The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

Chapter 9: Questions And Answers On The Seals 63-0324M (Continued)

Day 50

73  Now, these virgins that come along here, they are the ones that fall asleep, and then the whole body's made up together of that group, that goes to make the (See?) to make the—the wise virgins. And the unwise virgins are the ones that started back there at the same time the wise virgins started, antichrist, and they are the ones that tries to buy oil.
74  Now, just look here. You see how perfect everywhere you go. If I could stand here and talk the things that's revealed in that room, I tell you, it'd swing your heads around; but how you going to do it when you got a whole thing here. And then you, somehow or other, when you get away from people, there it begins to open up, mysteries; then you see things that you're daresn't to say to the people too, 'cause (You see?), if they would they'd start little isms. And then just look what this little gift of healing has done, how it confused the church. Everybody had a sensation; everybody had this. And right down in my heart, God knows it's the truth, I knowed it wasn't right 'cause He told me so. See? But it's a false impersonation; it's only, throw the people off. Now, that's right.
77  Now, but, you see, you can't say those things; best to just leave it alone. And you remember the third pull; it said, "Don't tell nobody." What did I say was that… How many remembers that? Oh, sure. Remember standing there trying to lace that eyelet in that little shoe in the vision? He said, "You can't teach Pentecostal babies supernatural things." And I said this will be the third pull and it will not be known, so help me, by the grace of God. Now, now, we're—we're right down at the end time now. Won't be too long until mercy seat will be judgment seat.
79  Why, if you see these things coming in and these people coming in, you better come in too if you're not already in. See? Now, gathered in heavenly places (See?) it also means more than just to be rejoicing. In heavenly places, if you're really assembled in Christ, it's a fearful thing. Standing by the—that Angel of the Lord, you think you'd just be shouting and screaming. That—that's not it. It scares you to death nearly. See? So you see, there—there's a difference in just rejoicing and bubble dancing (which is all right), and then coming down to the real thing. See, see? There's where the fear… It's a fearful thing. Not that you fear that you're lost, but you're really before Angelic Being and the Holy Ghost Himself standing there.
81  Now, that will be part of the Bride; that's what it will go to make it up (See?), all those who sleep. And can't we absolutely see? [Brother Branham is interrupted by a failure in the recording system—Ed.] …pray now that You'll grant the healing of the people, through these handkerchiefs, lay upon. In Jesus' Name. Amen. (Now is it all right now? Thank you. Somebody step on something? Too many recorders put too much pressure on it. See? All right, just swap—just get a tape and swap the tape and make it off of that.) Now, notice now, the next question.
82  2. Should evangelists continue on the field? In this hour, of course, what they mean. Certainly, by all means; don't change a thing. If Jesus is coming in the morning, preach today like it was going to be ten years from today, but live like it's going to be at this hour. Don't—don't get scrupled up now. That's why I'm trying to warn you about. See? Just don't be odd, peculiar. Don't change nothing, but if you're doing something wrong, or doing evil, repent (See?), come back to God. Continue on your evangelistic service just as you always did.
84  If you're building a house, put it on up. If Jesus comes tomorrow, you'd be found faithful at the duty. If you're building your church, go on, put it up. I'd rather be putting my money in something like that than be found with it in my pocket. See? So just—just keep on; continue as you are. Everybody understand now? Continue right on. Just go right on as you are. Now, just—just don't stop; don't do nothing. Just go right on just as you are; keep on serving the Lord. Now, for instance, if you was—if you was working for a man and you knowed it was fifteen minutes before quitting time, "Well," you'd say, "it's just fifteen minutes more so I might as well just go over and set down." You'd get docked for that fifteen minutes. If you're planting wheat, plant your wheat. If you're digging potatoes, go on and dig them out. Say, "Well, nobody will eat them." That don't make any difference; dig them out anyhow. Just continue on as you are.
