The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 42


452  Notice, watch. Look at Moses. Elijah, after Moses had died and Elijah had been taken into heaven, he stood there on Mount Transfiguration with his senses of speech, hearing, understanding and talked to Jesus before the crucifixion. Now, what kind of a body did he have? Look at Samuel. After being dead for about two years, was called back in the—the cave that night by the witch of Endor and talked to Saul with language, heared Saul, spoke back, and foreknew things that was going to happen; still his spirit hadn't changed. He was a prophet.
454  When Elijah's spirit comes upon a man, it'll drive him just like Elijah. He will go to the wilderness. He will love the wilderness. He will be a hater of immoral women. He will be against organization. He will—he will pull no punches for nobody. And that just—that's—that'll be his spirit. It was each time it come. See? Moses will be the same person. Now, and we find out in Revelation 22:8 the same thing. Now, or to settle it for those who—those souls (Now, watch it.) under the altar of the breaking of this Seal that had been slain in the time between the death of Christ and the going up of the Church (the Eichmann group and all that, them true Jews with their names on the Book), if you'll watch, my brother, according to the Scripture they could talk, cry out, speak, hear, and had all five senses, not sleeping in the grave unconscious. They were very much awake, and could talk, speak, hear, anything else. Is that right? Oh, help us.
456  Two minutes. Amen. I'm sorry I kept you a half hour. No, I can't. I oughtn't to say that, see. See? That's right, see. But look, here is to the best of my understanding, the best in according to the revelation that was given me this morning just before daylight by the Lord Jesus Christ, there is the opened Fifth Seal to go with the other four. See? By His grace, He gave it to me, His grace to you and I. We thank Him for it, and with His help I intend to live closer as I can live, teaching others to do the same thing, until I meet Him with you in glory, when all things are over. I love Him for this, and it's the best of my knowledge to it. And I truly believe with all my heart that the true revelations of the revealing of the First, Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Seal is now open to us. I love Him, I love Him Because He first loved me And purchased my salvation On Calvary's tree.
459  [Brother Branham begins humming—Ed.] Now, quietly, reverently before God, as we seen this Seal open to us, God having to take His own beloved children, and blind their eyes, and send them, because His own justice requires judgment of sin… Think of it. His justice and His holiness requires justice. A law without a penalty is not law. And His own laws, Himself, He cannot defy and still remain God. That's the reason God had to become man. He couldn't take a substitute, a son that wasn't, just an ordinary son to Him or something. God became both… Jesus became both Son and God, the only way He could justly do it. God had to take the penalty Himself. It wouldn't be just to put it upon somebody else, another person. So the person of Jesus was God manifested in the flesh called Emmanuel. And to do that, and to take a Bride, and to save a lost bunch of heathen Gentiles, He had to blind His own children, and then punish them for it in the flesh for rejection; but His grace provided robes. But the life… See what happens? And if He had to do that in order for us to have a chance, how can we spurn that chance in love?
462  If there is in this building tonight, that person, young or old, that has to this time spurned that opportunity that cost God such a price, and you would like to accept that offer to God tonight, that you don't have to, as far as we ever know, to be a martyr, though you may be, but a white robe has been provided for you. And if God knocks at your heart now, why not accept it. Now, let us bow our heads again. If that person or persons are in here that desires that, or want to accept it upon the basis of your faith in the shed Blood that God had to shed for you, be—suffered beyond anything that any other mortal… There couldn't have been a mortal being suffer like that till His own grief separated His water from His Blood in His veins. Before He went to Calvary, drops of blood was coming from His body with such grief and broken heart, that what He had to do, but could've refused it, too, but willingly did it for you and I.
464  Can you reject such matchless love? And you see that now, by the opening of these Seals, that what you have did, and what God has did for you, and you're ready to surrender your life to God, and if He will snatch you out of the hands of the antichrist that you're now in, would you accept His offer by just raising your hand to Him, saying, "God, by this, I signify; I accept that offer of grace. And, Brother Branham, I desire your prayers that I'll ever remain faithful." Raise your hand, and I'll pray. God bless you. God bless you. Mean it now. Don't—don't do it 'less you mean it. And right where you're setting, accept it right there; 'cause remember, you could not have raised your hand unless something told you to do it, and nothing else could've done it but God.
