The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

Chapter 8: The Sixth Seal 63-0323 (Continued)

Day 91


257  Notice. But you see the sheep call… "My sheep hear My voice." Why? What is a voice? I want to tell you what a voice is. A voice is a—is a spiritual sign. He said to Moses, "If they won't hear the voice of the first sign, they will hear the voice of the second sign. My sheep hear My voice." When these things are supposed to be taking place in the last days, sheep of God recognize that. See, see? They—they recognize it. "My sheep know Me"; (See?) "stranger they won't follow." They won't follow them strangers. It's got to be a vindicated sign for the day, and they see it.
260  Now, now, notice. Now, Jacob, as he come up now, the first thing you know, he got a longing to go where? Back to the homeland. Oh, that's exactly what Israel done. That's—that's—that's Israel. Jacob is Israel. He just had his name changed, you know. See? And he's—he got out there, and he got all the money he had and he could get, and took it any way he could from his kinsfolks or anybody else. So cheating, and stealing, lying—any way he could get it, he got it. See? He did. And then when he starts back to home, he got to get a homesick feeling in his heart. But as he started back, on his road going back he met God. Then his name was changed. See? But in this time he was so wearied, because he was afraid Esau was coming after him. See? And He and w—watch—watch the money—the money proposition. Just like the Jew will try making this covenant with—with Rome (See?), and their money proposition.
264  Notice it. Then Esau didn't need his money; neither does Rome; she's got the wealth of the world in her hands. See? But it didn't work. But we find out now that Israel in that time of trouble, when he was Jacob, he wrestled with the—that… He got a hold of Something that was real. There was a Man come down. Jacob got his arms around Him, and he stayed there. And the—the Fellow said, "I must be going now. It's coming daylight." Oh, that breaking of the day… See? "It's fixing to come day." But Jacob said, "I'm not going to leave You. You—You can't go. I'm going to stay right with You. I want things changed here." That's that hundred and forty-four thousand, that money-scheming bunch and things like that. When they see the true genuine thing to get a hold of, there stands Moses, and there stands Elijah. Amen. They'll wrestle with God until one hundred and forty-four thousand of the tribes of Israel are called out right there. That's just before the tribulation period. See? Oh, how wonderful. Also Jacob's trouble. Here is when the hundred and forty-four thousand is called out. They, the—the preachers, them two prophets, they preach like John the Baptist, "The Kingdom of heaven is at hand. Repent, Israel." Repent what? Repent from your sins and your unbelief, and turn back to God.
270  Now, let us remember something here. These great happenings to nature, has happened before, in this 12th verse here. See? The sun became as black as sackcloth of hair. Now, compare this… Now, remember, that does not happen in the Gentile. It's Israel. Let me show you. Now, remember, I said it's calling out the hundred and forty-four thousand. See? This time now it's when the—the tribulation which is to do it. And this is telling what happens in this tribulation.
272  Now, let's turn to Exodus 10:21-23, and watch here, when Exodus is when, 'course Israel was coming out—going to be taken out: Exodus the 10th chapter and the 21st-23rd verse. I'm so excited and shouting when I write these notes down that sometimes I might get them mixed up. All right, Exodus 10:21-23. All right, here we go—21 and 23. And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand towards heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. And Moses stretched forth his hand towards heaven; and there came a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: (See?) Now, they saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but… the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
273  Notice, just exactly like come over there: "And the sun became as black as sackcloth…" See? Same thing, these happenings of nature. What was it? What, when nature happens like this, has been? God calling Israel. (See?) God's calling out Israel. Now, "sun as black as hair…" Now, God was about to deliver Israel there (All right.), bring them out of their enemy's hand, which was Egypt at that time. Now, here He is bringing them out of the Roman hands, where they'd made their covenant. Same thing happens. That's the plagues. The—the time that this plague will call, they'll plague this group of Gentiles. If we had time, I could show what's going to happen to that Gentile church. The Bible said that the—the dragon, Satan, was wroth (That's angry.) with the woman (the Jew, Israel); and he spurted water from his mouth (thickness and multitudes of people) that went to make war with the remnant of the woman's seed (Revelations 13). Now, see there? We have that. And that's when Israel sends her, I mean, Rome sends her army after the remnant, the remnant of the woman's seed.
