The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

Chapter 3: The First Seal 63-0318 (Continued)

Day 17

225  Now, just seventy weeks was determined, perfectly, as Daniel said that Messiah would come and would be cut off in the midst of the week. And Jesus prophesied three and a half years. Now, in the middle of this, three and a half years of Daniel, in the middle of it, He was cut off. And now the last part is the tribulation period where the Gentile church is… Oh, this is great. Now, don't…?… The Bride goes in with the Groom, then after the Millennium, walks out upon the ashes of the wicked.
226  Let me show you something here, just, while we've just got it in mind, let's just show you what it says, what the Bible says. And we can't deny this being the Word of God. If we do, then we're infidels. See, we got to believe. You say, "I don't understand it." Neither do I, but I'm looking for Him to reveal it. Look. For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud… (like the Americans and so forth)… yea,… all that do wickedly, shall be stubble:… (It's going to burn.)… and the day that cometh that shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts,… it shall leave them neither root or branch.
227  How you got a eternal hell in there then? See, it's the last days when these things are being revealed. There's no place in the Bible says hell's eternal. To—to have… To be in a eternal hell, you'd have to have Eternal Life to stay there. There's only one form of Eternal Life, and that's what we're struggling for. Everything had a beginning has an end. Hell was created for the devil and his angels, and will be consumed and done away with. Right. See? But when this takes place, it neither leaves them root or branch. But unto them that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness rise with healing in his wings;… ye shall go forth, as a—grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in that day that I will do this, saith the LORD of hosts. Where's the wicked going to be after the tribulation? Ashes. Remember… the laws of Moses…, which I commanded… him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send to you Elijah the prophet before the coming of that great and dreadful day of the Lord:
229  Amen. Here's the Old Testament closing out like that, and here's the New Testament closing out with the very same thing. How you going to keep it away? Then, look, "I will send to you Elijah the prophet before that day comes:" And he shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. There you are. That's the Word of the Lord. He's promised it. It must come.
230  And now, if you'll notice how this happens, it's beautiful how God does it. The Bride goes forth and the—with the Groom; and—and then after that the wicked is burned with unquenchable fire. And after the world has been purified, reproduces itself… Everything has to do that, has to go through a state of purification. Volcanic will break forth in that great last time, and the world will burst, and belch, and go forth; and all these cesspools of sin and all that's upon the earth will be molded into nothing. It'll burn with such a fervent heat that it'll be like that bleach that sends the—the color of—of the ink back into its original creation; so will the fire from God be so hot that it'll turn every filthy thing back to its condition again, when Satan and all sin is burned up and everything. And then she'll come forth as beautiful as she was in the garden of Eden. That's right. Oh, that great hour laying just ahead of us.
232  During the tribulation period… Here's what I want you to notice now, a little thing I dropped in here. During this tribulation period, after the Bride has been called out, and the church goes through the tribulation period, the hundred and forty-four thousand is called by the two witnesses of Revelation 11. Now, look, they'll prophesy one thousand two hundred and threescore days clothed in sackcloth.
233  Now, we know this Roman calendar has… We got twenty-eight days and sometimes of thirty and thirty-one, but actual the calendar reads this: thirty days to every month. That's right. And take a hundred—a thousand, two-hundred and threescore days and put thirty to it, and see what you got: three and one-half years exactly on the dot. That's the time—that's allotted time for the Messiahic message to be preached to Israel like it was back there. When He returns back and makes Hisself known in a symbol, that when He comes…
234  When Joseph was taken down into the country and was rejected by his brethren because he was a spiritual man… He could see visions and interpret dreams, and when he did, he was taken down into the country and was sold for almost thirty pieces of silver. He portrayed Christ exactly, because it was Christ's Spirit in him. Notice what happened then. And notice that when he did this, he was put in the prison, and one man was saved and the other lost: exactly Jesus when He was in prison on the cross. One thief was saved and the other one was lost. Exactly. Throwed into the grave, supposed to be dead, and was took up and ascended to the right hand of Pharaoh, that nobody could see Pharaoh without seeing Joseph first. Jesus sets at the right hand of God, and no man can come to the Father except by the Son. That's right.
