The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 13


299  Talk about a jubilee, talk about a time when that Lamb walked forth… See, the Book's even sealed in heaven, the mysteries are. Say, "Is my name there?" I don't know; I hope it is. But if it is, it was put on the Book before the foundation of the world. But the first thing that represented that redemption, come the Lamb that had been slain from the foundation of the world. And He took the Book (Glory.) opened the Book, and tore off the Seals, and sent it down to the earth to His seventh angel to reveal it to His people. There you are. Oh, my, what happened? The screams, the shouts, the hallelujahs, the anointed, the power, the glory, the manifestation… And old John, who had been standing there our brother, crying; "Why," he said, "everything in heaven, everything in the earth, and everything in the sea heard me holler, Amen, blessings, honor, and might and power be to Him that lives forever and ever."
303  Talk about a happy time when them Seals broke… John must've looked in and seen a past the curtain of time and said, "There's John." Oh, he was so happy. He said, "Everything in heaven." He must've really cried out, didn't he? "Everything in heaven, everything in the earth, everything beneath the earth, every creature, and everything else, heard me saying, 'Amen, blessings and glory and wisdom, and power, and might, and riches belongs to Him. Amen.'"
305  Why? When the revelation come that the Lamb, the Redeemer, our Kinsman had come back from the throne of mediatorial and had walked out here to take His possession. Oh, soon the Lamb will take His bride To be ever at His side, All the host of heaven will assembled be; O, it will be a glorious sight, All the saints in spotless white; And with Jesus we shall reign eternally. Oh, "Come and dine," the Master calleth (now on the Word), "Come and dine." (Oh, I—I get without words. See?) Come and dine; come and dine, You can feast at Jesus' table any time. (Now! But when He leaves there, no.) He who fed the multitude; Turned the water into wine…
307  He that said that he that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also…" Oh, my. He that promised these things in the last day. He that said these things, He that's now in the time of the revelation of these things being made known, "Come and dine." Oh, don't miss it, my brother. Now, let us bow our heads just a minute. Tomorrow night by the grace of God we try to break that First Seal, if God will break it for us and let us see what this revelation has been, hid from the foundation of the world.
309  Before we do that, sinner friend or lukewarm church member, do you just have a membership in a church or do you not have a membership? And if you have only a membership, you'd be pretty near as well off without it. You need a birth. You must come to the Blood. You must come to something that just spots the sin away till there's no more remembrance of it. If you haven't made preparation yet to meet the Lamb in the air, and by the power invested me by my commission given by Almighty God and ministered to me by an Angel, a Pillar of Light, I charge you in the Name of Jesus Christ: Don't try to meet Him with only a membership of a lodge, a church of this earth. Come while the Mediator, as far as I know, is still on the throne making intercessions, because there will come a day when you'll want to come, and there will be no Mediator. For if we see the hour we're living, in the seventh church age, and the mysteries of God become what they have with the vindicated Spirit of God showing everything that He promised in the last days, how much more time is left? Sinner friend, come.
312  Lord Jesus, the hours are growing late. It may be even later than we are thinking. And we are happy to see this hour approaching. It is the most glorious hour that the world has ever known for the believer, but for the rejecter, the most saddest time that could ever be… There couldn't find words in the alphabet, letters to make words, that could express the trouble and sorrow that lays ahead. And neither is there words could be formed from our alphabet to express blessings that lays ahead for the believer. Father, there may be some tonight here without hope, and they are intelligent human beings. And now, if the Blood still lays on the mercy seat, let the Lamb walk out from the throne to their heart tonight and reveal to them that they are lost, and with bloody hands say, "Come while it is time to come. I commit the message, Lord, with my prayer to Your hands. Do whatever You will, Father, in Jesus' Name.