467  So now, when you see the Scriptures so perfectly unfolded, you see what's been going on down through the ages, the last few years, twenty or thirty years, you see it perfectly a-vindicated. You see the Scripture telling exactly what's happened and what's fixing to happen, then upon the basis of the faith in the work of Christ, where you're setting right now, and have raised your hands, say, "From this minute on, it's settled. I take Christ now for my Saviour, and I'll live for Him the rest of my life, and I desire God to fill me with the Holy Spirit." And if you haven't been baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ, the pool will be waiting for you. Let us pray.
468  Lord God, there was some great number of hands among the people that went up. And I'm sure that You're the very same Lord Jesus that made the atonement for us many years ago, and by seeing those Seals revealed and the great things that's taken place right here in the last few years, I believe with all my heart that the door of mercy is beginning to close, and You're ready to take Your journey now to redeem Your people. While there is room and a door open (as it was in the days of Noah), may these precious souls that lives in the body of this tabernacle that's going to be dissolved someday, that raised up that mortal hand on the inside of them because of their—their conviction and their profession that they believe and want to accept Your proposition to them for salvation on this opened sealed Book that's been opened to us; give to them, tonight, Lord, a robe of the righteousness of Jesus Christ and clothe their soul in that, that they might stand before You in that day, which is close at hand, perfect by the Blood of Christ.
469  Lord God, if they have not been baptized into the Name of Jesus Christ, and upon the revelation that You give me concerning it, and seeing that Paul commanded people that had even been baptized by John the Baptist to be rebaptized again in the Name of Jesus Christ in order to receive the Holy Spirit in Acts 19. I ask that You'll convince them, Lord, of the Truth, and may they obey You. And then in obedience of their acceptance and obedience to their confession and to the water, may You in return fill them with the Holy Ghost for power of service the rest of their lives. I commit them now to You in the Name of the sacrificed Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. Amen. Amen. I love Him, I love Him Because He first loved me And purchased my salvation On Calvary's tree.
471  Now, to you that had your hands up, obey the commanding of the Spirit that would follow the—the constitution of the Word for repented sinners. Follow it in every act. And the God of heaven reward you for your stand for Him. Lord bless you. Tomorrow night bring your pencils and papers now, as you have been. We expect to be here at the same time, at 7:30 sharp, the Lord willing. And by—pray for me that God will open the Sixth Seal to me tomorrow, that I'll be able to bring it to you as He gives it to me. Until then, we sing again, not only through hymns, but through praises for Him that died in our stead and redeemed us. I love Him: I (Give your pastor now.) love Him, I love Him Because He first loved me And purchased my salvation On Calvary's tree.
Chapter 8: The Sixth Seal 63-0323
1  Let's bow our heads just a moment now. Lord, we are again gathering for the service. And we think of the time in the early days when they all come up to Shiloh for the blessings of the Lord. And now, tonight we have assembled here to hear Your Word. And as we have been studying in this certain portion of the Scripture, that the Lamb was the only One that could open the Seals or to loose them… And we pray that tonight as we have under consideration this great Sixth Seal, we pray, heavenly Father, that the Lamb will open it to us tonight, that we are here to understand it. And when no man on earth or in heaven was sufficient, only the Lamb was found sufficient. So may the all sufficient One come and open the Seal for us tonight that we might just look a past the curtain of time. It would help us, we believe, Father, this great dark sinful day that we're living—would help us and give us courage. We trust now that we find grace in Your sight. We commit ourselves with the Word to You, in Jesus Christ's Name. Amen.
3  Good evening, friends. It's a privilege to be here again tonight, to be in the service of the Lord. I just a bit late. I just went to—on an emergency of a dying man of—a member of this church. His mother is—or comes here. And they said the boy's dying right then, so I went down to see just a—a shadow of a man laying on a bed, dying, a man about my age. And in just a moment's time, I seen the man rise to his feet, giving praise to the Lord. And so God, if we will be willing to confess our sins, and do that which is right, and ask for mercy, call upon Him, God is willing and waiting to grant it to us. And now, I know it's warm in here tonight, and—and it's… (No, I guess the heat's altogether shut off.) and—and we're… I noticed last night, or today this is my seventh day in a room without light (just electric light. See?) studying and praying for God to open these Seals.
6  And there was so many that's wrote in that group of questionnaires last, or questions last night, was more or less not as much as questions, it was wanting to have a healing service anyhow, wanted to stay an extra day to have a—to have healing service on a Monday. So I—I—I would—could… I actually could do it if that was the—the will of the people that they would do that. You could think it over, let me know, but if you just want to stay and have—pray for the sick, because I've designated all this time completely to these Seals and just kept myself away for the Seals. So you can think it over and pray over it, and then let me know.
