The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

Chapter 5: The Third Seal 63-0320 (Continued)

Day 26

37  Now… The world's still going worse, and sin is heaping up and—and sickness and trouble and death and sorrow. The godless men and godless women die right down; cancer eats them up and everything else, when they can't appropriate enough faith to reach out there and take a hold of it. Now, notice, but then after it was all over, after the—His—His interceding was done, He comes forth, takes the Book out of the hand of Him, and then John, and everything in heaven, and begin… The souls under the altar begin screaming (We get that in the Sixth Seal again), and how they rejoiced, and—and the—fell down, the elders, and poured out the prayers of saints. And the souls under the altar cried, "Worthy art You, because You have redeemed us to God, and we're going back to earth to live as kings and priests." Oh, there's a great…
39  And the… John said everybody in heaven, everything beneath the earth, and everything heard him praising God about it. John must've found his name on there, you know… And all that time… Then he said, "He is worthy to take the Book of Redemption." Now, it doesn't belong back to the Judge any more. It belongs to the Redeemer, and He's done done the work of redemption. Now He's going to show the church what He done. See? Then He just takes… But the Book is closed. No one knowed at all. They know it was a Book of Redemption on it there, but it's to be revealed in the last days according to Revelations 10. The seventh angel is going to be given the message of that, because it said that in the time of the sounding of the seventh church age—the seventh angel, when he sounds, all the mysteries of God should be finished up by his sounding. Then after it's revealed, the Angel come down from heaven, which was Christ (Now remember, this angel and is on earth, a messenger). Down comes Christ (You see Him in the 10th chapter of Revelations.), puts one foot upon the land and the other one on the sea, rainbow over His head, eyes and, like—and feet like fire and so forth, raises up His hand and swears by Him that lives forever and ever on the throne, that time shall be no more.
43  And when He takes this oath, seven thunders utter their voices, and the writer… Which when John was taken up, was supposed to write what he saw. He started to write down. He said, "Don't write it, because… Don't write that. It is an un…" He said, "Seal it up." What in? "Seal up; don't say it." See? It's to be revealed, but it's not even written in the Word. And then when He begin to open the Seals, we find out they were all puzzling. See? When He opened the First Seal, he thought, "Now, here He's going to say, 'And it will come that So-and-so will take the throne and certain do this and this will do that.'" But when it was, here he's went a white horse riding, and a rider on it. Well, "He had a bow in his hand, and he was given a crown after while," he said. That's all.
46  Then the Lamb turned back again and pulled another Seal off and here went out a black—a red horse rider. And he had a—given a sword, and he was going to make war and given great power and take peace from the earth and kill one another. That was kind of a—still a mysterious thing, wasn't it when He opened it up? And then goes on and said, in the day just before these seven thunders, all the mysteries here are revealed.
48  Now, look, then we find out as we've been studying that down through the ages we've had reformers, not prophets, reformers. And each office carries its own—its own work. Just like a man that is a telephone operator, he isn't exactly an electrician. He might do a little job at it. And—and like if a man is a lineman, why, he certainly… A man that's a post-hole digger and never did do any line work, he better keep off the line, but he might do a little patch up work or something.
50  But when the real thing is to be revealed at the last day of the last part of the church, is when God has said that He would send to us, according to the Scriptures, and we've searched it through and through, that He predicted that the spirit of Elijah would return in some person. Now, I think that's been made just as clear, and we—and—and we're looking for that to happen. Somewhere an anointed person in the last days to rise up. Now, you'll hear a lot of fanatics and everything else, but that just—just tries to… It's the devil trying to take away from the real one when he gets here. See? But it'll be properly identified. You know what Elijah was. And watch that, and you'll—you'll know. And then, when he… Now, the elect will know (See?), not the others. They sure won't do it. They'll miss it a million miles. Like…
51  We've been through all that and showed how they missed John, how they missed Elijah, how they missed Jesus, how they missed them all the way along, and they will do the same thing, 'cause the Bible said they would. See? So then, in that time it will be very humble. It will be so simple. That will what will makes people fall away from it. It's too simple for them. We find out that always when people get smart and educated and know a whole lot, then they just—that—that's just the kind that misses it, you know. See? Jesus never took them kind of people for—be His disciple. He took unlearned people, fishermen, and nobody's connected with their churches and things. He just got ordinary men, tax collectors, and farmers, and fishers, and so forth to do His work (See?), 'cause they—they know they're nothing, then He can make something out of them. See? As long as they keep knowing that they're nothing, then God can work; but when they get to thinking that they know something, then you don't know nothing that you ought to know, the Bible says. So then we—we find that.
