The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 46


257  Notice. But you see the sheep call… "My sheep hear My voice." Why? What is a voice? I want to tell you what a voice is. A voice is a—is a spiritual sign. He said to Moses, "If they won't hear the voice of the first sign, they will hear the voice of the second sign. My sheep hear My voice." When these things are supposed to be taking place in the last days, sheep of God recognize that. See, see? They—they recognize it. "My sheep know Me"; (See?) "stranger they won't follow." They won't follow them strangers. It's got to be a vindicated sign for the day, and they see it.
260  Now, now, notice. Now, Jacob, as he come up now, the first thing you know, he got a longing to go where? Back to the homeland. Oh, that's exactly what Israel done. That's—that's—that's Israel. Jacob is Israel. He just had his name changed, you know. See? And he's—he got out there, and he got all the money he had and he could get, and took it any way he could from his kinsfolks or anybody else. So cheating, and stealing, lying—any way he could get it, he got it. See? He did. And then when he starts back to home, he got to get a homesick feeling in his heart. But as he started back, on his road going back he met God. Then his name was changed. See? But in this time he was so wearied, because he was afraid Esau was coming after him. See? And He and w—watch—watch the money—the money proposition. Just like the Jew will try making this covenant with—with Rome (See?), and their money proposition.
264  Notice it. Then Esau didn't need his money; neither does Rome; she's got the wealth of the world in her hands. See? But it didn't work. But we find out now that Israel in that time of trouble, when he was Jacob, he wrestled with the—that… He got a hold of Something that was real. There was a Man come down. Jacob got his arms around Him, and he stayed there. And the—the Fellow said, "I must be going now. It's coming daylight." Oh, that breaking of the day… See? "It's fixing to come day." But Jacob said, "I'm not going to leave You. You—You can't go. I'm going to stay right with You. I want things changed here." That's that hundred and forty-four thousand, that money-scheming bunch and things like that. When they see the true genuine thing to get a hold of, there stands Moses, and there stands Elijah. Amen. They'll wrestle with God until one hundred and forty-four thousand of the tribes of Israel are called out right there. That's just before the tribulation period. See? Oh, how wonderful. Also Jacob's trouble. Here is when the hundred and forty-four thousand is called out. They, the—the preachers, them two prophets, they preach like John the Baptist, "The Kingdom of heaven is at hand. Repent, Israel." Repent what? Repent from your sins and your unbelief, and turn back to God.
270  Now, let us remember something here. These great happenings to nature, has happened before, in this 12th verse here. See? The sun became as black as sackcloth of hair. Now, compare this… Now, remember, that does not happen in the Gentile. It's Israel. Let me show you. Now, remember, I said it's calling out the hundred and forty-four thousand. See? This time now it's when the—the tribulation which is to do it. And this is telling what happens in this tribulation.
272  Now, let's turn to Exodus 10:21-23, and watch here, when Exodus is when, 'course Israel was coming out—going to be taken out: Exodus the 10th chapter and the 21st-23rd verse. I'm so excited and shouting when I write these notes down that sometimes I might get them mixed up. All right, Exodus 10:21-23. All right, here we go—21 and 23. And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand towards heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. And Moses stretched forth his hand towards heaven; and there came a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: (See?) Now, they saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but… the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
273  Notice, just exactly like come over there: "And the sun became as black as sackcloth…" See? Same thing, these happenings of nature. What was it? What, when nature happens like this, has been? God calling Israel. (See?) God's calling out Israel. Now, "sun as black as hair…" Now, God was about to deliver Israel there (All right.), bring them out of their enemy's hand, which was Egypt at that time. Now, here He is bringing them out of the Roman hands, where they'd made their covenant. Same thing happens. That's the plagues. The—the time that this plague will call, they'll plague this group of Gentiles. If we had time, I could show what's going to happen to that Gentile church. The Bible said that the—the dragon, Satan, was wroth (That's angry.) with the woman (the Jew, Israel); and he spurted water from his mouth (thickness and multitudes of people) that went to make war with the remnant of the woman's seed (Revelations 13). Now, see there? We have that. And that's when Israel sends her, I mean, Rome sends her army after the remnant, the remnant of the woman's seed.