8  And I'll, if the Lord willing, I can… My next appointment is at Albuquerque, New Mexico, and that'll be a few days yet, and I have to go home for some business on making another convention ready in Arizona. And so then if it be the will of the Lord, you pray over it and I'll do the same, and then we'll know more about it a little later. And I just detect now… You see… You go to talking about sickness, there it comes. See? See this lady setting right here, if something don't help her, she ain't going to stay here but a little bit. So then, see, we—we just pray that God will… That's what you're here for. Come way away… So see, the—the Holy Spirit knows just everything (You see?), so He… But see, I've tried to designate this time for these Seals 'cause we set it for that. You see? But if there's a…
11  How many is sick is here anyhow that come to be prayed for? Let's see your hands, all around everywhere. Oh, my. Well, how many would think that that would be right, the will of the Lord to stay and have a—take Monday night just pray for the sick, have a healing service Monday night? Would you like to do that? Could you do it? Well, Lord willing, we'll do it then. See? We'll—we'll have prayer service for the sick Wednesday, or Sunday night, or Monday night and pray for the sick. Now, I hope that don't interrupt that group that I'm going back with, going back to Arizona. Brother Norman, is he here anywhere? Does that interrupt your program, Brother Norman, anything? Brother Fred and the rest of you, is that all right? See? That's okay. All right, then the Lord willing, Monday night we pray for the sick. Just one night set aside for that altogether, just praying for the sick. Now, won't be any more of the Seals. The Lord has opened these Seals, and then we pray for the sick Monday night.
14  Now… Oh, I been really enjoying this tremendously, of serving the Lord under these… Have you enjoyed this…? Now, we are now, speaking from the Fifth Seal—or the Sixth Seal, rather, and that takes down now from the—the 12th verse of the 6th chapter down to the 17th. It's one of the long Seals, that a quite a bit of things happen here.
16  And now the a… Tell a little review of last night, kindly back up a little each time. And say, I—I want to say something too. I found in that box four or five very important things to me. I was told that… And I certainly want to apologize… Is the tapes on? Tape's on? I want to apologize to my minister brethren and to you people here. They say the other night when I was speaking of—of Elijah, that hour of—when they was… He thought he was the only one was going to be in the rapture, or he—only one going to be saved; and I said seven hundred instead of seven thousand. Is that right? Well, I'm sure sorry of that, folks. I—I—I knowed better than that. It was just simply a mumble of speech, because I knowed it was seven thousand. I just didn't say it right. I—I… And I—I thank you and I… That means that…
18  I'm glad that you are watching what I say, and you see then, that's… 'Cause it's—it's—it's seven thousand. I got two or three notes on it. It said, "Brother Branham, I believe you were mistaken," It said, "Wasn't there seven thousand instead of seven hundred?" I thought, "Surely I didn't say seven hundred." See? That a… And then I… Billy… And then first thing you know, I picked up another note and it said, "Brother Branham, you—I believe you said seven hundred." And one person said, "Brother Branham, was that a spiritual vision that—that there's—there's just going to be a type and you're typing it with the seven…" It puts people on edge when you go to thinking these things (See?), and it's enough to. It puts me on the edge. Something happened today when this Seal was revealed, till I had to walk completely out in the yard, just walk around out in the yard a little while. That's right. It just simply almost took my breath right away from me. See? So it's all… A tension, oh, my… See? And another thing (See?), you're laying right on to what I say, and God's going to hold me responsible for what I tell you. See? And so I—I must absolutely be as sure as all sure can be sure (See?), of—of these things, because this is a—a tremendous time that we're living in now.
24  I was thinking about the healing service for Monday night. That wouldn't interfere with you, Brother Neville, or anything? Precious Brother Neville, I tell you what. They just—they just made one, I think, then lost the pattern. It's a… He certainly has been a—a real chum and friend to me; I'll tell you. The Tabernacle now built and got the Sunday school rooms and everything ready and in order here. And some of you people that's around here, right in Jeffersonville, want to come to the church, you got a nice place and a place to come—Sunday school rooms, fine teacher and Brother Neville here for the adult class, and a real pastor. I don't say that to put a bouquet to him, but I'd rather give him a little rose now than a whole wreath after he's gone. And Brother—Brother Neville, I've knowed him since I was just a boy, and now, he hasn't changed one bit. He's still Orman Neville, just like he always was.
