The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

Chapter 6: The Fourth Seal 63-0321 (Continued)

Day 31


33  That when the—the Moses, under the blood of bulls… And when he met that Light, the Pillar of Fire in that burning bush, and he stood down there on a commission God had give him, and he was a prophet; and when the Word of the Lord came to him, he spoke and even things created by the Word. See? And now, if it'll do that under that, the blood of bulls, what about the Blood of Jesus? Not covered, but remitted it altogether; and you stand in the Presence of God as a redeemed son. Now, see, the church is far beyond its standard of living. And I think too many times we're probing instead of really coming out and facing the issue. I got something I want to say, and I—I will at the time.
35  And now, notice that there's something wrong somewhere in the churches. And I think it's the denominational systems that's twisted the people's minds and so forth until they don't know how to do it. That's right. But we're promised that it would be revealed. And now, these Seven Seals that this Book is sealed with, and those Seven Seals… Now… And then after these Seven Seals are completed, we find in Revelations 10 there was seven mysterious thunders that John was commissioned to write but then forbidden to write those. And at the time of those thunders, we find Christ, or the Angel come down with a rainbow, and put His feet on the land and sea and swore that time had run out at that time.
38  And then we find—find out that in the revealing of the Seals that the—the Lamb had left His mediatorial work as an Intercessor and had come forth now to claim His rights, all that He had redeemed by His death. And then the… No one could open the Book; no one understood It. It was a Book of Redemption, and God, the Father, Spirit, had It in His hand, because Christ was at the throne as a Mediator, the only Mediator. Therefore, there could be no saint, no Mary, no Joseph, no nothing else on that altar, because it was Blood, and only the Blood of Jesus could make the atonement. So nothing else could be standing as a mediator. That's right. There was nothing else.
40  So all this idea of interceding with Jude for politics and interceding with Saint Cecilia for something else, that's nonsense. That's not… I—I don't say them people are not honest and sincere. I don't say you're not sincere in you doing it if you do, but you're wrong. You're—you're sincerely wrong. And anything… They say, "Well, this—this angel, this—this appeared to—to Saint Boniface and said this, that, and the other and they can say this." I don't doubt that a bit in my mind but what somebody seen the vision. I—I don't doubt what Joseph Smith saw the vision, but it wasn't according to the rest of the Word. So therefore, to me it's wrong. See? It has to come with the rest of the Word.
42  That's the way the church ages and Seals and all the rest of it. And when anybody thinks that he has those seven thunders, if it don't compare with the rest of the Word, there's something wrong here. See? It's got to come THUS SAITH THE LORD, for this is the Book; this is the revelation of Jesus Christ in its entirety. Now, I—I believe then that the Lamb came forth. They didn't know… John was weeping. He couldn't find nobody in heaven, in earth 'cause all was other side of the chasm (See?): sin.
43  There was no man; and an Angel, of course he'd be worthy, but after all, it had to be a kinsman, had to be a human being, and there was no such a thing, 'cause every man had been born by sex. Had taking One born without it, so God Himself took that in the virgin birth and become Emmanuel, and His Blood was for—the One was worthy. And when He crossed this chasm Hisself and paid the price and bridged the way for the rest of us, then He set down to be Mediator, and He's been setting there. And the Book has actually been closed all that time. It's there, but it's still in symbols. They seen it.
45  John even saw it, the announcement when the first come forth. He said, "A white—a horse went forth. He had a rider on him, had a bow in his hand." That's symbol. That isn't revealed. See? No, it's just a symbol. And as far as any man upon the earth, that's all he could say. That's right. He might stumble and stagger, no doubt hit somewhere here or there and after while… But we find out then that in the Book of the Revelation at the seventh angel's message, the mysteries, all the mysteries of it, should already be revealed by that time (Now that's Revelations 10:1-7.), that it should be revealed according to that time—at that time when He did. Then the seven thunders utter their strange voices, and John was going to write… It was… John knew what it was, but he—he didn't write it, 'cause he was forbidden to write it. That's absolutely and altogether a mystery. It's not even in symbol or nothing. We just know he—it thundered; that's all.
