The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 120

347  And I thought, "Lord, the whole…" This has been a mysterious week? The whole thing's been kind of strange—how would people come. See them standing around the outside, in the windows, in the doors, back around the back, everywhere, listening. And as far as a speaker, I'm far from a speaker. I—I got that much intelligence to know that I'm not—that I'm not a speaker; but why would people set and listen like that? Why would they do it? They don't come to hear a person like me, but they're coming because there's something in it drawing a people. That's right. See? There's something in it that's drawing them. As my wife stood here at the platform and sing, when I started… They come from the east and west, They come from the land afar; To feast with the King, to dine as His guests, How blessed these pilgrims are! Beholding His hallowed face, Aglow with light Divine; Blessed partakers of His grace As gems in His crown to shine.
349  May you always bear that in mind: to be a gem in the crown of Jesus Christ. Paul said to the church, "You are—you're the jewels, gems of His crown." We want to be the gems of the crown of Jesus Christ. We don't want never put a man in it. You forget anything about me. I am your brother, a sinner saved by grace, not fit to live; that's exactly the truth; and I ain't saying that to be humble; that's facts. There's nothing in me, not one sound thing at all. But the grace of God has let my poor dimming eyes look beyond the curtain of time and see those things yonder, and I come back…
352  When I was a little boy… I love people; I always wanted somebody to love me and talk to me. Nobody would do it because of the name of the family. Nobody'd talk to me. But when I made my surrender to God, then our people, background being Irish, I thought maybe (they was all Catholic)… maybe that would be it. I went there, and he was some way, and I went down to the First Baptist church, and he was another way. I said, "Lord, there's got to be some way that's true." And something said, "It's the Word."
353  I've held that Word. Look at every vision everywhere. The day I laid that cornerstone yonder, and I put that in there; I wrote on there what He showed me that morning in a vision: "Be instant in season, out of season, rebuke with all long-suffering and doctrine, for the time will come when they'll not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lust shall heap for themselves together teachers having itching ears and be turned away from the truth into fables." And I've seen those two trees that I stood by do that very same thing. That's right. And there we are. And that is true.
355  And now, you won't… Remember, let me exhort you again. Don't say, "Thank you," to anybody at all. Don't say… Thinking some minister or something, some mortal man, there's anything good about him, 'cause there's not; I don't care who he is. There's nothing good to any man. That's right. If there's a whole bunch of trumpets laying here and one of them had to sound out a certain music; it's the man; them trumpets are perfectly mute. It's the fellow that can sound the trumpet, that knows what he's going to do, that picks up a trumpet. The trumpet has nothing to do with it. The sound comes from the intelligence behind it (That's right), so all trumpets are the same; all men are the same; all Christians are the same.
357  There's no great man among us. We're not great men, not great women—we're all brothers and sisters, all the same in the same bracket. We're no great. One don't make one greater than the other one—not a thing at all to do. No, sir. But we're just all human beings. Don't try to interpret the things. Don't try to do anything more than just live a close life, giving praise and honor to Jesus Christ. Everybody understand that now? Amen. Love Him with all your heart. Do you do it? I love Him (And I will) I love Him Because He first loved me, And purchased my salvation On Calvary's tree.
359  Praise God. Does everybody thoroughly understand? Does everybody believe? Remember when I first started: "Who has believed our report? to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?" Has He revealed to you His mercy, His goodness? Amen. Just remember, love Him with all your heart. I'm going back home now; I'll be back here again, the Lord willing, around the first of June. Maybe if the Lord puts it upon my heart, maybe sometime this early summer, like in June or somewhere, maybe early fall, if the Lord tarries, I would like to come back and set another seven nights for the Seven Last Trumpets. Would you like that? Would you… Will you pray for me that God will help me? All right. Until I meet you again, remember this good old song. I love Him, I love Him Because He first loved me, And purchased my salvation On Calvary's tree. Now, I want you to bow your heads. I want to pray for you. Before the pastor dismisses, I want to pray for you.
364  Our heavenly Father, may the people, Lord, understand, which I'm sure that there's some that doesn't. But, Father, may they—they know the objective, and may they understand, Father, that—that it's Your grace to them that these things are revealed. And I want to thank You, Lord, for the knowledge of knowing these things that Thou has revealed to us. And I pray for every one that's here, every one that's attended the meeting. If there be some who does not believe, may, Lord, they become believers. I pray for all that will hear the messages by tape. And if it falls, which it will no doubt, in the homes and places of many unbelievers that will different… But Father, I pray for each one that before they say any blasphemous words, that they might first set down and search the Scriptures by what's been said, and then say to You that they truly are sincere and want to know whether this is truth, or not. And I pray for them, Father.
