The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

Chapter 1: God Hiding Himself In Simplicity, Then Revealing Himself In The Same 63-0317M (Continued)

Day 4

163  Now, they—they were—they were too smart in that day to catch the meaning of God's simple way of doing things. It wasn't polished for them. It's got to be polished. It's got to be highly chromed, or they miss it. Now, but the great Jehovah was hid in His Word, and He made Himself known to the people that believed in His Word by saving them and bringing to pass a simple message, the simple message of Noah, God brought it to pass. Now, notice that.
164  Now, then again in Moses' day, notice another time of deliverance. When God is just about to do something to deliver His people, God sends a message to the people, and it's so simple, as we'll catch in the breaking of these Seals (That was my purpose of bringing this first.), that we find out that the breaking of those Seals is so simple, the—the—the smart miss it a million miles. See? I hope that God anoints me for it. See, see? It just goes over the top. And that's the reason I thought this message this morning would be appropriate to lay a foundation on the simplicity of God (See?), how God hides Himself in simplicity.
166  Just think, they could break atoms and do everything else, but when it comes to touching life, they can't even tell where it come from. A simple blade of grass, and God's hid in it. They can fire a rocket to the moon and—and shoot a radar over there or whatevermore and yet can't explain the life in a blade of grass. That's right. See, it's because it can't be explained; it's so simple they overlook that.
167  Now, notice. Moses, in the day that God was going to deliver the children of Israel, according to His Word He… What did He do? He chose a simple family; we have no record of them. See, he's just a son of Levi is all we know (See?), and so we… And his wife… Just a ordinary, probably a mud dauber (as the world would think,) out there making brick for the enemy. He was just an ordinary slave in Israel, but God chose that family to bring forth the deliverer: just an ordinary Jewish family. He never went and got royalty, and celebrity, or something, or even got some priest; He took a common ordinary family (See?): simplicity.
168  Notice what He done then. He brought forth a child, a simple human being. He never… He could've—He could've ordained the sun if He wanted to to deliver them. He could've ordained the wind to deliver them. He could've ordained an Angel to deliver them. Oh, hallelujah. God can do whatever He wants to do. "Well, how do you know that, Brother Branham?" God won't leave His program. That's the reason we know that this day, it's got to be simple. See? Now, He always works in simplicity. But God in the beginning that could've made the sun preach the Gospel, or the winds preach the Gospel, or an Angel preach the Gospel, but He ordained men for that purpose, and He never changes it. He never ordained indiv… He never ordained denominations; He never ordained groups of men; He ordained men to preach the Gospel, not machinery, mechanical devices, or any angelic being; it was man. And when He brought deliverance to the people down there, He sent a simple human being, born of a simple family in a bunch of slaves. Oh, my, what a God He is, unfolding Himself in simplicity. 171  Now, notice. And He had him trained in worldly wisdom so that he could fail and show that it isn't wisdom that we'll ever be delivered by; it's by faith that we are delivered. He let him go in and get such an education until he could teach the Egyptians wisdom. He was so smart. God was with that simple family, who could, perhaps, maybe not write their name. And Moses was took into the highest of schooling with such a great education, till he could teach the wisdom to teachers. He could teach the genius. Yes. And God let him get that way so He could display Himself in humility to show that wisdom has nothing to do with it; and Moses miserably failed in his genius. He let him get that way for His purpose, so he'd fail, and he did fail, and he fell.
172  So to show, not by power, not by might, but—not by the wisdom of Egypt, not by the wisdom of our schools, not by the power of our seminaries, but—not by the amounts of our organization, not by the power of our scholarly teaching; but "by My Spirit, saith God." His wisdom was vanished and at its end. When he met God in the burning bush there, he took off his shoes and humbled himself to humility and forgot all about his wisdom. God, bringing deliverance, had to train him in wisdom to let him fall to show that you cannot lean upon the arm of your own understanding or anybody else's understanding. Let him fall to show His hand. Can you see it? God's purpose in doing so was to display Himself in humility.
