The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

Chapter 7: The Fifth Seal 63-0322 (Continued)

Day 74

83  Now, notice. I love this. As in the times of the rider of the four horses, the rider, singular, of the four different horses, there was a beast that announced the power. Every time the rider straddled another horse and come forth to ride, another kind of a beast come out and announced it. That's a great mystery. See? That is the mystery… Why? Announcing the mystery. Why isn't there one here on the Fifth Seal to announce it? Here it is. According to the revelation that the Lord Jesus gave me today (See?), or this morning, early; that is that the mystery of the church ages are already finished at this time. The mystery of the antichrist is revealed at this time. The antichrist took his last ride, and we found him on the pale horse mixed with his many colors, and rides all the way into perdition. (We get it on the trumpets and so forth when we—we teach that. I go into it now, but we get plumb off the subject again.)
86  And we—we go… he rides… That's the reason there's no one there. Now, we know written 'cause some reasons for something. Now, you remember at the first beginning, I said, "There can't be nothing without a reason." Remember the little drop of ink? See? Now, you got to find the reason. There was some reason they didn't have to have a beast or a power to announce this Seal being broke, and only God can reveal why (That's all.), because it's all—all lays in Him.
87  But the reason that He reveals, that I—as I understand, that it is because the mystery of the Book of Redemption, as far as the antichrist being revealed… And at the same time the Church is gone, and these things don't even happen in the church age at all. That's right. They're—they're away from the church age. The Church absolutely is raptured at this time. The Church goes up in the 4th chapter of Revelation, and does not return until it comes back with its King in the 19th chapter. But these Seals here are revealing what has been, what is, and what will be. See? And now, what was to be for the church age was revealed by these Seals, and now, watch what takes it.
88  The—the four stages of his rider has been revealed. The four stages of the antichrist riding has been revealed at this time; therefore, they don't have to have any more. And there was four living creatures of God to announce the rider as they rode. Four beasts are four powers. Now, we know that "beast," by interpretation of the terms of the Bible symbols, means "power." Now, let's get that close. The four are beasts in the Bible represent a power among the people. Now, if we find out… Like in Daniel when he saw a certain nation rise up, it would be maybe a bear holding a rib in his side: symbol. Then he seen another power raise up, a goat; it represented something. Then he seen another power raise up, and—and it was a leopard with so many heads; it represented a certain Kingdom. Then he saw another one rise up—a great lion with teeth and—and stomped the residue; that represented a different power altogether. One was a—a Kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar, and another type of a dream. Daniel saw a vision. Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a dream, but Daniel interpreted his dream, and it was correctly with the vision. Amen. Whew.
91  Oh, if you just know what happened. What happened before we left here? You understand? Why, six straight dreams come exactly with the vision. Amen. See? A dream interpreted is a vision, because a person not maybe being born with the subconscious to stay—be awake when he sees it, then God—ducks over in his subconscious and speaks to him—which He promised that in dreams in the last days He would visit people and also in visions. See? Now, a vision is when you are wide awake (standing right like this), and certain things are revealed, and you stand and tell them just right about it—see what happened and what's going to be and so forth. But now, a dream is when you are asleep, and your five senses are inactive, and in—in—you're in your subconscious. You're somewhere, because when you come back, you remember where you been, remember it all your life. See, so it's your subconscious. Then in order. See?
94  As Congressman Upshaw used to say, "You can't be something that you hain't," and that's just about right. See? And then if you're born a seer, now (You see?), to do that those both consciouses has to be right together—not one here with five senses active, and the other one out here when you're asleep with the five senses are not active. But you see, when both of them—you're born—right together, you don't go to sleep. You just go from one to the other one like that—you don't go to sleep. There's not enough room to go to sleep, and you can't make yourself that way. So gifts and callings are predestinated of God. They are—they are God's gifts and callings, even without repentance, the Bible said. See? They were ordained before the foundation of the world. See?