367  And I pray for these who's stood along these walls, who's stood on the outside, who set in their cars, for little children, and for all that's been in—just all of them, Lord, I pray for them. And I pray that my prayers will be answered, that You'll bless them. First, Lord, give every one Eternal Life. I pray that there'll not be one of them lost, not one. And now, Father, we don't know when this great event will be, but when we see these signs appearing and Scriptural happenings, it warns our heart above measure. And I pray, Father God, that You'll help us. I pray that You'll help our dear pastor, Brother Neville. Make him, Lord, full of grace and full of power and with understanding that he might take this stored food and feed the lambs of God. Lord, I pray that You'll keep sickness away from us. May it come to pass that when people become sick that they'll remember the present and all-sufficient Blood of the Lord Jesus lays on the altar to make an atonement. And I pray that they'll be healed immediately. And I pray that You'll keep the power of Satan away from them to discourage them or to try to make them make cults or… Just keep all the powers of the enemy away, Lord. Sanctify us to Thy Word. Grant it, Lord.
373  Then, Lord, I pray that You'll help me. I—I—I'm beginning to fade away, Lord. I know my days can't be too many more, and I pray that You'll help me. Let me be true, Lord, and honest and sincere that I might be able to bear the message as far as it's ordained for me to bear. And when it comes to the time that I must lay down, when I get down to the river, and the waves begin to come in, O God, may I be able to hand this old Sword over to somebody else that'll be honest with It, Lord, and will pack the truth. Grant it, Lord. Until then, help me to be strong and healthy and courageous. Help my church. Bless us together, Lord. We are Yours. We feel now that Your Spirit is among us. We believe that You will answer our prayers, for we commit ourselves to You with Thy Word for service for the rest of our days upon this earth, in the Name of God's Son, Jesus Christ, our beloved Saviour, for His glory. Amen. I… (God bless you), I love Him (with all my heart) Because He first loved me, God bless you, Brother Neville.
376  [You have just finished hearing the original "Seventh Seal" as it was preached in its entirety on Sunday evening, March 24th, 1963 at the Branham Tabernacle in Jeffersonville Indiana. Brother Branham did not want this original recording released. The next day, Monday, March 25th, 1963, Brother Branham went to the motel room of Brother Fred Sothmann and Brother James Maguire who were at that time in charge of making the tapes. Brother Branham told these brothers, "I don't want this message sent out the way it is." After listening to the tape himself, he instructed the brothers to stop the tape at a certain point, and at that point—(beginning of paragraph number 261)—recorded a new portion of approximately twenty minutes in length—(paragraph 377-415). This new portion was then used in place of the original ending—(paragraph 261-373). This recording was the only released version of the "Seventh Seal" until 1966. After Brother Branham left the scene, the board of the William Branham Evangelistic Association unanimously agreed to release the tape originally recorded at the Tabernacle. Since that time, both versions have been available. We have now placed this additional message of Brother Branham on one tape, with the original "Seventh Seal." The next voice you hear will be Brother Branham in the motel room on Monday, March 25th, 1963—Ed.]
377  Will be a good thing that he doesn't know anything about it, because if he did, then he would impersonate that. That's his tricks in doing things. So therefore, God has made it so hid to the whole world, even to heaven, that there is no way of understanding it, only as God will reveal it Himself. Now, I want you to notice tonight that in the Sixth Seal there was a—a threefold purpose of the Sixth Seal. There was a threefold purpose of the horse riders. There's been a threefold purpose in all these things. That brings us back to a three and a seven again (See?), seven Seals, seven vials, and so forth.
381  Now, in threes and sevens is God's number in His mathematics of revealing His Word. Now, you notice, like in the—the—the riders, now there was three horses went out. One of them was a white one, one was a red one, one was a black one. And then in the fourth horse, why, all of them was mixed together. See, a threefold purpose… Now, God did the same thing. God did the same when He sent out His Lion, which was His Word to combat the antichrist. Then we find out that He sent out the ox during the time of the—the tribulation period (the sacrificial animal); and in this tribulation period, that's all the people could do was just work, slave, and offer themselves for a sacrifice.
