The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

Chapter 4: The Second Seal 63-0319 (Continued)

Day 24

276  Now, he gets into a place till he's going to make a universal church power, taking religious power. And do you not understand, my brothers, that in—when this nation appears in the 13th chapter of Revelation, this little animal raised up like a lamb and it's got two horns: civil and ecclesiastical power. But he done the same thing the beast did before him. It's strange, America is number thirteen and a woman. And strange it appears even in the 13th chapter of Revelation. We started out with thirteen stripes in the flag, thirteen stars, everything's thirteen, thirteen, thirteen, thirteen all the way down; and everything's woman, woman, woman all the way down.
278  And it finally end up, I predicted, a woman will control her. Remember that was thirty years ago I said it, and—and the—the seven things that I predicted, five of them's done come to pass. And they got the man right there now to bring her in. And you voted it in through your politics there. You… All right. So much to say, you can't hardly get to where you want to get to. Notice now. I won't keep you but a little bit longer, if I have to carry over tomorrow night.
280  Look, notice. When Satan… Now, everybody that realizes that Satan controls all political powers of the world… He said so (Matthew the 4th chapter and you get it, and the 8th verse). All the kingdoms belong to him. That's the reason they fight, war, kill. Now, remember, isn't that strange? They was given this sword to kill one another. Oh, my. Notice now. Now, when he did that he did not have the ecclesiastical power yet; but he started in with a demon of a false teaching, and that teaching become a doctrine. That doctrine become car—incarnate in a false prophet, and then he went just to the right place; he never went to Israel now, he went to Rome, Nicaea, Rome.
284  The council was held, and they elected a head bishop. And then by doing this they united church and state together. Then he dropped his bow; he got off his white horse; he got on his red horse, for he can kill anybody that don't agree with him. There's your Seal. Oh, my. Same fellow. Watch him go right on into eternity yonder with it. See? Unites both his powers together, the same thing they are trying to do right now, same thing.
285  Today and… A strange thing, maybe you don't understand it, but today from a Baptist group in Louisville (You heard it on the radio.) a speaker raised up and… (How many heard it? See, see? All right here you are.) They want and asking the church now that we don't really have to, oh, just kind of join the Catholic church, but we have to kind of fellowship with them. Get… And the same time that going on in Louisville, over here God's unfolding the Seals to His people to show us, "Don't do it." See them both working together. Remember, the crow and dove set on the same roost pole in the ark. Sure. Just remember.
286  Now, we find out he unites his power. Then when he become both state and church, the ecclesiastical, then what are you going to do? He forms his own religion, and now he can do whatever he wants to. Then he has the right to put to death whosoever will not agree with him. That's exactly what he did too. And he did that just exactly. And when he—he—he did it to the true saints of the living God who kept the Word and wouldn't agree with him on his dogmas, he put them to death.
287  Now, Brother Lee Vayle and you teachers here of the Nicaea age and the early church, I don't know if you read this or not. If you want to read it, you get in Schmucker's "Glorious Reformation" and you find it that when Saint Augustine of Hippo become a priest under the Roman church, had the opportunity to one time the Holy Spirit tried to come on him, and he rejected It. How many knows that, as a teacher? So he rejected the Holy Spirit. That's exactly what a type of the Protestant church today that's rejected the Holy Ghost. He went back down to Hippo, and he was the very one that signed that—that paper that had the revelation from God that it was all right and pleasing God to put every person to death that didn't believe with the Roman Catholic church.
289  Now, listen, I am quoting from the Martyrology: "From the time of—of Saint Augustine of Hippo until 1586 on the Roman martyrology, the Roman Catholic church put sixty-eight million Protestants to death." Was his sword red? Was he riding a red horse? What was it? The same power, the same rider. There's the Seal. They admit sixty-eight million on the martyrology besides all those put to death outside of that. Oh, mercy. During the dark ages there were millions fed to lions and slaughtered in every way, because they wouldn't bow down to that Catholic dogma. You know that.
290  How much time you got? All right, let me read something. Turn with me; now let me show you something. Let's—let's picture this thing just a minute. Just happened to come on my mind, and we'll just read it. Let's turn over in Revelations to the 17th chapter of Revelations. We still got fifteen minutes more. All right. Now, listen real real close now as we read. You who have your Bibles can turn; I'm going give you just a little time so that you'll get it. Did you get that, Lee? In Schmucker's is where I got it. See? "Glorious Reform," that taken straight out of the martyrology of Rome at the Vatican. Now…
292  That was down to the persecution of Saint Patrick's people. And then they call Saint Patrick their—their saint. Saint Patrick was about as much Catholic as I am; and you know how much I am. He—he detested the doctrine of the church. He refused to go to the pope. Yes, sir. Saint Patrick even… Why, you ought—did you ever go up in Northern Ireland where he had his schools? You know his name wasn't Patrick. How many knows that? His name was Succat. That's right. Lost his little sister. You remember when they were… See?
