The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

Chapter 2: The Breach Between The Seven Church Ages And The Seven Seals 63-0317E (Continued) 

Day 10

104  I stopped the other day at—down in Tucson where I live. And I was talking to someone up on top of the mountain, looking down. I said, "What do you think that three hundred years ago, the old Papago come down through there on his travois with his squaw and children setting on the back, rode out there somewhere, and lived peacefully. There was no adultery, no whiskey, no gambling, no nothing among them; they lived clean. And the coyote come down the—the wash each night through Tucson here, howling, and the mesquite and cactus bloomed around on the bank, and Jehovah looked upon it and must have smiled. But the white man come that way, and what has he done? He's dug up the cactus; he has polluted the country with beer cans and whiskey bottles; he's ruined the morals of the nation. The only way he could whip the Indian was kill out his food, the buffalo.
105  When I was reading at Tombstone the other day in the—the museum and saw the picture of Geronimo… And many of you might think that Geronimo was a renegade. To me he was a genuine American. He was only fighting for that which was right that God had give him a land, and a nation, and a place to live. I don't blame him. And when those white soldiers come in there and by force taken over the land and killing them out like a bunch of flies… And there was the original picture of Geronimo's medical headquarters or his hospital. It was two or three blankets over a piece of mesquite. And them wounded, real, genuine American Indians fighting for their God-given rights… And there, Geronimo with a baby of his own on the hips, standing there looking upon his own warriors, bleeding, dying with no penicillin or nothing, no way to help them: genuine, God-given American. Then call him a renegade? I'd call him a gentleman.
106  Cochise would've never surrendered. He was an old man. But the American army (them all dressed in there), and they went out there and would kill the buffalo. They run excursions out (and Sharpe invented the buffalo rifle), and they went out there and say, "Oh, I had a good day today," shooting off the side of a—of a boxcar or a passenger car, saying, "I killed forty today." Forty buffaloes, which would've kept the whole tribe of Indians two years or more. What did they do with them? Let them lay on the desert. The old a carrion bloated the land and stunk the lands. The coyotes eat.
107  When the Indian killed a buffalo, there was a religious ceremony. He took his hoofs, saved them to make pans. His meat they eat, even to the meat on the entrail. They taken all of his meat and hung it up and dried it. His hide was dried, and they made clothing and tents; there wasn't nothing… But when the white man come in… The renegade is the white man. He's the rascal. And he come in and killed off those buffaloes and starved those Indians out. Any genuine man would fight for his God-given right. It's a stain on the American flag what they did to the American Indian. After all, it belonged to him. What would you think if Jap—Japan or—or some—Russia would come in and say, "Get out of here. Get back out here." And—and do us and our children the way we did those Indians? But remember, we've sowed, and now we're going to reap. That's the law of God, you know. There's a planting time and then a harvest time. I think that it's too bad; yes, sir.
111  Now, what happened? The polluted seed of Adam has polluted and absolutely destroyed the land. Do you know the Bible says that? And because that he has did this (the polluted seed of Adam), God will destroy them. You want to read that? Let's see, I got it wrote down here. Turn to Revelations the 11th chapter, and we'll find out. Get over in Revelations the 11th chapter, and we'll see what God said about them who's destroying the earth. The 11th chapter, and let's take the 18th verse, I believe it is: 11:18, here we are. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come,… (Now, watch God's wrath. See?)… and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and to them that fear thy name, both small and great; and should destroy—destroy them which destroy the earth.
112  What they going to do? Reap what they sowed, sure. When you see sin running in the streets… How many on this Sunday night, how many adulteries will be committed in this city tonight? How many women will break their marriage vow in this little hole in the ground here called Jeffersonville? How many abortion cases you think are recorded in Chicago in thirty days? It—between twenty-five and thirty thousand per month, besides the ones that's not turned in. How much whiskey is drank in the city of Chicago? What do you think happens in Los Angeles in one night? How many times has the Lord's Name been taken in vain in the city of Jeffersonville today? Is it better now, or was it better when George Rogers Clark came down on the raft? You see, we have absolutely polluted the earth with our filth, and God will destroy those that destroys the world. God said so. I always thought there's something down in me like to get up in the mountains and look the way God fixed it.