315  With our heads bowed, if you have not met this request and this requirement; if you've only trusted in your church, there was nothing that could redeem you. If you trusted in the intercessions of some saint, you're still lost. If you have trusted in the works of your hands, something that you've done, good works, you're lost. If you have trusted within the—within the prayer of your mother or the righteousness of your mother, your father, if you've trusted in that, you're lost. If you've trusted upon some sensation, some strange feeling, some emotion of speaking with tongues or dancing; if that's all you've trusted in and don't know the Lamb personally, don't know Him, then I charge you before God: make that thing right now with God. Down in your heart pray and just be simple, because God hides in simplicity.
316  You remember, the Bible said, "As many as believed was added." And while we pray for you, I trust that you'll make your—that one eternal decision: "Lord, I'll say yes." And a decision is a stone, but what good is a stone without a stonemason that can cut it to shape the building, to fit the building? Then let the Holy Spirit cut you from what you are to what you should be. If you're just a starchy church member, if you're a sinner, whatever you are, if you're without Christ, without the Holy Spirit, God grant to you peace tonight.
318  Now, Lord, as sanely as I know how to come, and as—as Scriptural as I know how to come, I come now with these I have committed to You with the Word. I'm trusting, Lord, that the Word has found It's place in the heart of people tonight. If there be such here that does not know or have not that assurance of the Holy Spirit's sweet Presence abiding in their life; that tempers, or indifferences, or selfishness, or something has cut this great thing from them and has kept them from it, or some creed, or—or some sensation has kept them from the sweetness of the fellowship of God, that it will now be turned loose. And that the Lamb, that bloody holy Kinsman that come walking forth from the throne down through the mystic Lights of the corridors of God's throne, walked out to claim His inheritance… God grant tonight, that they will receive Him. May each decision be made solemnly, and may they surrender themself to Him alone, Who can cut them and shape them into sons and daughters of God.
321  Now, in solemn prayer… I'm doing this the way I feel led to do it. In solemn before God as He has proven Himself to you, and you wasn't a Christian or you wasn't a what we call it—not a—not a denominational joiner, but I mean a borned again Christian, but you solemnly believe the message is true, and you solemnly believe that you can only be saved by the grace of God; and you do believe that He's speaking to your heart now, and you want to accept Him and are ready for His Word to—to cut you from what you are and make you what you should be, will you witness the same by standing to your feet. If that person's here and wants to make that suff—that all sufficient, stand to your feet…
322  Heavenly Father, I know not no more what to do but to quote Your Word. Here are men standing on their feet that feels that they haven't been where they should be—ready for this rapture; for it may take place before the First Seal be opened to us. And, Father, I pray for them. I—I as Your servant offer this prayer to the great Intercessor, Christ; as they pray, I offer my prayer with them upon the ivory throne of God where the bloody sacrifice is setting there tonight and most any time might step from the throne to come forth to claim His possessions. Then there's no more mercy left; it's judgment. Grant, Lord, that these people on their feet that's standing, in their hearts making their confession and willing to let the Spirit of God mold them, and cut them, and shape them into Living stones into the house of the Lord God… Grant it, Father. I commit them to You now. And You said, "He that will confess Me before men, him will I confess before My Father and the holy Angels." And now, You're setting there in the presence of all tonight, and they're standing, confessing You, and, Lord, if that is from the bottom of their heart, just as sure as God's Word's right, You're now making intercessions for them and accepting them in the—the grace and mercy realms of the cleansing Blood of the sacrificial Lamb, and they shall be Yours in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
326  Now, you that sees these people standing on their feet… There's young men right in there, some are standing up: you who felt that all sin and condemnation is gone, I want you just to raise up (some of you close to them), shake their hand and say, "Brother, I'm praying for you." "Sister, I'm praying for you." Just shake their hand and say, "God bless you. And now, the rest belongs to the hand of the Almighty." Say, "I will pray, and I will do all I can to help you into the Kingdom of God." … Oh, calling today! Oh, Jesus is calling, Is tenderly calling today.
327  You love Him? Isn't He wonderful? Oh, what would we do without this? "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God shall man live." Oh, feed me, Lord, upon the Word. "Forsaking not to assemble yourselves together as the manner of unbelievers and that much more as you see the day approaching." God willing, tomorrow night, by the grace of God, I'll try with all that's in me to ask Him to inter—intercede that the mystery of these Seals, as they break forth, will proclaim the Word of God to the people.
