The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 28


185  Now, what we need today… I just keep reading this here "Herald of His Coming." Across the headlines "We need a prophet to return. We need a prophet to return." and I guess when He does return they will know nothing about it, just like I said. That's right. It's always been that way. See? "We need a…" Everything you talk about: "We need a prophet to return who will bring the Word of the Lord, fearless. We believe the Bible promised it." Now, I know Brother—Brother Moore and them, eat in his house and everything else (the editor); and he's a—finest man that walks in shoe leather, I guess, one of the finest fellows. But just… See, he knows that we've got to have that. And Sister Moore, one of the finest women, little—poor little fellow, and they sacrifice. And that's one of the best papers on the field in my opinion is "The Herald of His Coming." But you find out they keep blasting that "We need a prophet. We need a prophet." See? My. That's what they talk about.
188  And then here we are today, and like yesterday and today announcing on the radio that in the Baptist churches and so forth that we're not to take in with the Catholics, but we're to kind of fellowship with them. See? And right here the message going out right here to stay away from that poison thing. See, see? "How can two walk together 'less they be agreed?" Light and dark can't fellowship together. When light comes in, dark goes out. See? It can't—the most powerful… You can't put light out with dark, but you can put dark out with light. That's right. And He is the Light, and He is the Word. See? Now, there you are, right straight back. You can't make it lie or do anything wrong. It comes right straight back to this spot again. Yes, sir.
190  Just like some guys start to try to fuss with you, if you know where to stand, know what he believes… It's just like taking a rabbit and turning him loose in a pen and you've got every hole stopped up. Just stand at the gate; he's got to come back. So… See? He has to come right back to the gate again 'cause that's the only way he can get out. He will stick his head through here and almost break his neck, go over there and over there. Just stand and watch him, and he will come right back. See? That's all. That's the only way to do: stay with that Word. Now, just blast all around your creed and just break your neck everywhere, but you got to come right back to this Word. See? That's all of it. 193  Now, see, they—they—they—they don't want it. They don't want God's Word. Because she held to her traditions, she kept the Word of God from being of none effect. The same now on spiritual Eve, she don't want… She wants to keep her traditions and get away from the Word of God. She holds again to the denominations and their creeds and traditions of her elders instead of taking the Word of God. And when the promise of the Word in the last days is brought to her, she will not receive it, because with her traditions, like the Hebrew bride did, the real Word, though manifested, proven, vindicated, she won't have it. Why won't she? Because there's her type. She can't do it. That's right. She can't beat her type. See? And it's predicted she would do it, so how you going to keep from anything… Now, the only thing to do is be happy you are in. That's all, be ready for it. All right. God promised in the last days that He would manifest and would vindicate His Word to her and still she wouldn't do it. All that God promised her by His servants, the prophets, God promised through Jesus Christ, God promised through Joel, God promised through Paul, God promised through Malachi, John, God promised through John the revelator, all them prophets, just exactly what the last message would be to her.
197  Now, if you want to write them down, 'course you all know them: Jesus: John 14:12; and Joel: Joel 2:38; Paul: Second Timothy 3; Malachi 4th chapter, and John the revelator: Revelation 10:17, 1-17. See? Exactly what would take place now. And to the church, what is it? The incarnate Word made flesh amongst His people again (See?), and they just don't believe it.
198  You know what Jesus said when He seen He—when He done them miracles before them and proved that He was God, proved that—that what He was doing, He was—He had done exactly. He—He said to them, He said, "Oh, you Capernaum, who is exalted into heaven, if the works had been—the mighty works had been done in Sodom that's been done in you, it'd be standing today." That's right. And in Capernaum, He never done nothing but heal a few people and told them the secrets of their hearts and walked out. Yes. That's all. See, they don't know what mighty works are. They think it has to be a great big program where everybody gets up; and the judge makes a speech; and—and the bands playing, the colors fly, and the—and the well-dressed women and their… and tarrying, and all the Ph.D's, LL.D's, the big tall hats and turned-around collars and everything; they all have to walk in; that's something great. God said, "That's foolish." See?
200  And He brings up a little something that don't know what— difference between, maybe, abc's hardly and performs something that just sets the real Church afire; and the rest of them says, "A bunch of holy-rollers." God calls that great, and the world calls it foolish. The world calls that great, and God calls that foolish (See?), just vice versa. See? And the thing that God has promised, God will and has done. Here we are.