114  I hate Florida where they've got them artificial palm trees and… Oh, my. I'd rather see the crocodile switching his tail back in the wilderness than to see all that there put-on and stuff that they do in our Hollywood and all that there glamour and bunch of drunks and… Oh, my. I just think, "Someday, someday…" Yeah.
115  But remember, the Bible has told us in Matthew the 5th chapter that the meek shall inherit the earth. That's right. The meek and humble will inherit the earth. Jesus said, "Blessed are the meek (the simple ones that just don't try to be some great big something); they shall inherit the earth." Jesus said so. Yes. Now, they've polluted it, and God will destroy them, but the meek will inherit the earth after it's been purified. 116  Now, oh, my. Now, the forfeited title deed is now in the hands of the original Owner, Almighty God. The title deed to the earth and to Eternal Life, when Adam forfeited it, then Satan's dirty hands could not take it; so it went back to its original Owner, God Himself. We're going to find it in just a minute; there He sets on the throne with it in His hand: the title deed. Oh, that makes me feel religious, friends. The title deed to Eternal Life, abstract title deed to Eternal Life, when Adam forfeited it for wisdom and instead of faith, it went back to the hands of the Owner: Almighty God. What a great thing. All right, waiting… What's it doing? In the hands of God, waiting for redemption claims. He made a way of redemption. He made a way back, and someday the Redeemer is to take it back. You see where we're getting to now? We'll watch this Fellow setting upon the throne. All right.
118  Waiting for redemption claims… Its redemption… What is this Book of Redemption, this title deed, abstract title deed? You say, "Abstract?" What does an "abstract" mean? Means "it's searched all the way back to its beginning." Like that little—like that little drop of ink this morning, when it struck that bleach, it went all the way back. And when sin has been confessed and fallen into the Blood of Jesus Christ, oh, my, it gives an abstract right straight back to the Creator again, and you become a son of God. Abstract title deed is held in the hand of the Almighty. Oh, my.
119  Its redemption means all legal possession to all that was lost by Adam and Eve… Oh, my, what ought that to do to a borned again Christian. Its legal possession to the abstract deed, title deed of Eternal Life means that you possess everything that Adam and Eve lost. Whew. What of it, brethren? The possession of that deed… Adam could not meet the requirements of redemption after he found he lost it. He had sinned and he'd separated himself from God and was on this side of the chasm, so he could not redeem it. He just couldn't do it, 'cause he was—he needed redemption himself; so he could not do it.
121  But the law required a Kinsman Redeemer. The law of God required a Kinsman Redeemer. If you want to mark that down, kinsman redeemer, find it in Leviticus 25. We won't have time to thoroughly search this, 'cause you know each—each text would make a—a night. See? But God's law received a substitute. Now, what if God had not offered to take a substitute? But love constrained Him to do it, that man was without a way back, and there's no way for him to get back; he was gone. But the grace of God met this Kinsman Redeemer in the Person of Jesus Christ. Law required it; grace met its requirements. Oh, "Amazing grace! How sweet the sound…"
123  God's law required a innocent substitute, and who was innocent? Every man had been born sexual, after sex: every one. And the only one that wasn't, had forfeited the rights to Eternal Life and to be king on the earth. Oh, when I think of that Scripture, "For Thou has redeemed us back to God, and we may reign and be kings and priests upon the earth." Oh, my, what… The Kinsman Redeemer… Oh, what a story we would have here. Notice, law required a Kinsman Redeemer to redeem a lost substance. Grace met this requirement in the Person of Jesus Christ. A Kinsman must be born of the human race.
127  Now, how could we be? When every man that's born has to… And anybody that couldn't see it was a sex act there, why, he's totally blind (See?), 'cause every man that was born was borned of a woman. And God required a Kinsman Redeemer, and He must be a human. Oh, my, what are you going to do now? Law required a Kinsman Redeemer. Now, He couldn't take an Angel; He had to have a man, 'cause we're not kin to the Angel; we're kin to one another. The Angel never fell. He's a different kind of a being, got a different body. He never sinned or nothing; he's a—different. But the law required a Kinsman Redeemer, and every man on earth was born of a sex. Now, don't you see, there's where it come from. That's where sin started. So you see where it's at now? There comes your seed of the serpent in. See?