237  And notice, every time Joseph left, when Joseph rose up from that right hand of that throne… Watch? Glory. There set Joseph by the right hand of Pharaoh. And when Joseph raised up to leave that throne, the trumpet sounded. "Bow the knee, everybody. Joseph is coming." When that Lamb leaves the throne yonder on His days of mediatorial work, when He leaves the throne up there and takes that Book of Redemption and walks forth, every knee will bow, every tongue…?… There He is.
239  Notice, and when Joseph, rejected by his brethren, he was given a Gentile wife. Potiphar give him… Or Pharaoh give him a Gentile wife, and he bore Gentile children: half Gentile and Jew. They give a great symbol that when Jacob was blessing them, Ephraim on one side, Manasseh on the other, he crossed his hands and give the younger child the blessing; and the two kids was added unto the twelve tribes, which was only ten at that time, and he blessed them in Jacob himself; and Joseph, his prophet son, standing there said, "Father, you've done wrong." Said, "You put your right hand blessing on the young child, where it ought to went on the old one." He said, "I know my hands was crossed, but God has crossed them." Why? Israel, having the rights to be a Bride, rejected and sold their birthrights, and the—went from the old son, Israel, to the new, Gentile, and the blessings went from there through the cross to the Bride.
241  But notice, after that (See?), through that… When all… He'd took his bride. But when them boys came down to buy food… Oh, it's such a beautiful picture. I'm off of the Seal, but I just got to say it (See?), 'cause you'll get the picture better, I believe. Notice. Now, when they come down to buy food, you know, Joseph recognized them right away. And Joseph was the son of prosperity; no matter where he went it always prospered. You wait till the—He comes to the earth again; wait till our Joseph comes. The desert shall blossom as a rose, and the Sun of righteousness rises with healing in His wings. Oh, my. All that cactus around Arizona will unfold into beautiful trees in there… It'll be beautiful.
245  Notice, here he comes forth, and he plays a little trick on them there. And he stands and he says, "Is my father still living?" See? He wanted to know if that boy's father was living. He said, "Yes." (He knowed that was his brother.) But did you notice. When he got ready to reveal himself to his brothers, and he found little Benjamin, which had been born since he had been gone. And that represents these Jews, this hundred and forty-four thousand that's gathering right there now, since He's been gone. And when he returned, he said… He looked at Benjamin; his heart was about to break. And remember, they had—they didn't know that he could speak Hebrew. He was taken an interpreter; he act like he was an Egyptian. See?
247  And then when it was made known, he wanted to make himself known, he kept looking at little Benjamin. And—and remember, he dismissed his wife. She was in the palace when he made hisself known to his brethren. And the Gentile Bride, the Wife, after Jesus being rejected by His Own people, He has taken a Gentile Bride and will take Her from here to the palace to His Father's house in Glory for the wedding supper and will slip back down to make Hisself known to His brethren, the hundred and forty-four thousand…?… See? There He stands. And remember, look at the symbols, perfectly.
249  And when he come back to where this was, he looked down to them and he said—he said—begin to look… And they begin to talk. They said, "Now, Reuben, you know that we're in for it now. See? Because, you know what we done? We've got this boy in this fix. Now, we oughtn't to have sold our brother." That was their brother standing there, that mighty prince, and they didn't know it. That's the reason Israel can't understand Him today. It isn't the hour yet to know it. And then he—they thought he couldn't understand Hebrew, but he was listening right at them. They said, "Now, we're in for it."
252  And Joseph, when he looked at them, he couldn't stand it no longer. Now, remember, his wife, his children was in the palace at the time: the saints gone out—out of their presence. And he said, "I'm Joseph, your brother." And he run over and grabbed little Benjamin, fell on his neck, and begin to cry. And he made himself known. And then they said, "Now, we know we got it coming, for we sold him. We was the one who sold him off. We was the one who tried to kill him, now we know he'll kill us." He said, "No, don't be angry with yourself; you only done it to preserve life. That's why God sent me down here." And when He makes Hisself known, the Bible says (as we come to it), when He makes Hisself known to that hundred and forty-four thousand there, the little Benjamin of today and the remnant of those Jews left there; when He makes Himself known, they'll say, "Where did You get those scars? What are they doing in Your hands?" He'll say, "Oh, I got them in the house of my friends." See?
