The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 8


429  You love Him? My, isn't He wonderful? I hope and I trust that the message will produce what it was intended to do; that it'll get you to a place that you don't look for flowery things or some… When you see God in greatness, look how humble it is, and then you'll see God. Don't look for Him…
430  When Elisha was back in that cave, the smoke went across, blood, thunder, lightning, and (See?), all these kinds of sensations we've had—blood in the face and in the hands, and sensations and everything, they never bothered that prophet. He just laid there, but he heard a still small Voice. What was it? the Word. Then he covered his face and walked out. See, that was it.
431  Remember, friend, don't look for great big… You say, "God." He speaks of great big things. There'll come a time there'll be this, that, or the other, great big things… I hope you're catching what I'm talking about (See?), great big things… See? And oh, when this comes to pass, it'll be great, big like this, and it'll be so humble you'll miss the whole thing and just go right on. See? You'll look back and say, "Well, that never did come to…" See? Passed right over the top, and you never even seen it, just…?… See? It's so simple. See? God lives in simplicity, (See?), to manifest Hisself in greatness. What makes Him great? Because He can simplify Himself. A big great man can't simplify himself; he's got to be a dignitary. See? But he ain't big enough yet. When he comes big enough, then he comes down like this (you see?), can humble himself.
434  As the old saint said up there in Chicago, that fellow went up with all the education and things, said he come down whipped out, head hanging down, walking out defeated. He said, "If he'd have went up the way he come down, he'd have come down the way he went up." Well, that's right. See? Humble yourself. Just be humble. Don't try to be peculiar; just—just love Jesus (See?), say, "Lord, if there's any guile in my heart; if there's anything wrong, Father, I don't want to be like that. You take it away. I don't want to be like that." "Oh, I want to be numbered as one of them in that day, Lord. And I see the day approaching." You see these Seals begin to… If God will open them to us. And remember, He alone can do it. We're depending on Him. God bless you.
437  Now, I suppose our pastor will have a word for you to say—or for him to say, rather, to—to you before we meet again this afternoon. And I think the service will, the song service is at six-thirty fine, sir? And it's… All right, six-thirty, and it's… The doors open at six; song service will start at six-thirty. And… The Lord willing, I'll be speaking tonight on the subject of the Seven Sealed Book. And then Monday night the white horse rider; Tuesday night the black horse rider; Wednesday night the grisled horse, the pale horse and then the red horse rider. Then go into the 6th—4th, 5th and 6th and then Sunday night… Next Sunday morning maybe a healing service I don't know.
439  Now, remember, we're dedicated to the Lord—ourselves and the church for the service of God. God bless you. I've—I'm one hour late; will you forgive me now? I don't—I don't mean to do that. But see, I—I just can be with you this week and I'm be leaving again. And I don't know where I'll be going; just where He leads. And I want to spend every minute I can, because I want to spend eternity with you. God bless you. Now, Brother Neville.
  

Chapter 2: The Breach Between The Seven Church Ages And The Seven Seals 63-0317E
1 Good evening, friends. It's a—a great privilege to be back here in the house of the Lord tonight, in the service, and still living on the—the Manna from this morning that our souls were so greatly blessed by His great Presence. And now tonight, we are—have a—starting on the subject of the "Breach Between the Seven Church Ages and the Seven Seals." And I was just speaking this afternoon to a friend. And maybe, the Lord willing, sometime this summer, if He doesn't take me home, or—or I get to come back (don't go overseas or something), I would like to strike again at the seven last trumpets (See?), and it all bridges together. And—and then there is the seven last plagues, and—and it all blends right together as we'll see as we go along.
