The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 12

233  Would you like to write down some Scripture? Let's just turn to it. What do you say? Got that much time? All right, let's go to Zechariah, the Book of—of Zechariah, just a little bit, and we'll—we'll read some of this. I—I don't want to keep you too long on these things, and—and I… But yet, I don't want you to miss it. What's any more important than this? What's the matter? What? There's nothing more important than Eternal Life to a person, and we must—we must get this now and—and be sure that we get it. All right.
235  All right, sir. And now, we want to read Zechariah the 3rd chapter. I think that's right now: Zechariah 3. We're just going to get these symbols here, if I've got my Scriptures wrote down. I was just shouting all over the place this afternoon when I hit this, so I—I just don't know whether I got it right or not; I hope I have. Zechariah 3, let's see if it's… I got 89 here, but it must be 8 to 9. All right. All right, I know it can't be 89. Zechariah 3:8 and 9: Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that set with thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the branch. (Christ) For behold the stone that I will lay before Joshua; upon… stone—one stone shall be seven eyes—seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the engraving thereon, saith the LORD of hosts,… I will remove the iniquity of the land in one day.
236  Now, let's turn over to Zechariah 4:10—4:10. Listen. … who has despised the day of small things?… (God in simplicity. See?)… for they shall rejoice, and… see the plummet in the hands of Zerubbabel with whose—with those seven; these are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth. The seven eyes—eyes mean seeing. Seeing means prophets, seers. This Lamb had seven horns, and on each horn had an eye: seven eyes. What is it? Christ and His Bride. Seven Church Ages, out of there was seven prophets that went forth, seven seers, eyes. So the last one must be a seer. All right.
238  Notice, He is not an animal. He took the Book out of the right hand of Him that set upon the throne. Who was it? The—the Owner, the original Owner that had the Book of Redemption in His right hand, and no Angel, no angelic being, nothing else could take the place. And this bloody Lamb walked out and took the Book out of His hand. What was it? Brother, this is the most sublime thing in the Scripture, a act, that not an Angel, not nothing could do it, and the Lamb come and took it from the right hand of Him that set upon the throne. What is it? Now it belongs to the Lamb. Amen.
239  God's laws required… He's the One that holds it. God's law required a Kinsman Redeemer, and the Lamb come out boldly. "I am their Kinsman. I am their Redeemer. I now have made intercession for them, and now I've come to claim their rights for them." Amen. Amen. "I've come to claim their rights. In that they have a right to everything that lost in the fall, and I've paid the price." Oh, brother. Whew. Don't it make you feel religious? Not by good works which we have done, but by His mercy. Oh, wait a minute. And them elders and everything else begin to throw off crowns, and dignitaries begin to get on the ground. See?
242  No one, no one could do it. And He walks right up to the right hand of God and took the Book out of His hand and claimed His rights, "I have died for them. I am their Kinsman Redeemer. I have—I am the Mediator. My Blood was shed. I have become man, and I did this in order to get that church back again, the one I foresaw before the foundation of the world. I have purposed it; I spoke that it would be there, and nobody was able to take it, but I went down and done it Myself. I am their Kinsman…?… I become kinfolks." And He takes the Book. Amen. Oh, Who's waiting there for me tonight? Who is that One, church, that's waiting there? What else could wait there for you but that Kinsman Redeemer? Oh, my. What a sublime statement or act.
244  Now, He has the Title Deed to redemption. He has it in His hand; mediation is done now. He has it in His hand. Remember, it's been in the hand of God all the time, but now it's in the hand of the Lamb. Now, watch, the Title Deed of Redemption of all creation is in His hand, and He's come to claim it back to—for the human race, not claim it back to Angels; claim it back to the human which it was given for to make sons and daughters of God again, bring them back to a garden of Eden, everything they lost: the whole creation, the trees, the animal life, everything else. Oh, my. Don't that make you feel good? Whew.
