The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 27


110  Now, God's Word promised became Blood and was incarnated in the Person of Jesus Christ the Saviour. The blood of bulls and goats and so forth… But now wait, here God made the promise, saying it would be there when It come. Her Seed should bruise the serpent's head. Now, if—if her seed, come just like from Adam or like it had been from the serpent and so forth, then it'd still be sinful seed. That's the reason John wept. There's no man, because no man—everybody was across the other side of the ditch, the chasm. But there's coming a time that when this substitute blood of animal would be done away with when the real incarnate Blood came: God, made flesh and blood. The Bible said He was. First Timothy 3:16, "Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: for God was manifested in flesh…" That's right. The virgin birth did this.
113  Now, the blood of sheep and goats covered sin but didn't get rid of it, for it was an animal's blood. But… It was to be all right (was to be a substitute) and they sure got—got used to that substitute. And so they just kept on, and when the real promised Word was made manifest in Jesus Christ, Who proved to be the Son of the great Creator, God, and was vindicated Himself by being the living Word of God… Whew, my… He proved He was. He could speak things into existence. There ain't a human being or—or nothing in the world could do that. There ain't a thing on earth can create but God. The devil can't create. He's a perverter of what's been created, but he can't create. Sin is only righteousness perverted. You know what I mean? What is a lie? It's the truth misrepresented. See? What is an adultery? The right legal act perverted. Everything in sin… Sin is just a—the Truth perverted.
117  Now, he could not create. But when Christ came proved He was the Creator. There was the Blood that was been promised. Now, if you want to read that, you—let's just turn for a minute. (We going to take our time on this anyhow tonight. I… It makes me nervous. I think everybody wants to go home, you know, and so it's…) Now, let's get Acts 2 (Thank you) and we'll just… Acts 2, and we'll find out whether this is right or not, whether He was proved that He was God. No. Get Acts 2; now let's get here at the 22nd verse, Peter speaking the day of Pentecost. Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles… wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as you your als—you yourselves also know:
120  A Man that was approved that it was God among you. By the very things He done proved that He was. Here's Peter standing at the Sanhedrin telling them. Nicodemus knowed the same. He said, "Rabbi, we all know that You are a teacher comes from God, 'cause no man could do these things lest He come from God." See? They know it. But why?
122  Now, watch. Now, Eve was promised this, but when that Bride come on down and refused… When the real Word came to her, so the woman refused to recognize the Hebrew bride, for she was the bride of God. He put her away in divorcement. Is that right? She was a bride of God. You say, "Well, they wasn't never married yet." That's right, but Joseph put Mary away before—was going to put Mary away 'fore they was married. See? He was engaged to her. And when He come and the Word that He promised come for the wedding, He found her wrapped in her substitutes so bad that she wouldn't take the real promise that had been made, the Word, Christ.
125  Maybe you don't get it. Let me go over it again. I want you to get this. See? She was promised, the bride Eve, to be a redeemer. Her Redeemer would be the Word. And when the Word came, made flesh, she rejected It. She was given substitutes (Now, hold that substitutes), given substitutes to go on until the Redeemer come, and when the Redeemer come she wanted to continue with her substitute and rejected the true Word, and that was the Hebrew bride. So did He by the second Eve bride, the mother of all spiritual living. See? Eve means the mother of all that's spirit—all that's living: Eve, mother of all that's living.
128  Now, and when He came to the Hebrew bride, she was the mother of all that was living, but she rejected it. Natural Eve fell in Eden by listening to Satan's reasoning against God's Word. That's how she fell. All right, sir. She fell because she did that. Spiritual Eve, now that's the Church, Christ's Bride, she fell not in Eden but in Rome. See? At the Nicene Council when she rejected that Pentecostal church that went down to Nicaea and listening to Roman's reasoning instead of holding on to the Word, she fell and everything away from her, died with her, around her.