28  I remember visiting… Even he had grace enough to ask me to his pulpit when he was a Methodist preacher down here in the city. And we had a nice congregation down there in Clarksville. Or, I guess that's called Howard Park… Harrison Avenue Methodist Church. I think that's where he must've found you down there, Sister Neville. Down there, because she was from there. I come back up, and I said to the church here; I said "That was—that's one of the nicest men, and one of these days I'm going to baptize him in the Name of the Lord Jesus." And it happened. Here he is, and now he's my chum, right along my side, and such an honorable, respectable man. He's always stood by me just like—just as close as he could stand. Whatever I say, he just lays right with me and hangs right along. Even when he first come in, he didn't understand the message then, but he believed it, and he stayed right with it. That's a honor; that's respect to a brother like that. I can't say enough for him, and now the Lord bless him.
31  All right. Now, a little preview of last evening in the breaking of the Fifth Seal. We won't go all the way back tonight, just back far enough to get the—the Fifth Seal. Now, we find out that there was the antichrist that rode on, and wound himself up from three powers, all went into one power and rode the pale horse, death, into a bottomless pit into perdition where it come from. And then we find out when the—the Scriptures says when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of God raises up a standard against it. And we seen it perfectly vindicated in the Word last night. For there was four beasts that—that answered to the—the four times that this rider rode, and he rode a different horse each time—a white horse, and then a red horse, and a black horse, and then a pale horse. And we found out those colors and what they were and what they did; then take it right back into the ages of the churches and exactly that's what it done, just perfectly. Therefore you see, when the Word of God blends together, that mean It's correct. You see? You… I believe anything that hooks with the Word of God is always, "Amen." See?
36  Now, like a person said they had a vision, and said, that—that it was… Oh, they know the Lord give it because it come with great power. Well, the vision might be all right, but if it isn't with the Word and contrary to the Word, it isn't right. Now, they may be present, some Mormon brethren or sisters, and they may be some get these tapes now. And I don't want to say that… Some of the finest people I—you would want to meet would be—be in the Mormon people, very fine type of people; and then their—their prophet, Joseph Smith, that the Methodist people killed here in Illinois, on their journey over… And so then that—that fine man… And the vision, I don't doubt at all but what he had the vision. I believe he's a sincere man, but the vision he had was contrary to the Scripture; therefore, they had to have a Mormon Bible to—to make it. (See?) This is It here, to me. This is… That's the reason. Just the Word; that's it. See?
39  One time a—a—a m—a minister came here from a foreign country, and he—and I seen him out with a—or riding around in a car with (which is not), with a—a lady. And they come to a meeting. And I found out they drove two or three days (just he and she in the meeting), to come to the meeting together; and the woman had been married three or four different times. And this minister walked up in the hotel lobby where I was and run over and shook hands with me, and I shook his hand, raised up and was talking to him. I asked him; I said, "When you're free, could I speak to you in my room just a moment?" He said, "Certainly, Brother Branham." I took him to the room, and I said to the minister; I said, "Reverend, sir, you're a stranger in this land," I said, "but this lady has a quite a name." I said, "You come all the way from Such-and-such a place down to this Such-and-such a place?" Said, "Yes, sir." And I said, "Aren't you afraid that that'll kinda… I—I don't… I'm not doubting you, but don't you think that'll reflect on your reputation as a minister? Don't you think we should put a—a little better example than that?" And he said, "Oh, this lady's a saint." I said, "I—I don't doubt that," but I said, "but, brother, the thing of it is that everybody that looks at her is not a saint. (You see?), that looks at what you're doing." And I said, "I believe you better be careful. That's just one brother to another." And he said… I said, "The lady's been married four or five times now." And he said, "Yes, I know that." Said, "You know…" I—I—I said, "You don't teach that in your church at home, do you, brother?" So said, "No, but" said, "you know, I had a vision of it, Brother Branham." I said, "Well, that's fine." I said… He said, "Do you mind?" Said, "I believe I could straighten you out a little bit on your teaching about that." And I said, "All right." And—and he—I said, "I'd be glad to know it, sir." He said, "Well," said, "you know, in this vision," he said, "I was asleep." And I said, "Yeah." (I seen then it was a dream, see.)