The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 117


192  Notice, we know even every tribe—that is, tribal chronology or whatever you want to call it, or geology or… The tribal positions are not no more together. They're scattered everywhere. The Jews that are gathering into Jerusalem is not… They don't even know their tribes. They haven't got any more tribal banners or anything. All they know then that they're Jews. They were prophesied to be that way the world over. Now, their books has been destroyed. They don't know… They say, "What tribe are you from?" "I don't know." "What tribe…" "I don't know." One from Benjamin, one from this, and one from that. They don't know where they're from. Their books has been destroyed through the wars, and for twenty-five hundred years… Only thing they know, they're Jews. That's all. So they know they're back in their homeland. They yet… Notice, though they don't know their tribes, but God does. I just love that. You know, He even said that every hair on your head's numbered. Hm. Notice, He loses nothing. "I'll raise it up again at the last day." Though they have lost their—their—their tribal banners and their—who which one is, and whether they're this or that… They don't know whether they're from Benjamin, or whether they're from Reuben, or—or Issachar, or where they're from. But anyhow, God calls them here.
197  Now, notice in Revelation 7 we read this: twelve thousand of each tribe. Of the elected out of all of it, there's twelve thousand out of each tribe that's elected and are set right here in order. Oh, my. What are they? They're in tribal order. Yet they are not now, but they will be. They're in tribal order. What will be in tribal order? Not the regular Jew; no, but the ones that's the elected, the hundred and forty-four thousand will be set in tribal order. Oh, my. How I would like to show you. We won't go into it, but that's exactly what the Church has to be: right in order.
199  Now, I want you to watch real close and read with me for a minute. Now, here's something that maybe you never noticed in the—the tribal calling. I told you awhile ago to read Revelations 7. Read with me and watch those tribes. In Revelations 7 Dan and Ephraim is missing and not numbered with them. Did you notice that? Joseph and Levi was substituted in their place. You notice that? Dan and Ephraim is not there. No, sir. But Joseph and Levi was substituted in the place of—of—of Dan and Ephraim. Why? They—the ever remembering God remembers every promise of His Word. (Oh, I'd like to preach on that. See?) God don't forget nothing, though it looks like. Like He told Moses, Israel had been down there four hundred years, they had to go up that time. He told Abraham that his seed would be sojourning in a strange land for four hundred years, then He'd bring them out with a mighty hand. But then He said to Moses, "I have remembered My promise, and I've come down to make good what I said." God doesn't forget. He doesn't forget His curses, neither does He forget His blessings. But every promise that He made, He stays with it. Here's why they were missing.
203  Now, if you watch. Now, read… I want you to read with me now. Go over to Deuteronomy the 20—the 29th verse, the—the 29th chapter, rather. There is a reason for these tribes not being there. Everything has got a reason for it. Deuteronomy, we want to take the—the 29th chapter of—of Deuteronomy. Now, the Lord so help us that we can understand now. Now, we want to start in Deuteronomy the 29th chapter at the 16th verse. Now, listen, Moses speaking. For you know how we have dwelt in the land of Egypt; and how we came through the nations which we passed by; And ye have seen the abominations, and their idols, wood… stone, silver… gold, which were among them:… (Everyone carried a little something or other—a little statue of Saint Cecilia. You know, something like that. See?) Lest therefore… (Listen.)… Lest there should be among you a man,… woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood; And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he—that he bless himself in his heart, and say, I… have peace, though I walk in the imagination of my own heart,…
205  See, people say, "Aw, he blesses himself." You know, make a little cross or something like they do now (You see?), same thing. See? And… You see, it's a heathen trait (See?), it's a—the heathens. "He blesses himself in his own heart, in his own imagination, in his own mind. … to add drunkenness to thirst… (Just drink, say, "That don't make any difference; as long as you go to church, you're all right. Then…) The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD… his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and of all the curses that are written in this book… (Don't take one word from It or add one to It. See?)… shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot his—blot out his name from under the heaven… (That's while he's here on earth. See?)… under the heaven. And the LORD shall separate unto him evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curse of the covenant that's written in this book of the law:
208  Therefore, if any man will serve an idol or keep an idol on him, or bless himself in his own imagination of his mind and serve idols, God said, "Man, woman, family, or tribe, his name will be completely blotted out from amongst the people." Now, is that right? How true. Idolatry did the same thing in the church years ago and does today. And now, notice. Watch how the antichrist tried to make an anti-move. How many knows that the devil type—type—types and patterns after—after God's things? What is—what is sin? Is right thing perverted. What is a lie? Is a truth misrepresented. What is adultery? It's a right act, legal act, done wrong. See?
