The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 75

122  And watch the one that went to meet him, the Lion, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, which is the Word. When his false teaching went forth, the true Word went to meet him. That's the reason we had an Irenaeus, and a Polycarp, and—and—and those fellows, Saint Martin. When that antichrist was riding with his false teaching, God sent His teaching out, the Word, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, which is the Word made manifest in the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit there to manifest Himself which is the Word… That's the reason the early church had healings and miracles and visions and power, is because it was the living Word in the form of the Lion of the tribe of Juda riding out to combat that. Amen. Now, you got it? He sends his power, antichrist; God sends His, the Word. Antichrist, false teaching: the true teaching went with it to combat it. Now, that was the first one. Now, this was the first church, apostolic, that went to meet him.
125  Now, the second beast that the antichrist sent out was a red beast, which was a—that he rode on—was to take peace from the earth and—and war. Now, the second one that went to combat him was the ox beast. The ox means a labor, a beast of burden. And now, if we could just stop just a minute. Let me get— let… Just so you be sure to see this. That—that's the kind might be a little puzzling to you. But let us get Thyatira over here. Watch and see if it isn't a—a—a—a laboring church. You see? And to the angel of the church of Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes are like the flames of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; I know thy works (See? becoming all works now See, because that's the one who's riding with them) and thy charity, and service (see? it's all just…) and faith, and… patience, and thy works;… (again, twice—thy works) and the last to be more than the first.
129  See, that shows that the Thyatira Age, after the antichrist got settled down and it come into a Thyatira Age, the little church could do nothing but just—just simply labor. And another thing, the ox is a—also is a beast of sacrifice. See, they give their lives just as freely as they could give them. In the Dark Ages, a thousand years, there the Catholicism controlled the world, and they just went right in, "yes" or "no". They didn't mind dying. If it was death, that's all right. They went and died anyhow. Why? The very Spirit of the age…
131  That's the reason them… That's the reason Irenaeus, that's the reason Polycarp, John, Paul, those great mighty men out there combating that thing… Paul saw it. He said, "I know that after my departing, that wolves are going to enter in among you, brethren teaching perverse things; it'll draw you away." Look at that stern little old apostle standing there, his back beat full of stripes, his eyes watering, but he could see farther than their—that scope—claiming that out yonder that they can see a hundred and twenty million light—years of light-space. He could see plumb into eternity. Yes. There he was. And he predicted it and said that's what would take place, and said… Also went on down to the other age to come…
133  Now, notice, there he was. Along after him… Saint John lived the longest. And when Saint John was trying to take all the sacred epistles anointed with the Holy Ghost and put them together and make the Bible, the Roman empire caught him and put him on the Isle of Patmos. He was out there on the Isle of Patmos for the Word of God's sake. Polycarp was helping him translate it. I read the other day the letter that Mary, herself, wrote to Polycarp and upbraiding—not upbraiding him, but commending him for being a gallant man that who could teach and accept the teaching of Jesus Christ of Who was born of her from God. Mary's own note that she had wrote to Polycarp… Polycarp was fed to the lions, you know. No, he was burned. It was too late for them to turn a lion loose in the arena, and so they tore down a bathroom (an old bathhouse there) and put him in the—in the—in the arena and—and burned him.
136  And on his road coming down, he was walking with his head down, and the Roman centurion said, "You are an old man and well respected. Why don't you denounce that thing?" He just kept looking towards heaven, and a voice spoke from somewhere. They couldn't understand where. And said, "Polycarp, don't fear; I'm with you." Why? He was standing by that Word. And when they begin to pile the boards on him to burn him, there was a heavenly music come down, and a—and the anthems from some angelic somewhere singing songs. He never even one time batted an eye to them. That's gallant men; that's men who can stand. The martyrs down through the ages there suffered terribly. But what was they? They were under the inspiration, the Spirit of God, the power. And don't forget this, church, and you brethren on tape, I want you to examine this: How could man do anything else besides the power of God that had been released to them?