88  I got a letter from somebody the other day. Somebody told them, said, "Well, the time's at hand. Sell the farm. Now, you won't need the food that you live off of on the farm," said, "'cause just the millennium's going to start, and you won't need it, so you just go ahead, and while the tribulation period's going on, your children's not saved so just let them… Let—let the children have the farm where they can eat off of it, but you all sell your farm and—and…" or something like that. Oh, they had… I said, "Oh, my." If I knowed He's coming tomorrow, and I was a farmer, I'd put my crop in today, sure. If He made me a farmer, I'm going to stay right at my duty. See? That's right. If He made me a mechanic… Say, "Who's…"
90  Somebody said the other day, he said… A fellow come in and said, "Say, brother, you know what?" He said, "I'm going to give you the second set of keys. I've bought a new car." He said, "I'm going to give you the second set of keys," told his pastor. Said, "I'm going to give you the second set of keys 'cause the rapture might come, you know, and said I won't be needing it any more." Pastor was going to miss it. You see? So that's making ready, isn't it? All right, but that's—that's the way it is. See, we mustn't be that way. We must be a—a sane, solid Christian (See?), that I'm put here to work right up to the last minute. I've got a job to do, and I want to be right found faithful at the post of duty. If He comes this morning, I want to be standing right here in the pulpit.
92  You say, "Brother Branham, if He was to come this morning, shouldn't you be out there?" No, sir. This is my post of duty. I'll be standing right here preaching when He comes, saying the same things I am. Then, when He comes, I'll just move right on out with Him. If I'm hoeing potatoes, I'll just be hoeing away just as hard as I can. When He comes, I'll just drop the hoe and take off. You remember in the jubilee year, if they was hoe—hoeing with the hoe, they just kept on hoeing. They knowed the jubilee year was maybe ten minutes more and the trumpet would sound of the jubilee year. They just kept on pitching hay or whatever they was doing; but when the trumpet sounded, then they dropped their pitchfork and gone. That's it. Just keep on pitching hay until the trumpet sounds.
95  All right. Question: According to the opening… (Did that—anything happen? It—it made a noise up here.) A question… 3 According to the opening of the Fifth—Fifth Seal, Moses and Elijah have—have to die; what about Enoch? I don't know. See? I—I… If don't know, I'm just going to tell you I don't know. See? I—I don't—I don't know all the answers, folks; I—I don't know. And if I don't know, I'm going to tell you I don't know. If I do know… I won't tell you till I do know (See?), but I—I don't know. I've often wondered about that myself.
96  There was Enoch… I seen Moses come and Elijah comes back and they're killed. See? But now, Enoch was translated before time. I—I've often thought and wondered myself: Well, what—what about that? But then, here's the only consolation that I can say is this: Now, notice, Moses only served God forty years. See? He was a—he was a hundred and twenty, but twenty years… The first forty years, I mean, he was getting his education. That right? The second forty years God was taking it out of him, and the third forty years he served God. See? All right. But Enoch walked five hundred years before God and was blameless (See, see?); so Moses comes back to serve some more time: him and Elijah. Now, that—I don't say that's right. See? I just give you that for a thought. See? But I—just to say what part, I don't know. I really can't tell you what—what—what happened there or what God will do.
99  4. What is the—the name of the—that'll be on the people of Revelations 3:12? I—I don't know. Yeah. He said give them a new name. I—I—I don't know what that is. See? It'll be probably made known when we get there, but I—I don't know what it is now. See? See, He is going to do that. See? He give them a new name that—that they just knowed themselves. See?
100  5. Now, Brother Branham, is there any Scripture permitting marriage after divorce. This is very important. It says important. Well, that's the reason it wasn't pertaining to this. As far as I can see, my brother or sister, whoever it may be, there isn't unless your companion's dead, because the Bible said we're bound to them as long as they live. See? So as—as far as being any Scripture, that's what was asked here: "Is there Scripture. See? Is there any Scripture?" Not as I can find. See? Not as I can find, 'cause Paul said that the—the married couple, if the companion's dead, then they're free then to marry whomsoever they will in the Lord. But until then… But watch. You take it, "Until death we part…" That's it. You've done took an oath over that (You see?), so I don't think there is. Now, if there's—if you found some, and it's correctly why, all—all right. But as far as myself, I—I don't find any.
103  6. What does "… see thou hurt not the oil and the wine" mean in Revelation 6:6? It's the Holy Spirit. See, we just got through that. Probably somebody, you know, come in a little late for the message, they—for the other tapes. You see? "Hurt not the oil and the wine…" What does the oil and wine mean? The oil, as we took it in symbols, means the Holy Spirit. See? Wine is the—and oil is connected together in the Bible in worship. See? And the wine as we put… That's where I got the idea of the stimulation. Wine stimulates. And wine in its—is the antitype of its natural from stimulation is revelation.