245  I thought I was tired but I'm not now. You see? Sometimes I think I get—I'm getting too old to preach, and then I go to seeing something like that; and I think I'm a young man. Hm. It does something to you. See? For I know this, that there's Someone there waiting for me. There's Someone paid the price that I couldn't pay; that's right; He did it for me, Charlie. He did it for you; He did it for the whole human race, and now He comes forth to claim His redemptive rights. Claim it for who? Not for Himself, for us. He's one of us; He's our kinfolks. Oh, my. He's my Brother; He's my Saviour; He's my God; He's my Kinsman Redeemer; He's all, for what was I without Him or what could I be without Him? So, you see, He's my all, and He's standing there as our kinfolks. And now, He's been interceding for us up till this time, and now He comes forth and takes the Book of Redemption to claim His rights of what He did for us.
247  They died… Jesus said, "He that believeth on Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. Whosoever liveth and believeth on Me shall never die. He that eats My flesh and drinks My Blood has Everlasting Life, and I will raise him up at the last day." No matter if he falls asleep in the first watch, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, or seventh, wherever he falls asleep… What will happen? The trumpet of God shall sound, that last trump will blast forth the same time that the last angel's giving his message and the last Seal is opened, that last trumpet will sound, and the Redeemer comes forth to take His redeemed possessions: His church, Blood-washed.
249  Now, oh, the whole creation lays in His hand now, on which the whole plan of redemption is sealed by Seven mysterious Seals in this Book that He took… Now, watch. And He alone can reveal It to whomsoever He will. He's got it in His hand. See? Now, He promised it would be at that time, now, for it is sealed by Seven Seals of mystery, the Book of Redemption. Now, watch. As now… Friends, I told you I was going to let you out at eight-thirty, but I've throwed over three or four pages here to get to this. So I want… I'm already after nine, so that you can get back tomorrow.
251  But now, in this Sevenfold Book of Seals of Redemption that the Lamb took within Himself—was the only One Who could do it. And He took it from the right hand of Him that set upon a throne; now, to claim His redemptive, to claim His rights, to claim for me and you what He redeemed us from, to (See?), back to everything that Adam lost in the garden of Eden; He has redeemed us back to that.
252  Now, with the Lamb, with the Book in His hand, we are ready to ask His grace and mercy upon us to open these—seven-sealed Book to us and let us look a past the curtain of time just a little bit. Oh, my. Notice, when He took the Book, the Title Deed, sealed (Just get that in your mind, now.) and broke the Seals of the mystery to reveal them, to bring them to His… See? All of His redeemed subjects… Now, when we hit this in the Seals, we're going to go back there and see them souls under the altar crying, "Lord, how long, how long."
254  And here He is as a Mediator on the altar, "Just a little longer until there's more has to suffer like you." But now He comes from here at this last Seal. He's no more Mediator; He's King now. And what does He do? If He's a King, He has to have subjects, and His subjects is them that He has redeemed; and they cannot come before Him until He takes the rights of redemption. And now, He walks forth from a Mediator, where death put us in the grave, He comes forth with the rights. Amen. And even those who are alive and remain till His coming shall not hinder them which are asleep, for the trumpet of God shall sound at that last trumpet, when the last Seal is broke, and when the seventh angel's given his message; the last trumpet shall sound and the dead in Christ shall rise, and we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them to meet Him in the air. He claims… He's come forth now to claim His—His possession. Watch, look at this. My, broke the Seals, revealed the mysteries… Revealed them where? To the last church age, the only one that's living. The rest of them's sleeping.
258  He said, "If He comes in the first watch, second watch, third watch, on down to the seventh watch…" In the seventh watch there went out a—a command or call, "Behold the Bridegroom cometh." And when they did, the sleeping virgins, the nominal churches said, "Oh, you know. I—I believe I'd like to have that Holy Ghost." Have you noticed the Presbyterians and Episcopalians? Did you hear my message in Phoenix to them men who stand up there and the "Voice" in there saying, "Well, what's the matter with this author, saying, 'Holy Father So-and-so,'" when the Bible said call no man, "father." See? They're sleeping with them; that's the reason. But when they come forth and said, "Yeah, we believe…"
260  A woman just called up another woman and said, "You know, I'm Episcopalian," said, "I—I—I spoke in tongues the other day; I believe I received the Holy Ghost, but sh, don't tell nobody." I doubt that very much. You might've spoke with tongues; but you set a man on fire, how is he going to set still? Yes, sir. They can't do it. Could you imagine Peter, and James, and John, and them up in the upper room saying, "Oh, we got the Holy Ghost now, but maybe we better keep still." Brother, through windows, doors and everything they went out into the street, acting like a bunch of drunks. That's the real Holy Ghost.
