The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 29


257  Now, last night we found out that the same rider that rode the white horse was the same one on the red one. And the voice said—in the midst of the beast called out (You see?) to come to see what it was; he was in this living creature. And he saw this black horse, and when the voice in the midst of the four beasts called out, "A measure of wheat for a penny, and—and three measures of barley for a penny, but see that thou hurt not the—the oil and the wine." See?
259  This rider, let's discuss him. If you'll notice the first rider, who he was, and we found out last night, Scripturally, that the second rider was exactly the same man, only he was on another horse. What happened? He changed his ministry. See? That's right. We found out he was an antichrist, and he'd changed his position. We found out that when he first just was a white horse, he become a doctrine. Now, we're taking every one of these right back in the Scriptures. See?
261  Now, watch where we're at tonight, that other church age now. See? We're come down to the third church age now. See? Just exactly on the third church age is just exactly like the third horse. See? Now, the first church age what it was? The Nicolaitane's had a doctrine (See?) just the first one. All right. And then the first thing we know this Nicolaitane doctrine, it become sanctioned and was right, went into action. And they crowned this fellow. Then this spirit, antichrist, become incarnate in a man. See? And we find out later on he becomes an incarnate devil too. The demon goes away, and the devil comes in.
263  And just as that church is—that kinda antichrist church progresses, so has the Bride come along with different things; through justification, sanctification, baptism of the Holy Ghost, just moving right on (See?), just like that. Only they taken their revival first, and the Church is taking it the last. Their first three years—first three stages of them that went to the dark age, then the third three stages comes the Church out from justification, sanctification, baptism of the Holy Ghost again, incarnate God made manifest among us.
264  Here he comes in as the antichrist, as the false prophet, then the beast, then in dark age. And the Church comes out of that dark age, justification, sanctification, baptism of the Holy Ghost, incarnate Word, the way now. Uh-huh. And he goes down. he does… He goes down; the Church goes up. See? It's just as perfect as it can be. Oh, it's beautiful. I just love it. This rider is the same one but another stage of his ministry. The first stage, a white horse (See?), he was just a teacher, just an antichrist teacher; he was against the Word of God. And now, how can you be an antichrist? Anybody that denies that every Word of this—isn't true and to be taught just the same, is an antichrist, 'cause they deny the—the—the—the—the Word, and He is the Word.
267  Now, first stage, white horse, he was just a teacher, but an antichrist spirit in its doctrine and its quality. It was innocent. It couldn't hurt nothing, seemed like, just going on… That's the way Satan comes in. Oh, he's a slick bird. He told Eve, said, "Now, you know, you're looking for wisdom. You don't know what's right and wrong." Said, "Now, if your eyes were opened, you would know what," and said, "the fruit is very pleasant. It's good. It—it's—it's pleasant to the eye. You should take it now. Now, you don't know whether it is or not, do you?" "No, I don't, but God said not to do it…" "But oh, he… Well, I know, but…" "God said He—we'd die…" He said, "Surely He won't do that." See? Just sweet as it could be. Look what it did. Watch this antichrist spirit rise up amongst the early church—a doctrine of Nicolaitanes. "Nico," "conquer the laity," make a holy man. See? Oh, it's just is in… "Why, we just want fellowship. Why, you're scattered out here; nobody knows where nobody's at. I think we all ought to have an organization and just be different. (See?) We go right—put ourselves together. We ought to make a lodge out of it."
271  That's what it is. There is no such thing as the Christian church of Methodists; that's not a church; that's a lodge. Baptists, that's not a church; it's a lodge. There's only one Church, and that's the mystical Body of Jesus Christ, and you're borned into that (That's right.) by predestination. That's right. "All the Father has give Me will come. No man can come 'less the Father calls him, and all He's give Me will come to Me," So that's—that's it. He just… The Lamb sets there making—making intercession till the last one comes in. The little bell rings and He walks out and takes His possession then (You see?), so, brings His Church home, His subjects, and casts His enemy into the lake of fire and all of his subjects go in there with him, and that's it. Then we walk out in the Millennium.