140  I'm going to set this box up here to represent that. If God sends a certain Spirit among them, that's the only thing that they can work by, is the Spirit that works among them. Now, we'll prove to you by the history of the church and by the opening of the Seals and the powers that let loose… And watch exactly the church responded to the—the anointing, and they couldn't do nothing else.
141  Now, the first was that lion that roared, that pure unadulterated Word. The second in Thyatira was the ox, and it was a—a burden, a beast of burden (pardon me), and it was also a sacrificial beast. And wasn't that exactly the poor little church of Rome that settled down there to a thousand years of dark ages? And anything that didn't profess to be of the Roman church was put to death immediately; and they had to labor, go from place to place.
143  You Masons, I'll call your attention. You remember the sign of the cross? Now, you—you know what I'm talking about. Now, notice. Now, if you—if you notice that was packing and preserving that Bible. See? And they had to labor among one another. There you are, the ox. And when it come time… We read it last night. See, when the thing went forth, and the sacrifice come, and they had to go, He said, "Don't you hurt the wine and oil." What did they do? They willingly walked up there and died.
145  They didn't care because the Spirit of the church in that day was sacrifice, labor. And they walked up just as freely as they could walk, anointed with the true Spirit of God of that age, and died like heroes of sacrifice, thousands times thousands, sixty-eight million of them on the record: ox, sacrifice. Oh, my. Do you understand it? Okay. All right. Now, the sacrifice, it only could labor in that age to combat the great opposition for that one thousand years.
147  Now, the third beast that went out from the devil was this black horse. See? Now, the third beast that went out, power from God to combat him, to combat the powers of the black horse, was a man, cunning, smart, with the wisdom of God. You know, a man is the—smarter than any of the beasts. See? He's smarter 'cause he can outwit him, mostly. He's cunning, shrewd. See? And he's the… The age from the dark age now, coming out from the dark age down to this other side where this black horse was riding, when they charged for their—their—their sacrifices and everything they done, and money was just… Oh, you know how it was.
150  Now, the next thing went out to combat that was a beast with the face of a man: smart, educated, shrewd, fine, anointed with that Spirit of that day. You notice it? Now, he went to combat him with the cunningness of God's wisdom with him. That was the age of the Reformation: Martin Luther, John Wesley, and so forth. See, it was the Reformation: Zwingli, and a, oh, who all, Knox, Calvin, and who all (See?), went out. It was a cunningness.
151  Now, you watch. Exactly from the dark age, from the Reformation, this a-way, watch; it was the shrewdness of man. (If you drop your windows just a little bit, I believe people getting kinda a little warm, maybe, and there if you'd just pull the windows down just a little bit, 'cause it's… I know if me standing here preaching getting hot, I know you're bound to be out there.) But notice, it was the shrewdness of man. Now, do you understand? That third beast that Satan sent out, he become shrewd too. Watch, "A measure of wheat for a penny, three measures of barley for a penny." See? Oh, my. See? The money-making scheme, the shrewdness to get the gold of the world and the wealth brought into it. That's exactly to fulfill. That's what… Begin to charge for prayers and for—make a place called purgatory; and prayed their ancestors out, and, or you had to will your deeds and everything, your property. The church and it was—state was the same, and the church taken your property over.
154  And a… Don't you see some of these evangelists, this day still have that same anointing on them, making old people give up their pensions, and deeding their homes over to certain things. Why, brother… I don't—I—I don't want to get on that. See? But now… I'll stay right with this. I look back to see where I'm going. Now, notice… Them men, that's up to them. That's up to them. That—that—that don't have one thing to do with me. I'm just responsible for this here.
155  Now, notice, the—the beast come to combat it now, was man. And we all know that this beast of man, this power of man in his intellectuals, recognized that that kosher that Martin Luther had in his hand when he was climbing those steps… They said, "This is the Blood of Jesus Christ. This is the body of Jesus Christ." And Luther throwed it down and said, "It's bread and wine. It's not the body of Christ, 'cause It's been exalted and setting at the right hand of God, making intercessions." See, wisdom (See?), man.