293  All right. Now, notice: 17th chapter of Revelation. Now, everybody just try to open your heart and let the Holy Spirit teach you now. … there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the—had the seven vials,… Now, you see there's seven vials; you know these sevens as we are going through. They all happen right at the same time, following the plagues, following the church ages just the same, 'cause it is all sealed up into that one Book, everything, and everything happens just in rotation, and one goes right into the other, and the other into the other. There's two spirits a working: God and the devil. See? … which had the seven last vials, and he talked with me, saying…, Come here; and I will shew thee—unto thee the judgment of the great whore that setteth upon many waters:
295  Now, look here, over here. That waters… Whore, what is that? That's a woman. Can't be a man. And what is the woman symbol in the church—in the Bible? Church. Why? Christ's Bride and so forth (You see?), it's woman, the church. Now, "waters," what does that mean? Watch here. Read the 15th verse of it there. And he said unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore setteth, are peoples,… multitudes,… nations, and tongues. This church is ruling over the whole world (See?) "set upon many waters." With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication,… (Spiritual fornication is taking her doctrine—Nicolaitane doctrine.)… and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication… (Boy, you talk about a drunken bunch on it. You…) So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman…
300  And did you know what, the Catholic's own writing admit this is their church? How many knows that? Right in their own writing, I got "Facts of our Faith" it's called that. See? Belongs to a priest. All right. All right. And so he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman setting upon a scarlet clothed beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. Now, just watch that, that symbol, that seven-heads. Now, you see here, said,… "And the—and the—and the—the heads which thou sawest are seven hills on which the woman setteth." Rome sits on seven hills. See? Now, there's no mistake about it. See? Seven heads and ten horns. You know are ten Kingdoms, and so forth. And the woman was arrayed in purple… scarlet clothed,… decked in gold and precious stones… pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations—abomination of the filthiness of her fornication: That antichrist spirit, fornication (See?) teaching, that committing adultery with God. See? Now, she's supposed to be a bride (See?), and committing adultery. See? Just like Eve did—just like the church does there. See?
303  And upon her… head was written—a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT… (And anybody knows Babylon's Rome.)… THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And… (Listen to the 6th verse.)… And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. She was such a beautiful thing with crosses and everything on her; how in the world could she be the guilty of drinking the blood of the saints. It puzzled him. Now, He's going to tell him. And the angel said unto me, Wherefore does thou marvel? I'll tell thee the mystery of the woman, and… the beast that carried her,… (Now, this is not under one of the Seals. This is something else. See?)… And he said… the seven heads and the ten horns. The beast… thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit,… (has no foundation, the pope)… and shall go into perdition: and they that dwell upon the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the Lamb's book of life… (There's the elected. See?)… life from the foundation of the world,… (How, when was your name put on the Book of Life? At that revival you attended? No, sir. From the foundation of the world.)… when they beheld the beast that was, he is not, and yet is. See, the beast. One will die; another one take his place. He was; he was not; he was; he was not; was; he was not, and she's go plumb into perdition that way. See? All right.
309  And here is—and here is the mind which hath wisdom… (How many knows there's nine spiritual gifts, and one of them are wisdom? All right.)… The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman setteth. (Oh, you'd have to be totally blind, deaf and dumb not to get that. All right.) … there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is… (Nero)… and… one is… to come; and when he cometh, he must continue just a short space. You remember what he done: burnt the city and laid it on to the Christians, and put his mother on a single tree of a horse and run her through the streets, and fiddled while Rome burned. All right. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth,… Pagan Rome brought into papal Rome, when the incarnate antichrist spirit become incarnate and was crowned, he was made a crowned king of Rome, both in state and church together. Oh, brother. See? It's just full of it. See? … is… the seventh, and he goeth… (How long does he last? They never change the system.)… to perdition. … the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kings—kingdoms as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. (That's dictators, you see, of course.) These have one mind,… (Now, look here. And they talk about Communism.)… These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he's Lord of lord, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, chosen, and faithful. And he said unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore setteth, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.
313  … the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore… (When that covenant is broken, we talked about last night)… and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. Don't you know the Bible says the shipmasters and everything else said, "Alas, alas, that great city… how it's met its doom in one hour." See? For God has put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdoms over to the beast, until the word of God shall be fulfilled. … the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over all the kings of the earth.
315  Tell me one… Russia don't reign over all; we don't reign over all. There's only one king that reigns over every… like that Nebuchadnezzar's iron running out to every one of them toes, that it's Rome. Rome don't do it as a nation; it does it as a church. Every nation under heaven is to Rome. No wonder he said, "Who can make war with him?" He can say "peace" that settles it. Every Catholic says "Don't fight." and he… They don't fight. That's all. Who is able to do what he can do? Nobody. That's right. So they wondered at the miracles he could do. He can stop war. The only thing he has to do is just say, "Stop." That's all. But you think he will do it? Certainly not.
317  Notice. That sure show… They should kill one another; they should kill each other. His bow had no arrows at first, but his great sword did. He done his killing later and changed from white horse to a red horse, the same exactly devil with his sword. What did Jesus say? Jesus said, "They that take the sword will perish by it." Don't fight back. See? Jesus that night when He told—said that and Peter took his sword. See? Just—just do like He did; just go ahead.
