The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 25

342  Why? Don't you believe that the same God that could make them birds and cattle and sheep in the days of Noah go into the ark, He is still the same God that can make them fly to safety? Is that right? Now, let me say something, brethren. There's something fixing to happen, and all these big old ecclesiastical walls are going to collapse and go right back over yonder and agree, 'cause they are going to do it as certain as I'm standing here. There's an image to that beast just as certain as I'm standing here, and this nation took it according to the Word of the Lord. Listen, when you feel that little funny feeling, you get away from them walls. Get away; you'll die in there. Don't do it. Come out of it. Get away from all this stuff. Flee to safety as quick as you can. Ask God for mercy. Don't just take some, "Well, my mother was Methodist, so I suppose I'll be." "My papa was Baptist, I'll be." Don't you do that. Don't you—don't you take any chance. I don't care how simple and humble it seems; it's the Word of the Lord. You flee to Jesus Christ just as quick as you can, and stay there until God fills you with His Holy Spirit, for the hour's going to come when you're going to hunt for it and it won't be there. So be sure to do it.
346  Let's bow our heads just a moment. Heavenly Father, oh, I just sometimes, Lord, stand here, and I tremble. I think of that awful hour that's approaching, and I… There's no way to stop it. It's predicted that it would come. Now, I've thought of why don't the people come and—and—and listen, and why don't they come and accept it? But of course I know that—that You—You said they wouldn't, so they won't. But there is some that's got their names written on the Lamb's Book of Life, and when them Seals are throwed open there, they see their name there, and the Holy Spirit speaks to them; they come. You can't keep them away. No one can: no one. They're coming anyhow because You're leading them like You did those little birds and the sheep and the cattle. Thou art God. Some instinct that them animals have that they know that they must get away… If instinct to an animal could warn him to flee from danger, what should the Holy Spirit do to a church that claims to be filled with it? God, be merciful to us. Forgive us all, Lord, of our shortcomings. We don't mean to stand here in this pulpit and let these people stand around walls, and their limbs a-aching, and then just go away and say, "Well, that sounds very good."
348  Lord, we want to do something about it. We—we want You to search our heart, and if there's anything wrong, Lord, let us know now. Please don't let us come to that hour yonder when it's too late. Search me; try me, Lord. Here I stand here by the grace of God seeing those Seals broke down there and come telling the people, when You predicted it would happen this way weeks ago. And now, Father, here it is right before us. Now, Lord, try me. Search me. Search me in my heart. Lord, we don't—we—we want You to look into our lives, and if there's anything in there that's not right, just speak it to us, Lord. We want to make it right, right now, right now while there is a fountain filled with Blood, while there is a—a Bleach that can cleanse our sins and unbelief. We want to plunge our souls beneath that, all of our unbelief…
351  God, help our unbelief. Take it away from us, Lord. We want to receive rapturing grace. We want to be able when that mysterious thunder thunders out yonder, and the Church is taken up, we want to be ready to receive it, Lord. Grant it. Try us, Lord, by Thy Word. Let us look into It, and if we see that we have failed… If there are those here, Lord, who were baptized in titles, knowing nothing about the real true baptism, may I be as faithful as Paul when he passed through the upper coast of Ephesus and he found disciples screaming and shouting and having a glorious time. He said unto them, "Have you received then the Holy Ghost since you believed?" They know not whether there be any. He said, "Then to what was you baptized?" And they'd been baptized by that glorious holy prophet, but they only baptized unto repentance; then they were rebaptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. And Paul commanded them to be baptized over again.
354  Lord, in the Light of Your Word, I command every person that's not baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ to hasten to the water quickly while you have a chance. You who have not been filled with the Holy Ghost, I command you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ; fall to your knees and don't get up until the Holy Spirit has sanctified you thoroughly and filled you with His love and goodness until your soul is so satisfied in the Presence of God that your whole desire is to serve Him and walk for Him and work with Him all the rest of your life. Grant it, I pray, that God will give you this charge, in Jesus Christ's Name. I love Him, I love Him Because He first loved me (Do you really love Him? Now, put your hands up.) And purchased my salvation On Calvary's tree.
