The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 5


231  Now, one side becomes a fanatic; the other side becomes cold and starchy. Now, Isaiah said, "There shall be a highway." And the Nazarenes and many of the old holiness people used to say, "The blessed old highway (Glory to God.); we're walking up the old highway." But you remember, that wasn't exactly what he said. He said, "There shall be a highway and ('And' is a conjunction.) and a way," and it shall not be called a highway of holiness, but the way of holiness.
234  Now, an highway of holiness… People try to make themselves holy. And when you do, it's just like I said before; it's like a… It would be like a buzzard trying to put dove feathers in himself to make a dove out of it, when his nature's still a buzzard. See? See, it's… It would be like a crow trying to put a—a pigeon's feathers in, or a peacock, and saying, "You see, I'm a beautiful bird." See, it's something manufactured. But a peacock don't have to worry whether he's going to have peacock feathers or not. The dove don't have to worry whether he's going to have dove feathers or not. As long as his nature is a dove, he will have dove feathers. And see, the holiness people begin to say, "The women must wear long hair and long sleeves," and all these things, "and long skirts, and not wear any wedding rings, or jewelry of any type." See, it become a self-righteous holiness. See, see? That—that's—that's manufactured holiness. But the real Church of the living God is—it a…
236  Look what's happened to the denomination. Now, they've all got cut hair like the Pentecostals and—and so forth, and—and they all, nearly, wear rings and so forth. Look at the Pentecostals years ago how they harped on that. See? "And we, the church—we, the church." The Church is Christ's body. It's a individual amongst other individuals that is born in the Kingdom of God. That comes from the inside out. It's automatically lived.
238  You don't ask the sheep to bear wool or manufacture wool, I mean. The sheep don't have to manufacture wool. He'd say, "Now, my master wants me to have some wool this year. I got to get busy." No, the only thing he has to do is just remain a sheep. That's right. The wool will automatically—it will—it will—he will bear it because… And we're not asked to manufacture fruits; we're supposed to produce fruit (See?), bear fruits. See? We are supposed to bear fruits. And as long as you are a fruit tree of God with God's Word, God's Word will vindicate Itself. It'll bear fruit as long as the Word's in there. And Jesus said, "If ye abide in Me and My Word in you, ask what you will, and it shall be done." See it? You don't manufacture it. You work yourself not up to it; it's just actually there. And it goes on and on. Now, let's go—just, hurrying it up now with just a few minutes left, and then we'll close.
241  Now, now, others go so far as to be fanatics. Now, they go on the other side. And they think just because that they jump up and down, or get some kind of a sensation or emotion, speak with tongues, or—or—or give a prophecy that happened to be right or something like that, they think that's it: that—they—they've got it, but it isn't. Jesus said, "Many will come to Me in that day and say, 'Lord, have not I prophesied in Your Name; Your Name done many works and cast out devils?'" He say, "Depart, I never knew you." See? That isn't it. That isn't it, friends. That's the reason that tongues evidence… I believe in speaking in tongues, but I don't take it to be the only evidence of the Holy Spirit. No, sir. The fruit of the Spirit is the evidence. See? And now… You see, that's the reason I have different with the move of the Pentecostal brethren in that manner that they say, "If a man speaks in tongues, he has the Holy Ghost." I different. That's no sign he's got the Holy Ghost. See? I've heard devils speak with tongues just as fast as they could, drink blood out of a human skull, and call on the devil.
245  I've seen Indians take snakes and wrap around them in the—in the—in the rain dance out there in Arizona, hold their hands up like that, and run right around; the witch doctor come out lancing himself, and lay a pencil down, and it write in unknown tongues and give the interpretation. So, see? So don't—don't tell me that. No, I'm too old for that. See? So… The—the fruit of the Spirit is the… Jesus said, "By their fruits (not tongues or emotions, but) by their fruits ye shall know them." So that is the fruit of the Spirit. It's God unfolding Himself in humility, sweetness, and every day the same. It's something about a man that stays right with the Word, every time that he sees the Word, he punctuates it with an "Amen," no matter what the other people say. That's… He believes it. You see?