257  Oh, then they'll realize that they have killed the Messiah. But what will He say? The same as Joseph did it: "You did it to serve life, don't—to save life. Don't be angry with yourself." Because that the Gentiles would not have been brought in, if the Jews hadn't have done that blindfolded trick. So He saved the life of the church by the things they done. So there you are. That's the reason today they can't understand this; it isn't the hour. No more we could understand these things until the time comes for it to be understood. Oh, my.
259  Seven thunders of revelation… May He show the Bride how to prepare for the great translation faith. (Now, let's hurry up because we haven't got about fifteen or twenty minutes yet.) Now, what does this white horse mean? Let me read this. I've been so far off. Excuse me for getting off my subject, but—but I'll read the verse again, the two verses. And I saw when the Lamb had opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it was the noise of thunder, and one of the four beasts saying, Come… see. And I saw, and behold a white horse:… (Now, we're going to the 2nd verse)… a white horse: and he that set on him had a bow; and a crown was given… him:… (He didn't have it then.)… unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. (That's all of that. That's the seal.)
262  Now, let us find the symbols. We found out what the thunder means. That's perfectly; we know that. See? The thunder was the Voice of God when the Seal opened. Now, what does the white horse mean? Now, here's where the revelation comes. I'm just as positive of this as I'm standing here knowing this is the Word. I've read every book on it I could find. And with a… I… The last time that I was—tried to go through it, just teaching it, about thirty years ago, I took the book… Somebody had told me that the Adventists had more light on the second coming of Christ than any people that they knowed, so I found some of their good books to read them. I got Smith's book on "Daniel's Revelation." And he said this white horse that went forth was white, and it symbolized a conqueror, and in this conquering… Many of you Adventist brethren here knows the book, and many of you others also by reading it. And others, I read two or three of… I read when the… I can't call… There's two more books read, and both men agreed that that was right. That was fine teachers, supposed to be some of the best with the best light. So I thought, "Well, if I don't know, I'll just say what they said, try to teach it that way." And they give a very good explanation of it, what it really meant.
266  And they said, "Now, here's a white horse, and a white horse is a power, a charger." And said, "The man that set on that was the—the white horse was the Holy Spirit that went forth in the early age and conquered that age for the Kingdom of God. He had a bow in his hand which meant like Cupid. He shot the arrows of love into the hearts of the people, the love of God, and He conquered." Now, that sounds very good, but it isn't the Truth. No, sir. That… It wasn't. "White" does mean "righteous." We—we realize that, that "white" means "righteous." The teachers taught it, that it was the Holy Spirit conquering in the first age. But my revelation of it by the Holy Spirit is not that way. My revelation by the Holy Spirit is: Christ and the Holy Spirit is the selfsame Person (See?), only in a different form. So here stands Christ, the Lamb. We know He was the Lamb. He's standing here with the Books in His hand, and there goes the white horse rider. See? So it wasn't the Holy Spirit.
269  Now, that's one of the mysteries of the last days, how that Christ can be the three Persons in One. It's not three different people: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, being three gods as the trinitarians try to tell us it is. It's three—it's three manifestations of the same Person, or you might call it three offices. If you're talking to ministers, you wouldn't use office, 'cause I…?… just happened to think I'm on tape. So I'll tell you… 'Course Christ couldn't say, "I'll pray My office, and He'll send you another office." We know that. But if you want to make it: it's three attributes of the same God, and not three gods; three attributes of the same God. See? And so how could Christ be out there with a white horse conquering and standing here with a Book in His hand? It isn't so; it isn't Christ.