131  Now, notice: required a Kinsman Redeemer, and the Redeemer, Kinsman Redeemer, must be borned of the human race. Here that leaves us on a limb, but let me sound the trumpet to you. The virgin birth produced the—the product. Amen. The virgin birth produced our Kinsman Redeemer, none other but the Almighty God become Emmanuel, one of us, Emmanuel. The Kinsman Redeemer was met. You see how God makes a requirement, and there's nothing we can do. But then grace steps in and overshadows that law, and produces the product. Amen.
132  Oh, when you get over home, "When I get my little cabin down there," as Brother Neville sings about. When you all hear something down there on one morning sing, "Amazing grace! how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me!" you say, "Praise God, old Brother Branham made it; there he is." See? Yes, oh, "It's grace that taught my heart to fear; it was grace my fears relieved; how precious did that grace appear, the hour I first believed." Wait till we get down to it just in a moment. Oh, my.
134  Now, we look. The Book—the Book of Ruth gives a beautiful picture of this: how Boaz and Naomi had lost the estate. (You—you know—you heard me preach on it, haven't you? Raise your hands up if you heard me preach it, so you understand. See?) Boaz had to become a redeemer, and he was the only one that could… He had to be a kinsman, a near kinsman, and redeeming Naomi he got Ruth. That was Jesus, Boaz typing Christ; and when He redeemed Israel, He got the Gentile Bride. So then, you see… So very beautiful… We have it on tape, I'm sure, here somewhere, if you'd like to have it.
135  Now, notice. Now, he must be kinsman. So, you see, an Angel couldn't do it; a man couldn't do it; it must be a man, but he can't be borned of a woman: a sex act. So the virgin birth, the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary; therefore, Jesus was not a Jew. Jesus was not a Gentile. Jesus was God. That's exactly. His Blood didn't come from any sex act. He was the holy created Blood of God. And we're not saved by Jewish blood; neither are we saved by Gentile blood. We're saved by the Blood of God. That's according to the Bible. It says so. We're saved by…
136  So, you see, Jesus was God. He was not no third person, fourth person, second person; He was The Person. He was God. See? He was God Emmanuel. God come down from His glory, revealed Himself… I love that story of Booth-Clibborn, that great, beautiful hymn. Down from His glory, Ever living story, My God and Saviour came, And Jesus was His name, Born in a manger, To His own a stranger, A man of sorrow, tears and agony. Oh, what condescension, Bringing us redemption; When in the dead of night, Not one faint hope in sight, God, precious, tender, Laid aside His splendors, Stooping to woo, and save my soul. O, how I love Him! How I adore Him! My breath, my sunshine, my all in all! The great Redeemer, Became my Saviour—The great Creator, Became my Saviour, And all God's fullness dwelleth in Him. That's the One met the requirement.
137  Grace produced the Person of Jesus Christ. And we find this Book now… God stretched His tent, come from God to become a man. He changed His strain from the Almighty to be a man to take on the form of man, so He could die to redeem man. Wait till we see Him, when there's nobody worthy. See?
138  All right, in the Bible, in the Book of Ruth as you read it you'll find out such a person was called the goel, G-o-e-l, was called the goel, or it was a person that could meet the requirement; and the goel must be able to do it, must be willing to do it, and must be a kinsman, next to kinsman to do it. And God, the Creator of spirit, became kinfolks to us when He become man in order He could take our sin upon Him, and pay the price, and redeem us back to God again. There it is. There is the Redeemer. Christ has redeemed us now. We are now redeemed, but He has not claimed His possession yet. Now, you might different with that, but just hold on a minute (See?); we'll see. See?
140  He hasn't claimed it. See? If He took the Book of Redemption, everything that Adam had and everything that he lost, Christ redeems back; and He's already redeemed us, but He hasn't took the possession yet. He cannot until the time appointed, and then will come the resurrection, and then the earth will be renewed again, and then He will take possession, His possession which He got when He redeemed us, but will do it at the appointed time. Oh, my. This is described in this seven-sealed Book that we're talking of now. All right. The Book of Redemption, it's all described in here. All that what Christ will do at the end will be revealed to us this week in the Seven Seals if God will let us. See? All right; it'll be revealed.