247  All right. See? But we go far enough then to rest upon a fanatical… And Satan gets amongst the people. That's Satan's business, and he's a good businessman. And he—he gets amongst the people to make them think that they've got it just because they can jump up and down; and then hate your neighbor? No, see? To—to say things and speak in tongues just wonderfully and things like that… And remember, you can speak in genuine Holy Ghost tongues and still not have the Holy Ghost. The Bible said so. "Though I speak with tongue of men and Angels and have not charity, it profit me nothing. I'm become as a sounding brass, and tinkling cymbal": First Corinthians 13. See? So you don't—that don't do it. See?
249  The Methodists said, "When we shouted, we had it," but they didn't. The Nazarene said when they lived holy they had it, but they didn't. The Pentecostals said, "We speak in tongues; we got it," but they didn't. See, see? God unfolding Himself, not in sensations, no, that's… Sensations yet's with it. You see the place? He just gets it so humble till anybody can see it, if you don't—if you don't try to put—inject your own mind to it (See?) and your own thoughts. It's God. Now… And then they become a bunch of fanatics. Then here's the cold formals on this side; here's the fanatics on the other side, and here goes the Bride right straight through it all, calling from both sides. That's just God vindicating It as He goes along: His Word. Now—oh, I've got to skip some of this, because I got too much here, and I—I got… My time's run out. I'll hurry just as quick as I can now.
253  From Eden—from Eden it has come, been being prophesied that there was coming a Messiah, all the way from Eden. Now, I'm going to skip over a few of my Scriptures I got wrote down here and notes, just to get the message off in time if I can. God hiding in humility… Now, I'll talk fast, but yet I—I want you to catch this. See?
255  Since Eden, it had been prophesied that there would come a Messiah. It was foretold what kind of a Person He would be. We could linger a long time. You know the Bible, what He would be, what kind of a Person He'd be. Moses said, "The Lord, your God, shall raise up a prophet like me." They knowed that that Messiah was to be a prophet, the kind of a ministry He would have with Him. All the prophets spoke of what He would do. They spoke of it in symbols, and it went plumb over the top of their head and plumb under the rest of them (See, see?), went under one and over the other one. See? By the time that He arrived on the scene of time, the people to whom He was sent had their own interpretation of what that He was to be in their own imaginary interpretation.
257  The Bible never changed. The Bible is always the same. That's the reason I say the Scripture says, and I stay with that: "The Bible is of no private interpretation." So Methodists, Baptists, Pentecostals, don't try to put your interpretation to it, saying, "It don't mean that; it means this." It means just what it said, just exactly. Someone said, "How can it… I don't know how." It's not me to say that; it's God to take care of that. He's the One Who said it, not me (See?), and He will take care of His own.
260  But now, but—this Messiah had been prophesied. The prophets told just exactly how He would come, what He would do when He come, but their own private interpretation of it amongst the people… And when He come He was in such a simple way in simplicity till the whole church group stumbled over it. Is that right? There those men who had been taught… A man could not be a teacher, a priest until he was born in a certain lineage, after Levi. And just think, his great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather was a priest, laying right in that Word in the temple day and night like the Catholic priest or the minister, that's a—a handed-down minister from generation to the certain churches and so forth. "My great-great-grandfather was a Methodist bishop. My grandfather was a bishop," and so forth. See?
263  All that—lived right in the Word, but they had formed their own way of it. And their children had accepted it in such a way that the fathers had taught it, until the fathers had taught it off of the real way, and they'd made such an organization out of it, till when the Spirit tried to present Truth, they couldn't receive it. And that's the same thing today. I don't mean to be rude, but it's right. It's the same thing today. They make it so—so complicated and—and some other way they teach they're… Just like it's been said: God don't have any grandchildren. You know that? God has sons, and He has daughters, but no grandsons and granddaughters. Every man must pay the same price and come the same way; just as your father did, so must you. Now…
265  So He was so simple, when this Messiah… For four thousand years every prophet spoke of Him. David sung of Him, and all down through. And when He come, the people had their own idea built up what He must do, how He was going to do, how it was all explained, drawed out on charts, and everything till when He come in that real simple way, it just—it just ruined their theology. See? They didn't know it. See, He come according to the Word. Now, do you believe that God spoke through the prophets that that Messiah would come in a certain way? It's too bad we haven't got about another hour that we could go through there and explain how it was. See? We all know how it was though, most of us. How God said He would come and "How that thou, Bethlehem of Judaea, art not the least amongst…" and all down through there and how He would do, and what He would do. See?