357  [Brother Branham begins humming, "I Love Him."—Ed.] If there's any setting that feels their need tonight, feels that they need to be baptized, or needs the baptism of the Holy Spirit… You know your need; it's been revealed to you, and you want to be remembered in prayer. There's none of us can give it to you, only we can baptize you; but the only thing, we can't give you the Holy Spirit. God does that alone, but you feeled your need that God is speaking to your heart that you need It, and you want us to remember you in prayer, would you stand up so we could know you—know who you are? God bless you. The Lord bless you. I guess there's hundred and fifty, maybe, standing in here, or maybe it's like that if I can see all. I don't know what's in the rooms and around outside holding their hands up, so forth, but you have a need, now, let's pray.
359  Now, you who see those people that's standing by you and they're standing as a witness before Christ, "I—I—I need You, Lord. I need You. I—I'm trusting I—I'm one of those that's going to find my name tonight behind that seal yonder that was put on there from the foundation of the world. Something struck my heart and I'm standing, Lord, is it me? Are You calling me? I want You to reveal to me my name over there. Fill me and seal me into Yourself by the Holy Ghost." You who've already been sealed in, I want you to raise up, turn around to them and lay your hands upon them to pray for them. Now, be deadly sincere.
360  Heavenly Father, in the Name of the Lord Jesus let the great Holy Spirit move upon this audience as a rushing wind a fall into every heart here, Lord, and send down the baptism of the Holy Spirit upon these people. And there's water waiting… While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on them that heard the Word, they were all filled with the Holy Ghost… [The whole congregation continues praying—Ed.] 

Chapter 5: The Third Seal 63-0320

1  Good evening, friends. Let us stand now just a moment for prayer as we bow our heads. Our heavenly Father, as we hear that—that beautiful hymn, we—we're thinking, Lord, of that—that You're near; and we pray that You'll receive us tonight, Lord, as Your children, forgiving all of our sins and trespasses and giving us of Thy blessings as we are needy people. And in this great hour that we're now living and we see yearly it gets darker and darker to the world, and the coming of the Lord gets brighter and brighter as He reveals Himself in the—in His Word and in His manifestation. We have come again tonight, Lord, to attempt this meeting and to pray Thee to open to us, Lord, this Third Seal of this Book, that it might be known to us that we would know what to do and how to live and how to be better Christians.
4  I pray, God, that You'll make every unchristian in here tonight realize their need of You. Grant it. And I—I pray, heavenly Father, that every borned again Christian will realize that he must live closer than he has in the past, that we might all be in that unity of Christian love and faith. Grant that every sick person in our midst will be healed tonight, Lord. They do realize their need of You. And I pray, Father, that You'll bless everything that's done or said to Your honor and glory, in Jesus' Name we ask it. Amen.
6  Again tonight we've assembled together again for this, the—the Wednesday night of the week, and we're trusting the Lord tonight for a—a great outpouring of His blessings upon His Word. And today I have been studying as usual and trying to think of the things that would be more appropriate to say and the—how to say it and then depending on the Lord to give to me the interpretation and meaning of—of this Word that's written. And I am grateful to Him for what He has done for us through the week that we—of the opening of these Seals.
7  And now, perhaps it would be a good thing if Sunday morning, that… You know, many times we don't mean to be misunderstood, but you know, you—it gets that way. And so maybe Sunday morning, if all who has a question in their mind concerning it, would write it out and give it on the desk here Saturday night and so I can see what it is, and then I'll try to answer it for you Sunday morning, the Lord willing. I think that'd be better than what we were planning, because sometimes it's misunderstood, you know; and so that way I… It'd be better that I would—I would get it straight, you know. It—it would be just what it should be, 'cause sometime I…
8  Someone called today and said that I—that called up and wanted to know if it was true that when the—the rapture taken place, there'd only be one in Jeffersonville and one in New York and the rest of them overseas. So I… See, it was just misunderstood. And then someone said that Saturday night if the Lord give to us the last Seal, then Jesus would be here Sunday morning. See? So it's a—it's a… You see, you—you don't… That—that isn't so, that you don't… It isn't… We don't know… If anyone tells you that they know when He's coming, you know they're wrong to begin with, because no one knows that. But we want to live today like it was right now.