48  And now, in studying this… Now, don't forget… Now, Sunday, or Sunday morning we omitted the healing service because of having the answers to the—to the people's questions. Now, if… I want you to have a question on these Seven Seals, if it's bothering you, something that you don't understand. Let's have it on the Seven Seals, then I can tell by Saturday night whether it's enough to—to answer them or not. You see? And then just… Now, just say… Well, about something else, or "Should I do this?" or—or "My… I had a dream." Them—them's all worthy things, now remember. They're worthy things, but let's stay right with the Seven Seals; that's what we're right on. That's—that's what the—the meeting is designated to: the Seven Seals. Let's stay right with that.
49  I got to go home, got to have a few meetings out in the west. I'll be back again then in a little over a month or two or something like that, and maybe the Lord will permit that we can have something else on that—maybe healing service or something then or whatever we're—whatever it is. Then we've got seven trumpets here to come forth yet. You see? And them all comes in there too, and the seven vials (See?) to be poured out, so… And it'll all blend right in here, but it's all a mysterious yet. Now, last night we find that the First Seal went forth, and the rider and the Lord… So help me, I never knew it before; none of these things have I ever knowed before. That's right. And I just don't—just go up there and take the Bible and set down and set there until… When it goes to breaking forth like that, I just pick up my pen and start writing (See?), and just stay there, maybe for hours, till It gets—a—It gets finished.
53  Then I go back, and I find out as I see where He said this… I thought, "Well, looks like I've seen that somewhere." I get my concordance, go look back (Is there something like that?) and here it is right here. And then here it is over here again; here it is back here and down here and over here. Then I just tie it right in. I know that's God as long as it's comparing Scripture with Scripture. That's the way it has to do. Just like putting a building together, the stones have to fit stone by stone.
54  Now, last night we had the opening of the—of the Third Seal. First was a white horse, and the next was a red horse, and then a black horse. And we find out that the riders were the same rider all the time, and that was the antichrist to start with. He didn't have no—no crown, but he received one later on. And then we find out that then he was given a sword to take peace from the earth, and we find out that he did that. Then he come in with the dogmas of giving the church with money by weighing a penny of—for this and two pennies for that, but he was forbidden to touch the oil and the wine, which was a little that was left. And then, we give—left off last night with the illustration of what the oil and wine was and what the effects that it had. And we… It might've sounded a little rude, but it's just exactly the Truth. See?
55  Now, we left off on… Well—well, let's for just a few moments review of that now. And then we left off on the power of the wine, what the oil represented Spirit. (I guess you all got it all down. You'll find it on the tape, if you didn't and where to find the Scriptures.) That the oil always symbolizes the Holy Spirit, like the foolish virgins with no oil, wise virgins with oil, which is the Holy Spirit, and then on back in—in the—the prophets and so forth. And now, of course I don't try to pull out every Scripture in there, and there's things that you can't even speak about; take too much time. But I try to place out here with Scriptures and so forth just enough to give the people so it'll let them know and see the picture of it. But if you'd set down with one of them Seals, why, my, you could take a month's sermons every night right on that Seal and still not even touch it (See?), on one of them. And that's how—how much there is to it. But I just hit the high spots of it, then you can—you can see what it's all about.
57  Now, as oil symbolized the Holy Spirit… Then we find out that oil and wine is connected in worship (See?), always connected in worship. And the wine, I said (which come to me) that the wine symbolizes that it was the power of—it was the power of stimulation by revelation. See? And that's when something has been revealed. It gives stimulation to the believer, because it's presented by revelation. See? It's something that God has said; it's a mystery. They can't understand it. See? And after while, God comes down and reveals it and then vindicates it.
59  Remember, if the Truth is revealed, the Truth is also vindicated. God constantly… No matter how smart the person might be, how brilliant he might be in his mind, if God don't back up what he's saying, there's something wrong. That's right, 'cause it's the Word. Now, when Moses went out there under the inspiration of God and said, "Let flies come," flies come. He said, "Let frogs come"; frogs come. See, what if he said, "Let flies come," they didn't come? See? Then he—he didn't speak the Word of the Lord (See?); he only spoke—he spoke his own word. He might've thought there ought to be flies, but there—there didn't any flies come because God hadn't told him so. And when God tells you anything and says, "You go do this, and I'll be right with it for this is My Word," and He shows it in the Bible, then God stands right behind that. And if it's not written in the Bible, God stands behind it anyhow, if it's God's Word. See? And then if it's outside of that, it's revealed to prophets. We realize that all the mysteries of God is made known to prophets and them alone (See?), Amos 3:7.