142  And revealed as the Seals break and are released to us, then we can see what this great plan of redemption is and when and how it's going to be done. It's all hidden in this Book of mystery here. It's sealed up with Seven Seals… And so the Lamb is the only One Who can break them. Now (pardon me), we realize… Now, if you'd like to look in the Scriptures; you can get over in Jeremiah and find out there when he was—when he—he was going into the captivity of the land, you know, he—he bought his uncle… His uncle's son had some—some property, and he went through that sealing, and if we took it all… We got that also, in the Seven Church Ages, them seals and so forth in there.
144  You see, a seal in the Old Testament was like a roll, like this. And here was a mystery, and this mystery was hidden. All right, it was sealed around and put here: the claim to so-and-so. Then the next mystery was wrapped around of what this inheritance was and stuck out here on this side: "The—the—the claim to so-and-so," and went on down until it made a scroll, because people didn't have books like this then. It was in a roll (How many knows that?) called a scroll. Well, a sealed scroll you could break loose one here (what the mystery of this was) and tear it loose, and you could see what that claim was. And then break the other one loose, and you see what that claim was.
145  And the whole thing here, the Seven Seals got the mysteries of God from the foundation of the world all sealed up in there, and revealed by Seven different Seals; that if God willing—let Him—let us pull back these Seals and look down through the Book and find out what it's all about. See? Oh, I hope we have a great time. There the mystery of redemption is sealed until… This Book could not be broken until the last angel's message. The scroll's there; we knowed it was there. We know that it was redemption. We believed it was redemption.
146  Jeremiah said, "This scroll must be kept…" (as you read it there) he'd say, "He must be kept in a earthly vessel." See? Oh, what a beautiful thing there I could talk about awhile. This scroll was kept in an earthly vessel, a vessel that once became flesh (Glory.), died, rose again, and kept in a earthly vessel until the time of the purchase. Oh, my, beautifully. All right. Now, these messages are all kept up until this earthly vessel, until the time of God's appointed time at the last messenger at the earth, and all that these people had judged at and said, "I know it's there; I believe it's there"; and they'd fought at it, and brought it forth, and produced the things; by faith they believed it. But now it's going to be brought to us in revelations and from the hand of God by vindication. God said so; He promised it.
148  Now, now, let's see what—where was we at? Let's go to verse 2 now. That's a long time for verse 1, but let—let—let's take verse 2. Now, we probably won't stay that long on the next one. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open… book, and to loose the seals thereof? Now, remember, let's read the 1st verse again so we can get it together. … I saw in the right hand of him that set upon the throne… God: Who is that? The absolutely original Holder of the Book of Life. He holds it; God does. When Adam forfeited it, it went back to its original Owner. It belongs to Him. And John, in the vision looked over and: … saw in the right hand of him that set upon a throne a—a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. (See, inside…)
151  Now, when we go to breaking these Seals, you're going to see, it goes plumb back in the Scripture, all the way back. For each one of those Seals, the whole thing together, the whole mystery lays right here in these Seals. See? Every mystery of the Bible lays in these Seals, and the Seals cannot be broken until that time. I'll prove it here just in a minute.
152  Notice, now the Book, remember, is sealed. Here's one; here is this seal, then another one's wrapped: a seal. Another one's wrapped: a seal. It's a Book of Redemption. And the whole thing together makes the Book, and it's sealed with Seven Seals. And being it's on the backside is because it's wound up; the seal mystery is on the inside, and it only says the white horse rider, or the black horse rider, and whatmore on the outside, but the mystery of the whole Book is in them Seals. From Genesis to Revelations, a complete plan of redemption is revealed in these Seven Seals. Oh, it's an important time. God help us to get it. See?
153  Now, and a strong Angel… Now, verse 2, the strong Angel with a loud voice proclaiming, "Who is worthy?" Worthy for what? "Who is worthy to take that Book?" Now, we find out… Where's the Book at now? To its original Owner, because it has been forfeited by a son, the first son of God in the human race. And when he forfeit his rights to listen to Satan, he give up… What did he do? He accepted Satan's wisdom instead of God's Word.
154  Now, couldn't we stop here awhile? Sons of God will take a seminary's idea about it instead of the Word of God. See, see? Same thing Adam did: forfeited his right. And when it did, it went right straight back. Can't you see where those ages has been? See? Went right straight back to the original Holder. And John, in the Spirit, standing up here in heaven… He's just been lifted up now from the Church Ages (See?), saw the Church Ages, and then he was taken up in the 4th chapter. He said, "Come up higher; I'm going to show you things that will come."