The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

Chapter 8: The Sixth Seal 63-0323 (Continued)

Day 44


120  There's no more Blood on the seat of the—of the—of the—in the sanctuary at all. There's no more Blood on the altar. The sacrifice has been removed; and there's nothing but smoke and lightning and judgment in there. And that's just exactly what's poured out here tonight. (See?) The Lamb's done left the—His mediatorial work. The mediatorial work has been finished from over on the throne, and the Sacrifice, as we've typed Him perfectly, the Kinsman Redeemer, the bloody Lamb that come forth, the Lamb that had been slain (a bloody One, been killed, bruised), come forth and took the Book out of His hand. That's… The day's are finished. Now, He's coming to claim what He has redeemed. Amen. That just sends something through me.
121  We find out now, John said, "I beheld when He had opened the Sixth Seal, there was a great earthquake." Then all nature was interrupted. See? God's been doing great things, like healing the sick, and open the eyes of the blind, and doing great works, but we find out here that nature took a tumble. Yes, all nature… Look what taken place, the—the earth quaked; the sun went black; and the moon wouldn't give its light; and the stars shook and fell; and, why, everything happened (See?) right at the time of the opening of this Sixth Seal. That's when it takes place, right immediately after the announcing of those martyrs. See? The martyrs had been finished.
124  Now, you see, we're right close into that hour now. It could be at any time (See?), because the Church is just about ready to take its flight. But remember, when these things happen, the Bride won't be here. Just remember, the Bride's gone. She don't have to go through any of it. This is a time of tribulation of purification of the—of the church. It's put upon her for her to go through it, not the Bride; He takes His sweetheart out of the way. Yes, sir. She's… done redeemed Her. See it's kind of a… That's His own selection, His own choice, like any man takes his bride. See?
125  Now, the earthquake… Let us compare Scriptures now. I—I want… Have you got pencil and paper with you? I want you to do something for me. If you want to write, write this 'cause it's… 'less you're going to take the tape. Now, we… I want you to read with me as you do. Compare Scriptures of this great event that we will see that this great secret or mystery that was under the Sixth Seal of the Book of Redemption. Now, remember, these are hidden mysteries. And the Sixth Seals altogether is one great big book, just six scrolls rolled together; and it unwinds the whole Book of Redemption. That's how the whole earth was redeemed.
127  That's the reason John wept, because if no one could get that Book, all creation, everything was gone. She'd just simply turn back to—to—to atoms and molecules and so forth and cosmic light, and not even be creation, person, nothing else, 'cause Adam lost the rights of that Book. He forfeited it when he listened to his wife, and she listened to Satan's reasoning in the stead of the Word of God. See? It was forfeited. Then it couldn't go back into the dirty hands of Satan who tempted her out of the way; so therefore, it went back to its original Owner like any abstract deed would do (See?), goes right back to its original Owner, and that was God the Creator Who made it, and He holds it.
129  And there's a price, and that's redemption. There's some price for redemption, and there was nobody could do it. So He said… Made His laws—His own laws of a Kinsman Redeemer; then they could find nobody. Every man was borned of sex, borned after sexual desire. He was in the original sin: Satan and Eve, so he could not do it. There's nothing in him, no holy pope, priest, doctor divinity, of—or whoever he might be; he was nobody worthy. And he couldn't be an Angel, because it had to be a kinsman. He had to be a man. Then God Himself become a Kinsman by taking on a human flesh through the virgin birth, and He shed His Blood.
130  That wasn't the blood of a Jew; it wasn't the blood of a Gentile. It was the Blood of God. See? The Bible says we're saved through the Blood of God. The child takes the father's blood. We know it. Anything in the male sex produces the hemoglobin. So we find out like the hen laying the egg, she can lay an egg, but if the rooster, the mate, hasn't been with her, it won't hatch. It's not fertile. The woman's only an incubator that carries the egg, but the egg come… The germ comes from the male, and in this case, the Male was God Himself.
132  That's how I say how up is down and—and big is little. God was so great until He become… He even formed Himself in such a teeny thing to a little teeny germ into the womb of a virgin. And around there He developed the cells, and the Blood, and was born and raised on earth, and from that kind of a start, unadulterated, no sex desire to it at all… And then He gave that Blood because He become a kinsfolks to us, and He was the Kinsman Redeemer. And He shed that Blood freely. He didn't have to. He give it freely to redeem. Then He goes upon the altar of God and waits there, while God holds the Book of Redemption in His hand, and the bloody Lamb stands on the altar of sacrifice. There's the Lamb to make redemption, making intercession.
135  Then how dare anybody to say that Mary, or Joseph, or any other mortal could be—be an intercessor. You cannot intercess unless there's Blood there. Yes sir, there's one Mediator between God and man, and that's Christ Jesus. That's what the Scriptures says. There He stands, and until the last soul has been redeemed, and then He comes forth to claim what He has redeemed… Oh, what a—what a great Father He is. Now, remember… Now, I've always taught that in the mouth of two or three witnesses, let every word be established, and the Scripture… Just like, you can't take one Scripture and prove nothing 'less there's something else goes with it. See? See, I can take one Scripture and say, "Judas went and hung himself," take another one and say, "You go do the same." See? But you see, it won't blend in with the rest of it.
