The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 57

257  Now, last night we found out that the same rider that rode the white horse was the same one on the red one. And the voice said—in the midst of the beast called out (You see?) to come to see what it was; he was in this living creature. And he saw this black horse, and when the voice in the midst of the four beasts called out, "A measure of wheat for a penny, and—and three measures of barley for a penny, but see that thou hurt not the—the oil and the wine." See?
259  This rider, let's discuss him. If you'll notice the first rider, who he was, and we found out last night, Scripturally, that the second rider was exactly the same man, only he was on another horse. What happened? He changed his ministry. See? That's right. We found out he was an antichrist, and he'd changed his position. We found out that when he first just was a white horse, he become a doctrine. Now, we're taking every one of these right back in the Scriptures. See?
261  Now, watch where we're at tonight, that other church age now. See? We're come down to the third church age now. See? Just exactly on the third church age is just exactly like the third horse. See? Now, the first church age what it was? The Nicolaitane's had a doctrine (See?) just the first one. All right. And then the first thing we know this Nicolaitane doctrine, it become sanctioned and was right, went into action. And they crowned this fellow. Then this spirit, antichrist, become incarnate in a man. See? And we find out later on he becomes an incarnate devil too. The demon goes away, and the devil comes in.
263  And just as that church is—that kinda antichrist church progresses, so has the Bride come along with different things; through justification, sanctification, baptism of the Holy Ghost, just moving right on (See?), just like that. Only they taken their revival first, and the Church is taking it the last. Their first three years—first three stages of them that went to the dark age, then the third three stages comes the Church out from justification, sanctification, baptism of the Holy Ghost again, incarnate God made manifest among us.
264  Here he comes in as the antichrist, as the false prophet, then the beast, then in dark age. And the Church comes out of that dark age, justification, sanctification, baptism of the Holy Ghost, incarnate Word, the way now. Uh-huh. And he goes down. he does… He goes down; the Church goes up. See? It's just as perfect as it can be. Oh, it's beautiful. I just love it. This rider is the same one but another stage of his ministry. The first stage, a white horse (See?), he was just a teacher, just an antichrist teacher; he was against the Word of God. And now, how can you be an antichrist? Anybody that denies that every Word of this—isn't true and to be taught just the same, is an antichrist, 'cause they deny the—the—the—the—the Word, and He is the Word.
267  Now, first stage, white horse, he was just a teacher, but an antichrist spirit in its doctrine and its quality. It was innocent. It couldn't hurt nothing, seemed like, just going on… That's the way Satan comes in. Oh, he's a slick bird. He told Eve, said, "Now, you know, you're looking for wisdom. You don't know what's right and wrong." Said, "Now, if your eyes were opened, you would know what," and said, "the fruit is very pleasant. It's good. It—it's—it's pleasant to the eye. You should take it now. Now, you don't know whether it is or not, do you?" "No, I don't, but God said not to do it…" "But oh, he… Well, I know, but…" "God said He—we'd die…" He said, "Surely He won't do that." See? Just sweet as it could be. Look what it did. Watch this antichrist spirit rise up amongst the early church—a doctrine of Nicolaitanes. "Nico," "conquer the laity," make a holy man. See? Oh, it's just is in… "Why, we just want fellowship. Why, you're scattered out here; nobody knows where nobody's at. I think we all ought to have an organization and just be different. (See?) We go right—put ourselves together. We ought to make a lodge out of it."
271  That's what it is. There is no such thing as the Christian church of Methodists; that's not a church; that's a lodge. Baptists, that's not a church; it's a lodge. There's only one Church, and that's the mystical Body of Jesus Christ, and you're borned into that (That's right.) by predestination. That's right. "All the Father has give Me will come. No man can come 'less the Father calls him, and all He's give Me will come to Me," So that's—that's it. He just… The Lamb sets there making—making intercession till the last one comes in. The little bell rings and He walks out and takes His possession then (You see?), so, brings His Church home, His subjects, and casts His enemy into the lake of fire and all of his subjects go in there with him, and that's it. Then we walk out in the Millennium.