3  So tonight while we're kind of getting quietened, I may be just a little lengthy tonight, but even… As soon as I get back here… Now, all the preaching I done in Phoenix, I never one time even got hoarse (See? That's right.), and oh, my, how hard I preached. And for, I believe, it was twenty-seven services without getting hoarse, but it's the climate here. You see? It's just simply—it's just bad right here, just a valley. It's—it's just a bad condition back here, and—of healthy—you know what I mean; it's—it's bad. And any preacher has a—that speaks has a bad throat to begin with. A doctor friend of mine looked into my throat one time to see what was wrong, said, "Nothing." Said, "You just got callouses on your vocal chords there." Said, "That's from preaching." Well, I—I—I kinda like that, you know. That made me feel better as long as it could be applied to preaching. You see? It would be all right for the Kingdom of God. Now, we might not be able to bear in our body the mark of the—of Jesus Christ like Paul did from being beat, but we might bear a mark from preaching and giving our voice against the things that's wrong. So we're thankful that we don't have to be beat any more, especially up to this time.
6  So…?… we are… How many in here has read "What Time Is It, Sirs?" or has heard it, you know, "What Time Is It, Sirs?" That's bothered me quite a bit. If you haven't, I wish some way, if you could get a—to hear it or some way… Kind of bothered me, I just wanted to drop this before starting the service. About—about a week or ten days ago I was so disturbed, I just… I—I—I just didn't… I wouldn't take services or anything, because I—I didn't know. It—it seemed like it could be something that was bad, and I didn't know just what it was. So I… One early morning, I got up to go up into Sabino Canyon, which from the house is only about thirty minutes drive to the—or forty to the head of the Sabino Canyon; then there's a road that runs thirty miles up into the mountain: strange country up there. I can be here on the desert where it's eighty and ninety, right now, and in thirty minutes be in eight foot of snow (See?), on top of the mountain.
8  We was at Phoenix just recently where it was twenty something, twenty-eight degrees (They had the swimming pool heated, people swimming.) and about forty minutes drive from there, it was forty below zero at Flagstaff. See? That's the difference from the up currents and the desert… And very healthy for asthmatics and so forth. But…
9  Now, I went up in the canyon, and I climbed way as high as I could go, and I—I—I asked the Lord, while setting up in there, what all this meant and so forth. I was kinda bothered and didn't know just what to do. And so, while I was praying, and strange thing happened. I—I—I want to be honest. Now, I could've fallen asleep. It could've been like a trance, or it could've been a—a vision. I'm more less inclined to believe that it was a vision that… I had my hands out saying, "Lord, what does this blast mean, and what does these seven Angels in a constellation of—of the pyramid, picking me up from off the ground and turning eastward: what does it mean?"
11  I was standing there in prayer, and something happened. And now, something fell in my hand. Now, I know if you don't understand spiritual things, it may seem very strange. But something struck in my hand; and when I looked, it was a sword. And the handle was made of pearl, the prettiest pearl I ever seen. And the—the guard (you know, where I guess, it's to keep your hands from being lanced, you know, while you're—the—the people were dueling) was gold. And the saber's blade wasn't too long, but it was just razor sharp, and it was glistening silver. And it was the prettiest thing I ever seen. It just fit my hand exactly, and I was holding it. I said, "Isn't that pretty?" I looked at it, and I thought, "But you know, I always afraid of a sword." I was kind of glad that I lived out of the days that they used them, because I—I'm afraid of a knife. And so I—I thought, "What would I do with that?" And while holding it in my hand, a voice from somewhere said, "That is the King's sword." And then it left me.
13  Well, I—I wondered what it meant, "That is the King's sword." And I thought, "If it would've said, 'A king's sword,' it might've been that I would've understood it, but it said, 'The King's sword.'" So I may not have this right, but I thought, "There's only one The King; that's God. And His Sword is this, sharper than a two-edged sword. See? And… "Ye abide in Me and My Words…" See? And a… I—I thought in dueling… You see, and as I under—I don't understand one word of it, but—or one principle of dueling, but the best of my understanding, the knife striking across, and then finally, the—the swords, if they lock—the enemy and you lock the swords like this, then it takes the strength of the man dueling, because (See?) his sword would be pointed to my heart and mine to his; but they're locked, as our knives striking each other, and then they strike, and then the swords come together. And the one that can shove the other one down, the sword's straight to the heart. So it takes, even though the Sword be the Word, it takes the hand of strong faith to hold It there to bring It to the heart of the enemy.
