, "He's standing right here now somewhere among you. I don't know Him, but I will know Him." Standing there and they said, "Aren't you the Messiah?" Said, "We were sent from the headquarters." Said, "The—the elders and all sent us down here. If you are the Messiah, why don't you come up and make yourself known up there, not down here in this bunch of stuff down here. You come up there and make yourself known." He said, "I'm not the Messiah." He said, "I'm the voice of one crying in the wilderness." That went far over their heads as it could go. They didn't know nothing about it (See?), and yet they was all looking for him to come; but it couldn't be a guy like that. Oh, my, that would be terrible. "What school are you from?" "None." "Have you got your fellowship card?"
209  "What is it?" See? He was anointed of God. He said, "There's one thing I have, the axe is laid to the root of the tree." Now… That's all he—that all he had. He talked in terms of a woodsman, not in the terms of a clergyman—vipers, axes, and trees and so forth. He—he didn't talk in ecclesiastical terms, but Jesus said there never was a prophet like him, never a man born of a woman like him till his day. That's right. He was more than a prophet; he was the messenger of the covenant: stood right between the—the—the two dispensations coming in (See?), more than a prophet. And so then… Standing there, they didn't know him. They didn't understand him. He was kind of an odd-like sort of fellow, so they just missed him. See?
212  Then when Jesus come then, and surely they wasn't going to accept Him, this carpenter's boy (There wasn't nothing like that) with a black name behind Him of illegitimacy. He… They wouldn't go to see a Fellow like that. But—but look what God did. He took the unlearned poor fishermen, woodsmen, farmers, and harlots and left the dignitaries set there. Why? What… Why did He do it? Why did He do such a thing? (Could you imagine?), because that them people recognized Him to be the Word. 214  Now, let's just watch them just a minute. Here's an old ignorant fisherman, can't write his name. The Bible said he was ignorant and unlearned. He brings his fish up and sets it down, goes down there and sees what all this noise is about, but way down deep in him he knew that the Bible said that the Messiah… All Hebrews look for the Messiah, because there was to be a Scriptural thing happen when He come.
215  There'd been a lot of messiahs raise up and said, "I'm He," and led them off by the hundreds, and—and perished and everything; but see, that was to throw off the real One when He comes. We've had Elijah's mantles and coats and every other thing, but that—that's—that's just to throw off the real thing when He does come. See? That's right. All kinds of people that's wore the robes and the garments and been buried in all kinds of hoods turned around and everything else… That don't… That just only vindicates. Like a bogus dollar shows there's a good one somewhere if you can just find it. See? So here He come. Now, these dignitaries come out, and they was so on their substitutes, "Why," they said, "now, if the Messiah comes, He will certainly come to Caiaphas. He will come to our denomination. He will come to the Pharisees." The Sadducees: "That's what you think; He will come to the Sadducees."
218  There they was (See?), the same thing they have today. See? Now, but when He come, it was strange. He would come, oh, very contrary to what they thought, but He come according to the Word, and they didn't know the Word. Let me say that real, so you'll—it'll sink way down. I want us to get it: That's what is the matter with you today. See? You don't know the Word. Jesus said, "You can discern the face of the skies, but the signs of time you can't discern." Said, "We have Moses…" Jesus said, "If you'd knowed Moses, you'd knowed Me." That's right. See? Didn't know Moses, and therefore they didn't know. They just knowed creed that they'd hatched out.