211  Now, in trying to do this, blot out a name, did you notice in the church age, the same beast that serves the images of dead people and so forth, tried to blot out the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and give titles as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Same thing with that curse behind it like that. Dan and Ephraim did just that under a hypocrite of a king in Israel, an impostor, Jeroboam. Now, notice, in First Kings the 12th chapter. I know we're… This, to me it—it—it lays a background on what we can depend on, what we see. First Kings, I want to go to the—the 12th chapter, the 25th to the 30th verse. Then Jeroboam… Shechem and the mount of Ephraim, and dwelt there; and went out into…, and built Penuel. And now Jeroboam said unto—in—in his heart,… (See the imagine of his heart?)… Now, shall the Kingdom turn to the house of David: (He was getting scared, you see, 'cause the people might go out.) If this people go up to… sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people be turned again to the lord, even to Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go… unto Rehoboam—Rehoboam king of Judah. Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold your gods, O Israel, which brought thee… out of the land of Egypt. And he set up the one in Beth-el, and the other put he in Dan. And this thing become a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even to Dan.
214  See? Ephraim at Beth-el, and Dan; and they set up idols, and these went out to worship this. And here we are plumb down into the Millennium age almost, and God still remembered that sin. They're not even counted in there. Amen. Glory. Just as sure as He remembers every good promise, He remembers every one evil too. Just remember when… That's the reason I believe, friends; I've always tried to stay with that Word no matter how strange it seems. See, now, they wouldn't think about that there then. They didn't think about it then. They thought, "Well, they got by with it." All right, but here they are over here in this Millennium age setting in, when their names and tribes is blotted out from it, because they served idolatry that God cursed. Didn't He say He hated the Nicolaitanes and that Jezebel? Stay away from it. Didn't He say He'd kill Jezebel's daughters with the killing of death which is eternal separation from His Presence? Don't trust in it at all. Get away from it. So God remembers.
220  Notice. But did you notice there, it was to be blotted out? Why? Under heaven there was no immediate sacrifice that could give him the Holy Spirit to let him see these things, but he did it anyhow in his own selfish mind. But Ezekiel, in his vision in the Millennium, he sees them again in perfect order: Ezekiel, if you want to read it. Just put it down and you can read it to save time: Ezekiel 48:1-7, also read 23 to 29. Ezekiel seen every tribe just exactly in order.
222  All right. And also in Revelation 14, John seen them again in tribal order. That's right. Every tribe to his place. What happened? You remember, he said, "Under the heavens," that his name would be blotted out of the tribal affair. As long as he was under the heavens, there would be no more, and this hundred and forty-four thousand is down here in the tribal part yet. That's right. But you see, they'd been blinded; they had only the sacrifice of bulls and goats. See? Now, notice, He blotted them out under the heavens. But the Gentile in the days of the Holy Spirit, against That your name was taken completely off the Book of Life, and can never have forgiveness in this world or the world to come. Is that right? Now, there's where we stand. Israel under goats, sheep, they—they did have a place, as long as they was on earth here, their tribes was missing. They could never be included.
225  Now, all… When He called them over there, the hundred and forty-four thousand, they were missing. That's right. They're not even numbered in there. And Joseph and Levi is put in the place of Dan and Ephraim. Now, you can look at there; right there it is before you. See? And here's God's promise way back there hundreds and hundreds of years before that. Now, what happened? They were purged during the time of the awful tribulation period. Now, if God's going to purge that's—that virgin that was a good woman, but she just failed to get oil in her lamp, and He's going to purge her through persecution in there, He puts them tribes right in there for the same thing, and purges them during the time of the tribulation period, because it is a purging; it's judgment. But, you see, they, after…