330  Until I meet you, God be with you. And now, I turn the service to our noble brother, Brother Neville, the pastor. How many loves Brother Neville? Now we all do. Come forward, Brother Neville. Brother Neville, God bless you.   
Chapter 3: The First Seal 63-0318

1  Let us bow our heads now for prayer. Our heavenly Father, we thank Thee tonight for this another opportunity to come to worship You. We are thankful to be alive and to have this great revelation of Eternal Life dwelling within us. And we've come tonight, Father, to study Thy Word together: these great hidden mysteries that's been hid since the foundation of the world; and the Lamb is the only One that can reveal it to us. I pray that He will come among us tonight, and will take of His Word, and reveal It to us, that we might know how to be better servants to Him in this end time. O God, as we see that we are now in the end time, help us to know our place, Lord, and our frail being and the certainty of the coming of the Lord soon. We ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen. I believe it was David said, "I was happy when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord." It's always a great privilege to come; and in the studying of the Word together gives us this great hope.
3  Now there's many standing, and I'm just going to hurry as quick as possible. But I trust that you have enjoyed the Presence of the Holy Spirit like I have in these last couple of times. And today I had something to happen that I haven't had for a long time. I was studying on this—on this revelation here, on the opening of the Seal. Years ago I run through it here, about some twenty years ago I guess, or something like that, but somehow or another I never was just exactly satisfied. It seemed like there was some things especially in these Seals, because those Seals are the entire Book. See? It's the Book. The whole Book is one Book sealed. It starts…
6  For instance if I had something here—I'd show you what I mean. Here is one seal. That's one… And you roll it up like this—the way it was rolled. And you roll it up in this manner, and at the end there is a little piece sticking out like that. That's the First Seal. All right. Then that's the first part of the Book. Then the next seal is rolled in this manner, right by the side of it, and it's rolled up in this manner like here and then at the end, right here, there's another sticking out, means two seals. And that's the way the whole Bible was wrote, in scroll. And so to break these Seals, it opens the mysteries of the Book.
8  Did you get to study in Jeremiah, how he wrote that, many of you taken it down last night? How them Seals were wrote and placed away for keeping until he returned after seventy years of the captivity. He was to return back and claimed his possession. And I certainly like to study it. You can't… There's no way to express it all, because it's an eternal Word. It's an eternal Book. And therefore, we just have to kindly hit the high places. And today in studying, I have written down many Scriptures so you can study it. And also in the tapes will reveal much of it as you study. And…
10  There are so many things. If I could just stand here at the platform and reveal it to you the way it's revealed to me in the room, my, it would be marvelous. But when you get here, you're pressed, and you just kind of jump over the things and try to just get the main part to the people that they might see it.
11  I certainly appreciate that song Brother Ungren just sang: "Down From His Glory." If He hadn't have come from His glory, where would we all be tonight? So we're thankful that He come down to help us.
12  Now, with many standing, we'll just hurry right through in here to the best we can. I don't say, we're going to hurry right through, but I mean we're going to get started as quick as possible. And now, let us turn now, after the… We've had the 1st chapter, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, and 5th last night, and tonight we're starting on the 6th chapter of Revelation. Now, as we study this chapter we are referring different places even to Old and New Testament alike, because the entire Book is the revelation of Jesus Christ. See? That's altogether the revelation of—of the Lord Jesus: the revelation of Jesus Christ. It's God revealing Himself in the Book, revealing Himself through Christ in the Book. And Christ is the revelation of God. He come to reveal God, because He and God were the same. God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. In other wise, you'd never knowed just what God was until He revealed Himself through Christ; then you can see. I used to think years ago that maybe God was angry with me, but Christ loved me. Come to find out, it's the same Person. See? And Christ is the very heart of God.