319  Now, now, remember he's got a sword. He's going forth a sword in his hand, riding red horse, wading through the blood of everybody that disagrees with him. Now, do you understand it? How many understands what that Seal is now? All right. Now, what did Jesus say? "They that take the sword will perish by the sword." Is that right? All right. All right. This rider and all his kingdom subjects that are slain down through the age that's drawed all this blood of the martyrs of the saints will be slain by the sword of Jesus Christ when He comes. "They that take the sword will be slain by the sword." They took the sword of dogma and antichrist and cut down the real true worshippers all down through the ages by the millions, and when Christ comes with the Sword (For it is His Word that proceeds out of His mouth.), He will slay every enemy there is before Him. You believe it? "Kill the enemy…"
321  Let's go over here just a minute. Revelations… We'll see now if I'm just saying that or whether the Word says it: Revelations 19:11. And I saw heaven opened,… (Amen.)… and behold a white horse; and he that set on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he did judge and make war. His eyes were… the flames of fire, and on his head… many crowns;… (Oh, brother. See, He's done been crowned by his saints. You see?)… and he had a name written, that no man knew, but himself. (You remember, we—we can't—we don't know that, see? what it is.) And he was clothed… (Let's see.)… And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called… (not "is," but called)… The Word of God. For He and the Word is the same. See? Now, notice, not His names, His Name; called Word of God. He only knows one Name, no other Name. And the armies… of heaven… which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. (That's the righteousness of saints. See?)
325  Now, watch. What did Jesus say? "He that takes the sword…" All right, red horse rider, here where she's coming. "He that takes the sword…" You might have killed sixty-eight million of them down through these ages since then, maybe more, but Jesus said, "He that takes the sword will perish by it." Watch. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword… Hebrews the 4th chapter said, "The Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword, cutting even to the marrow of the bone." And what else does the Word do? It's a discerner of the thoughts of the heart. That's right. … out of his mouth goeth a sharp two-edged—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 of the wrath of Almighty God. And he had on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KING, AND LORD OF LORD.
327  As the impostors against the Word of God, and because they wouldn't agree… And this thing, Satan placed, united the political powers which he held and the spiritual powers which he held together and made a church that sweeps into every nation; and he's put millions times millions (after he had jumped off from his white horse onto his red horse), and he took his sword and went forth; but God said with the same thing that he perverted, or tried to—the false teaching, that same Word will rise in power, coming forth from the lips of Jesus Christ, and it shall slay him and everything before him. Amen. There's the Second Seal. Do you love Him? Oh, my. That's THUS SAITH THE LORD. Praise be to God.
329  If all these other revelations and visions and everything has hit just exactly on the—on the point… And how many knows that, raise your hand. Hundreds, everybody here with their hands up. That's right. So shall this be. Remember, it's so. Oh, friend, come to the fountain that's filled with Blood drawn from Immanuel's veins; where sinners plunged beneath the flood, lose all their guilty stain. Come believe on Him if you've never… Don't take any chance. Don't—don't… If there's anything in your life, friend, we're here… Something is fixing to happen. I don't know why; I don't know when. I know what's going to happen, but I don't know when it's going to happen, but it's bound to be, because He is revealing it right now. He doesn't do anything 'less He makes it known (Amos 3). He makes it known first, and He promised that these things would come in the last days, and the seventh church age, at the end of it, when the messenger's arrived, there it would be.
332  It would be revealed; those broken Seals will be revealed; and here they are. Now, that is in the Name of the Lord. Believe it, friend. Yes, sir. Come out of Babylon. I want to say something before closing, 'cause I got—I'm getting just nine-thirty; just right now time. Billy and I, when we got off of the plane in India, our last trip there, I was looking at a—a paper that they brought, was written in English. And it said, "The earthquake must be over; the birds are coming back," then it give the details. They… There's something funny happened.
334  India don't have woven fences like we do; they pick up rocks and make their fences, and they build a lot of their houses out of rocks, just place them up there and it's warm there around, oh, anywhere pretty near in India, 'less you're up in the mountains. And all down through Calcutta and things, the people just lay on the streets, starving to death, so forth. Now, so, and they build their houses and towers of their house. They run the fence right up here at the side their house, build the tower for the house, and the tower maybe, where they got their well, they dug it for their cattle and things, then run their fences around.
336  And all at once something begin to happen. The little birds, you know, go into those rocks, and they build their nest and raise their young ones; and something begin to happen. Every day when it would get hot, all the cattle will come around and stand under the shadow of those walls, keep cool. And all the little birds live in those places; and all of a sudden, all them little birds, for some unknown reason… (Now, you know what we said the other day about little birds. See?) Some unknown reason, they all took off; and they went out and didn't come back to their nests. They went out in the field, and they set in the tree, wherever they could get, right on the ground. The cattle wouldn't come around. The sheep wouldn't come around. They stayed right out in the field and hugged up against one another, a good way to do. They knew that something was going to happen. Then all of a sudden a earthquake took place, and shook the walls down, the fences down, and everything else. Then the little birds begin to come back. Didn't come back for three or four days, then begin to come back. They said, "Well, the earthquakes must be over now; the birds are coming back."