173  And He let Moses become the highest until he would was the—he'd be the next pharaoh. He was a mighty general. According to history, he conquered (Moses, himself) the countries around. And then when he turned to the work of the Lord with all of his talent, God let him take a headlong topple, so that He could put him out there on the desert and beat all that out of him, and then appear to him in humility, and send him down with a stick in his hand to deliver the people. When he couldn't do it by a military training, by an education, by a scientific education, and by a military force, he could not do it, and He give him an old crooked stick off the desert, and he did it with it: God in humility, simplicity. God was in the stick and in Moses. And as long as Moses had the stick, then God had it, because God was in Moses. Sure.
175  Notice. "Not by power, nor by—by might, but by My Spirit…" But by the simple faith, Moses had a understanding that he was to be the deliverer from the teaching of his mother. And he trained himself in military might to do so, but it failed. See? He had the understanding; he had the education, but that didn't work. So he had to forget it all and come to the simple thing of taking God at His Word, and then he delivered the people. Yes, sir.
177  God delivers by what? Faith in His Word. Always has been… We could take a look if we had time. (We've got about twenty something minutes yet. We had…) We could take a—a look at Cain and Abel, how that—that Cain tried to please God by some beauty. Another way, people think by—by great fine dressed congregations, by a priest, with—with a ministers with robed, and robed choirs, and all the—the put-on, that pleases God. Can you see where it come from? Cain tried the same thing, and he built him an altar. No doubt that he made it pretty, and the man was sincere. He worshipped. He thought, "As long as I'm sincere, it doesn't make any difference." It does make a difference. You can be sincerely wrong.
181  Notice, he—he built this altar and he's—more—more like put flowers and fixed it up and put beautiful fruits, and thought, "Surely, a great, holy, clean, beautiful God will accept that sacrifice." But, see, he done it with his own wisdom. He done it by his own thoughts, and that's what it is today. He—he… They do it by their own wisdom, by their schooling, by their education and ethics that they have learned. But Abel by a revelation, by faith, offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice. Nothing clean about it as far as it looked, humanly speaking, the little fellow, and grabbing him by the neck, and wrapping a vine around him like that, and pulled him along to this altar. There was nothing so beautiful about it, laying him upon the altar and hacking his little throat with a—a sharp rock until his blood flying all over him, him bleating, dying. It was a horrible sight (See?) to see it. It was simple though. In simplicity he knowed that he was born of his mother and father's blood, born in his mother's blood by his father's blood, and it was blood that caused the fall, so it was blood that would take it back. So he offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice 'cause it was revealed to him.
185  And some of the brethren, today, who think they eat apples and pears and… I seen the most radical thing the other day in the paper. They said now they proved that it wasn't an apple that Eve eat; that I—I think they claim it was an apricot. So… Oh, see where that spirit comes from. And they said that Moses never crossed actually the Red Sea, that it was a—a bunch of reeds down there, a sea of reeds; and he brought the children of Israel through this sea of reeds. Up at the end of the—the sea, there's a big bunch of reeds up there, and Moses crossed the sea, but it was the sea of reeds that he crossed, you know, grass, called like tules and things that he crossed through there. How ridiculous when "The water," the Bible said, "parted from right to left, and God caused a—a mighty east wind to separate…" See, see? They—they want to try to figure it out in their own way, and that's the way they've always failed, and they'll continue to fail.
189  You know, all these things that Cain—the very type of the carnal minded man today who's religious outwardly. He wants to do something outwardly, but he's—he goes to church, and—and he will do lots of things for the—the buildings. There's only one Church, and you don't join that. These are lodges. See? You join the Methodist lodge, the Baptist lodge, the Presbyterian lodge, the Pentecostal lodge, but you're borned into the Church. See? These all are lodges; they're not churches; they're lodges. No such a thing as Methodist church or Pentecostal church. No, there isn't such a thing. No, that's all wrong. See? They're… That's right. They—they're lodges that people join, but you're born into the Church of the living God, and that's the mystic body of Jesus Christ being formed.
