The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

Chapter 7: The Fifth Seal 63-0322 (Continued)

Day 38

122  And watch the one that went to meet him, the Lion, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, which is the Word. When his false teaching went forth, the true Word went to meet him. That's the reason we had an Irenaeus, and a Polycarp, and—and—and those fellows, Saint Martin. When that antichrist was riding with his false teaching, God sent His teaching out, the Word, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, which is the Word made manifest in the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit there to manifest Himself which is the Word… That's the reason the early church had healings and miracles and visions and power, is because it was the living Word in the form of the Lion of the tribe of Juda riding out to combat that. Amen. Now, you got it? He sends his power, antichrist; God sends His, the Word. Antichrist, false teaching: the true teaching went with it to combat it. Now, that was the first one. Now, this was the first church, apostolic, that went to meet him.
125  Now, the second beast that the antichrist sent out was a red beast, which was a—that he rode on—was to take peace from the earth and—and war. Now, the second one that went to combat him was the ox beast. The ox means a labor, a beast of burden. And now, if we could just stop just a minute. Let me get— let… Just so you be sure to see this. That—that's the kind might be a little puzzling to you. But let us get Thyatira over here. Watch and see if it isn't a—a—a—a laboring church. You see? And to the angel of the church of Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes are like the flames of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; I know thy works (See? becoming all works now See, because that's the one who's riding with them) and thy charity, and service (see? it's all just…) and faith, and… patience, and thy works;… (again, twice—thy works) and the last to be more than the first.
129  See, that shows that the Thyatira Age, after the antichrist got settled down and it come into a Thyatira Age, the little church could do nothing but just—just simply labor. And another thing, the ox is a—also is a beast of sacrifice. See, they give their lives just as freely as they could give them. In the Dark Ages, a thousand years, there the Catholicism controlled the world, and they just went right in, "yes" or "no". They didn't mind dying. If it was death, that's all right. They went and died anyhow. Why? The very Spirit of the age…
131  That's the reason them… That's the reason Irenaeus, that's the reason Polycarp, John, Paul, those great mighty men out there combating that thing… Paul saw it. He said, "I know that after my departing, that wolves are going to enter in among you, brethren teaching perverse things; it'll draw you away." Look at that stern little old apostle standing there, his back beat full of stripes, his eyes watering, but he could see farther than their—that scope—claiming that out yonder that they can see a hundred and twenty million light—years of light-space. He could see plumb into eternity. Yes. There he was. And he predicted it and said that's what would take place, and said… Also went on down to the other age to come…
133  Now, notice, there he was. Along after him… Saint John lived the longest. And when Saint John was trying to take all the sacred epistles anointed with the Holy Ghost and put them together and make the Bible, the Roman empire caught him and put him on the Isle of Patmos. He was out there on the Isle of Patmos for the Word of God's sake. Polycarp was helping him translate it. I read the other day the letter that Mary, herself, wrote to Polycarp and upbraiding—not upbraiding him, but commending him for being a gallant man that who could teach and accept the teaching of Jesus Christ of Who was born of her from God. Mary's own note that she had wrote to Polycarp… Polycarp was fed to the lions, you know. No, he was burned. It was too late for them to turn a lion loose in the arena, and so they tore down a bathroom (an old bathhouse there) and put him in the—in the—in the arena and—and burned him.
136  And on his road coming down, he was walking with his head down, and the Roman centurion said, "You are an old man and well respected. Why don't you denounce that thing?" He just kept looking towards heaven, and a voice spoke from somewhere. They couldn't understand where. And said, "Polycarp, don't fear; I'm with you." Why? He was standing by that Word. And when they begin to pile the boards on him to burn him, there was a heavenly music come down, and a—and the anthems from some angelic somewhere singing songs. He never even one time batted an eye to them. That's gallant men; that's men who can stand. The martyrs down through the ages there suffered terribly. But what was they? They were under the inspiration, the Spirit of God, the power. And don't forget this, church, and you brethren on tape, I want you to examine this: How could man do anything else besides the power of God that had been released to them?
