The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

Chapter 9: Questions And Answers On The Seals 63-0324M (Continued)

Day 105

238  They was expecting God to take the crank and turn it on, bring the corridor down, say, "Come on down, you great forerunner of—of My Messiah." And then as soon as he's gone, they pull it back up. And his ministry's over, they crank it down again and put it right down here beside the seminary, and say, "All right, My beloved Son, walk down and tell them." See? Oh, my. Look, when He come by. Whatever happened? Here come a man that knowed none of their schools, didn't even have a fellowship card, oh, didn't have no credentials. No. Nobody ever knowed He ever went to school a day in His life. You couldn't even tell it by His talking. He didn't even talk in terms of—of ecclesiastics. He talked about serpents, axes, and wilderness, and—and things like that (See?), trees. He talked not in the terms of the ecclesiastical set of the day or this day or any other day.
240  He come sassafras, as we call it here in Indiana. He come out of the bushes somewhere, didn't even have a shave, had hair standing out on his head. I don't imagine he taken a bath once every two or three months. Right. He never wore pajamas at night. He never rode in an automobile. He never brushed his teeth. Oh, my. What a guy this was. Certainly not. Here he come stomping down through the wilderness like that, said, "I'm the voice of one crying in the wilderness. Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight His path…?…" Some of the teachers stood and said, "Huh. Say, fellow, have you got your… We can't cooperate with you in this campaign. Here, we can't do this. Well, where's your—where's your card; where's your identification?"
243  He just ignored them. He had a message, so he just went on with it (See?), preaching just the same. They said, "Aw, wait. Well, if we go down there, we'll take the bishop down today and see what he says about it. We'll go down there. If we know… That's the heads the church, and we know that he will have to recognize that. If he's of God, he will recognize our bishop." Put them all down in a row and set them out there, the dignitaries… He said, "You generation of vipers. You snakes in the grass (collars turned around, and holy fathers, and so forth, huh), who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? You know your hour's at hand. Don't you think that… You say, 'Well, we belongs to this, that, other.' I tell you, the God that I serve is able to rise children to Abraham out of these stones." Oh, my. Now, he's going to take up his vice versa from ecclesiastical speech. "I say the axe is laid to the root of the tree. Therefore every tree that don't bring forth good fruits is hewed down and cast into the fire. Lo, I indeed will baptize you with water unto repentance, but He's coming after me. The moon will be turned into blood and…" Oh, my. "He will thoroughly purge His floors. He will take the—the chaff and will burn it with unquenchable fire, and He will take the wheat to the garner. He will separate the weeds and the wheat." Oh, my, what a message. They said, "This guy? Huh. What'd he say? What—what—what time it was? Oh, ignorance. We've got the man right up there, Brother Jones; he's the guy will do that if there's anybody in this day, he will do it. See? Bishop So-and-so will do it, Holy Father So-and-so." Oh, my. See? God in simplicity (See?), working in simplicity…
248  Then, first thing you know, he's standing there one day, and he said, "Yes, He's standing in your midst." He was so sure he was that runner. He knowed who he was. That's the reason he could shake the hide off them. He said, "Now, don't tremble, but just go ahead and continue on. You soldiers, you obey your masters, and if you've done any evil, you take that…" "What shall we do? Shall we quit doing this? Shall we stop doing this?" He said, "Just go on like you are. Continue on. Continue on; go ahead. If you're raising potatoes, raise them. See? You soldiers don't do no violence, and—and you do this, and whatever it be, so just continue on as you are. Obey your masters and so forth." "Rabbi, what should we do?" "Just continue on as you are (See?), but there's One in your midst that you don't know." He knowed that the hour of his message, he knowed he was to introduce that Person. He knowed He was there. "One in your midst; you don't see Him. Things are going on you know nothing about." And so then… "There's—there's something going to happen," he says, you see, "and He will be here and I'll know Him."
252  And finally one day he said, "Behold, there He is. There's the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world." Said, "My time's up now. I've introduced you to Him. I must decrease now; I must go off the scene. He will take over from here. The Millennium will be on right away. (See?) The—the time is at hand." Then when He come, when He was… John said, "He's going to… Oh, He's going to shuck the hide off. He's going—He's going to separate the wheat from the—from the chaff, and He's going to burn it up. He's going to thoroughly purge His floors, and His fan is in His hand." But what was He? Little bitty…