276  Now, watch. The first time their enemy's hands, when He's delivered them out, the sun turned to sack—black as sackcloth. Now, this is the second time, the end of the tribulation period. Now, in Daniel 12, if we had time, we could read it. In Daniel the 12th—the 12th verse—12th chapter, rather, Daniel said, "Every one that was found written in the Book would be delivered." Now, remember, Daniel is now speaking of this period, when these—this thing is supposed to happen, when Israel is to be delivered, when the—the end of the seventieth week… And that's when they're supposed to be delivered. Now, look. Let's… We get to Daniel 12 here just a minute. And at that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince which stood for the children—for—for the children of thy people:… (See? That's Jews.)… and there shall be a… trouble, such… never was since there was a nation even to that same time:… Now, compare that exactly with what Jesus said, Matthew 24. There shall be a time of trouble that's never been since there was a nation. Look at the Sixth Seal. See? The same thing, a time of trouble. Notice. … since there was a nation even to the same time: and at that time thy people… (Now, in this seven—last part of the seventh year.)… thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. (The predestinated, you see, that's written in the Lamb's Book of Life shall be delivered at that time.) And many of those that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, and some to everlasting life, and some to everlasting shame and… contemptment. (Now) And then shall the wise… shine as the brightness of the firmament; and—and they that turn many to righteousness shall shine as the stars for ever and ever.
280  That, and when He had told Daniel to shut up the Book, for he'd be resting in his lot until that time. Now, see, it don't make any difference whether you live or die; you come forth anyhow. See? Don't… that… Dying isn't nothing to a Christian. He don't die anyhow. See? Now, Daniel 12 said that everyone that was found written in the Book would be delivered. Here God is about to deliver His second son, Israel, after the tribulation. See, the second time Israel is… Israel is His son; you know that. Israel is God's son. So He's going to deliver him here in the tribulation period just exactly the way He did down in Egypt.
284  Now, let's stop here again and—and get something else, so 'fore we bring it into home. Now, watch here these two prophets, look what they're going to do now: just like Moses and them did down there. "And there was given me a reed, and…" (The 3rd verse of the 11th chapter.) And I will give power unto my two witnesses, that they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees,… (You remember that Zerubbabel and so forth and was to rebuild the temple)… and the two candlesticks that stand before the God of the earth. … if any man… hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth,… (You remember, out of the mouth of Christ come the sword, Word)… devour their enemies: and if any man shall hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
287  Now, we know the fire in the 19th chapter, of the coming of Christ, proceeded His Sword from His mouth, which was the Word (Is that right?), the Word. Oh, if you'll get this material now for that Seal tomorrow night… See? The Word is the thing that God slays His enemy by. See? Now, look here. When these prophets are prophesying, they're, they… If any man mistreats them, harms them, fire proceeds from their mouth, Holy Ghost Fire, the Word. The Word is God. Word is Fire. Word is the Spirit (See?), proceeds from their mouth.
289  Look at Moses. Let's see what come from his mouth. They… Israel got to—way they were doing there, and the—the… I mean Egypt. They were mistreating these Jews. Moses… They wouldn't let them go; Pharaoh wouldn't. God put the words in Moses' mouth. See, it's God's thoughts going into Moses' heart; he goes over now to express it, then it becomes the Word. Stretched his hand forth, said, "Let there be flies." and here come flies. Look here. And if any man hurts them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth and devour their enemy:… See? There it is. They can speak what they want to, and there it happens. Amen. And if any man… hurt them, they must in this manner be killed. Brother, God rides on the scene here. They have power to—power to shut the heavens that it rain not in the days of their prophecy:… Elijah, he knows how to do it; he's done it before. Amen. Moses knows how to do it. He's done it before. That's the reason they was kept back. Now… Amen.
293  I could say something awful good right here, but I guess I'll hold it till tomorrow night. See? All right. … and have power over the waters to turn them to blood and to smite the earth with plagues as oft as they will. What is it? What can bring these things but the Word? They can do nature any way they want to. Here it is. They're the one who brings on this Sixth Seal. They uncover and open it up. It's the power of God to interrupt nature. See, the Sixth Seal, is completely an interruption of nature. Do you get it now? There's your Seal. Who does it? It's the prophets the other side of the rapture. With the power of God, the Word of God, they just condemn nature. They can send earthquakes, turn the moon into blood, the sun can go down or anything at their command. Amen.