140  I'm going to set this box up here to represent that. If God sends a certain Spirit among them, that's the only thing that they can work by, is the Spirit that works among them. Now, we'll prove to you by the history of the church and by the opening of the Seals and the powers that let loose… And watch exactly the church responded to the—the anointing, and they couldn't do nothing else.
141  Now, the first was that lion that roared, that pure unadulterated Word. The second in Thyatira was the ox, and it was a—a burden, a beast of burden (pardon me), and it was also a sacrificial beast. And wasn't that exactly the poor little church of Rome that settled down there to a thousand years of dark ages? And anything that didn't profess to be of the Roman church was put to death immediately; and they had to labor, go from place to place.
143  You Masons, I'll call your attention. You remember the sign of the cross? Now, you—you know what I'm talking about. Now, notice. Now, if you—if you notice that was packing and preserving that Bible. See? And they had to labor among one another. There you are, the ox. And when it come time… We read it last night. See, when the thing went forth, and the sacrifice come, and they had to go, He said, "Don't you hurt the wine and oil." What did they do? They willingly walked up there and died.
145  They didn't care because the Spirit of the church in that day was sacrifice, labor. And they walked up just as freely as they could walk, anointed with the true Spirit of God of that age, and died like heroes of sacrifice, thousands times thousands, sixty-eight million of them on the record: ox, sacrifice. Oh, my. Do you understand it? Okay. All right. Now, the sacrifice, it only could labor in that age to combat the great opposition for that one thousand years.
147  Now, the third beast that went out from the devil was this black horse. See? Now, the third beast that went out, power from God to combat him, to combat the powers of the black horse, was a man, cunning, smart, with the wisdom of God. You know, a man is the—smarter than any of the beasts. See? He's smarter 'cause he can outwit him, mostly. He's cunning, shrewd. See? And he's the… The age from the dark age now, coming out from the dark age down to this other side where this black horse was riding, when they charged for their—their—their sacrifices and everything they done, and money was just… Oh, you know how it was.
150  Now, the next thing went out to combat that was a beast with the face of a man: smart, educated, shrewd, fine, anointed with that Spirit of that day. You notice it? Now, he went to combat him with the cunningness of God's wisdom with him. That was the age of the Reformation: Martin Luther, John Wesley, and so forth. See, it was the Reformation: Zwingli, and a, oh, who all, Knox, Calvin, and who all (See?), went out. It was a cunningness.
151  Now, you watch. Exactly from the dark age, from the Reformation, this a-way, watch; it was the shrewdness of man. (If you drop your windows just a little bit, I believe people getting kinda a little warm, maybe, and there if you'd just pull the windows down just a little bit, 'cause it's… I know if me standing here preaching getting hot, I know you're bound to be out there.) But notice, it was the shrewdness of man. Now, do you understand? That third beast that Satan sent out, he become shrewd too. Watch, "A measure of wheat for a penny, three measures of barley for a penny." See? Oh, my. See? The money-making scheme, the shrewdness to get the gold of the world and the wealth brought into it. That's exactly to fulfill. That's what… Begin to charge for prayers and for—make a place called purgatory; and prayed their ancestors out, and, or you had to will your deeds and everything, your property. The church and it was—state was the same, and the church taken your property over.
154  And a… Don't you see some of these evangelists, this day still have that same anointing on them, making old people give up their pensions, and deeding their homes over to certain things. Why, brother… I don't—I—I don't want to get on that. See? But now… I'll stay right with this. I look back to see where I'm going. Now, notice… Them men, that's up to them. That's up to them. That—that—that don't have one thing to do with me. I'm just responsible for this here.
155  Now, notice, the—the beast come to combat it now, was man. And we all know that this beast of man, this power of man in his intellectuals, recognized that that kosher that Martin Luther had in his hand when he was climbing those steps… They said, "This is the Blood of Jesus Christ. This is the body of Jesus Christ." And Luther throwed it down and said, "It's bread and wine. It's not the body of Christ, 'cause It's been exalted and setting at the right hand of God, making intercessions." See, wisdom (See?), man.