10  Now, I'm going to try to turn you around for a minute, so be ready. I—I believe Jesus will come within less than three minutes from right now, of His time. You know how long that would be? About thirty-five years. See, a thousand years is only one day with Him. You see? So when you hear… The apostle back here said, "The time is at hand." Over here, "The time is at hand." The apostle said that in Revelations. You know how long that's been? That hasn't—that was just yesterday to God—not even two days yet. And see, if it's three minutes, less than three minutes of His coming (See, that'd be thirty years, about, to us, or something on that order.) and look how—at what three minutes would be to Him. He's already rising up to come. So we…
13  You… Sometimes when you read here He's speaking in the terms of the Word (See?), not in our terms. And then if I knew He was coming tomorrow night, tomorrow night, tomorrow I would study and ask Him to give me the message for the Fourth Seal; I'd come down here preach it just the same. See? I—I want to be doing every day just what I would be doing if He comes. And I don't know no other better place than to be caught right at the post of duty (See?), at the post of duty. So we just keep carrying on till He comes. Sometimes when we just read… And now, be real careful and when you read—get the tapes, listen to them real close, because you'll get it on the tape, because they been playing them tapes back, and they're really good and plain, so you'll get it clearer there.
15  Now, everybody in love with Christ, I hope, tonight, and everybody loving Him. I'll tell you what sometimes what confuses the people, that someone that come in and didn't get the first part of the service (You see?), then they come in and hear you refer back, hit back something, and then they take that with what's said, and they didn't get the first part; then it's all confusing to them (You see?); then—then they do think that something was said different, but it—but it isn't. So if you've got a question that you don't understand, just write it on a piece of paper; lay it in any time between now and Saturday night, and I'll try Sunday morning to… If it's a little puzzling… You say, "Well, I wonder just what this meant here; I didn't get it." (You know what I mean.) Then I'll try to answer it for you Sunday morning, the Lord willing.
18  Now, tonight we're going to read from this blessed old Word again in the 6th chapter, and we start tonight with the Third Seal, and that is the 5th verse, the 5th and 6th verse. And tomorrow night we close the four riders: the white horse, and the red horse, black horse, and pale horse. And I want to say this, that each time, even till this morning about… I get up real, real early and go to prayer before things stir and just keep on praying through the day.
20  But this morning early, the Holy Spirit came to where I was, and just as plain as anything, I—I seen this other Seal open up, now, just exactly. Now, now, now, He hears me, I know, and I'm very grateful. Now, you'll just remember that there is something happening that I—I hope you're catching it. See? There—there—there's something happening. I just want to test this church one time and see if they could actually pick up something before it actually taken place. Now, remember, remember what I've told you, and may the Lord help us.
22  Now, in the 5th verse… And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come… see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that set on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts saying, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; but see thou hurt not the oil and… wine.
23  Now, let's background this just a little bit on the Seals that we have passed, because just like in the church ages, why, we try to give a background to kind of lap it over till you could… That's the way the ages are actually in the Scripture; one laps the other one over, just like that, like climbing a ladder and, or climbing a step, rather, one running down to the other and coming back like that as you go up a step.
24  And now, this seal—the… It's a—the Book of Redemption sealed (Everybody understands that?), and this Book is sealed with Seven Seals; it is a seven sealed Book. See? And now, remember as we pictured it out to you, and took it from Jeremiah and all. Now, they… When they had… They wrote like this on a piece of—of script or paper, rather, or not paper, but it was a hide, and they rolled it up like this. Now, that… And then the end of it was left like that—that denotes what's there. Then the next one takes the same kind of position, rolls up the same way, rolls like that, and then at the end here, it is torn off like that and left another one. Well, that was the seven sealed Book.