193  Now, but it pleased God to reveal His secret to Abel by simple faith in the shed blood. Oh, I wished I had time to lay on that a little while. See? Yet and Cain with all of his wisdom, the smart man… Oh, you say, "Now, Brother Branham, you said he… You're trying to make him the educated genius." He was. He was the smart… Follow his—follow his strain. Look at his children. Every one of them was scientists and doctors and smart men, every one. But you follow the generation of Seth; they were humble peasants and farmers and so forth on down to the destruction. But Cain's children were the smart, intellectual group. They even… They could—claim could temper copper and make metals and builders, and they were smart men; when—when these other men just dwelt in tents, and herd their sheep, and rested upon the promises of God. See, see? See what it was? Now, just follow the genealogy down through and see if that isn't right. See? They rested upon the promise of God. That's how Noah was chose from that kind of a people. That's how Paul was taken out from his flock. See? That's how John Wesley, Martin Luther, and whatmore. That—that's how you come to be what you are today (See?), the same thing: humbled to believe the simple promise of God.
199  Now, notice. It pleased God to—to identify… Now, God always will a-vindicate whether it's the Truth or not. See? Now, many people try to act themselves into something that God stays a million miles from. That's right. But when you see God come back around and say it, punctuate it, say, "It's right. That's right. That's right." Then you know that's true. Now, when the offerings was on the altar, God refused his intellectual conception of God. But when He seen Abel by simple faith to believe that it was not apples or fruits of the field, but it was blood, by faith he believed it, by a revelation from God, God a-vindicated Adam by accepting his sacrifice. See?
201  That's where we think of praying for the sick—anything else. Jesus said, "If ye abide in Me and My Word in you, just ask what you will, and it shall be done to you." Now, as we're coming right on down, fastly now, with twenty minutes more…
203  Notice. Elijah's day, God chose to hide Himself in a simple person. Now, just think of it. God chose… That was His choosing. Remember, they had rabbis, priests; they had great men in them days. Even King Ahab himself was a Jew. He had great men in the land in that day, but God hid Himself in a simple man, not a scholar, no, not a renown man of the world, some great military genius, or something, no, no big names. We don't even know who his papa and mama was. We don't know anything about his genealogy: just a plain old farmer somewhere that was raised up for the purpose to be a prophet. God had him living to himself in the wilderness. Only thing we know, he stomped right out of nowhere, walked right in and condemned the whole ecclesiastical system. My.
204  And you know what they thought about him? "What school did he come from? See? What denomination is he with? Is he with the Pharisees the Sadducees," or whatmore they had? He didn't belong to any of them, but he condemned the whole thing. See? God chose to do that. But a simple man, no education… We have no place where he ever went to school; we have nothing about him, just a simple man; but God was pleased to hide in that simple person. God, back there with this simple man, hiding in a human being, can you grasp it? God hiding in a illiterate crank to the world… 'Cause… You know, they—they accused him of everything, even being a witch. Elijah, all prophets are accused of that. See, so… Jesus was accused of being one (You see?): Beelzebub. And being crazy, said, "Why, you're mad. You… We know you got a devil. You're—you're off at your head." See? That's where He told them when it come in the last days that they'd—that'd be blasphemy to do such. He forgave them, but it wouldn't be forgiven in these last days. It had to be paid for with eternal separation, never to be forgiven in this world or the world to come.
209  But Elijah was considered a crazy man. Could you imagine him, standing up to the… The women was all cutting their hair like the modern days, I guess, and painting up like Jezebel, the first lady of the land; and—and the—the preachers all gone worldly and everything, and then what taken place? Then here come old Elijah out condemning the whole thing all the way from Jezebel down. They thought, "We don't have to listen to you; we got pastors." Sure they didn't have to, but he was their pastor anyhow. He was Jezebel's pastor. She didn't want… She might've had a different kind, but—but God sent; he was. See? He was God's sent pastor for her. She hated him, but he was pastor just the same.
212  Notice. And Elijah humbled himself and stayed with what God said in such a way that it pleased God to take that same Spirit from Elijah and promise to shove it three times down the road from there (See? Amen.), and He did it. Amen. Sure He did. Sure. He promised it that it would come. And it come upon Elisha, his successor, then come on John the Baptist, and according to Malachi 4, it's supposed to be here again in the last day. See? God loved that spirit that was upon that simple, uneducated woodsman from back there in the woods somewhere. And so… It was so obedient to His Word that He could say, "Elijah, do this," and Elijah would do it. And God hid Himself in there in such simplicity till they all told him… "That old crank. Don't have nothing to do with him," and so forth.