201  Now, still she remains as she did, the Hebrew Eve. She just wouldn't do it. You could raise up the dead; you could see the Spirit of God. Jesus came down, vindicated Himself to be the Son of God. First He started preaching. Well, they thought, "Well, kinda odd-like fellow. Who is he anyhow?" Well, the first thing you know, people begin to say… Of course they'd said before when His forerunner come, John—they said, "Are you the Messiah?" He said, "No, but He's standing among you somewhere." See? Why? He knowed when his message taken place what he was to do. He knowed what he was going to do.
204  Just like Noah kept watching Enoch. When Enoch went, Noah said, "Better get close to the ark. The time is at hand." Noah kept watching Enoch (See?) and John watched for the sign that Jesus told him—or God told him to watch. He said, "He's standing right here now somewhere among you. I don't know Him, but I will know Him." Standing there and they said, "Aren't you the Messiah?" Said, "We were sent from the headquarters." Said, "The—the elders and all sent us down here. If you are the Messiah, why don't you come up and make yourself known up there, not down here in this bunch of stuff down here. You come up there and make yourself known." He said, "I'm not the Messiah." He said, "I'm the voice of one crying in the wilderness." That went far over their heads as it could go. They didn't know nothing about it (See?), and yet they was all looking for him to come; but it couldn't be a guy like that. Oh, my, that would be terrible. "What school are you from?" "None." "Have you got your fellowship card?"
209  "What is it?" See? He was anointed of God. He said, "There's one thing I have, the axe is laid to the root of the tree." Now… That's all he—that all he had. He talked in terms of a woodsman, not in the terms of a clergyman—vipers, axes, and trees and so forth. He—he didn't talk in ecclesiastical terms, but Jesus said there never was a prophet like him, never a man born of a woman like him till his day. That's right. He was more than a prophet; he was the messenger of the covenant: stood right between the—the—the two dispensations coming in (See?), more than a prophet. And so then… Standing there, they didn't know him. They didn't understand him. He was kind of an odd-like sort of fellow, so they just missed him. See?
212  Then when Jesus come then, and surely they wasn't going to accept Him, this carpenter's boy (There wasn't nothing like that) with a black name behind Him of illegitimacy. He… They wouldn't go to see a Fellow like that. But—but look what God did. He took the unlearned poor fishermen, woodsmen, farmers, and harlots and left the dignitaries set there. Why? What… Why did He do it? Why did He do such a thing? (Could you imagine?), because that them people recognized Him to be the Word. 214  Now, let's just watch them just a minute. Here's an old ignorant fisherman, can't write his name. The Bible said he was ignorant and unlearned. He brings his fish up and sets it down, goes down there and sees what all this noise is about, but way down deep in him he knew that the Bible said that the Messiah… All Hebrews look for the Messiah, because there was to be a Scriptural thing happen when He come.
215  There'd been a lot of messiahs raise up and said, "I'm He," and led them off by the hundreds, and—and perished and everything; but see, that was to throw off the real One when He comes. We've had Elijah's mantles and coats and every other thing, but that—that's—that's just to throw off the real thing when He does come. See? That's right. All kinds of people that's wore the robes and the garments and been buried in all kinds of hoods turned around and everything else… That don't… That just only vindicates. Like a bogus dollar shows there's a good one somewhere if you can just find it. See? So here He come. Now, these dignitaries come out, and they was so on their substitutes, "Why," they said, "now, if the Messiah comes, He will certainly come to Caiaphas. He will come to our denomination. He will come to the Pharisees." The Sadducees: "That's what you think; He will come to the Sadducees."
218  There they was (See?), the same thing they have today. See? Now, but when He come, it was strange. He would come, oh, very contrary to what they thought, but He come according to the Word, and they didn't know the Word. Let me say that real, so you'll—it'll sink way down. I want us to get it: That's what is the matter with you today. See? You don't know the Word. Jesus said, "You can discern the face of the skies, but the signs of time you can't discern." Said, "We have Moses…" Jesus said, "If you'd knowed Moses, you'd knowed Me." That's right. See? Didn't know Moses, and therefore they didn't know. They just knowed creed that they'd hatched out.