26  Now, we never had books like this till lately. The books in the old time were scrolls. They were rolled up. And then when they'd want the subject or anything like we… If the Bible's rolled up, you want to read the Book of Isaiah, you'd turn down here to Isaiah and unroll it like that and read it. And this is a seven sealed Book of Redemption. And now, we find that the Lamb comes out, takes the Book out of the hand of Him that set upon the throne, and breaks the Seals, and—and loose—and loosens that—looses the Seals to the people. And the four beasts setting there that we took in the church ages, the same four beasts, you see them all the way through the Scripture, and they are the one who does the announcing of these Seals being broke. Now… And we see it is a—a Book of Redemption.
29  And then we went back and got the—the kinsman redeemer and picked him up to see what his work was. And now, for all these years, Christ has been doing the Kinsman Redeemer work. Now, all that understands that, say, "Amen." He has been doing the work of the Kinsman Redeemer, but there will come a time that when the redeeming work will be over, and when the redeeming work is over, then He leaves the throne of God, where He's seated now, but that's not His throne. "He that overcometh shall set with Me in My throne as I have overcome and have set down on My Father's throne." That is not His throne. That belongs to Spirit, God. Christ, the Lamb, it doesn't belong to Him. He is the incarnate God (See?), which is the same God made incarnate.
31  Now, He rises from the seat. First the announcement went forth for… "Who is able to come and—and take this Book of Redemption?" See? For the whole plan of redemption from Adam, all that Adam lost… There was nothing lost until Adam, and after Adam all was lost in the earth. And… Everything on the creation of the earth was lost, and everything fell with Adam, crossed the chasm that no one could get back, no way at all. Man, when he sinned, he left his way; he left no way back for himself.
33  And then the… When this question was asked, John the revelator, the—the prophet John was in the vision and saw it, and there was no man in heaven, no man on earth, no man beneath the earth, or nobody was even worthy to look at the Book. See? Now, just think of that. Then the Lamb comes forward, and He takes the Book. Now, John was asked not to weep any more. He said, "Behold the Lion of Juda has prevailed, and—and He can take the Book and open It." So he turned to look for a Lion, and he saw a Lamb. The elder called, said, "A Lion has prevailed," but when he come and looked, it was a Lamb coming out from the throne.
34  Now, he'd never noticed that before. Why? He had been back there in His—doing His mediatorial work, for He was bleeding for the people, intercessing for the people until the last soul that was put on the Lamb's Book of Life before the foundation of the world come in. There's just going to be so many of them there, and that's it. That's all. The others won't even want to come in; they have no desire to come in. And so then when that last soul comes in, then the time of redemption is finished. Then the Lamb comes forth to claim His rights to what He has redeemed, and that's all creation. The earth and everything belongs to Him. See? He has redeemed it with His own Blood. And when He come forth to take this Book to open it, why, my, they was… John didn't weep any more. And he looked, and this Lamb was a slain Lamb. It has already been killed, but it was alive again.
35  And now, we found out that a slain lamb is a bloody lamb, bleeding all over. It's been slay. After It'd been slain, It'd raised again and was setting on the throne, say back in behind the throne like this, interceding for all those souls that would come. Then when the last one was here and it was completed, the… God still held the Book of Redemption. See? Now, He's just doing the Kinsman work now; like Boaz went down, and Ruth was just setting there waiting until Boaz… I mean Boaz done the re—kinsman redeeming work.
36  You remember me preaching that not long ago? Ruth gleaning, and Ruth, whatever she did, and on down and the last thing was Ruth waiting (You remember how I typed that in the Church?), while Boaz goes down to do the kinsman redeeming work; he did it. Kicked off his shoe, and made a testimony, and redeemed Naomi and through there got—got Ruth. Now, so Ruth was just waiting, because she'd already labored. She'd done all of these other things, but she was waiting. And now… And then when the Church is waiting, resting, many of them, most of them in the dust of the earth, while He's doing His Kinsman Redeem work.