267  And yet He was so simple till those great scholars had got it so mixed up, till they missed it. But you know Jesus didn't come contrary to the Word; He come according to the Word, but contrary to their interpretation. See? He taught things that was against their ecclesiastical training about Him. Now, they said, now for instance, "When Messiah comes, certainly He will come up to the temple and say, 'Caiaphas (or ever who's high priest), I have arrived.' He will come with a ten million Angel salute. The… God will say, 'All right, fellows down there, you're really a mighty church. You're My people. I'm going to turn the crank here and let the corridors of heaven down; I'm sending you Messiah to you this morning. I'll let it land right out there in the yard.' And all the people get around and say, 'Doctor So-and-so, you and Doctor So-and-so; you all can stand at the head to greet Him first.'" You See?
269  That's perhaps something like they thinking today. Now, I know it's a little—it sounds a little "rashal," but I don't—I'm trying to make a point. "And—and there is—that's the way it's going to be. And if it don't come that way, it's not right. It's an antichrist. If it don't come just that way, it's an antichrist (You see?), so it won't be. And so then there'll be a… Then the next thing comes down will be about a ten million Angel salute with their bands, and they'll land out there in the yard where Solomon built the temple, and oh, all up and down through here, this holy place where saints and sages had died…" and so forth.
271  "Yes," Jesus said, "you hypocrites, you sons of the devil," said, "you garnish the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers put them in there." That's right. That's right. See? "How many righteous men and prophets was sent to you, and still you slayed every one of them." See? But what would He called righteous then, what they called fanatics and cranks. Yes. There they thought it would come that way. But when He come in a stable, borned of a—a virgin, with just a common carpenter for a foster father and a—a little unknown girl… See, not the high priest's daughter or whatmore; He—He come as from a little lady that lived down in the—in—in a little old mean country called Nazareth. And just a common widower; his wife was dead. He had some children: Joseph. And—and she—he was engaged. And then He come with a black name to begin with. They said He was illegitimately born.
273  Oh, my. That hit their polish too hard. See? Their educational ethics could not swallow that. Their interpretation of the Scriptures knowed nothing about that, but yet it was the THUS SAITH THE LORD. Oh, my. Shivers me to think it. And to see the same thing reoccurring again… God cannot change. (It's already twelve, but… Will you just… Shall I stop or just—just go on? I think if you can sit still just a little bit. See? Now, now, this is… I'm basing something here for a message coming. See? And I'll try to let you out just as quick, maybe the next ten or fifteen minutes if we can. God bless you.)
276  Notice. Now, it's so simple that it—it—it just missed the mark for them, but it hit God's mark (See?); it hit the Word. He come just exactly the way He said, but they—their interpretation of it was wrong. The interpretation of the deliverer in Moses' time was wrong; the interpretation in the time of Noah was wrong (See?), but God comes according to His Word. And then Jesus came, and He—and He taught things that was contrary. "If Thou be the Messiah, do such-and-such." You see? "If Thou be… Come off the cross, and show it to us now." See? But God don't clown for people; God just does the things that's pleasing and right.
278  They thought such a One would certainly have to come with a great salute of Angels, but He come by a stable. And to their own polished ethics, it was ridiculous for a—an ordinary human being to think that Almighty God, the great mighty Jehovah, Who owned the earth and created the whole thing, couldn't fix a place for His own Child to be born, better than some cow barn over a manure pile. How could there… See? What was it? God in simplicity. That's what made Him so great. See, the ethics of education cannot belittle itself like that. See? It cannot stand it, but God is so great that He brought Himself down to that, not even of clothes to put on His own Child. Think of it. And the world… There was no room in the inn, and He went into a cow stable, a little—a little ledge, a little cave-like back in the side of the hill; and there upon a straw bed came the Son of God. Oh, that was a lot different from meeting up there…
280  And His mother was to be mother; she was found to be mother, oh, months before they was even engaged to be married or even married. See? She was to be mother, and the people saw it, and they knowed that it was this a way. And Mary, in her own heart she knowed what was going on. And Joseph didn't understand, but the Angel of the Lord came to him by night saying, "Joseph, you're a son of David. Don't fear to take unto you, Mary, your wife, for that's not nothing bad, but that is of the Holy Ghost." That settled it.