262  But you see, that sleeping virgin ain't receiving nothing anyhow. That's right. And remember, while they went to try to buy oil… You remember the Scriptures doesn't say they got it. But while they were out trying to buy it, there come a sound. What happened? All those virgins that slept rose, and trimmed their lamps, and went in to the supper (Is that right?), and the rest was left for the tribulation period (Right.), weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth. That's the church, not the Bride, the church. The Bride went in. There's a whole difference between the church and the Bride. Yes, sir. Went in to the wedding supper… Oh, notice, boys.
266  The Seals was broke. Why? In the last Church Age to reveal these truths. Why? The Lamb broke the Seals and revealed them to His church in order to collect His subjects for His Kingdom, His Bride. See? Oh, my. He wants to bring His subjects to Him now. What is it? Out of the dust of the earth, out of the bottom of the sea, out of the pits, out of everywhere and every place; out of—out of the regions of the dark, out of paradise, wherever they may be, He will call and they'll answer. Amen. Amen. He will call, and they'll answer. He come to get His subjects. He revealed His secrets, and they saw it; and time is no more at that time. Time has run out; it's finished. All right.
269  He leaves the throne of—to be an Intercessor as a slain Lamb to be a Lion, King, to bring the world to judgment who has rejected His message. He's not a Mediator. Remember the Old Testament teaching now, as we hurry. When the blood went off the mercy seat, what was it? Judgment seat. And when the Lamb slain walked forward from eternity out of the Father's throne and took His rights, it was a judgment seat. Then He become not a Lamb, but a Lion, King. And He calls for His Queen to come stand by His side. "Know ye not the saints shall judge the earth?"
272  Daniel said the judgment was set, and the books were opened, and ten thousands times ten thousands of thousands ministered to Him: King and Queen. And then another Book was opened, which is the Book of Life. That's for the church. And the Queen and the King stood there.
273  As the cowboy's meditation said… Last night as I laid on the prairie, I gazed to the stars in the sky; And I wondered if ever a cowboy, Could drift to that sweet by and by. There's a road to that bright happy region; But it's dim there, a trail, so they say, But the broad one that leads to perdition, Is posted and blazed all the way. They speak of another great Owner… He's speaking in the terms of his cattle life. If you was ever in a roundup, you can see it plain. They speak of another great Owner, And He's never over stocked, so they say. He'll always make room for a sinner, That'll drift on that straight narrow way. They say He will never forsake you, And He knows every action and look, For—for safety we'd better get branded, Have our name on His great tally Book. For they say there will be a great roundup, When cowboys like dogies will stand, To be marked by the riders of judgment (Them prophets and seers), That's posted and knows every brand.
275  If you ever were in a roundup, see a boss stand out there, and riders and milling in that herd of cattle. He will see his own brand go by, and he will motion to the boss; and the boss will see it, and give him a nod. His pony runs right in around, around this milling cropping bunch of horns like that and cut his own cows out. See? They say there will be a great roundup, And cowboys like dogies will stand, That'll be marked by the riders of judgment, That's posted and knows every brand. See? So he said: I guess I will be a stray yearling, Just a man that's condemned to die; (Unbranded; he—they make soup out of him.) That'll be cut in the bunch with the rusties, When the boss of those riders come by. See Who it is? The Boss of the riders. That's the Lamb to the seven messengers who's posted and knows every brand. See? Hm.
278  Notice, here He comes, leaves the throne as an Intercessor, as a slain Lamb to become a lion, King, to bring the whole world into judgment that's rejected. Our Kinsman Redeemer then is King over all. Why? He's got the Title Deed of Redemption. It all lays within His hand. I'm glad I know Him…?… Then claims His inheritance; that's the Church, the Bride; He claims it. What does He do then? He disposes of His contestant, Satan. He throws him into a lake of fire with all those who was inspired by Satan to reject His Word of redemption.