222  Now, let's take this old fisherman. Sets his basket down, pushed his gray beard down, walks down, "I believe I'll see who it is." His brother said, "Come on. Let's go down here. That's that same guy; the guy they said the other day. I stayed all night with Him last night. You know John and I was talking about?" "Yeah, that wild man down there? Yeah, I heard about him." Well, a—a—old Simon, you know, said, "I heard about him down there. Yeah, been down there—two or three months ago down there, yep." "Well, he said… And one day he was standing there and he said an odd thing. He said, 'You know, here He comes right now.' They said, 'How do you know?' He looked over there, and there was an ordinary Fellow standing there. He said, 'I see the Spirit of God like a dove coming down on Him. I hear a voice saying, "This is Him. This is My beloved Son in Whom I am pleased to dwell in.' Then he walked right in the water and baptized Him and so forth. Well there, he said he knew Him." "Oh, I don't know," Simon said. "I've heard all of that lots of times." But here he comes up; but down in his heart was a predestinated seed. Jesus said so. That's right. He walks up to Him. Walks up and said, "I'll go down to the meeting and see."
227  Walks up there, Jesus standing there, just an ordinary little Fellow. Walked up—and said, "Why, your name is Simon, and your father's name was Jonas." That deflated him. Why? That little Eternal Life seed struck in there. Yes, sir. Said, "Wait a minute. How's that? You never did see me, neither did you know my dad 'cause he'd been dead for years, but here you come tell me that. Now, I know that the Bible says…" (Now, that's not go back to what the elders says.) but "the Bible said that the Messiah would be a prophet. There He is. That's Him."
229  One day He passed through Samaria going down through there with a bunch of Jews. He left them. And this little ill-famed woman come out, maybe a pretty little lady, you know; and she'd been turned out on the street as a kid, and she was going through there. Maybe she was thinking about something. She walked up there, and set the bucket down, and she started to let the windle down, you know, get the water, and she heard a Man say, "Bring Me a drink." She looked around and there set kind of a middle-aged Jew. She said, "Say, aren't you a Jew? You shouldn't do that. It's not customary for you to talk to me. I'm a Samaritan." He said, "But if you knowed Who you're talking to, you'd bring—you'd ask Me to give you a drink." She said, "Where's your bucket? Where's your string?" "Well," He said, "the water that I give is Life." "The what? (See?) Why," she said, "why, you all want to worship in Jerusalem. And our fathers worshipped in…" "Oh," He said, "that's right," but said, "we Jews know what we worship," but said, "you know, the time is coming when—when men will not worship in Jerusalem or in this mountain." He said, "They're going to worship God in the Spirit, because He is a Spirit; He's Spirit and Truth." Well, she begin to study, you know. He said, "Go, get your husband, and come here." She said, "My husband? I haven't got any husband." Oh, He said, "That's the truth." Said—said, "You've been running around with five and got the sixth one now." And said, "You—you've had five. And—and you—you know, you—you told the truth."
236  Watch. What was it? That Light struck that seed that had been laying there that was spoke by God. Yes, sir. The seed was on the earth. When God moved the water away and the sun hit it, it come up. That's right. See? That's all it needed was sun. It needed light. Yes, sir. And then when the Holy Spirit in Him moved away her past life and showed it to her, that Light struck it; she said, "Sir, I perceive You're a prophet." She said, "That's how… We know—I know it, that when Messiah comes, that's what He's going to be, and we ain't had a prophet for hundreds of years. We have never had a true prophet for hundreds of years." And she said, "How… You tell me about my husband and told me how many I've had and so forth… Why," said, "I don't understand this," said, "when Messiah cometh, well, He's going to do that, but Who are you?" He said, "I'm He." That was it: A harlot.
239  And the priest looked around and said… Well, they'd have to answer to their congregation, said, "Don't fool with that fellow. He's—he's possessed of a devil." Now, that's the difference. That's the same thing today (See?), same thing today. Hits just exactly. Yep, yes, sir. She—she knew it because the Light struck it. They… Them fishermen, woodsmen, farmers, tax-collectors, harlots, they seen in Him what the simple Scriptures said He would do, and the Pharisees couldn't see because of their tradition. Amen. They couldn't see because their traditions; but the prostitute, the farmers, and all them, they saw it. All that was predestinated, when the doubts rolled away, the seed went to growing. That's right.
