The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

Chapter 10: The Seventh Seal 63-0324E (Continued)

Day 115

110  Notice, now see how they had to blind… Do you see how they had—Jesus—or God had to blind the Jews to keep them from recognizing Jesus? If they knew, if they only knew that that was—seeing the sign that He did, if they'd been in their right stage like they was back under the law when God commanded them about a prophet, and they'd seen Jesus did that, they'd of said, "This is the Messiah." Why was it?
111  Those in that age who had their names written on the Lamb's Book of Life, His apostles and so forth, they seen it and recognized it. Why didn't the rest of them? See? They were blinded. They couldn't see it; they don't see it yet. And they won't see it until she's born as a nation at one time. That's… The Word can't fail. Remember, the Word can't fail. Don't care how many sensations you have, and what all takes place, yet that Word cannot fail: going to be exactly the way God said it was. See?
114  Now, we realize that these things must happen. And that's the reason they didn't recognize Jesus when He perfectly identified Himself to be the prophet. Even the little—little old Samaritan woman standing out there at the well… He'd never been in Samaria. He just went up and said He had need to go that way. And He went up there, and there was that little woman. And her in her state, she was in better shape to receive the Gospel than those religious priests and things of that day. She done it. Yeah. Now, see, but in the face of all their rejection, yet one of their most noble men admitted that they knew He was a teacher sent from God.
117  I was talking to a—one of the finest doctors there is in the southern states, in his office not long ago, a very fine specialist in Louisville, a real gallant man. And I said to him; I said, "Doctor, I want to ask you a question." He said, "All right." I said, "I noticed your medical sign, the staff, you got a serpent wrapped around a pole. What does that stand for?" He said, "I don't know." And I said, "It stands for this: It was a symbol of Divine healing where Moses lifted up the brass serpent in the wilderness (See?), which was only a symbol, only a symbol of the true Christ." Now, today, medicine is a symbol of Divine healing. And though many of them don't believe it (real good doctors do believe it), but some of them don't believe it, but their very emblem that they hold up testifies to the power of Almighty God whether they want to believe it or not. That's right. There's a brass serpent hanging on a pole on the medical emblem.
121  Now, notice these Jews. Now, the scales of blindness was on these people's eyes. They—they couldn't help it. It was there, and God put it there. And they are on there until the age that they are promised this coming prophets… You can send missionaries; you can do whatever you want to; Israel will never be converted until these prophets come on the scene, and that will be after the rapture of the Gentile Church. No more than the ox age could receive a lion's call—for God has said in His Word that an ox spirit went out; and in the reformer's age, a man went out. See? You get… That's the only thing they could receive. That's… And in there now, they are blinded. That's just all there is to it. Now, notice, but the age is coming when the Gentiles will be done with. There was a tree, and the roots was Jewish, and it was cut off, and the Gentile was grafted in the wild olive tree, and it's bringing forth its fruit. Now, when that Gentile Bride is cut off (that Bride tree I talked about) and is taken up in the Presence of God, God will wipe off them unbelieving Gentiles over here to the side, the sleeping virgin, and graft again. He promised to do it. And until that time, you just have to know where… If you know where you're going, well, all right. If you don't know, why, you're stumbling in darkness.
126  Now, that's when the Jews will be converted, during that age. Now… Like the church age. Under the power of the anointed promise, they will receive Christ; but now, not while the Gentiles are in. Now, we can see what kind of a message that these two prophets of Revelation the 11th chapter will preach. Now, you clearly can see exactly what they're going to do. For the remnant, or the hundred and forty-four thousand predestinated, receives the Seal of God.
127  Let's just read. Now, listen real close now. Now, I want you to read with me if you can because I'm going to refer back to this just in a little bit: 7th chapter, now this is between the Sixth and Seventh Seal. … after these things… (After these things, these Seals, this Sixth Seal was let loose, and that's the tribulation period. Everybody understand that now? Sixth Seal was let loose, and the tribulation was on. After this, watch.)… after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that… it should not blow upon the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. (four angels) And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the sea—the earth—the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the tree, until we have sealed the servants… (Not the Bride, servants, not the sons, servants. Israel has always been God's servant. The church is sons. See? By birth. Israel is His servant. Watch, every place it's always… Abraham was His servant. We're not servants; we're children, sons and daughters. Yeah.)… of the—of our God in their foreheads. (Now, watch, our God in their forehead.) And I heard the number of them that were sealed:… (Now, I want you to listen close to the reading of them.)… and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
132  He perfectly names them. Now, if there happens to be a British Israel discerner setting here, listen how this takes the wind out of it. See? Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand… (called the tribe)… Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad… twelve thousand. (Watch your—watch your tribe now.) And of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand… the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand… the tribe of Manasses… twelve thousand. And the tribe of Simeon… sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar… twelve thousand. (Issachar, I guess, you pronounce that)… twelve thousand. … the tribe of Zabulon… twelve thousand. And the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of all the—of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
134  Now, there's twelve tribes, twelve thousand out of a tribe. Twelve times twelve is what? Hundred and forty-four thousand. Now, watch, them were all of the tribes of Israel. Now, watch. After this, now here comes another group. Now, the Bride's gone. We know that; but watch this group come up. After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations,… kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which setteth upon a throne, and to the Lamb. And all the nations… stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessings,… glory,… wisdom,… thanksgiving,… honour,… power,… might, be to our God for ever and ever. Amen. And one of the elders… (Now, he's before the elders here, as we've seen him all through the seals.)… And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these…
137  Now, John, being a Jew, recognized his own people. He seen them in tribal form. Is that right? He recognized and called each one of the tribes. But now, when he sees these, the—he's kind of puzzled. And the elder knows it, so he says, … Who are these… what… which are arrayed in white robes? and whence cometh they? (John answering now) And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest… (John didn't know them. See? All kindreds, tongues, and nations.)… And he said unto me, These are—he said unto me, These are they which came out of great tribulation… (in other words, the great tribulation)… and have washed their robes,… made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and they—he that set upon the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither shall they thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them—sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of water: and God shall wipe all tears from their eyes.
141  Now, we open the—get to the Seal. Did you notice, they were… First we start now, Israel, and then we see the purged church, not the Bride, the purged church by tribulation (See, see?) coming up here, great number of real sincere hearts that come up out of—of the great tribulation. Not the Church, it's gone on—the Bride. There's the church. Now, we find out over a little later, Jesus said that the throne would set and how the—they'd stand in the judgment, each one. Now, we find now that these people were sealed with the Seal of the living God (Is that right?), these Jews. What is the Seal of the living God? Now, I'm not calling any—hurt any feelings, I'm just saying it. See? Do you know that reading after many of scholars who write on this, claim that this group here, Blood-washed, are actually the Bride? Did you know that many scholars also claim that the hundred and forty-four thousand is the Bride? What a… There's something got to fit out here wrong—in here right, 'cause there's something wrong now.
147  Notice, our Adventist brethren say that the Seal of God is keeping the Sabbath Day (you know that); but I want one speck of Scripture on it and show that Sabbath—or keeping the Sabbath day is the Seal of God. See, it's just a—somebody drawed that idea. But if you'll read Ephesians 4:30, it says, "Grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed until the day you—of your redemption." Yes, sir. When the mediator work is done, and you are come… Christ comes to redeem His own… You're sealed, not until the next revival. When you're once sealed with the Holy Ghost, it's a finished work that God has received you, and there's no getting away from it. You say, "Well, I had it and I went away." No, you didn't have it. God says it goes on to the day of redemption. Now (Uh-huh.), you just argue with Him then we'll see…?… "Till the day of your redemption…"