138  And I thought under this Sixth Seal, when the Holy Spirit broke it forth there, I seen what it was, then I thought it'd be a good thing to give the class a little something different tonight (See?), 'cause it might be tiring you just listen to me talking all the time. So I thought that we'd do something different.
139  Now, notice. This great event was sealed under the Book of mystery of the redemption. Now, the Lamb has it in His hand and is going to break it. Now, let's look to Matthew the 24th chapter, the Lamb Himself speaking. Now, anyone knows that Christ is the Author of the whole Book as far as that concerned, but this is His—His speech here or His—His sermon to the—the people (All right.) and to the Jews.
141  Now, I want you to hold your Book like this: Matthew 24 and Revelations 6, like this, and let's compare something here just a little bit. So watch this now, and you can find out just how—how it is. See, what the Lamb here is showing exactly in symbol what He said over here in Word, doing exactly. So that makes it right. Now, that's—that's all there is to it. Here's—here's one; He's talking of it, and here's where it happens. See? It's just a perfect vindication. Now, now, let's look at the 24th chapter of Saint Matthew and Revelations 6 and compare the 24th chapter of Matthew. We all know that that was the chapter that every scholar, every person goes to, to—to talk about the tribulation period. It comes out of the 24th chapter of Matthew. And now, let's…
144  If that is so… Now… We… For we know that this Sixth Seal is the judgment Seal. It's the judgment Seal: exactly what it is. Now, see, we've had the—the antichrist ride, seen the Church go, now it's finished, goes up. Then we see the martyrs of them Jews back there under the altar. Now, here is the breaking forth of the judgment upon the people where out of this tribulation judgment will come forth the hundred and forty-four thousand redeemed Jews. I'll prove to you they are Jews and not Gentiles. They have nothing to do with the Bride, not a thing. The Bride… We done see the Bride's gone. You can't place that anywhere else: don't come back again until the 19th chapter of the Book of the Acts.
146  Now, notice, for the Sixth Seal is the judgment Seal of the Word. Now, here, let's start out now and let's read Saint Matthew the 24th chapter. Now, I'd just like to give you something here I've just looked up to find. Now, Saint Matthew from 1 to 3, well, is where we're going to read first. And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the building of the temple. And He said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be one—be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. (Now)… and… (3rd verse)… as he set upon… mount… Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, Tell us, when these things shall be?… what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
148  Now, let's stop there. These three verses, it took place actually on Tuesday afternoon, April the 4th, A.D. 30. And the first two verses took place on the afternoon of the—of April the 4th, at A.D. 30, and the 3rd verse taken place on Tuesday evening of the same day. See? They come to the temple, and they asked Him these things: "What about this and what about this? Look at this great temple; isn't it wonderful?" He said, "There won't be one stone left on another one." Then He went up on the mountain and set down. See? That there—there He starts it's in the afternoon. And then when they did, they asked Him up there, said, "We want to know about some things."
151  Now, notice, here is—here is three questions are asked by the Jews, His disciples. Three questions are asked. And watch: "What…" First—first, "What—when shall these things be (when there won't be one stone left upon another one)? What shall be the sign of Thy coming?" (second question) "and of the end of the world?" See it? There's three questions, and there's where many men make their mistake. They apply these things here to some age then, when you see He's answering three questions. They… Watch now how—how beautiful it is. Third verse (See?), now, last phrase there in the 3rd verse, "And what shall be…" First they called Him to Mount of Olives here privately: "Tell us when shall these things be?" (Question number one), "What shall be the sign of thy coming?" (Question number two), "… and of the end of the world?" (Question number three). See, there's three different questions asked.
154  Now, now, I want you to turn over and watch how Jesus here tells them about these things. Oh, it's so beautiful, I—I… It just makes me… I—I get to… What was that word we used the other night? The stimulation from revelation. Notice, now, let's turn now to the First Seal of the—the Seals of this Book and compare this First Seal with this first question, and each question compare it right down and see if it don't run hand in hand just like we've done in all these others opening up to the church ages and everything exactly the same. There's the Seal perfectly open then.
156  Notice now, now, we're going to read, first for the… "Then He answered them…" And—and then He's—He's going to start to answering now, and we want to compare it with the Seals. Now, watch, the First Seal is Revelations 6:1-2; now we read 6:1-2. And I saw… the Lamb when He had opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it was the noise of a thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that set on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. Who did we find this fellow was? Antichrist. Matthew 24 now, 4 and 5. And Jesus answered and said unto them—unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
159  See it? Antichrist. There's your Seal. See, see? He spoke it here, and here they opened the Seal, and here He was, just perfect. Now, the Second Seal: Matthew 24:6, Revelation 6:3 and 4. Now, watch. Matthew 24:6, now, let me see what it says. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. All right. Let's take the Second Seal, Revelation 6:3-2; watch what He says now. And when he had opened the second seal, and I heard the second beast say, Come… see. And there went forth another horse that was red: and power was given to him that set thereon to take peace from the earth, and… they should kill one another: and there was given to him a great sword.