158  And when John Wesley come along, after Zwingli had come in, and Calvin, and he got the church to a place on security till they didn't want more revivals, "Whatever is going to be is going to be," that was all. And they just lived any kind of lives. The Lutheran Church was so twisted and the Anglican church (Oh, my.) the whole country become corrupt just like it is now. The churches had twisted… When King Henry the—the VIII come into England, and after Bloody Mary, and all these things taken place… And then the church was so full of violence and corruption. Men claiming Christianity and living with four, five wives or doing anything they wanted to do and carrying on in filth. John Wesley studying the Scripture and watching it, it was revealed to him that the Blood of Jesus Christ sanctifies the believer, and you're—shouldn't… Then what did he do? He come out with another reformation. He saved the world in his day like Luther did. See? What was it? That man, beast power, going out.
161  He give men wisdom of understanding that the thing is wrong. That isn't the Blood of Jesus Christ. That isn't the—the body of Jesus Christ; that represents the body. See? That's the still great fuss between Catholic and Protestant now. That's the only thing they can't get together on right now. Everything else they can get together on but that. These—and them councils they're having… Notice now, but this—but they couldn't get together on that. See? The one is the blood, and says it's the literal blood, that the priest has the power to change this bread to the literal body of Christ. That's what the little tabernacle is in the—the—the church. You know that's the reason they make signs and any kind of a pagan offer as they go by, you know, and bow theirself, and tip their hats and so forth. That is not to the building; it's to that kosher that's in the—the tabernacles. And…
164  Notice how Satan shrewdly pulled that. But see, at that time, upon the man's being (See?) God put a Spirit of wisdom upon man to understand that's wrong. Now, that was to combat the third beast, that had got the church so corrupt (that he was riding) that it was terrible—the reformers. What did they do then, they—in the reformers' age? They brought the church from its pagan ceremonies of idolatry back to God again. See? That's what the beast went forth, that cunningness of man, rider to do it.
165  Now but, read now verse 3, or Revelations 3:2 just a minute. Now, I've got it marked down here for some reason. Now, this just comes in now, the Lutheran Age and the reformers' age. Revelations 3:2… What they did, they organized. As soon as Luther got his church started on, they organized it. All right, the same thing Wesley did, same thing Pentecost did. It's exactly; organized it. And what did they do? They take up the same system that they come out of. See? Now, watch this Revelations speaking to this Sardis Church. To the angel of the church, is the first verse, of course. See? Now, watch. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain,… (that is the Word that you've been taught See?)… the things which remain, that are ready to die:… (She's right then ready to start back in an organization just like the Catholic church they come out of. See?)… for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
170  There you go. There's the—there it goes right back again. Don't you see why organizational systems is wrong? Who started it? Did God? Did the apostles? The Roman Catholic church did it. Now, just let any historian say different. It's not there. They are—they say they're the mother church, and they are; but they organized the thing and put a system with man's head to it. We didn't take one man like they did; we take a whole council of men and put them together; and then you really got confusion. That's right. How can a council anyhow… It's just like we think democracy is right. I believe it is, too, but it'll never work right. It can't with a bunch of Rickys around here to run it. How in the world are you going to get it right? You can't. Notice, the real thing was a godly king.
172  Notice, the beast, the third beast now, was the cunningness of a man. And he represented the reformers that went forth from the idol of pagan, say, "This is the bread; this is the wine." See, the antichrist has still got something symbolizes Christianity. He's got to, 'cause he's against. You see? And then if he's got to be against something… Now, if he come along and say, "Oh, I'm a Buddha." Well, that has got nothing at all to do; that's just a heathen to begin with. But the antichrist is cunning. He's got all kinds of things that represents Christianity there, only got it off on the other side, something against the original doctrine of it. See, that's what makes him antichrist. See? So the reformers, when the beast went forth in the form of a—of a man to combat that… Now, don't forget this, class; don't forget it. See? Remember it all the days of your life. See? These beasts are correct; it's THUS SAITH THE LORD. See?
178  Notice, idolatry brought the—the man beast went forth with the power of God by wisdom that God gave him and brought the church from idolatry back to God. But in the… We find out in that same church age when they started to denominate to do the same thing that they did in the beginning, that Rome did… Now, she's going to make daughters to that church, and what does she say? Said, "Now, that you're—I haven't found you perfect, and you got to strengthen that little strength you got left." Now, listen to him warn them in Revelations again, 3:3. Let's get… Well, I believe I got it just a few minutes ago. Remember from… how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent… (Just, in other wise: "Remember, that you come out of such corruption as that. See? And look here.)… If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come unto thee as a thief… (Uh-huh.)… and thou shall know—and thou shall not know what hour I will come upon thee.