64  Now, now, the power of revelation brings stimulation to the believer, for the power of wine, natural wine is to stimulate. See? It's to—to bring a person that's all slumped down to a stimulation. See, see? Well then, now there's a power of the revelation of the Word gives stimulation of joy to the believer, stimulation of satisfaction, the stimulation that it's vindicated, it's proved. It's called in the Scripture, as we want to refer to it, as new wine. We always refer to it like that as "These are drunk on new wine," (See?), all right, or spiritual wine. I think the best interpretation would be—would be on spiritual wine.
65  As the natural wine reveals itself in stimulated power, so does the new wine as it reveals the Word of God which is Spirit. Now, that's the—that's the… See? The Word Itself is Spirit. You believe that? Let's read it. Let's read it. Saint John 6, let's just do… You… Then you—then you don't say, "Well, I… Somebody said that." Let's—let's see Who said it, and then we'll know whether it's Truth or not. Saint John the 6th chapter, and—the 6th chapter and I believe it's the 60—63rd verse. All right. (I think it's it.) Yes. It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profit nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
67  The Word Itself is Spirit; it's Spirit in Word form. And then, you see, when It is quickened or brought to Life, the Spirit of the Word goes to work and acts. See? Because that… Now, look here: A thought has to be a thought before it can be a word. And then when a thought is presented, it is a word. Now, this is the—God's thought that He has placed in the Word, and then when we receive it from Him, it becomes a Word. God revealed to Moses what to do. Moses spoke it, and it happened. See? That's it, when it's really comes from God… Now, we find out that—that it—it stimulates, and it gives joy, because it is God's Word, and the new wine—the new wine stimulates the—when it reveals the Word; then brings joy beyond measure sometimes (We went through that.), that it brings such joy till you get over-flooded.
71  Now, I know there's a lot of fanaticism and people carrying on. I know sometimes they do it when the music's jumping up and down and everything. And I know that goes, and I—I believe that too. I've seen people in the day when the—as long as the music's playing, everybody was jumping and screaming, but when the music stopped, they stop. See? I believe… Well, that—that's still all right, as far as I'm concerned (You see?), as long as people lives right and… But now, what… You start bringing the Word. Now, that's the thing that actually brings Life is the Word, and that brings the joy of stimulation of new wine. See? That's… And that's what it was on Pentecost when the Word was vindicated.
73  Now, look. Now, Jesus told them (Luke 24:49), "Behold I send the promise of My Father upon you, but you go up to Jerusalem and wait until…" What was the promise of the Father? Joel 2:28, why, we find out He was going to pour out the Spirit. In Isaiah 28:19, how there'd be stammering lips and other tongues and all these things. They went up there, and as we went through it… Maybe one said, "Why, I believe we've waited long enough. Let's just accept it by faith." That was good Baptist doctrine, but it didn't work with them brothers. So then, the first thing you know, it had to become a reality, and they waited on their ministry for the Word to be vindicated. And when you come to seek the Holy Spirit, you do the same. Yes, you can accept it by faith; you have to accept Christ by faith; that's exactly right. And you accept the Holy Spirit by faith, but then let the Holy Spirit come and give the circumcision as a witness that He's accepted your faith. You see? Then…
77  See, Abraham believed God and it was imputed to him for righteousness, but God give him the sign of circumcision as a confirmation He'd accepted his faith. So that's the same thing we must do. We must wait on the Holy Spirit till It's done something, not necessarily 'cause we spoke in tongues, not because we have danced, or we got emotional, we shouted: until we were changed, until something actually happened. I don't care what form it comes in, just so it happened; that's the main thing. See?
78  And I believe in speaking in tongues and all these other things are all right, but just that in itself won't work, and you know it won't work. So it doesn't do it. I've seen witches speak in tongues, seen wizards speak in tongues and dance in the spirit. See? Sure. Lay a pencil down and it write in unknown tongues and somebody interpret it (See? That's right.) and tell the truth. That's right. Wrote just exactly what had happens, and it was just exactly that way. See them throw dust on their head, and cut themselves with knives, and cover it all over with the blood of a wildebeest or something and—and sure (See?), and call on the devil. Uh-huh, see? So you see, that don't… Speaking in tongues doesn't do it. "Though I speak with tongue of men and angels and have not charity, it profit me nothing." See? Though I could do it. See? So those things doesn't mean that you have the Holy Spirit. But when He, the Person, the—the immortal Spirit of Christ becomes your personal Saviour, and changes you, and throws your views right straight into Calvary, to this Word, something's happened. Yes, sir. Something has happened. No one will have to tell you about it; you'll know it when it happens.