162  Perfectly—just exactly. Oh, I like to make the Scripture answer Itself, don't you? The Holy Spirit wrote It all, but He's able to reveal it. Now, let's notice the Third Seal. Now, this is famine. Now, Matthew 24:7 and 8. Let's get 7 and 8 in Matthew… And nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines,… pestilences,… earthquakes, in divers places. All these things are the beginning of sorrows. See, you're coming right on up now. Now, Revelation and the 6th… Now, we're going to open the Third Seal. It's found in Revelations 6:5 and 6. And when he had opened the third seal, I—I beheld 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 a voice in the midst of the four beasts saying, A measure of… penny—a measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and… wine. Famine, see? Exactly the same Seal, same thing Jesus said. All right. Fourth Seal, pestilence and death. Notice, Matthew 24, we'll read the—the 8th verse, 7th and 8th, I believe it is on this Fourth Seal, I got here. All right. Now… What did I read back here? Did I read something wrong? Yeah, I've had that marked. Yes, there we are now. Now, we're going, now we go. All right, sir. 168  Now, let's start here at the 7th on this the—the Fourth seal, and on the 6 and 7 and 8 on the other one, on the Revelations. Now, let's see, the 7th and 8th of Matthew 24. All right, now. And nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines,… pestilences,… earthquakes, in divers places. All these things are the beginning of sorrow. Now, the Fourth Seal, as we read it over here was… The Fourth Seal was… Begin 7th and 8th on this other now. And when he had opened the fourth seal, and lo, the fourth beast said, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse:…
171  Now, wait, I got this wrote down wrong. Now, now, just a minute now, 7 and 8, now let's see, Matthew 24:7 and 8, now let's see. We'll get that. That's the third opening, isn't it? Matthew 24:7 and 8. I'm sorry. Now, that opens up the rain… or the famine, opens up the famine. All right, now the pestilences and death… Yes, sir, now we're going to it; 7 and 8, now, that would be the Fourth Seal. Let's see where we get the Fourth Seal. And when he had opened the fourth seal… (Yeah, it's the pale horse rider, death. See?) And—and I looked, and behold a pale horse: and he—pale horse: and his name that set on him was called Death, and Hell followed… him. And power was given unto him over the four parts of the earth, to kill with the sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. (Now, see, that was death.)
175  Now, the Fifth Seal, Matthew 24:9-13. Let's see if I got this right now again. See? And then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you:… (There you are.)… and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And when—and then… many shall betray—many shall be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and… deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that… endureth to the end, the same shall be saved. Now, we are on the Fifth Seal now, and that was last night. See? They would deliver you up, betray one another and so forth.
177  Now, watch here on the Sixth Seal, 6:9 to 11. Now, let's get that one: Revelations 6:9 to 11. And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long,… Lord, holy… true, does thou… judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? (Now…) And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren,… should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
178  Now, you see, under the Fifth Seal we find—we find here martyrdom. And under the 24:9 over here we—to 13, we find also that it was martyred: "They shall deliver you up and kill you" and—and so forth (See?), the same Seal being opened. Now, in the Sixth Seal is the one we're coming to now. Matthew 24:29 and 30—24, let's get 29 and—and 30. Here we are. Now, now, we're going to get also Revelations 6:12-17. That's exactly what we just read. Now, listen at this. Now, it's what Jesus said in Matthew 29—24:29 and 30. Immediately after the tribulation of those days… (What… When this—this tribulation, this amateur tribulation they've went through here. See?)… the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of… heaven shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall be all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
183  Now, read over here in Revelations now, the—the Sixth Seal the one we are on right now. And… behold when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth (See?) of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casts her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heavens departed as a scroll as it is rolled together; and every mountain and every island… moved out of their place. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondsman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens… in the rocks of the mountain; And said unto the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sets upon the throne, and from the wrath—wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come;… who shall be able to stand?
184  It's perfectly. Turned right back over—see what Jesus said here now in Matthew 24:29. Listen. After this—this Eichmann case and so forth. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened,… the moon shall not—shall not give her light,… stars shall fall from heaven,… the powers of… heaven shall be shaken: (Now, watch.) And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and they shall see—and they sh—and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with great power and… glory. And… send forth his angels… (and so forth)… and with a… sound of a trumpet, and… shall gather them together… the four winds,… drove together.
185  See, just exactly comparing what Jesus said in Matthew 24, and what the revelator here opened up in the Sixth Seal, is just exactly, and Jesus was speaking of the tribulation period. See? First he asked when these things would be, when the temple would be taken away. He answered that. Next thing he asked: when they were to come time, there come the martyr age; and when this would be, when the antichrist would rise, and when the antichrist would take away the temple.