182  On down, He's going to move the candlestick. See? So that's it. What is it? The Light of the Church. And she went right into the same organizational system of pagan darkness that she come out of, and there she remains today. And honest hearted people thinking that that's the truth, just the same as Catholics are, and the Protestants laugh at the Catholic when they're just six of one and half a dozen of the other, exactly according to the Word: man's wisdom.
184  Now, notice. Oh, how I love this. Listen to Him now warn them. Now, now, we… You perfectly agree, every one of you (Now, if you don't, write me a question), that those beasts are exactly identified in each age as the Bible has identified them here? That's exactly what they done. Their history shows what they done. We look right here and see what they done. And here, them beasts… I—I never knew that before. I was just setting there, and I could just see it moving up there just the same as you're looking at me. See? And it's got to be right, 'cause it's right here with the Bible, so how are you going to do anything else, but say it's right?
186  Notice. Now, the fourth beast that was sent forth to combat the antichrist in this last beast… Are you ready? The last beast that was sent forth, or the last power to combat the antichrist (who was against the teaching of God, the antichrist) was an eagle. See? The fourth living beast was an eagle. Now, you just study the ages, study the Scriptures, it's a eagle. And in the Bible the last age was an eagle age, and God likens the eagle to His prophets. See? It… Now, watch. The last age, the eagle age—a revealer of the true Word. See? Before God moves to action, like He did in the days of Noah, He sent forth an eagle. When He brought Israel, and Pharaoh's army was ready to go, He sent an eagle. Every time He sends an eagle at the last end of it. And here He sends an eagle again. That's exactly with the Word, so how can you make it anything else? He sends an eagle.
188  Why? A revealer of the Truth that's been fallen all through the age. So how in the world could the—a—the ox, or the—a—or the—a man, or whatever beast was riding, how could it ever be revealed until the eagle's come? They had their place. They were godly sent beasts, just the same as anybody else was. The lion, that was the original. There's where the antichrist come up in the—in combat; then He raised up another power. He sent a power to meet it. Then He raised up another power, and He sent another power to meet it. And then at the last power, He brings down the eagle to restore the children back to the original faith again of the fathers—the eagle age. Then did you notice? There's no more beasts. That's all of it. That's the end.
193  Now, if you will take now Revelations 10:1-7 (I've been referring to it.) remember, in the last messenger's age (See?) what was to happen? "All of the mysteries of God would be revealed." The eagle. Amen. Now, you see the four beasts that rode? That was perfectly right. You believe that? And now, here's each age, or each power, that rode behind it, and there is the Scripture that shows what the enemy's rider did. That's been revealed in these Seals, and also it's been revealed now that each beast power that God sent out to combat it hits exactly on the dot, up to the eagle time.
195  Now, if this is the last time, there'll come a eagle. That's right. And to that… Now, remember, now, in the days that the lion came, the original Word, about one-hundredth of them listened to the lion. In the days that the—a—the ox came, just a teeny little drop of them listened to the ox message. In the days that the—the man come, he worked among men. You see? So he was shrewd. He got a little group out, and what did they do? Satan seen that, so he just sends them right back and marries them into it. And remember, when the eagle finally comes, it'll be one-hundredth of one percent that'll listen; it's a eagle age.
199  Remember, it's all these other riders… And then even Jesus predicted if He didn't hasten His coming there wouldn't be any flesh at all saved for the rapture. Is that the Scripture? See where we're at then; don't you, brother and sister? See where we're at? God, I'm so glad. I—I don't know what to do, brothers. This is not me standing up here to—to talk. I'm in here too. I—I'm among you. See, I… It's me. I got family. And I got brothers and sisters that I love. And the God of heaven kind enough to come down and—and reveal that thing by His own, by visions that's been proved for thirty years it's the truth. Here. We're… We have arrived…?… Scientific search has proved it. The vindication of the Word has proved it. And we're here; and this revelation comes from God, and it's the truth.