384  Then we find out in the next age, which was the reformer's age, God sent out the wisdom of a man—a man-like head on the beast, which was a power that went forth in the reformers. Now, did you notice, every… No wonder that the people of these days still living the hangover, like it was, from the reformer's age, because they just see it in the ecclesiastical way of looking at it, and they see it in the way that their seminaries has taught it; that was God's way at one time, but we've lived a past that.
386  Now, we're into the age of the Eagle, the revelation to be revealed, the whole thing. Now, compare this with Revelations the 10th chapter, verse 1 to 7, and we'll see here in this Revelations—the Revelations here, 10: 1-7, that in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel's message was to finish up all the mysteries of God. Now, we find out also in this that the Sixth Seal now being opened, it was for a threefold purpose. Now, here was the purposes: The first thing was that the sleeping virgins had to go through the tribulation period for purification. She had to be purged of her sins of unbelief and rejecting the message. This she was done in the tribulation period. We see they wind up over here in Revelations 7, between the 6th and 7th chapter here, that she had been purged, and she'd been given her robes.
388  Now, she's not the Bride, but it's the church, the pure people that—that—that didn't have the opportunity, maybe, to receive the message, or in some way that they were blinded by these false prophets, and they—they didn't get a chance, and yet they're really sincere in heart, and God knows their heart, and here they're purged during this time. You notice that another purging time; that's for Israel when she gathers. That's the second fold. God purges Israel in the tribulation period. Out of the millions that'll gather there, there'll be a selected one hundred and forty-four thousand, and they will be purged also. God's purging Israel.
390  Notice, there is a whole earth is to be purged. There will be such a thing that the moon, stars, and all nature will be purged. You see what it is? The earth is renewing herself, being purged, getting ready for the Millennium. The millennium's coming up. And see, everything that's got any filth in it is to be purged during the Sixth Seal. Now, now, do you notice on the opening of this Seventh Seal, it's also in a threefold mystery. This one I have… will speak, and have spoke, that it is the mystery of the seven thunders. The seven thunders in heaven will unfold this mystery. It'll be right at the coming of Christ, because Christ said no one knew when He would return.
392  Did you notice when the Jews asked Him that? You know when we compared the Scripture here with Matthew 24 with the six Seals, the Seventh Seal was left out; because (You see?), Christ said only God Himself knowed, not even the Angels. No wonder, it wasn't even written. You see, they hushed; nothing take place then. Angels don't know it; nobody knows when He's coming. But there'll be a… There'll be seven voices of these thunders that will reveal the great revelation at that time. So I believe, to us who… If we don't know it, and we—we—it won't be knowed till that time, but it will be revealed in that day, in the hour that it's supposed to be revealed in. So the thing for us to do is to be reverent before God and serve Him, and do all that we know how to do, and live good Christian lives. Here now, we find that the Sixth Seal has been opened to us; we see it, and we know that this Seventh Seal cannot be broke to the public until that hour arrives.
394  Now, there was some reason that God let this seven voices be thundered, because it must come (See?), for the… We find that Christ, the Lamb took the—the Book in His hand, and He opened that Seventh Seal. But you see, it's a hidden mystery. No one knows it. But it—it's right along with what He said: no one would know His coming; they also would not know about this seven thunder mystery. So you see, it's connected together. That much we have a understanding of it today, because the rest of it is all unfolded, but this is not unfolded. But setting in my room, and I heard this—or not heard it, rather, but seen it unfold to this seven thunders. Now, that's as far as we can go right there. And now I trust that each and every one of you will serve God, and do that which is right, and love Him all your life and serve Him, and God will take care of the rest.
397  Now, we have in the completion here now, by the grace of God, all the mysteries of the six Seals that's been sealed up, and we understand and know here that the Seventh Seal is not to be known to the public. Now, His coming, and the hour of His coming, when the destruction of the earth… You know, he said there, "What will be the sign of the coming of the end of the world?" In Matthew 24, there where they asked Him that question, He went down to that. He told about Israel being gathered as a nation in the 31st verse of Matthew 24:31. But then He started off on parables. See? Then, you see there, "Learn a parable of the fig tree. When you see it putting forth its buds, why, you know spring's nigh." And then, "When you see this coming to pass, then know the time is nigh."