15  Now, not knowing these things, but just all that I have received of Him that I can tell, I've told you. So that… You know, I believe it was—wasn't it our Lord said all that He'd received of the Father, that He had told and withheld nothing? And—and so we want to do those things just as they come. Now, if you'll be real wise and pray, I'm sure you'll understand something pretty soon—now, something that I hope is revealed.
16  Now, in this Book—let's all turn now to the—the 5th chapter of the Book which is called the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Now, tomorrow night is the First Seal, which the first four Seals are opened by four horse riders, one on each Seal that strikes the earth. And then, perhaps they will not be long until after we pass about, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday—about Thursday; then, I suppose on the Sixth and Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Seal will probably be very lengthy. So maybe it'll give you a little time to catch up a little rest.
18  We aim to start the services here, I believe, at seven in the week nights, and I'm to be on the platform at seven-thirty exactly. And then that might let us out by midnight, so—so… I—I went a hour over this morning. I didn't mean that; I just… I don't know when, because I do not know what the first rider is. I do not know Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, or Seventh Seal. I… To this moment, I do not know. See? I'm just depending on Him.
19  So that's why—trying this week by the grace of God to help, believing that if you understand deeply… You know, in visions you cannot reveal things until you are permitted to reveal them. How many times have you all heard me say, go into a house; perhaps a hat be lying here, and this certain child or so forth will not be healed until that is laid over here. I cannot tell them, or neither can I move it there. It's got to be moved in some other way. Somebody else has to take it and move it and everything in order—then it can be revealed. So now, be in prayer.
21  Now, just before we approach the Book, let's talk to Him with our heads bowed. Lord Jesus, we are altogether insufficient. We would not try by no means to approach this sacred Book in this most holy hour, which souls hang in the destination of time, without asking, Lord, that the only One that can reveal this Book, that He come forward now, blessing the feeble efforts of Thy servant. Bless the Word as It goes forth. May It go in the power of the Spirit. And may the spiritual ground of the—those who are hungering and thirsting to know righteousness and to know the will of God; may it fall in there and bring forth of its kind. Grant it, Lord. All praise shall be Thine. May the hungry and the thirsty find food and drink tonight from the Word. We ask it in Jesus' Name of Whom the revelation is of. Amen.
23  Now, now, we're going to turn to the 5th chapter. Now, this is not the Seven Seals. It is the "Breach Between the Church Ages and the Seven Seals." Now, there is also a 6th chapter of… and there was a 4th chapter, rather, of Revelation, and in that it kind of revealed something that would take place after the Church going up: that the Church goes up on the 3rd chapter of Revelations and does not return until the 19th chapter of Revelations. See? Therefore, the Church misses the tribulation. I know that's contrary to—to pretty near every teacher I ever talked to, but I—I don't mean to be dis—disagreeable. I—I mean to be your brother, but I—I must teach just as I can see it. If I don't, I can't put it together. You see? And now, whether it goes up before the tribulation or after the tribulation, I want to go up with it. That's the main thing.
25  So those things we—we just are presuming, because, without education, I type. I look and see what is or has been in the Old Testament, which is a type or a shadow of the New, then I have some idea what the New is. See? Like if Noah went into the ark before the tribulation set in—a type… But even before Noah (See?) went in the ark, Enoch went up (See?) before anything happened. And Lot was called out of Sodom before one speck of the tribulation set in, or destruction. But Abraham was all the time out of it (See?): type.
26  But now, we will read the 1st verse. I'll read the first two or three verses of it. And I saw in the right hand of him that set upon a throne a book written within and on the backside sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who's worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under—neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look upon it. (What a book.) And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. (Now, you speak about unworthiness, not even worthy to look at it: no man, nowhere.) And one of the elders said unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts,… in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that set upon the throne. We will pause there for a few moments from the reading of Revelations 5 down to the—including the 7th verse.