273  Same rider now… This first stage, he was innocent; and second (Now, if you went a little bit higher, a little more than that, in the second stage the Bible said he'd be given a crown, and they crowned a man, a superman. See?), crowned him. And then the Bible didn't call him a pope. The Bible called him a false prophet. Why? Yeah. Of course he must be a false prophet by his antichrist spirit that taught antichrist against the original Word. 'Cause if you taught against the original Word, it was antichrist, it was—and the Word is God (See?), Christ. All right.
274  Now, after that, we find him then crowned. When he got crowned… Now, he's a very innocent, helpless; he's just a little fellow. But then in the Nicene Council, he was made… And Constantine give him all the property. And then what did he do? Then he… See, Satan give him his throne and authority. The Bible said so as we have went through it. Now, the next thing we find out that the devil controls all politics that ever has been or ever will be. We find that in Matthew 4:11. And now, we find out then that Satan already had politics, but he's trying to get the church. So he goes down to deceive it. He gets his superman, works him into an organization and crowns him vicar (See?) of Christ. Christ acted instead of God. See this guy's a vicar instead of God. See? Just the same: instead of God, what he's supposed to be, a vicar under Christ.
277  Now, now, when he did that, then what did he do then? He… Satan took his political power (which he was already over) and took the religious power (which he had already been crowned) and put them together, and then he made him another crown over hell. And then when they had passed on, if they pay enough money, he'd get them out. See? So now he's—he's vicar over heaven, over purgatory, as he wants to call it. No such thing in the Bible (See?), but he had to make something. The Bible said he come out of the bottomless pit and returns back the same way, and on earth, a ruler…
279  Now, what was he given then? First he had a bow, but he didn't have any arrows. But now he's got a mighty sword in his hand. He can do something now. Then he jumps off his white horse; the white horse rides on out. Now he straddles what? A red horse, blood, blood red horse. He really rides that one. Oh, sure. Now, he's given great power and a great sword to kill; then he rides his blood red horse. We see from the Second Seal that was broke last night, he taken peace from the earth and did kill one another. And his own martyrology of the Roman Catholic church shows that they put sixty-eight million Protestants to death from the time of Saint Hippo of—after Saint Augustine of Hippo until 1580 something: sixty-eight million. (Schmucker's "Great Reform," if you want to read it—"Glorious Reform," it was. See?) Now, sixty-eight million recorded on the martyrology…
280  When one of their so-called saints got the revelation that anybody that disagreed with the Roman church should die as a heretic… That just set them around then. Boy, he went to spilling the blood. He—he jumped on his white horse—on his red horse, and he went to riding. Oh, now, his great power comes; he was made vicar of heaven and worshipped as God, ruler of the earth. By uniting the church and state together made him ruler on earth, give him a crown over that. He could pray the souls out of purgatory. He could also inter… He was just like God on earth: instead of God.
281  Together he had great power to kill whomever did not agree with his command. Who's going to say anything to him? The church can't say nothing; he's head of it. State can't say nothing; he's head of it. So they died by the millions. All them little churches, brother, was busted up, and killed, and murdered, and fed to lions and everything else. See? The dragon, Rome, give him his seat and authority. The Bible said so. See? So he rode his typed red horse through human blood till it become a red horse. Now, John sees him on a black horse. He changed something else. Now, I have to—to say this just the way it comes to me; and then… And if it come to me and didn't compare with the rest of the Scriptures, then God never give it. See, the Scriptures has to every one; it's just one great big—big thing, like that. Scripture has to agree with Scripture, and anything contrary to the Scripture… If that Angel of the Lord told me anything that wasn't Scriptural, I wouldn't believe Him.
284  I said there in Chicago the other day with all them hundreds of ministers… Was anybody there at that meeting? Sure. That meeting in Chicago, I said, "Now, you all talk about you got… You thought you was twisting me in here in something." About like that's in this room now. I said, "What is it you got it against me?" I said, "The Holy Spirit showed me three nights ago where every one of you'd be, and we wouldn't be in that…" Ask Carl, here, if it isn't right; and there was Hank and all of them. That's right. You all was there to hear it. I said, "Now, you got it against me on my teaching. That's what's the matter. Now, I want one of you to come here and get your Bible and stand by me and disprove it." It was the quietest bunch you ever heard. I said, "What's the matter with you?" I said, "Then if you know you can't stand up against the Word, then get off of my back."