295  There you are. There you are. See? See how the Seals opened down there in the church age, how it showed the martyrs? And now here's these two prophets standing here with the Word of God to do anything to nature they want to, and they shake the earth. And it shows exactly who does it. It's Moses and Elijah, 'cause there's their ministry re-impersonated again: both men. Oh, my. Do you see it now? See what the Sixth Seal is? It's those prophets. Now, notice. Don't let it choke you, but watch what opened that Seal: prophets. See? Amen. There you are. Oh, we're living in the eagle day, brother, head up among the clouds. They opened that Sixth Seal. They have power to do it. Amen. There's your Sixth Seal coming open. See?
299  Now, we drop right back back here to Jesus spoke it would take place: way back yonder in the Old Testament, back in Ezekiel, back in the old prophets, they spoke it would take place. And here the Sixth Seal opened, and they say, "Well, that's a mysterious thing. What did it?" Here's the secret of it, the prophets, 'cause the Bible said so here. They can open it any time they… They can do anything to nature they want to. And they do the same thing they did do (Amen.), 'cause they know how it's done. Amen. Glory. When I seen that, I just raised out of the chair and started walking up and down the floor. I thought, "Lord, how I thank You, heavenly Father." There it is. That's it. They opened that Sixth Seal. Amen. Watch them. If any man hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, the Word. Holy Ghost come upon the apostles. You see? Fire proceeded out of their mouth.
304  Now, notice over in Revelations 19, we see the same thing, and a great Sword proceed from His mouth: Word. See it? Christ coming, and He slayed enemies with It. Is that right? Now, He's on His road. Watch Him now. All right. These have power to shut the heaven that it rained not in the days of their prophecy… Boy, that's interrupting nature. Now, how long did—did this man Elijah close the heavens for? [Congregation replies: three and one-half years—Ed.] There you are, exactly. How longs Daniel's seventieth, last part of the seventy weeks? [Congregation replies: three and one-half years—Ed.] There you are, exactly.
306  What did Moses do? He—he—he turned the—the waters into blood; he done all these kinds of miracles, just exactly what's predicted here under this Sixth Seal. And here they are in Revelations 11, doing the very same things. Amen. There's three different places in the Scriptures right there blending the thing right together. That's the opening of the Sixth Seal. Right there it is. Amen. Glory. Now, notice. These have power to shut the heavens in the days of their prophecy, that it won't rain; and… power over the waters to turn them to blood,… to smite the earth with plagues as oft as they will. Oh, my. There you are. Now, turn right over here to the plagues. See? All nature is interrupted in this Sixth Plague—or Sixth Seal open. That's exactly what happened.
309  Now, look. See, here God is about to deliver His son Israel, after the same manner of the tribulation that He did down there. He sent Moses down there and delivered Israel. Is that right? And he done these very same things. He sent Elijah to Ahab, and seven thousand come out. Is that right? He sends them right back over here again in the time of the tribulation and calls out the hundred and forty-four thousand. Now, see, you notice, between Revela—or between the 6th chapter, or the 6th plague, Seal (Pardon me)—the Sixth Seal and the Seventh Seal, the 7th chapter of Revelation mathematically set together right…
311  Just like America is number thirteen: thirteen states it started with, thirteen stars in the flag, thirteen colonies, thirteen stripes; everything's thirteen, thirteen, and appears right here in the 13th chapter of Revelations. That's right. She's thirteen and a woman. Now, when He was about to deliver His only begotten Son, which was His only begotten. Jacob is His son, but this is His only begotten Son.
312  Matthew 27, let's see what He did there. Matthew the 27th chapter. Now, remember, His Son had been beaten, and had been troubled, and they had made fun of Him, and He was now hanging on the cross at three o'clock on Good Friday afternoon—just about to take place. Matthew, 27th chapter of Matthew and the—the 45th verse, I believe it is. Now, from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. Now, notice just exactly what He did back here now in this. See? And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal,… lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon—and the moon became as blood; Blackness, darkness: Egypt—blackness, darkness, God delivering Jesus at the cross, just 'fore He brought Him up from the resurrection… First, darkness: sun went down in the middle of the day, and stars wouldn't shine. Two days from then, He was going to raise Him up with a mighty triumph. After the sun, and moon, and stars, and everything in Egypt, all these taken place, He delivered Israel to the promised land.