82  And the new wine, when it brings revelation, then it's—it's revealed, and that's the way it was at Pentecost. They knowed that—that there was supposed to be a Spirit poured out upon them, and they waited till this happened. And when the vindication of the revelation took place, then stimulation was on them. They sure did. They steamed up too. They… Right out into the streets, where they was afraid and had the doors shut, and they were out in the street. Where they'd been afraid of a group of people, a-preaching the Gospel to them. That's right. See? Something had happened, because the true Word of promise was vindicated. Now, let's stop here a minute.
84  If that brought such positive to them men that they—they nearly every one of them sealed their testimony with their blood… No matter what come along, as long as they lived they never got over it. It stayed there, because it was the true Word of promise vindicated. The revelation become a-vindicated, and they died sealing their testimony with their own blood. Now, look at the promise of the last days. And here we see it vindicated right before us, the—the present coming of the Holy Spirit and the works that He was supposed to do, and we find it right among us. See? Oh, we should… Oh, my. Now, how can we hear? Something takes place; I tell you, friend. When the real, true, sincere, predestinated believer, when that Light strikes upon that seed, something burst forth to a new Life.
86  That little woman at the well, when those scholared priests had said, "Well, that's the devil. He's a fortuneteller. He's—he is telling those people their fortune, and he's—he's a devil." But when that little woman with that predestinated seed… Now, you think that's not right, but Jesus said, "No man can come except My Father draws him, and all the Father has given Me will come." And he—and the antichrist in the last days is going to be able… That antichrist spirit that we're studying in denominationalism, and proven that denominationalism is antichrist…
88  Now, be honest. Any man could walk away from here like that, he—he… There's something wrong if he still believes that the denominational system isn't antichrist. Why, it's absolutely proved from history, from everything there is, plumb through God's Bible and everything else, it's antichrist, and Rome is the head of it. And the daughter churches follow right along, and both of them are cast into hell. That is right. So we see this thing, antichrist, the spirit of it. And the day that we're living in, and, why, it should bring joy unspeakable and full of glory. That little old woman, as soon as that struck her, my, the seed burst forth…
90  Now, remember the Bible says that in the last day that this antichrist would deceive the whole world. There'd only be a small number whose names were put on the Lamb's Book of Life before the foundation of the world. And when that true vindication of the revealed Truth of God's Word strikes that heart, he will strike the water, and out yonder with the Holy Ghost, just as hard as he can, and you can't stop him from doing it, because the new Life worked forth.
92  I was talking to a person not long ago. He was trying to discuss with me and saying, "Aren't you ashamed to say that God created the heavens and earth in three days, or, in six days?" I said, "That's what the Bible said." Said, "Well, we got evidence and can prove that the world is millions of years old." I said, "That didn't have anything to do with it. In Genesis 1:1, it said, 'In the beginning God created heavens and earth' period. See? That's all. Now, the world without form and void." And I said, "I believe every seed was laying right there from some other civilization or something, and as soon as the water lifted off and the light struck it, up come the trees and everything." The same thing with the human being; it's a type. When all the—the—the mist is moved away, and the revealed Truth to that real seed laying there still germitized, and the Light of the Gospel can strike it by true a-vindication of the Word, it'll live; it's got Life in it…?… Outside of that it can't live. It hasn't got no Life in it.
96  Them names were put on the Lamb's Book of Life before the foundation of the world, will come forth just as certain as anything. That's why Jesus sets right there and waits with His mediatorial work until that last seed. He will know exactly when to strikes. As Dr. Lee Vayle… (I guess he's still in the meeting somewhere; I haven't seen him for days. I don't believe I've seen him… He is here.). Well, the other day he sent me this about what Irenaeus said. I picked Irenaeus by a long ways to be the angel of the age. That he was—that he said, "When that last member of the Body has come in in this last age, should be—the thing would be revealed at that time"; and here it is, just exactly right. See? We're in the day.