282  The man, Joseph, with such connection with God till God could speak to him. But today we get our ecclesiastical jackets so drawed around us till nothing can speak to us outside of the ecclesiastical group that we belong to. I don't want to get harsh or radical, so I'll leave that alone right there. Notice… But you understand what I mean.
283  Notice. A stable was ridiculous for them. The polished… We don't even have a—no record where He ever attended one day of school, and yet at the age of twelve years old, a simple boy confounded the priests in the temple by His teaching. Oh, my. What was it? God hiding Himself. I feel pretty religious right now. God hiding Himself in a barn, God hiding Himself in a little Child… See? Watch. It's going to display after while though. See? He had to… He… When He went on the streets, the parents, no doubt would talk and say, "Don't play with that kid. Don't have nothing to do with Him. His mother's nothing but a common prostitute. (See?) And the father and mother… The baby was born before they were actually married. She was to be mother. Have nothing to do with it."
285  What Mary thought… But altogether, no matter what the outside thought, she pondered all these things. They hid it in their heart. They knowed they couldn't say nothing about—against it. God speaks to His men sometimes, say, "Hold your peace. Don't say nothing about it." I've had people in my meetings say, "Well, if you be a servant of Christ, you know this is going on there." Sure I know it's going on, but then what are you going to do when He says, "Hold your peace. Don't say nothing about it." 289  Took some men the other day, showed them on a book, something spoke years ago. I said—said… Said, "Well, I couldn't understand it." I said, "You see there?" Here it was back there, got it dated and everything when it happened back there. Oh, when many people had seen it on the book there, I said, "It'll come to pass that this will do this way and that way." Said, "Well, why didn't you say something about that?" 'Cause it had to be that way. See?
292  And Joseph knowed different. He knowed Who that baby belonged to. Mary knowed Who it belonged to. Jesus knowed Who His Father was. What did He say? "I must be about My Father's business," not sawing wood and—and making a door, but about His Father's business. Amen. He said that to His mother: "Can't you understand that I—it's time for Me to be about My Father's business?"
293  Now, they thought this little cracked-up Child—any illegitimate child is kind of an odd, curious thing anyhow, and there you are. See? But God hiding Himself… Listen. God hiding Himself in what was thought of the world as filth, corruption, illegitimate… Look, God hides Himself in the corruption of a dead seed to bring forth life. See? Do you get it? God hides Himself in a simple little wash woman or an ordinary man with his dinner under his arm, kiss his wife and children good-bye, and go out there, and maybe hide Himself in that man to do something that a archbishop would know nothing about. See? You don't hear Him blow no horns and send it out. He—He… God just gets glory; that's all. The simple hear it and are glad. See?
296  Now, God was hiding Himself in the simplicity of a baby, hiding Himself in the simplicity of a—a common family, God. And the ecclesiastics and the great men, the mind, the genius, and the—and the—all of them, the Herods and so forth of that day, and the Neros, and they all overlooked it: God hiding in simplicity. (Now, quickly).
297  John the Baptist, in Isaiah 40… We could get it if you want to. Malachi 3, all… Well, yeah, you mark it down if you want to. Isaiah 40, all you know, speaking peace to the… As it is, maybe I… It might be good that I—I—I would read it right here, if you got—if you got that much time, just a—just for a minute. We'll turn over here in the Book of Isaiah the 40th chapter and—and read here and just see what he says about this now. Look, here. Comfort ye, comfort ye my people,…
297a  Now, remember this is seven hundred and twelve years (Look at the heading on there. See?)—seven hundred and twelve years before He's born; here's the prophet speaking of Him. Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith the Lord. Speak ye comfortable words to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she has received of the LORD'S hand double for all of her sins. The voice of him… crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight his path in the desert a highway for our God. And every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough… shall be made… plain: (Oh, hallelujah. What a man that was to be. See?)