317  Here it is in the tribulation period, and here stands them prophets to who has the control of the Word that God gives them. They can only speak as God gives them the Word. Now, they're not gods. They're, temporarily the—amateurly they are, 'cause Jesus said they were. Said, "You call them gods who the Word of God came." Well, look. That's the one that God brings the Word to. And when he speaks it, it happens. That's all. And here he is with a commission from God to smite the earth whatever he wants to. Oh, my. Stop the heavens, and he does. What's the matter? He's fixing to take the hundred and forty-four thousand out for redemption, out of the Book of Redemption. And that's under the Seal of redemption, in the Sixth Seal. That's it, my dear friends. That's that Sixth Seal, been so mysteriously…
320  Let's just take… We got ten more minutes. Let's just take a little bit. I got about two or three pages. Well, I got… You can just see here; I think it's about… On that one, I think I had about fifteen pages yet left I could get to. Oh, there's so much on that. My, you can just keep going from place to place, but I'm afraid I confuse you when I—I scatter too much of it. And I'm not… I can't hold it together like I should.
321  In Isaiah, let's take this. Isaiah the prophet seen this Sixth Seal open and spoke of it. That's whether it's important or not. See? Well, the whole thing—whole plan of redemption lays under these Seals, the whole Book. Now, remember, we seen Jesus saw it. Is that right? See? Jesus saw it. And now, we find others that saw it. We find it typed out in—in Jacob. We find it typed out in Egypt. We see it typed out at the cross. Now, let's go back to Isaiah. I've got a whole lot more prophets wrote down here too. Let's just… I like this—this of Isaiah. Let's go back here to Isaiah, the 13th chapter of Isaiah. I like…
325  Isaiah is the—the complete Bible in itself, you know. Did you know that? See? Isaiah starts out with creation, in the middle of the book he brings John, and at the end he brings the Millennium. And there's sixty-six books in the Bible, and sixty-six chapters in Isaiah. It's a complete encyclopedia itself. Notice, 13th chapter now, of—of Isaiah. Let's begin here at the 6th verse. Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
327  Watch this Sixth Seal opening up here now, plumb back here seven hundred and thirteen years before Christ come. He's been two thousand years; that'd be about seven—about twenty-seven hundred years ago Isaiah seen this Seal hanging there. All right. Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt: What did Jesus say, "And because iniquity shall abound the—the love of many shall wax then, and man's heart will be failing for fear; sea a-roaring." See? Man's heart will faint. And they shall be afraid: pangs of sorrow shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be ashamed. Notice of it here. Oh, their faces ashamed… We got to get to that just a minute. We'll hold that. See?
330  Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. (The land, that's all of it, brethren. See? Notice.) For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her lights to shine. And I will punish the world for their evil, and the iniquity—and the wickedness of their iniquity; and I will cause the—the (I don't… I—I don't know how it's spelled.) [Congregation says, "arrogancy."—Ed.] (I can't say it. See?)… of—of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of—of the terrible—terrible See there, just exactly, Isaiah saw the same thing that Jesus spoke of, that the Seventh Seal reveals, when He's cleansing the land with tribulations. That's the tribulation period, this Sixth Seal. Yes, he was a prophet, and the Word of God was made known to him. That's twenty-seven hundred years ago.
333  Truly, I just want to say this: The whole world as Isaiah here… as a woman travaileth, all creation is travailing. What's all this groaning and travailing about, like a—a woman that's to be mother, the earth itself, nature… Why, this city here… Let's take our own city, when beer joints, and prostitution, and filth, and scum, like any other city… Why, I believe God would be better off looking at it the way He had it thousand years ago. When the Ohio traveled down, they had no backwaters and floods. They had no sin in the valley. The buffalo roamed through here, and—and the old Cherokee hunted him and made a decent living. There was no trouble at all. But man come in, and there's where sin comes in. When man begin to multiply upon the face of the earth, then sin and violence set in. That's right, always man. Why, I think it's a disgrace.