131  Now, just as natural Eve fell, spiritual Eve fell. God's bride fail—fell in the garden; Christ's bride fell in Rome (See? Notice.) by the same reasoning against God's Word. She also forfeited her rights of virtue to Satan, which we found in the breaking of these Seals that that was Satan and still is Satan there. The Bible said it's the very seat of Satan. And as Eve forfeited her—her virtuous rights and give them over to Satan in the garden of Eden, the church, the bride of Christ did the same thing at Rome when they forfeited the Bible for their dogmas and reasoning. See how it types? You just run those types you're bound to come out right. If my hand looked like… If I've never seen myself and I see my shadow coming, I'll know just about what I look like. See? But, that's the way… If you want to see what is coming, look at what has been. For the all the old things were shadows of things to come, the Bible said. All right. For… She forfeited her virtuous Word (the Word of God), when she sold the Bible and put a man in there that says that the church has rights to change anything they want to change; and they've done it. And the Bride of Christ, the Pentecostal Bride, sold out her virtue at Nicaea, just as Eve sold her virtue to Satan in the garden of Eden exactly. All right.
134  God has promised this church, this Pentecostal church, knowing she would do it, like He did to Eve… God has promised the Pentecostal church… Do you believe that she sold her birthrights before I—her virtue when she left over there? Do you believe that? She… Sure, she did. Then what good is a creed not based on this Bible? I want somebody to find what's called the Apostles' Creed or even one word of it in the Bible. That's a Catholic Creed, not an Apostles' Creed. Read Acts 2:38; that's the Apostles' Creed. If got a creed. See, see? Now… That's what they used all the time anyhow. So if you… See?
137  So they sold out their birthright. Not only that: Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterian, Pentecostals and the rest of them has done the same. She formed a denomination, Rome. What made her do that, she formed a denomination and put man at the head of it, and the Methodists, Baptists, Pentecostals and everyone's done the same thing: put a group of men at the head of it. No matter what God says, they—you got to do it the way they say do it. Well, what is it? It's nothing in the world but spiritual prostitution, the wrong type of woman. Yes, sir. Creeds—lying creeds, man-made… Then she became when she did that (Now, I'll prove this.), she became a whore to God. You believe the Bible says that? Yes, sir. Her daughters has done the same.
139  Now, in Revelation 17 (if you want to mark it down), John was taken in the Spirit and saw a great whore setting upon… (And, we read it last night.)… And there was the seven hills and exactly what she done, and she had given the world her filthy fornications. Is that right? And all the kings of the earth committed fornications with her—cheating, stealing, lying, paying for repentance, and novenas, and every other thing. Well, now remember, she had daughters. Well, if she become a body and under an organizational system, then the whole system's wrong. And if Eve, disobeying God, throwed everything into death that was under her, and every church that organizes throws everything to death under it… That's exactly. The whole thing's gone. That's exactly according to the Word here.
141  Read Revelation 17, and the Bible said that he would burn her with fire and all of her children with her. That's right. That means every organizational system will burn with the whore. Now, that sounds flat but… And I—I know you'll hear from it, and I—I want to hear from it. And I—I… That's right though. The Bible said so, so that makes it right. Yes, sir. She became a whore. You can read it in Revelations the 17th chapter. She… What did she do? She committed fornication against her own husband. "Well," you say, "no." That's the Bible. The Word is God. And if you take one thing… Would you want your wife kissing some other man? If she didn't do no more than that, you wouldn't want her doing it. She'd prove her untrueness. "Whosoever shall take one word away from it or add one to it…" Hallelujah.
144  Christ wants His wife pure with the Word. The way she must be. Because nothing, not one tot or one jittle or anything (or tittle) will pass from that law, from that Book till it's all fulfilled. Jesus said, "Both heavens and earth will pass away, but My Word shall never pass." Don't put any private interpretation to It. He wants the pure, unadulterated, not even a flirt. I wouldn't want my wife flirting with some other man, and when you go to listening to any kind of reasons beyond that, you're listening—you're flirting with Satan. Amen. Don't it make you feel religious? God wants you to stay unadulterated. Stay right there with that Word. Stay right with It. All right.
147  God promised to her, as He did to Eve in the garden of Eden, to this last Eve here, which the Pentecostal church, the beginning of the church, the church itself is a mother of all of the living people; because as long as they go in there… But you see, when they take up her sins, they die with her. Here comes a little fellow along; you say, "I—I want to serve God." They say, "Well, here's what you do. Go down there and repent." "All right, I'll do it." "Glory to God," go down and repent. "Now, come join us." There—there you are. Uh-huh. That got it. That's right. Died right with it. See, see? Now, that's just—that's what this Book is teaching (See?), not what I'm saying, because it says here so. All right.