286  "You doctors of divinity and everything and talking how… And introducing yourself as 'Doctor,' 'Doctor,' 'Doctor,' and I'm a…" I don't know whether… Brother Wood and I say "cheechaker," or "greenhorn." "I have no education, never come through any seminary or school, but you get your Bible and come here and stand by my side, disprove the serpent's seed, the baptism in Jesus' Name, or any of those things that I teach." Nobody said a word. And you all know that. That was the quietest bunch you ever seen. See, they just crow like I don't know what. Now, now, here it is. I don't believe in fussing with people, but when it comes to a spot where they try to drag you into it… And I wouldn't have went, but the Holy Spirit told me, said, "Go on over there; I'll stand by you."
288  Told them three or four days behind—before time. You all was there and heard Mr. Carlson and them and—and Tommy Hicks—and all of them set there. And I went three days before, and I said, "You're going to have to cancel that place." It was a stormy night; I was having a meeting. He said, "Go, stand by that window at that third little door there. And I went there and stood right in there. I looked out like that. He said, "They've got a trap set for you. They're going to ask you to speak at that Ministerial Association of the Greater Chicago." Said, "They got a trap set for you on your teaching of My Word." He said, "Now, they're going to cancel off that place there. They ain't going to get it, and they're going to get to a place where it's brown." Said, "Here it looks."
291  I stopped, and I seen myself in a corner, looked back there and seen, I seen all them people. I seen all them ministers set there, the way they was. I looked them all over, and He said… "Well," I thought, "I'd better not go over there then, Lord, if they're going to do that. I don't want to hurt their feelings or do anything wrong." He said, "Go; I'll stand by you." He did. That's right. Now, you all… Here's witnesses right here were setting right there and know it. That's right. Well, you got the tapes here also. But there you are. You see?
294  Now, now, here is the mystery of this. And now, It… When it revealed to me early this morning 'fore daylight, then I went quickly to the Scripture and begin to look—search it up. Here it was. Three of them so far has been absolutely supernaturally revealed. That's right. Now, here is the mystery of the black horse according to what it was revealed to me. See? He has started riding him in the time of the dark ages. That's what the dark horse represented: the dark ages, for it was a time of midnight to the true believers that was left. Watch now in that church age, that middle church age, the dark church age. Watch how he says, "You just have a little strength." It was a midnight to them for the true believer.
295  Now, watch. Practically all hope had been taken from the true church for this fellow controlled both church and state. What are they going to do? See? Catholicism had taken over both church and state, and all didn't agree with Catholicism was killed. That's the reason he was on a dark horse. And watch what a dark thing he done (See?), then you can see. And you just… If you know your history, watch it. And you… Well, you won't have to even know it to know this. Now, watch. All hope was gone; that's his black horse. Now, he rode in on his white horse, cunning; then he was give power, he took peace, slaughtered the millions. That's what he was going to do as he rode on through; and he still does it. See? Now, here he is on his black horse now, coming forth, dark age, that was that time, just about the time after the church got set up and got in power, they smothered out everything else and went through about hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of years is what every reader knows that was the dark ages. How many knows that? Sure, the dark ages. There's your dark horse, representing that dark age.
298  Now, all hope's gone, no hope at all; everything looked dark for the little believers. Now, that's the reason it's called—represented a dark horse. His balances or his scales in his hand (You see?), calling out "A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny." See? Actually that is… Wheat and barley is natural staff of life. That's what bread and stuff's made from. But you see, he was charging for this. What it means, that he was charging his subjects for the kind of the hope of life that he was sending out to them by making… he started in that very time of making them pay for prayer, charging for prayer. They still do it—novenas. "Cause, what was he doing? Capturing the wealth of the world, the scale weighing out a measure of wheat for a penny and three measures of barley for a penny. The rider on a black horse (See?) he was making—stripping his subjects of their money, when the Bible predicts that he holds about the wealth of the world. As we said last night about Russia and all that, they just take all the money and just stripped the people for everything they've got, everything. So there you are.