54  And now, we find out then that these mysteries are supposed to be revealed. And why didn't these other men, Wesley, Luther, and those great reformers who brought out justification, and sanctification, the Pentecostal age with the baptism of the Holy Spirit and things, why didn't he catch these—these messages? Why didn't they get them? Because they were reformers. See? Just like, take it on the other side, there was people come in who was—had power as kings but wasn't kings. See, see? You have to notice the Bible terminology of anything. See? Now, watch. But these—the reason that all the stray ends of the mysterious part about justification, the mysterious part of sanctification, the mysterious part of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and why… What kind did… Did Eve eat an apple, or did she eat a pomegranate or something? See? Did… What was the serpent's seed? And—and… Is the baptism in the Name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost, or the Name of the Lord Jesus right? And oh, a hundreds of those things that has been left loose-ended. See?
57  And then in the last hour this fellow is to come on and reveal the thing (See?), take up the Scriptures. It'll be properly identified. Yes, sir. And… Now, it won't be a great big thing now. It looks like here in the Bible it'd be something big. How much bigger it was when John was supposed to come down there and baptize? Just think now, the prophets back, all the way back to Isaiah, Malachi, and all of them spoke of him, when he would come, and when he did, just a lone, old uneducated fellow with whiskers all over his face, and hair sticking out like a fuzzy worm, and a big old piece of sheepskin draped around him, no education at all, never went to school a day in his life as far as we know. See? Here he come out of the wilderness, not even as much as welcomed into a pulpit, and stood out there on the river of Jordan and begin to call for people to repent. Could you imagine it?
59  The Bible said that everything will be so great in that day even to all the high places will be made low, and all the low places will be brought up (Yes, sir.); and all the rough places will be made plain. Why, I can imagine seeing them out there think—John would come out, or this great forerunner of Christ, and just take all the desert and smooth it out and put it in grass again. See? Oh, then I imagine they had it all fixed up about like they have today. But it was so humble, even the apostles missed it. They said, "Well, why does the Scripture say… Is the… You're going up there to be offered up now; why does the Scripture say that—that Elias must come first?" He said, "He's already come, and you didn't know it." And the Son of man, they'll do the same thing; but, "John," He said, "did just what was listed for him to do, and they done to him just what they were supposed to do"; and said, "so must the Son of man be suffered." Why, there wasn't, I guess, one-third of the whole Jewish race ever knowed that Jesus Christ was on earth. They—they might've heard of some fanatic down along there somewhere, but they didn't pay any attention to it, just going on. "He came to His own, and His own received Him not."
64  Now, there's where I believe even… Now, it didn't say He'd secretly come, but the rapture will be a secret. So if that was so secret when He come, how much more will the rapture be unknown. See? They want to… Directly they'll say, "Well, I thought we were supposed to have a rapture and all this judgment upon the earth." He said, "It's already taken place, and you didn't know it." See? It'll be so—just like a thief at the night. Like a—a book I read one time… What is that called? "Romeo and Juliet," is that what it was, or something. He let… They got the ladder up the side the house some way I for… (It's been a long time ago.) And he come, got his—to get her out at nighttime.
67  Now, that's the way that it'll—a—it'll take place, and it'll be gone… Not that they'll have—send down a bunch of Angels down with some spades and dig up the graves. The Bible said we'll be changed before even you could bat your eye, just a twinkle. It'll all be over that quick. Just say, "Somebody disappeared." Well, I'd imagine if we could search the world over today, there's been five hundred people disappear off the earth each day (See?) they don't know nothing about. They just come up disappearing. Well, there ain't going to be too many go in that rapture.