271  Notice. Now, the Holy Spirit and the revelation and Christ is… The Holy Spirit is Christ in another form. That's right. Notice, it is a Lamb that opened the Book, and the Lamb is Christ; and Christ is not seen any more from then, but He is seen in the Book of Revelations the 19th chapter, coming on a white horse. If you'd like to read it, let's turn to Revelations 19:11 to 6. Let's read it right quick now while we're—while we're—if we got enough time, I hope, so it'll make it just a little better to us: 19, 19:11, begin at the 11th verse and read down including the 16th. And I saw heaven opened,… behold a white horse;… (not on the earth; in heaven. See?)… and he that set on him was called Faithful… True, and… righteous… does he judge and make war. His eyes were… flames of fire, and on his head was many crowns;… (Look at the diadem.)… and he had a name written, that no man knowed, but… himself.
274  I wished I could stop on that just a minute. Oh, my. I got a good notion but maybe when I see that you… See, nobody knows it. Did you ever know that the Name of Jehovah is not correct? Anyone knows. Dr. Vayle, you know that's true. The translators could never translate it. It's spelled J-u-h-v; J-v-h-u, I mean. It isn't Jehovah. They couldn't touch it. They don't know what it is. Called it Jehovah, but it wasn't His Name. Look. Every time a victory's won or something goes on, a name is changed.
277  Look at the days of Abraham. He was first Abram, and never could have that baby until his name was changed to Abraham. And Sarra, S-a-r-r-a could not have nothing but a dead womb until her name was changed to S-a-r-a-h. "Jacob" means "supplanter, deceiver," and that's what he did. He put sheepskin on hisself and deceived his prophet father to take the birthright. He put poplar sticks in the water, speckled them, and scared the cattle when they was pregnated with the—with their young, to make speckled cattle and sheep. Nothing but a deceiver, but one night he caught a hold of something real. And he knowed it was real, and he stayed with it and held on until he overcome, and his name was changed and called "Israel" meaning "a prince with power before God." Is that right? Every overcomer… Simon was a fisherman; but when his faith caught and knowed that was Jesus, when He told him He was the Messiah and told him who his name was and what his father's name was, he was overcome and changed from Simon to Peter. Saul, good name, Saul was a king one time in Israel, but Saul didn't fit an apostle. Might be all right for a king, but not an apostle. So Jesus changed his name from what? From Saul to Paul. Look at the sons of thunder and on down.
283  And Jesus, His Name on earth was Redeemer, Jesus. When He was on earth, He was the Redeemer; that's true. But when He conquered death and hell, and overcome them, and ascended on high, He received a new Name. That's the reason they holler the way they do and don't get nothing; it'll be revealed in the thunders. See?
284  Notice, the mystery. He's coming, riding… There's got to be something to change this Church, you know that. There's got to be something. Notice. No man knowed but Himself. Now, notice, no man knowed but Hisself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name was called The Word of God. (Oh, notice.) And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he tread the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he had on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
285  There comes the Messiah. There He is, not this fellow on this horse back here. Watch the different. Here He stands with the Book in His hand here. The redemptive work is just… He hasn't took His place yet. So it was not the Christ that went forth, the Holy Spirit. Not disagreeing with them great men, no, sir, I don't do it. I wouldn't want to do that, but this is what my revelation of it is. See, if you got something different, well, that's all right, but it ain't all right with me. See, I—I believe it this way; you know—you know what. See?
287  And notice, Christ is not seen any more (See?) from the time there. But He is on a white horse; so if this guy is riding a white horse, he's only an impersonator of Christ. See? Get that? Notice, the rider on the white horse don't have any name. He might use two or three titles, but he hasn't got any name. But Christ has a Name. What is it? The Word of God. That's what it is. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." And the Word made flesh. See?
289  The rider has no name, but Christ is called the Word of God. That's what He is. He's called that. Now, He's got a Name that no man knows, but He's called the Word of God. This guy isn't called nothing (See?), but he's on a white horse. The rider has no arrows for his bow. Did you notice? He had a bow, but there's nothing said about having any arrows; so he must be a bluffer. That's right. Maybe he's got a lot of thunder and no lightning, but you find out Christ had both lightning and thunder; for out of His mouth goes a sharp two-edged Sword, and He smites the nations. And this guy can't smite nothing (See?), but he's playing the part of a hypocrite. He's going forth riding on a white horse, going out to conquer.