300  Now, notice. Do you see where that old money taken in church comes from? Get away from that stuff. To build an organization, a big something—a million dollar here and… You see what the mother of it is? Thank you, Lord. Oh, my. I'm so glad. Yes, sir. All right, it's been His grace; that's all. All right, it's a midnight time. Do you understand that now? And here he is charging for the kind of life, that's this barley and stuff, natural. It wasn't spiritual, now; it was barley. See? So… And barley bread and wheat bread… He was charging for that kind of a life that he was giving to his subjects, charging for prayer by the priest to pray people out of purgatory. Charging… (Now, I'm taking this right out of history). Charging for, I guess, it's novena, I guess everybody knows what. Novena, I guess that's something you have to do, you know, some penance. Somebody have to charge for that. Bringing the wealth of the world to him, into hisself, into the church itself, and he's still riding. Oh, sure he is. Yes, sir, still riding.
303  Notice… Here's the good part now. Notice, "See that thou hurt not this wine and oil." Just a little bit of it left, brother. "Don't you touch that." Now, oil is—symbolizes the Spirit, the Holy Spirit. I'll give you a few verses if you want to, a few Scriptures in Leviticus 8:12, where Aaron, before he went in had to be anointed with oil, you know; and—and Zechariah 4:12, of oil coming, pouring through the pipes and said, "This is My Spirit," oil. Another thing, if you want to see Matthew 14:25, there was a foolish virgin (25:3) the foolish virgin had no oil, no Spirit. And Matthew 25:4, the wise virgin had oil in her lamps, Spirit-filled. Spirit… Oil typifies the Spirit. Oh, glory. You get it? All right.
306  Now, oil typifies Spirit, and wine symbolizes stimulation of revelation. Boy, I like to run all over the place. It's a wonder I didn't wake up the neighborhood when the Lord showed me that. Stimulation of revelation… See? Oil and wine in the Bible is associated together always. I got the concordance and looked, and there's a string of them that like—like that, where wine and oil goes together all the time. See?
308  When the truth of a promised Word of God has been truly revealed to His saints that's filled with oil, they all get stimulated. Wine is a stimulation. Glory, I feel it right now, stimulated with joy, shouts. And when it does, it has the same effect upon them that—that wine does upon a natural man; because when the revelation has been given of a truth of God, and the true believer filled with oil, and the revelation is revealed, the stimulation becomes so great that it makes him behave hisself unnormally. That's right. Glory. Maybe that's what's the matter with them now. That's right. It makes them behave theirself unseemingly.
309  Now, if you want Scripture for this, just start reading Acts 2. What'd they have? They had the promise that had been given them. When all of the promise of the Holy Spirit was poured out on them, and was—it was Scripturally a-vindicated… Now, see the… What if they'd said, "Now, wait. He told us to wait up here for our ministry." And after eight days, they said, "Well, I tell you, boys…" Mark said to Matthew, "I—I believe we've already got it, fellows. Don't you think so?" See, "We already got it. Why are we waiting on our ministry? Now, we ought to just go on out preaching. He told us to come up here and wait, and this is eight days we been here." "Well, let's wait another one." Nine days come. Then Mark comes around or—or—or maybe one of the rest of them, John, said, "I—I—I believe we oughtn't to wait any longer. I believe we've already got it, don't you?"
312  And I can see Simon, 'cause he had the keys, you know. "Now, wait a minute, boys. The Scripture's got something to say about this. He never told us just how many days to wait. He said, 'You stay there until… You stay there until Joel's prophecy comes to pass, until Isaiah's prophecy is a-vindicated. For with stammering lips and with other tongues will I speak to this people,' and this is the refreshment. This is the wine that's poured out." What is wine in the Bible? Refreshment. This is the refreshment that comes from the Presence of the Lord. It's—it's got to be Scriptural now. See? So, you see, wine represents stimulation of revelation, and when the Holy Ghost fell, and they seen the fire of God fall upon them, my, that begin to stimulate them, and the first thing you know, they got so stimulated till the people actually thought they were drunk, but they were stimulated by the revelation.
314  By God's… Here it is. God's vindicated revelation made plain to them, they was happy about it. God promised it. Here it was revealed to them and vindicated to them. Amen. Here was a man standing there saying, "This is that; this is it," and there it was being a-vindicated by the same signs…?… There's—there's stimulation by revelation (See?), and now, they really had it then. That's the reason Peter could get out there and say, "Why, you men of Judaea, and you that dwell in Jerusalem, listen to me. All you doctors of divinity, listen to what I'm going to tell you." Oh, how wonderful. Revealed, revealed, they become so stimulated when they seen it vindicated. That just always does that; it always does.