254  Now, they had all drawed up (oh man.) He will have a spear that'll reach a mile long. He will stand back over here in Palestine, just stand up there in His—on one of these white clouds, and pick up all these Romans, like this, and cast them into hell, just keep on doing like that (See?), till He gets them all over. Why, they had that all fixed up. And what it was—a little Lamb come moving out among them, meek and gentle, pushed around this way and that way.
255  Even John said… Now, look at John the prophet; he said, "Go ask Him, is actually He the One?" So humble till that prophet missed it… Said, "Is He the One, or do we seek for another?" Now, he never give Him a book for them disciples in—in Matthew 11, come and asked him when John's disciples… John was in prison, so he'd been all so scrupled up till he—till I believe as Pember said, "His—his eagle eye got filmed over down there." You see? He couldn't… He—he done come down to the earth; he'd been up in the air. But when his prophecy was over, he dropped back down to the ground again. See? 'Cause put him in prison. You see? He didn't have no use for them big wings any more, so he just laid down there; but he flew higher than any of the rest of them. Let me show you something. God used him.
257  And Jesus knew (You see?), 'cause that was the—that was the incarnate God there. See? He was… So He—He said there… He said… Now, He never give him a book on how to behave himself in jail. He said, "Now, wait a minute. I'll write a little essay here, and you take back and tell John how to behave himself when he's in jail for My sake." See? No, He never said that. He didn't say, "Go, tell John that he ought to have got his Ph.D. degree before he come out in his…" See? If he would, he'd been with the rest of them; he would've been a rejecter. John was honest and asked a question. And He said, "Just wait till the meeting is over, and then go show John what happened, then he will know. If you tell him what's going on, then he will know. (See, see?) Just go let him… Tell him—tell him it's… He's in prison and couldn't be here, but—but you set in the meeting and you seen what happened. You go tell him."
260  So then, the disciple said, "Very well, Master," and over the hill they went. Jesus, setting on this rock, just watching them till they crossed over, and went up over the hill. He turned around to the congregation and said, "Who—who'd you go out to see in the time of John?" Said, "What went ye out to see? Did you go out to see a man that's got his collar turned around in soft clothes and highly polished and educated? Is that the kind of man you went out to see?" Said, "No." "You know what them kind are? They kiss the babies, and you know, and work in kings palaces. They… That's—that's not the type John was." Well, said, "then what did you go, to see a man that's been given a ministry and will hook it right into an organization or something like that, shaken with every… Then if the—if the Oneness don't want him, he will go over to the Trinity, and if the Trinity don't want him, he will go to the Church of God, anywhere. Is that the kind of man you went to see, shaken with any reed?" Oh, no, not John. He said, "Then what did you go to see? a prophet?" He said, "And I say that's right, but I'm going to tell you something that you don't know; he was more than a prophet. He was more… If you can receive it, this is who that was written of in the Bible (See?), back there in the Scripture: 'I'll send My messenger before My face (Malachi 3 See?), and he will prepare the way before Me.'" See, and they didn't understand it. Even the disciples didn't get it. See? That's right. Oh, my. Simplicity, be humble. See? Go right down, when God promises something big (See?), it is big in His sight.
265  Now, if you want to always keep this in mind… I want you to… You keep this in mind and when this happens, then you can change it. You reach down and pick up one of these little spring flowers that's coming this year, or get a common blade of grass and hold it in your hand, and say, "I'm going to hold this now and see that something so simple has made this, and I want to see the brain that can send a rocket to the moon, make this blade of grass." You'll always have it. You can rest assure on that; you'll always have it. (See?) The blade of grass has life in it. See? It's so simple and humble… You see, if a man is a big man, all right; but if he's big enough that he can become simple (See?), he will find God. But if he don't become simple, he will never see Him. So you got to become simple. Now, verse…
267  23. In Revelations verse 5 to 9, who are these found sing—singing when the Lamb takes the Book out of the—out of the… takes the book… Are—Oh, are these the raptured saints? No, Revelations 6… 5 and 9, rather, no. If you notice, these are not the saints. He has never claimed His property yet. See? This is not the saints. If you notice, they're the elders and the beast, and they sing.
268  Let's read it so that person… And then I'm going to try… I've got about half a dozen more here, and I think I can get them in few minutes. Let's see. Revelations 5:9. Now, let's read just a little bit before, so… The person now is honest about this and they want to know. Watch. And when he had taken the—taken the book, the four beasts and the four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps,… golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sang a new song… (See, see?)…, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open it. See? Thou has redeemed us and made us priests and kings; that's the heavenly group, not yet the redeemed. All right. Now.