151  Now, God has promised her as He did Eve. He told Eve there would come a time that there would—the Word would come back to her again. Now, you remember that? What she lost from, it would be restored, 'cause there's only One thing can restore, and that's the Word. It's exactly. As I said, "Shoot a gun. If you don't hit the target, find where it went off at. You got to come back there and start again." See? And if you go back, you go to Nicaea. That's where you start again. See? Go back away from them organizations, away from all that church… We've been seeing these Seals is perfectly… I always wondered all my life why I was so against the organizational systems, not the people, no. The people are just like me, or you, or anybody else, but that system, that denominational system… Now, I see it right here. I never knowed it till now. That's right.
155  God promised the spiritual Eve as same as He did the natural Eve that again the Word would be restored to her. In the last days He would restore to, the Church, to the original Word again. Now, watch real close. I—I want you to be sure now. God promised Eve the time would come when the Word would be restored by her seed. This Word, Itself, would become Seed. And when… You say, Give her a substitute…" And she held that substitute. And when the Word come to her, what did she do? "I don't want it." It was too humble. Didn't look right to her, wasn't polished enough. "A stable? Oh, my. My. A guy like that, not a day in school? Why, I—I couldn't accept that. That's no Messiah. A guy let guys kick him around like that and then call it 'Messiah,' let them put a rag around his face and hit him on the head, He called Himself a prophet? A real prophet raise up after them…" They didn't know prophets. Jesus said so. He said, "If you would've known the prophets, you'd knowed Me." That's right. See?
158  Now, notice. But when the Word came to her the way—just exactly the way God said it would come; she had it figured out some other way. I'm talking about the Bride—the Jewish Bride, the Hebrew Bride. That was Eve to begin with. Then when it come out here she didn't want it. She wanted to stay with her substitute. Now, God promised spiritual Eve at Pentecost, told her even before it happened (four hundred years before the church ever fell), that they would fall away, and they would do what they've done, but He promised in the last days He'd send the Word again.
160  Jesus spoke the same thing when He was on earth. He would send it again, and what is—what will it find? It'll find the same thing that it found when it come first. That's right. They've got the—they want their substitutes; they want their denomination; they want their creed; they want to live just the way they want to and they want… "Well, I am So-and-so. I belong to So-and-so." Don't make any difference what God's a doing, how much He manifests Himself. He could raise the dead; He could tell the secrets of the hearts; He could do everything that the Bible said He would do. And that don't make a bit of difference—"If it ain't connected with my organization, it is—nothing to it." Same thing that Hebrew bride did. That's right. See? They listened to their substitute, and God promised them the real. And when the real come, they didn't want it; it was too humble.
162  Now, it's the same thing today when—when it rises on the scene. Now God said in Malachi 4 that He would send the message in the last days that would restore… Joel said, "I will restore all the years…" Everything that Rome eat up, and everything that the Methodists eat up, and everything the Baptists eat up off that original Pentecostal branch, God said, "I will restore in the last days." That's right. And He can send us such a person that will be… The only thing that God ever sent His Word to was a prophet, not to reformers, to prophets. It wasn't the hour for it. Now, it's getting to be the hour, and that's the reason we are watching for it to come. It'll be so humble and gentle and so…
164  Oh, my. You think them aristocratic Methodists, Baptists, and Presbyterian, and Pentecostals will ever receive it? "Well, you say, "Pentecostals?" The Pentecostals is the Laodiceans: rich and have need of nothing. It said, "You don't know that you're poor." You might be building millions of dollar buildings, but you're still poor, spiritual poor. "Oh," you say, "I see it all." You're blind. "Well," you say, "Bless God, I'm covered." Naked… "Well, I sure… Well, our boys… We got seminaries, we…" And don't know it… Now, that is just vice versa. Now, if the Bible said that the Laodicean church would be in that condition, and there's no person on earth could deny that this isn't the last age, because the Laodicean Church Age or the seventh church age, and here we are. The second two thousand years is finishing. There's no more church ages. That's the reason you Latter Rain brethren couldn't start another organization. There's going to be no more. That's right. It's at the end. Amen. Can't be no more church ages. It's all over.