399  See Israel's gathering in its own homeland. But you notice, He omitted the revelation of this Seventh Seal. And here when the Seventh Seal, when He opened it, He also omitted it again. See? So we see that it is a complete mystery, therefore, the hour is not yet for these mystery to be known, therefore, we're this far and the rest of it will be known right around about the time that Jesus appears on earth again for His Bride, or whatever takes place at that time. Now, until that time, let's just all pray and live good straight Christian lives, looking forward for His coming.
400  And now, if this tape would happen to fall into the hands of some persons somewhere, don't try to make any kind of an "ism" out of it. The only thing you do, you just continue serving God, because this great secret is so great that God wouldn't even let John write it. It thundered out, but He… knowing that… promising us that it would be opened, but to this time, it isn't opened.
401  And now, we are grateful to God for what He has showed us. I've been setting in the room up there for eight days, and the message that I have just got through explaining to you, many of you here will understand, and I promise that there was something going on, spiritual, all the time, that I was sure you were missing it, and here's what it is: It's the absolute a-vindication of this interpretation of the Scriptures being sent of God, because before we even went into it, and I left to go west, the Lord showed me a vision one day about ten o'clock one morning, and I come and explained it here that I had seen it, didn't know what it was; it was a constellation of seven Angels. We'll remember that. You'll get it on the tape, called, "What Time Is It, Sir?" Well now, that is exactly what you're seeing now.
403  The seven Angels… I was in the west. You remember the little bitty messengers; they went east. The second messengers, the doves (little bit larger bird), they went east. And now, I looked… They was with me all the time. That was that first and second pull. Now, the third came from the west sweeping forward with great terrific speed, and they picked me up. That was coming back east with the mystery of these Seven Seals, just like it said in—in Junior Jackson's dream that the Lord let me interpret for him there. On the inside of that pyramid, there was white stone that wasn't written on. That's the reason I had to go west to connect with these Angel's message to come back here to reveal it to the church. You remember, I said, "The next things that happen will be here at the church." That's just exactly.
405  Another thing, I want you to notice what taken place, And if you're listening to the tape of the "What Time Is It, Sir?" you will notice that one Angel was very notable to me. The rest of them just was—seemed ordinarily; but this Angel was a noted Angel. He was to my left in the constellation in a form of a pyramid. And you remember, it was in the pyramid where the mysterious white rock was not written on. And the Angels took me into that pyramid of themselves, the mysteries of God known only to them. And now, they with the messengers that come to interpret that pyramid or that message of the secret of these Seven Seals which lays with inside the pyramid.
407  Now, the Angel was to my left, would really be the last, or seventh Angel, if we would count them from left to right, because he was on my left, me looking to him towards the west, him coming towards the east would be on the left side, so that would be the last angel's message: very notable. You remember how I said he had his—kind of his head back, and his great sharp wings, and how he flew right to me. Now, that is this Seventh Seal. It's still is a notable thing. And we are… We don't know what it is as yet, because it's not permitted to be broken. But now, each one of you in the meeting has noticed that what a meeting it's been. Everybody just seemed to be right on the end of their seat, and everybody standing around here at one and two o'clock in the afternoon waiting for the doors to open to get up here in the front, standing around the walls, cramped limbs, and everything. What is it? It's been the Holy Spirit sending down these messengers, and they have been revealing it to us. And then notice how it's dovetailed with the Word, exactly.
410  And then to let you all know that this is truth, He foretold it about—about two months now, or more, before it ever happened, that when I went west, not knowing it, come back here with the interpretation as He has given it. Now, remember, in the vision, He never told me one thing in the vision when He took me up. I was scared, afraid I was going to die, be killed in an explosion. You see, they could not do it. The interpretation come just as I had need of it; that was in the room. And I gave it out just as He give it. Now, you see, friends, visions doesn't fail; they're always perfect; they're just exactly true. Now, the vision, plus the Word, plus the history, plus the church ages; and all blend together. So I could truly say that to the best of my understanding and according to the Word of God and the vision and the revelation, the interpretation thereof is THUS SAITH THE LORD. Now, may the Lord bless you all, each one, real richly as we stand now and sing this good old song of the church. God bless you each one. Amen. [This marks the end of Monday's portion of this sermon—Ed.]
415  [This quote was placed on the end of Monday's portion at Brother Branham's direction and is a repeat of the final song of the Sunday evening service—Ed.] I… (God bless you), I love Him (with all my heart) Because He first loved me, God bless you, Brother Neville.