215  But one day when—and he got old and his head bald and his—and his whiskers hanging down, gray, what few hairs he had hanging over his shoulders, his little old skinny arms, and the meat flopping on them like that, come walking down that road to Samaria, and them eyes looking up toward the skies with a crooked stick in his hand. He wasn't very much to look at, but he had THUS SAITH THE LORD for the day. He didn't stammer with it. He—he didn't stutter. He didn't say, "Now, great Ahab…" He walked up and said, "Not even the dew will fall from heaven till I call for it." Hallelujah. God had honored his simplicity.
216  Now, you see, while it was in the simple way and everybody was—everybody against him, everybody was at his throat… All the ministerial association and everything else was at his throat (That's true.), trying to get rid of him, everything else. But in that simplicity, even though they had no cooperation with his campaigns and whatevermore they had, everybody thought he was a crank, God was hiding Himself. But when it come time for that seed to get ripe that had been planted, God manifested Himself by sending fire out of the heavens and licking up the sacrifice. God hiding in simplicity and then revealing Himself again. See? Sure. It pleased God to do that. He's always did it in such a way. Yes, sir.
218  Now, we find out that He—He promised these things. The trouble is today with so many of us people, we want to get so, you know, so seminary and denominational, educated minded that God can't use us. God can give a man a start to do something and give him a ministry. The first thing you know, he will go to catering to what others say. And the first thing you know, he will be all wrapped up in a big bunch of stuff, and then God just takes His hands off of him and let him alone. See, see?
219  And then He will try to find Him another man somebody that will do it. See? He's got to find something that will—will take His Word, will take the Divine revelation and won't move with it, will stay right there on that Word. That's the way He—He does it. He's always done it that way. So when man gets so educated and smart that he tries to put his own interpretation… Well, like they say, "The baptism of the Holy Ghost," they say, "oh, that was for another day." But if they don't… "Well, it wasn't for another day, but I'll tell you; it don't come just like it did on the day of Pentecost. We received the Holy Ghost when we believed," and—and all kinds of stuff like that. You see?
220  And talk about the baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ, they—where the Bible teaches it that way, they say, "Well, but the seminary says, and so-and-so says." That's compromising. See? God can't use a person like that. See? He may let a man be beat all across the country like that and the man cast out, and laughed at, and made fun of, and everything else like that, but when the real showdown come, God stands up and vindicates Hisself right in the same simplicity.
222  Rise right up like the flower, the seed look like it's over with; it dies and falls in the ground. Dig the little seed up, and it's rotten and looks like a mess, but out of there springs life to reproduce another flower again: God in simplicity. He does the same thing. The way up is down, always. Humble yourself. Don't never say, "Well, I've got this and that." You ain't got nothing. Just—just remember, if you've got the grace of God, just be thankful for it and be humble…?… Just keep humbling yourself.
224  Now, I'm going to have to hurry 'cause the clock's… I don't want to keep you too long, 'cause I don't want to wear you out. See? We got a long time yet through this week.
225  Now… And now, we find out that people get so smart and educated. Now, I want to show you another. The—the other goes so far to the other side, they become fanatics trying to be religious. Now, we know we have that group. See? They go to the other side… That's where I different with the group of brethren that pulled off here not long ago from the—the way of Righ—Light; they—they just couldn't see the phenomena of being done unless they made themselves a group, so they gathered up in Canada and—and made a group of people that they was going to give out and make apostles and prophets out of one another and things, and it fell right through. See? And it always will. See? They become… They feel that because that they are… That—that they don't… They so condemn the other things and the—and the things till they go plumb on the other side.
228  See, there's one side that's highly intellectual, cold and indifferent; they deny everything there; and the others get on the other side, on the other side's a radical bunch of emotion and deny the Word. But the real true Church stays right in the middle of the road.
229  Now, if you notice, it's—it's—it's got the Bible knowledge of what God said, and it's—it's spiritual enough to be warm in its heart, and it's just a road. Isaiah said it would be that way He said, "There shall be a highway." And the blessed, holy, precious friends of the Nazarene church, a mighty little move that God started up. But what did they get? When God begin to speak with tongues in the church, they were so religiously and so self-starched that they called it the devil, and you see what happened to them. See, see? They—they… And the holier than thou are… And—and so we find out that all those things goes to seed and dies right out. See? And the—the—the other side…