29  This seven-sealed Book is revealed at the time of the Seven Thunders of Revelations 10. If you're marking it down… Let's turn to Revelations 10 just a moment, so you'll get a understanding before we get into it. Now, this is at the end time, for listen. … I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow… upon his head,… If you notice that's Christ (See?), 'cause He in the Old Testament was called the Angel of the Covenant, and He's directly coming to the Jews now, for the Church is finished. See? All right. … and his face… as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: You remember that Angel in Revelations 1? Same thing. Angel is a messenger, and He's a Messenger to Israel. See? The Church has been raptured. See? Now, or fixing to be raptured. He comes for His Church.
32  Now, watch. And he had in his hand a little book open:… Now, here it was closed here, and sealed, and here it's open; it's been opened. Since that time of the sealing we're getting into tonight, now the Book's opened. A little Book in His hand—in His… It was opened. Oh, how… The sun as pillars… Wait just a minute, let me start back here reading. And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot upon the earth, And he cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth:… (We know He is the Lion of the tribe of Juda. Over here He's a Lamb, but here He's a Lion. See?)… and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. Now, John was commissioned to write what he saw, so the apostle and prophet picked up his pen to write it. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. (Now, that's what we don't know. That's yet to be revealed; it's not in Holy Script, what them thunders say.) And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hands to heaven, (Now, listen.) And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created the heavens, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things… therein are, and… there should be time no longer: (Watch, here's a verse I want to get to.) But in the day of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he has declared to his servants the prophet.
37  Now, see, the mystery of this seven-sealed Book will be revealed at the sounding of the seventh church angel's message. See? The seventh angel begins to sound, and there's the messages wrote out there, and we got it in tape and book form. Now, at the beginning of the sounding of the message, the mystery of God should be finished (See?) at that time. Now, we will notice, the Book of the mystery of God is not revealed until the seventh angel's message is sounded. Now, these points will be important in the Seals; I'm sure, 'cause it must every bit tie together. Now, it's wrote mysterious, because no man nowhere knows it: God alone, Jesus Christ. See?
39  Now, but it—it is a Book, a mysterious Book. It's a Book of Redemption. (We'll get into that in a little while.) And now, we know that this Book of Redemption will not be thoroughly understood: it's probed at through six church ages, but at the end, when the seventh angel begins to sound his mystery, he winds up all of the loose ends that these fellows probed at, and the mysteries comes down from God as the Word of God and reveals the entire revelation of God. Then the Godhead and everything else is settled. All the mysteries: serpent's seed and whatevermore is to be revealed.
40  Now, you see, I'm just not making that up. That's what… It's THUS SAITH THE LORD. I'll read it to you out of the Book: the sounding of the seventh angel's message, the mystery of God should be finished that's been declared by His holy prophets. That's the prophets who has wrote the Word. At the sounding of the seventh church age, the last church age, all the loose ends that through these church ages have been probed at, will be wound up together. And when the Seals are broke and the mystery is revealed, down comes the Angel, the Messenger, Christ, setting His foot upon the land and upon the sea with a rainbow over His head. Now remember, this seventh angel is on earth at the time of this coming.
42  Just as John was giving his message, the same time that Messiah come in the days… John knew he would see Him, because he was going to introduce Him. And we realize that in the Scriptures over in Malachi 4, there's to be a one like John, a—an Elijah, to whom the Word of God can come to, and he is to reveal by the Holy Spirit all the mysteries of God and restore the faith of the children back to the faith of the apostolic fathers: restore back all these mysteries that's been probed at through these denominational years. Now, that's what the Word said. I'm just responsible for what It said. See? It's—it's written is right. That's what It is.
44  Now, we see that this seven-sealed Book now, is the mystery of redemption. It's a Book of Redemption from God. Now, all the mysteries at this time should be finished at the sounding of this messenger. Now, here's the angel on earth, and another Angel, mighty Messenger come down. See, this angel was a earthly angel, messenger. But here comes One down from heaven: a rainbow, covenant. See? Only Christ, it could be; just exactly like it was in Revelations 1st chapter, standing in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks with a rainbow to look upon as jasper and sardius stone.