273  Same rider now… This first stage, he was innocent; and second (Now, if you went a little bit higher, a little more than that, in the second stage the Bible said he'd be given a crown, and they crowned a man, a superman. See?), crowned him. And then the Bible didn't call him a pope. The Bible called him a false prophet. Why? Yeah. Of course he must be a false prophet by his antichrist spirit that taught antichrist against the original Word. 'Cause if you taught against the original Word, it was antichrist, it was—and the Word is God (See?), Christ. All right.
274  Now, after that, we find him then crowned. When he got crowned… Now, he's a very innocent, helpless; he's just a little fellow. But then in the Nicene Council, he was made… And Constantine give him all the property. And then what did he do? Then he… See, Satan give him his throne and authority. The Bible said so as we have went through it. Now, the next thing we find out that the devil controls all politics that ever has been or ever will be. We find that in Matthew 4:11. And now, we find out then that Satan already had politics, but he's trying to get the church. So he goes down to deceive it. He gets his superman, works him into an organization and crowns him vicar (See?) of Christ. Christ acted instead of God. See this guy's a vicar instead of God. See? Just the same: instead of God, what he's supposed to be, a vicar under Christ.
277  Now, now, when he did that, then what did he do then? He… Satan took his political power (which he was already over) and took the religious power (which he had already been crowned) and put them together, and then he made him another crown over hell. And then when they had passed on, if they pay enough money, he'd get them out. See? So now he's—he's vicar over heaven, over purgatory, as he wants to call it. No such thing in the Bible (See?), but he had to make something. The Bible said he come out of the bottomless pit and returns back the same way, and on earth, a ruler…
279  Now, what was he given then? First he had a bow, but he didn't have any arrows. But now he's got a mighty sword in his hand. He can do something now. Then he jumps off his white horse; the white horse rides on out. Now he straddles what? A red horse, blood, blood red horse. He really rides that one. Oh, sure. Now, he's given great power and a great sword to kill; then he rides his blood red horse. We see from the Second Seal that was broke last night, he taken peace from the earth and did kill one another. And his own martyrology of the Roman Catholic church shows that they put sixty-eight million Protestants to death from the time of Saint Hippo of—after Saint Augustine of Hippo until 1580 something: sixty-eight million. (Schmucker's "Great Reform," if you want to read it—"Glorious Reform," it was. See?) Now, sixty-eight million recorded on the martyrology…
280  When one of their so-called saints got the revelation that anybody that disagreed with the Roman church should die as a heretic… That just set them around then. Boy, he went to spilling the blood. He—he jumped on his white horse—on his red horse, and he went to riding. Oh, now, his great power comes; he was made vicar of heaven and worshipped as God, ruler of the earth. By uniting the church and state together made him ruler on earth, give him a crown over that. He could pray the souls out of purgatory. He could also inter… He was just like God on earth: instead of God.
281  Together he had great power to kill whomever did not agree with his command. Who's going to say anything to him? The church can't say nothing; he's head of it. State can't say nothing; he's head of it. So they died by the millions. All them little churches, brother, was busted up, and killed, and murdered, and fed to lions and everything else. See? The dragon, Rome, give him his seat and authority. The Bible said so. See? So he rode his typed red horse through human blood till it become a red horse. Now, John sees him on a black horse. He changed something else. Now, I have to—to say this just the way it comes to me; and then… And if it come to me and didn't compare with the rest of the Scriptures, then God never give it. See, the Scriptures has to every one; it's just one great big—big thing, like that. Scripture has to agree with Scripture, and anything contrary to the Scripture… If that Angel of the Lord told me anything that wasn't Scriptural, I wouldn't believe Him.
284  I said there in Chicago the other day with all them hundreds of ministers… Was anybody there at that meeting? Sure. That meeting in Chicago, I said, "Now, you all talk about you got… You thought you was twisting me in here in something." About like that's in this room now. I said, "What is it you got it against me?" I said, "The Holy Spirit showed me three nights ago where every one of you'd be, and we wouldn't be in that…" Ask Carl, here, if it isn't right; and there was Hank and all of them. That's right. You all was there to hear it. I said, "Now, you got it against me on my teaching. That's what's the matter. Now, I want one of you to come here and get your Bible and stand by me and disprove it." It was the quietest bunch you ever heard. I said, "What's the matter with you?" I said, "Then if you know you can't stand up against the Word, then get off of my back."