281  He's King now. Mercy's still on the throne. Don't you reject His offer. See? The riders know just who you are. And now, His contestant, who's give Him trouble for two thousand years, claiming, "I can do with them what I want to. I still have them; they're mine. I… They forfeited the title back there"; but He's the Kinsman Redeemer. He said… He's back here making intercessions now, but someday… He say, "I'll put them in the grave." But He told the Church, "I'll bring you out (See?), but first I've got to be an Intercessor."
285  Now, He comes forth, steps out from eternity back yonder, off of the throne of the Father where He set as an Intercessor. Now He comes to be King, oh, to rule all nations with a rod of iron. Judgment is set. Oh, brother, our Kinsman Redeemer holds it all. That's right; yes, sir. What does He do? He calls that contestant's hand, Satan. "They're mine now; I've raised them up from the grave." And He takes all the liars, and the perverters of the Word, and all like that with Satan and destroys them in the lake of fire. She's all over now. Throws them in a lake of fire… Oh, my.
287  You know what? I want—I want to just say something here before we close. And then we'll—we'll—we'll hurry. Notice, we're down now to the 7th verse, but from the 8th verse to the 14th, I want you to notice what takes place. All that was in heaven and all that was in the earth… Just listen to this; let me just read it. I—I believe it'd be better if I just read it out of the Book. We're at the 7th verse. See?.. And… Watch the 6th verse. And I—And I behold—beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven heads—seven horns,…(I mean) and seven eyes… (We just explained it.)… which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth to all the earth. (See, Seven Church Ages, the seven messengers that kept that fire burning. See? All right.) And he came… (the Lamb)… and took the book out of the right hand of him that set upon a throne—(set upon the throne)
290  Now watch, and when He done that, watch what taken place. You talk about a jubilee. Now, this is exactly the breaking of them Seals take place. We'll get in that half hour of silence, just after this. Watch this. And we started in, and we finish this up next Sunday night, right here. And listen close now. Are you ready? Say "Amen." Listen close what took place.
291  When He had did this—when all creation was groaning, no one knowed what to do, and John was weeping. Here come the Lamb, walked over; and this Book was in the hands of—of the original Owner, because man had fell and lost it, and no man was able to take it any more to redeem the earth: no priest, pope, nothing, as I said; but the Lamb come up, no Mary, no saint this or saint that; the Lamb come up, bloody, slain, and took the Book out of the right hand of Him that set upon the throne. And when they seen there was a Redeemer… And all the—the souls under the altar, when the Angels, when the elders, when the… everything seen it, when this was done… it…
292  Here it lays in the future. Tonight He's a Mediator, but He's coming to this; watch. And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and the four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of the saints. That's those that's under the altar that have prayed for long ago (See?), they had prayed for redemption, prayed for resurrection, and here he—these elders are pouring out the prayers before, 'cause "Now, we've got a representative. We got a Kinsman in heaven that's come forth to make His claims." And they sang a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou was slain, and hast redeemed us to our God… (Watch)…by thy blood out of every kindred,… tongue, and people, and nation; And has made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
293  They wanted to come back, and here they are going back to be kings and priests. Glory to God. I feel good enough to speak in tongues. Look. Watch. Yes, it seems like I ain't got enough language I could praise Him with it. I need one that I don't even know, notice. And I beheld… (Listen to this.)… And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels…
296  Listen what a jubilee going on. When they seen that Lamb come and take that Book of Redemption, the souls screamed out. We'll get it. All, everything, the elders fell down; they poured out the prayers of the saints. What? There was represented a Kinsman for us. They fell upon their faces, and they sang a song and said, "Thou art worthy, for You were slain." Watch what… And look at these Angels. And I beheld, and… heard the voice of many angels around about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand,… of thousands; (Whew. Notice) Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
297  What a jubilee going on in heaven when that—the Lamb leads—leaves that intercessory box to come here to possess His claim. You know that got next to John. He must've saw his name wrote there. When them Seals broke, he must've got real happy. Listen what he said: And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and underneath the earth,… such as are in the sea, and all that… in them, is—is in them heard (me) I saying, Blessings,… honour,… glory,… power, be to him that sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb for ever… Amen, and amen, and amen. Oh. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that lives for ever and ever.