276  Now, watch. The first time their enemy's hands, when He's delivered them out, the sun turned to sack—black as sackcloth. Now, this is the second time, the end of the tribulation period. Now, in Daniel 12, if we had time, we could read it. In Daniel the 12th—the 12th verse—12th chapter, rather, Daniel said, "Every one that was found written in the Book would be delivered." Now, remember, Daniel is now speaking of this period, when these—this thing is supposed to happen, when Israel is to be delivered, when the—the end of the seventieth week… And that's when they're supposed to be delivered. Now, look. Let's… We get to Daniel 12 here just a minute. And at that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince which stood for the children—for—for the children of thy people:… (See? That's Jews.)… and there shall be a… trouble, such… never was since there was a nation even to that same time:… Now, compare that exactly with what Jesus said, Matthew 24. There shall be a time of trouble that's never been since there was a nation. Look at the Sixth Seal. See? The same thing, a time of trouble. Notice. … since there was a nation even to the same time: and at that time thy people… (Now, in this seven—last part of the seventh year.)… thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. (The predestinated, you see, that's written in the Lamb's Book of Life shall be delivered at that time.) And many of those that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, and some to everlasting life, and some to everlasting shame and… contemptment. (Now) And then shall the wise… shine as the brightness of the firmament; and—and they that turn many to righteousness shall shine as the stars for ever and ever.
280  That, and when He had told Daniel to shut up the Book, for he'd be resting in his lot until that time. Now, see, it don't make any difference whether you live or die; you come forth anyhow. See? Don't… that… Dying isn't nothing to a Christian. He don't die anyhow. See? Now, Daniel 12 said that everyone that was found written in the Book would be delivered. Here God is about to deliver His second son, Israel, after the tribulation. See, the second time Israel is… Israel is His son; you know that. Israel is God's son. So He's going to deliver him here in the tribulation period just exactly the way He did down in Egypt.
284  Now, let's stop here again and—and get something else, so 'fore we bring it into home. Now, watch here these two prophets, look what they're going to do now: just like Moses and them did down there. "And there was given me a reed, and…" (The 3rd verse of the 11th chapter.) And I will give power unto my two witnesses, that they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees,… (You remember that Zerubbabel and so forth and was to rebuild the temple)… and the two candlesticks that stand before the God of the earth. … if any man… hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth,… (You remember, out of the mouth of Christ come the sword, Word)… devour their enemies: and if any man shall hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
287  Now, we know the fire in the 19th chapter, of the coming of Christ, proceeded His Sword from His mouth, which was the Word (Is that right?), the Word. Oh, if you'll get this material now for that Seal tomorrow night… See? The Word is the thing that God slays His enemy by. See? Now, look here. When these prophets are prophesying, they're, they… If any man mistreats them, harms them, fire proceeds from their mouth, Holy Ghost Fire, the Word. The Word is God. Word is Fire. Word is the Spirit (See?), proceeds from their mouth.
289  Look at Moses. Let's see what come from his mouth. They… Israel got to—way they were doing there, and the—the… I mean Egypt. They were mistreating these Jews. Moses… They wouldn't let them go; Pharaoh wouldn't. God put the words in Moses' mouth. See, it's God's thoughts going into Moses' heart; he goes over now to express it, then it becomes the Word. Stretched his hand forth, said, "Let there be flies." and here come flies. Look here. And if any man hurts them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth and devour their enemy:… See? There it is. They can speak what they want to, and there it happens. Amen. And if any man… hurt them, they must in this manner be killed. Brother, God rides on the scene here. They have power to—power to shut the heavens that it rain not in the days of their prophecy:… Elijah, he knows how to do it; he's done it before. Amen. Moses knows how to do it. He's done it before. That's the reason they was kept back. Now… Amen.
293  I could say something awful good right here, but I guess I'll hold it till tomorrow night. See? All right. … and have power over the waters to turn them to blood and to smite the earth with plagues as oft as they will. What is it? What can bring these things but the Word? They can do nature any way they want to. Here it is. They're the one who brings on this Sixth Seal. They uncover and open it up. It's the power of God to interrupt nature. See, the Sixth Seal, is completely an interruption of nature. Do you get it now? There's your Seal. Who does it? It's the prophets the other side of the rapture. With the power of God, the Word of God, they just condemn nature. They can send earthquakes, turn the moon into blood, the sun can go down or anything at their command. Amen.