69  Now, I don't want to scare you, and I—and I—I—I don't think it's that way; but I just want to tell you what He said, and you know it yourself. "As it was in the days of Noah wherein eight souls were saved by water…" Eight souls out of the world be saved by water. Well, you say, "Oh, my, there is no need of me trying." That shows you haven't got the kind of faith you need. "If there's just going to go, be one, that'll be me (Amen.), 'cause I believe." See? That's the way you want to believe it. "Be me." Sure. I want to live so close to Him that I know He's going to take me when He comes; I believe it. So if there—if everybody else misses it, I'm going to be there by His grace, 'cause He promised me that, and I know that I—I'll be there, 'cause He can't lie, and I know my soul and life bears record, and I try to live daily just like He was coming, so I—I'm—I'm going to be that one. That's the way you want to feel. If there's going to be eight, I'll be one of that eight; going to be five hundred, I'm going to be one of that five hundred. Don't know about the other fellow, but I want to be one of that five hundred. You see? See? That is the way you want to remember it. See? And if you don't remember it like that, there's something wrong with your faith. See, you're not sure you are saved yet then. You're just guessing at it. Don't do that.
73  All right, we ain't going to get into this Seal, are we? All right, I want each night… I don't know whether you mind me taking up your time. We could get out a little bit earlier. There's not too… In the revealing of these—of these Seals, remember, it's only really one verse. The first tells the announcing of it. The second verse… Most all commentaries and so forth, the reading of it are—are… The reading of their thoughts, and I have—and I've always believed like nearly all of them does that that first horse rider was the—was the early church. But when the Holy Spirit revealed it, it was absolutely contrary to that. And so then, all it does, it just show what it is. And then I try…
75  Now, to me this is very sacred. That's the reason I'd rather answer these questions, and let's get it everybody knowing straight and on tapes too, that they'll understand now. See? I tried to speak awhile at night on backgrounding to get the people rushing in and pushing in and… You shouldn't do that. See? But when it does, it's human being, and it's hot and in here and you—and you are restless, but you've been very, very nice. The best I've ever seen the people act in the Tabernacle has been this meeting, and just setting quiet, and the mothers taking their babies to the nursery when they start crying and everything, it's been very nice.
78  But I've tried to background it until I just feel the anointing of the Spirit on me to say these words, to say what has been revealed to me. And then if I've somewhere doing that, if I have made a mistake here, surely here before all the people, He will correct it for me. I—I want it—it's—it's… I want it right. There's no need of taking just what you imagine; there's something right, and—and we want that. We want God to give us what's right.
79  So now, we took this—these riders as they come up—the first horse. Now… And we realize that that was the—the antichrist that went forth. And then we find out last night that the same fellow that went forth as antichrist with the white horse, we found him with a sword last night, riding and killing people. Now, now, it's always the natural and the spiritual, and for the Church sake, I want to type just before we get to the opening of this Seal, which, what He give me. I got it wrote down here. I got several Scriptures here—seven or eight pages of it, and as I refer to it… Notice. I want to give a type of the church and make it so plain that you'll be bound to see it. See?
83  Now, there was a natural bride in the garden of Eden. (You remember last night?) That natural bride, she was Adam's sweetheart, not yet his wife, 'cause he hadn't knew her yet as a wife. Just like Mary was Joseph's wife, but he never knew her yet. She was found with a child. See? Now, before Adam knew his wife, she was just a bride to him. All right. And we find out that God… She—she fell in the garden of Eden because she failed to hold to God's Word.
86  Now, He knew that Satan would be loosed among them, so He gave them a place to stay behind, fortify them. Well, there… Who could know any better place to be fortified than God if He's trying to take care of His own children? If I wanted to take care of my little Joseph, well, brother, everything—and I knowed his life depended on it, why… and I was able to do it, why, a forty foot concrete reinforced would—would be the thing would do it, that's—I'd make it ninety foot to be sure that… And if I can think that about my little boy, which if his mortal life would lost, I believe a child would be saved, how much more to God to His child that would be eternally lost. What should He place him behind? He placed him behind His own Word. As long as you're in that Word, you're safe. "If ye abide in Me and My Word's in you, then just ask what you will…" That's it, the Word.