16  And now as we study this; you're comparing it now… The first three books of the Bible of Revelations (which we have pretty thoroughly combed that) is the church ages, the—the Seven Church Ages. Now, there's seven church ages, seven seals, seven trumpets, and vials, and—and unclean spirits like frogs, and all this goes together. My, how I'd like to have a—a great big map and draw it all across the way I see it, you know; just how that each one takes its place. I drawed it out on a little sheet of paper, but I—you know… And everything so far hit just exactly right. And with the time and the ages as they have come and gone and everything has blended in just perfectly right. So it may not altogether be right, but it's the best that I know about it anyhow. And… I know if—if I do my best, and I make a mistake in trying to do my best, and the best that I know of, God surely will forgive me for doing—for the error if I have done wrong. But…
18  Now, those first three books is the first seven church ages, and then we find out in the 4th chapter of Revelations John is caught up. See? We see the churches… There's not too much said about the church ages. There's where I think that people are going to be so surprised. They're—they're—they're applying the church way over into the tribulation to those things that's a-happened. And as I said Sunday (yesterday), "The first thing you know those tribulations will break in, and you'll wonder why was not the—the first coming was the rapture. And it'll be as it has been; it's passed and you didn't know it." See? Now, there's not too much promised to that Church, that Gentile Church, the Bride.
19  Now, I want you to bear in mind, there is a church and a Bride. See? You always have to make it run in threes. Fours is wrong: threes: threes, sevens, tens, twelves, twenty-fours, and forties, and fifties, in those unbroken numbers. The Bible is… And God runs His messages in—in num—in num—numerals of the Bible in those numbers. And you get something that flies off of one of those numbers, you'd better watch. It won't come out right on the next things. You got to bring it back here to where you start from.
21  Brother Vayle, Brother Lee Vayle, he—he… I think he's here. We were talking the other day about people who, getting off the track. It is just like shooting a target. If that gun is perfectly balanced, perfectly trained and sighted, it's got to hit the target unless that barrel moves, or twists, or vibrations throws it off and wherever—or a wind puff. Wherever it starts off at, there's only one way to do, is come back to where it left the track and start again, if it's going to hit the target. If it doesn't, why, it just doesn't hit the target.
22  And that's the way in studying Scripture, I believe. If we find out we start something here, and it doesn't come out right, you see it isn't—we—we've made a mistake somewhere; you got to come back. You'll never figure it with your mind. It just isn't… We just found out by the Scriptures that there's no man in heaven or in earth, or beneath the earth, or ever was, or ever will be that can do it. The Lamb alone can do it. So seminary explanation, whatever it might be, is just nothing. See? It takes the Lamb to reveal it. That's all. So we trust that He will help us.
24  John caught up in the 4th chapter to see things which was, which is, and which is to come. But the Church finishes at the 4th chapter, and Christ takes up the Church, caught up in the air to meet Him, and does not appear again until the 19th chapter when He comes back with—as King of king and Lord of lords with the Church. And now… Oh, I hope someday that we can get through it all, maybe before He comes. If we don't, we'll see it anyhow; so it doesn't matter.
25  Now, in this 5th chapter, the breaking of these Seals… And now, the seven-sealed Book… First we want to read the First Seal. Last evening (to background just a little more) we find out that when John looked and seen that Book still in the hands of the original Owner, God… You remember how it was lost? By Adam. He forfeited the Book of Life for the knowledge of Satan and lost his inheritance, lost everything, and no way for redemption. Then God, made in the likeness of men, came down and become a Redeemer to us to redeem us. And now, we find out that in days passed by, these things which was mysterious is to be opened up to us in the last days.
28  Now, we find out also in this, that as soon as John heard this announcement for the—the Kinsman Redeemer to come forth and to make His claims, there was no man that could do it. No man in heaven, no man in earth, no man beneath the earth, and no one was worthy even to look at the Book. Just think of that: no person at all worthy even look at it. And John just started weeping. He knowed that all… There was no chance for redemption then. Everything was failed, and quickly we find his weeping stopping quickly, because it was announced by one of the four beasts—or the elders, rather. One of the—the elders said, "Don't weep, John, for the Lion of the tribe of Juda has prevailed," in other words, "overcome and has conquered."