97  Now, now, we find out that the beast of Daniel, it meant that it was a power raising up amongst the people. Or in—in John's visions here also shows that it was powers—nations raising up. Like the United States appears in Revelations 13 as a lamb. And then, if you want to know a different… You say, "Well, that—that's talking about national power." It also represents holy power too: a beast. Did you know that? Notice, Rebekah, when—a—when the—the servant of Abraham, Eliezer, when he came to get Rebekah, she—he mounted her up on a camel, the very camel she watered. And she rode this camel to meet her unseen bridegroom. The very thing she watered was the thing that took her to her future home and husband.
100  And it's the same thing today. See? The very thing that the Church is watering, that is the Seed, the Seed of the Word; it's the very Word that becomes alive and carries us to our unseen Bridegroom. See? The… See? And look how perfectly. Isaac had left the home and was out in the field away from his home when Rebekah saw him; and the Church meets Christ in the air, and then He takes Her back into the home—Father's home where the mansions are prepared. Isaac took Rebekah the same way. And notice, it was love at the first sight. Yes. Oh, my, she just run to meet him! And that's the way the Church will meet Christ in the air and forever be with Him.
105  Now, terms of the Bible. These beasts are power. Notice. I want… Now, I want you to notice the devil had his four changing colored beasts to go forth on. He had his four beasts; that was all three of them put into the color of one and made that one a—a pale horse—a white horse, red horse, black horse. And we seen each one of those was a stage of his ministry—a stage of the early church that had formed into a denomination at Nicaea—the original Pentecostal church upon whom the Holy Ghost was poured out, coming down, took up an antichrist spirit, formed an organization, gave birth to some daughters of organization, changing his power three times, and put them in one, and made a pale horse, and then given a name called Death, and rode him into eternity. Just as plain as it can be. Oh.
107  Now, notice, he's given this—this horse, and he's riding it. God—God has also as every time… Now, watch. When the antichrist appeared first, what did he appear in? White horse (See?), why, innocent as he could be, just a doctrine in the church. They wanted fellowship. Your fellowship's with Christ; but they wanted a fellowship. They just couldn't stand it. They wanted to get… well, you know like little cliques will rise up in the church. You—you know it, you pastors. See? They… Like they say, "Birds of a feather…" But if we're borned again brethren, now that—that's not the attitude to take. You see? No.
109  Now, we—we—we… If we see something wrong in our brethren, let us just pray and keep it before God and love that man till we bring him right into the Presence of God. That's the way, really the way to do it. You know Jesus said… There will be weeds in there, because Jesus said there would be, but don't pull them up. You'll take the wheat with it. See? Just let them alone. He will do… Let Him do the segregating when the time comes. See? Let it all grow together.
111  Notice, as the beast went out, the antichrist went out on a beast, his power. Oh, I love this. I just begin to feel religious right now (See?), maybe the stimulation. Notice, when the antichrist… Oh, see… Them—them revelations in the presence of that Ball of Fire hanging there in the room, till… Oh, brother. Although I've seen It since a child, it… every time It comes near me, It alarms me. He almost puts me in an unconscious condition. You never get used to It. You can't: It's too sacred.
113  Notice, as the antichrist went forth on his beast of ministry there, God sent forth a beast to combat it. See? Now, watch. Then every time the beast rode on his horse (the antichrist rode on his horse, on his beast) to announce his ministry, God sent His beast also, in his own mask to announce His combat to it. Now, the Scripture says, "When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of God raises a standard against it. And so when the enemy went out as an antichrist, God sent a certain type of power out to meet him. And then when they—he went out again as a red horse rider—another color, another power, another ministry—God sent another one after him to combat it, to hold His Church. Sent the third one, again God sent His third beast to come and announce it. He sent the fourth one. God sent His fourth one, and then the antichrist end, and the church ages ended too at that time. Watch. Now, oh, I… This is really good.
119  Now, we see that the devil changing four—a—four beasts meant what power they was revealed to the—what power he revealed to the world and how they ended on this pale death horse. Now, let's look at God's powers of these beasts to combat them. The first beast of God that He went out to meet the antichrist with, the antichrist spirit when it said it's just his teaching. Now, remember, when the antichrist first rode, he was in a teaching ministry. The antichrist rode first in a teaching ministry