89  So Eve got to strolling in the garden, and she run into the serpent (a very polished-up sort of a fellow), and she… And he begin… Now, he was on the other side. God lives, dwells, works in humility, never any other way. See? Now, the little humble lady walking along there, and Satan come up as a wise, slick, polished sort of a fellow, and he wanted to sell her the program as long as… No matter how much Satan was around, as long as she stayed behind this Word, she was all right. See? So let Satan do whatever he wants to, you just stay with the Word. See? Don't make a bit of difference. If he says, "Why, you're sick." "By His stripes I'm healed." See? "Well, you're going to die." "He will raise me up again (See?); He promised."
91  See? Just stay behind the Word. That's all. Christ retreated to the Word Himself: "It's written…" See? Now, stay behind the Word. But Eve, she begin to kinda let down, but she never let it all down; she only let one little phrase down, and that's what Satan wanted her to do. He got her from behind God's promise by reasoning. Don't never try to reason God's Word; just believe It. See? So she stepped out from there and before Adam ever got to her for a wife, she was already defiled by Satan. And she… And… Did you notice? Christ did the same thing. Exactly. Now, for redeeming, God had to be there first. And did you notice Mary? Before she come to Joseph, the Holy Spirit had done got there. Amen. See? That's where the Redeemer come.
95  Now, now, notice, the natural woman fell, and God made a way for her to be redeemed. Although she had fallen, He made a way. Now, that was, the first bride on earth fell before her husband and her were married. She fell by—by the reason of—of reasoning. Instead of staying with the Word she fell, and she fell to death, eternal separation. With her, she took her husband and everything else there was on the earth; she fell.
97  Now, but God full of mercy, made a way to redeem that woman. And now, He promised her, telling her that sometime in the future the true Word would come to her again. The true Word will be made known to her. Now, remember that, 'cause He promised Christ through the woman, and Christ is the Word: Saint John 1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh (See?) and dwelt with us…" God dwelt with us in flesh. He was the Word. Before a word it's a thought, and a thought has to be created. All right. So God's thoughts become creation when it was spoke by a word. That's when He presents it to—to you as a thought, His thoughts, and it is revealed to you, then it's still a thought until you speak it.
100  That is the reason Moses went out to pray (that Pillar of Fire around him) and He said, "Go, hold your stick towards the east and say, call for fly." There's no flies, but he went and held the stick there and said, "Let there be flies." No flies at all yet. Went on back, but the Word, God's thought has already been spoken. It's a Word, now it's got to happen. See?
102  Now, don't you see where Jesus said? "If you say to this mountain (Not if I say it, but) you say to this mountain, 'Be moved'…" And the first thing, I guess, in Moses time, big old green fly begin to buzz, and after while they were five pounds per yard. See? Where did he come from? He did… God created them. Don't you see? God can destroy this world tonight with—with gnats if He wants to. Why, He could pile gnats plumb to the moon. The only thing He would do, just say, "Let there be gnats to the moon." That'd be all there would be to it. No chemicals or nothing, they'd just keep on growing, growing, growing on—on. See?
105  He can do what He wants to. He's God, the Creator. The only thing He do is just speak it. That's right. He's the Creator. Now, if we just get to realizing how great He is… See? He just does what He wishes to. He sets up there and looks at people, and these little educators smart mouthing there's no God and everything… Why, it—it's just like it was at Babel again—Babel, rather. Now, we notice that God told Eve that after so long a time, "The Word is coming back to you." Now, how did she fall? I want my class to say it. What did she fall from? What did Eve fall from? The Word. Is that right? The Word. And God said He'd make a way to redeem her back to the Word again. All right. After so long a time the Word would be known to her. All right, the Word would come for one purpose now.
108  Hold tight now, what I'm saying. The Word would come to her for one purpose; that was for redemption. All right. But until—until then, she had a substitute that would—that would work until the time arrived for the original Word. Now, you—you understand clearly? See? He told her the Word would come to her again, but until that time He give her a substitute until that time arrived. So He gave her a offering to make, a substitute for that blood. Now, the blood was of bulls and sheep, and goats and things; but it didn't take away her sins. See? It only covered her sin. It didn't take it away at all. It covered it, for it was a animal's blood, and in the animal's blood is animal life. It was a substitute until the real (Now get your coats on)—the real human Blood, as human beings would be, become incarnate: God, without sex, virgin, the virgin birth produced that.