169  But then, if the Pentecostal message was the last message which justification, sanctification, the baptism of the Holy Ghost… The last three messages, the last three church ages forms the complete birth. Just like when a woman is having—going to have her baby. The actual first thing happens is water; the next thing's blood; the next thing's life. When they killed Jesus at the cross, the substance come from His body to make up the new—to make up the—the birth. They stuck His side, blood and water came out, and "Into Thy hands I commend My Spirit." What came from His body was water, blood, spirit. First John 5:7 tells you about that.
172  There are three that bear record in Heaven: the Father, the Word (which is Christ), and the Holy Ghost, and these three agree in One. They're not One, but they agree in One. And there are three that bear record… Or they are One, I mean. I'm mistaken. The… And the three that bear record in earth is the water, blood, and spirit, and they agree in one. You can be sanctified without being justified, and you can be justified without being sanctified. You can be sanctified without receiving the Holy Ghost. It's exactly. The disciples in John 17:17 was sanctified and given power to cast out devils and still didn't have the Holy Ghost. See? Sure. Had to go up to Pentecost and wait till the Holy Ghost come. That's where Judas showed his colors. See how that spirit worked its way through justification and sanctification, but when it come to the end, he showed his color. (See?) That's right.
176  Now, notice, now, and here we are at the end time. And spiritual Eve, just as nat—as Hebrew Eve was promised… The Hebrew bride was promised the Word to return, and the spiritual bride from Pentecost, when she fell at Nicaea, then she's promised in the last days that the Word will come again. Now, you say… Then… If you want another Scripture, take over here, Revelation 10. And said, "In the hour, the time of the—the last angel, the seventh angel, seventh messenger, begins to sound, the mystery of God is finished (See?), the restoration back to the Word. The Bible said that this messenger of the last days would be—restore them back to the original faith again, back to the faith of the fathers. But you think they receive it? No, sir. Last days He would restore the original Word again, as He said in Malachi 4, but—that—that she had forfeited. Now, she forfeited that Word at Nicaea. Eve forfeited in Eden. Eve rejected hers at Calvary, and Nicaea's group is rejecting it in their last days—just the same. My. But when the Word came in human flesh, she, Eve, the Hebrew church, mother of all spiritual living as then, she rejected it; she was so dead in her traditions and dogmas that she missed it. So is this one. It's exactly.
180  All right. They miss Him, the living Word manifested in the flesh by the Word that is promised. The Word promised to do these things. The promise was made, and it'll be like this in the last days. "As it was in the days of Sodom, so shall it be in the coming of the Son of man." Now, watch what happened at Sodom. "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the coming of the Son of man." See? Watch what happened then. See? Now, He said it'd be the same thing, and we live in that day where that it could be… I guess I could get six hundred promises of them like that out of the Scripture just referring to it. See? Now… But they rejected. She held to her traditions and substitute instead of the—the… She held to the substitute blood instead of the real Blood. Jesus, the Word said… When He was manifested to her… Because she held to these traditions, Jesus the manifested Word, said to the bride, Hebrew bride, "Because you hold to your traditions, you make the Word of God without any effect to you." It can't be effective.
182  Now, that's what's the reason today that the—the revivals that we're supposed to have… We have denominational revivals; we haven't had a real stirring. No, no, no, no. No, sir. Don't think we got revivals. We haven't. Oh, they've got millions and millions and millions of church members, but not a revival nowhere. No, no. The—the Bride hasn't had a revival yet. See? There's been no revival there, no manifestation of God to stir the Bride yet. See? We're looking for it. It will take those seven unknown thunders back there to wake her up again. He will send it. He promised it. Now, now, watch. Now, she was—she was dead.
184  And now, if the churches would forget their creeds, and forget their dogmas, and just take the Bible, plead the promise, then it would come effective to them. But see, Jesus said, "You with your traditions make the Word of God not effective to you." Well, that's the same thing today with spiritual Eve. See? The spiritual bride of today, so-called the church, she takes the Word of God; and she won't accept It, and she accepts dogmas instead. Therefore, the Word's not effective to her (See?), because she tries to inject her creed with the Word, and it won't work.