241  What did she do? She said, "Well, I'm glad I met the Messiah." Oh, no, brother. Right into the city she went. She forgot about the water. She said, "Come, see a Man Who told me the things that I've done. Isn't this the very thing that the Scripture said Messiah's going to do? Isn't this exactly that?" And the people could see that same thing that Jesus Christ said in Saint John 14:12, it would happen again. He said it also in Luke when He said, "As it was in the days of Noah…" how God manifest Himself in a Man and told who was behind Him, and what Sarah did (laughing in the tent), and all these Scriptures of Malachi and so forth predicted in the last day. Hebrews 4 said when the Word comes back… Malachi 4 said it would return back by a man; the—Hebrews 4 said the Word of God discerns the thoughts that's in the heart, and they can see it done and walk right away from it. Their traditions hide it and makes it none effect. Well, we're just here. That's all.
244  You know, He could do this same thing today. He'd come right on the scene and produce the same things He did then as He said He would. See? He promised to do it. He promised to do it. And if He would do the same things… The Laodicea messenger is supposed to do it; and then if the Laodicea church sees it done, they'll do just exactly like the Hebrew church did at the beginning. See? No matter how well vindicated it is, all—they do it anyhow. Oh, my. Now, It said that it would—we would return to the original Word and be made manifested as promised to restore again the faith, original faith again. And if He made Hisself known that He was dwelling amongst His people by doing these things… He could even have His picture taken, scientifically prove it, and still they don't believe it…?… Let the mechanical eye of the camera catch Him standing there, that same Pillar of Fire, same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) to show that it's—it's scientific in every other way, scientifically, in the spiritual realms, and every way it could be vindicated, it's been vindicated and you know they'd probably do the same thing. They'd probably just walk right away and do the same thing that they did.
248  Oh, God, help us. Oh, my. Now, we'll just stop here. God, help us to see now, my prayer, as we come now, 'cause I don't want to keep you too late. God help us to see. I believe, maybe the Spirit upon us to be right now that He'd help us to reveal, open up this Seal. Let's read as we see the state the church is in. We see where it has been, seen what they did, seen where it was supposed to come, see it there, and see what they was supposed to do. They did just that. Now, you see where we are at? You do the judging. I can't judge. I'm just responsible for bringing this Word. Just as It's give to me, I can give It. Until it's give to me, I can't give It. No one else can. And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and 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 the 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.
250  Now, the Lamb's got the Book in His hand breaking the Seal. Broke the first one, second one, and now, He breaks the third one. And as He breaks it, the Lamb breaks it, the Third Seal, the third beast… Now, how many knows what the third beast looked like? Looked like a man. The first one looked like a lion; the other one looked like a calf or an ox, and the third one looked like a man, as a man. And he heard the—the living creature that—the beast, living creature like a man said to John, "Come, see what it is, this mystery that's been hid." All down through the years of redemption, since the foundation of the world, It's been hid under this Seal, what's going to happen. Now, come, look what it is." And so he opens it up; a thunder blasts; and the Lamb opens the Seals.
253  Now, and John walked up to see what it would be. What did he see? He seen a black horse, and his rider had a balance or scales in his hand. Now, that's the first thing he saw. When the Lamb announced it, broke the Seal, then the other beast… See, them beasts are taking turn about, announcing, "Come, see." And John, where he was standing, maybe like this, he walks over here when the Lamb opened it, walked over, usually the thunder strikes as we seen in the First Seal. And he watches to see what takes place, and he sees a man coming first on a white horse; he watches him ride down and on down through; John sees him plumb to the end. He sees him come down, his white horse, got a bow in his hand, and the—the rider has; and he has no arrows with it. And the next thing he sees, he gets a crown, rides right on through.
255  Then we find out and then the Lamb, here it comes again. He opens another and looks. Now, here comes a red horse. And this man has a sword in his hand. He rides right on down through the Scriptures (See?) with a sword in his hand and was to kill and take peace from the earth. Now, the Lamb opens another Seal. Another one of the living creatures like a man said, "Come, see." Now, he walks up to see what this is. And when he does, there comes a rider on a black horse.