105  Now, just think; what stimulates the church? Revelations. See? So wine, the new wine would be… Now watch. The oil and wine went together in sacrifice, went together in—in the church worship (Now, notice.), assembled together, connected together. You that's got a concordance, you look and see a whole string where wine and oil is met together in worship. If you've got a Cruden's, why, it says that there. Now, notice on this. But now (You see?), the oil is always the Holy Spirit. We find that over in Ezekiel, and we find it in the Old Testament; we find it all through the New Testament. Why do we anoint the sick with oil? We anoint the sick with oil because it symbolizes the pouring out of the Holy Spirit upon them. See? Also the wise virgins had oil; the unwise had no oil: Spirit. See? Now, that is the oil.
109  And then the wine… If—if—if the oil represents—represents God, God is Spirit. See? God is Word. "In the beginning was Word; Word was with God; Word was made flesh, and that was God." Now, then if the Word now in—sets here in a—a natural form… Now, the wine is the water, like the—the revelation that reveals that interpretation of the Word which stimulates the believer. You see? My, they just got… "I've never seen it before. My. Glory." That's what? See? Stimulation (See?) of revelation. (I didn't know that till the other day setting there either. See?) Now, that's… What does the oil and wine… That was, "See that you hurt not…" That was the black horse rider, and that was during the time of the dark age, the third age of the—of the church. Notice, and in there, there's just a little bit of it left, just a little bit, but don't hurt it. And I believe if you get that the—the Third Seal on tape, you'll—you'd find it there where we explained it in details—detail, rather.
112  7. Brother Branham, is the Lamb's Book of Life and the Book of Life the same Book? Sure. See? 'Cause that's where… All redemption's wrote in this Book. See? Their names are in… You say, "Well, the… Our name's put on the Lamb's Book of Life, Brother Branham. I—I got it put on the other night." No, you didn't. No, you didn't. You just found out it was on there the other night (See?), because their names were written before the foundation of the world. See? That's… It's all the same Book. See?
113  8. Now. Brother Branham, is it true that—that every Jew born since Christ came will be saved, and who are the hundred and forty-four thousand? Are they the predestinated ones to be sealed with the Holy Ghost, and what is their mission? There's about three questions in one there. But here is… First one is: 8a Is it true that every Jew born since Christ that came into the world is to be saved? No. Nothing will be saved, only those whose names were put on the Lamb's Book of Life before the foundation of the world, Jew or Gentile. See? That's all; the Book holds that mystery, and the Book is only unfolding it now, not each one's name, but what the mystery of the Book is while it's calling those names. You find… You understand that now? See?
115  The Book doesn't say, "Now, Lee Vayle is to be saved in time of this church age," or—or, "Orman Neville…" or—or whoever. No, it don't say that. It just shows the mystery, unfolds the mystery of what the thing is. But we, ourselves, by faith believe it. That's what I said the other night. Someone said, "Well, there's no need in me trying it. Brother Branham said there's only going to be one saved out of Jeffersonville." See? Now, see, it's showing a parable. That—that—that isn't… That—that isn't it. There might be thousands saved. I don't know. I hope every one of them is saved (See?), but I don't know. But here's the way I want to believe it: I'm that one. You believe the same for you. If you don't, then there's something wrong with your faith. You're not sure what you're doing.
117  How can you… How can you walk up there in the face of death when you're not too sure whether you're saved or not? See? How can you go down here and say to this crippled man laying here, blinded and twisted up, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, rise up. Jesus Christ makes you whole"? How can you stand that little cold stiff body laying there; that's dead and been dead for hours and hours, and laying there cold and stiff, and say, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, rise up to your feet"? You'd better… You have to know what you're talking about. See? Well, they say, "Death claims everything. It's all gone." Yeah, but when the Word of God is revealed and you know it's God, that changes things. That's right.
120  Now, yes. These Jews are not… Not all the Jews will be saved. No, sir. They will not be saved, only those who… When He's speaking of—of Jew… Jew just is a name that was give to them after they left, I believe, Nebuchadnezzar over, begin to call them Jews first because the tribe of Judah was taken then and given a name of Jew. Now… Because they came down from Judaea and they got the name of Jew. But now, Israel is different. Israel and Jew is altogether different. Every Jew… Every Jew isn't an Israelite. See? No, he's just a Jew, but then, Israel… Paul never said all Jews will be saved; he said all Israel will be saved. Why? Israel's name, that's—that's the name of redemption all the way back. See? And all Israel will be saved, but not all Judaea—Judaism will be saved. See?
122  Just like Gentiles—there'll be a… There's thousands times thousands of—of people, yes literally millions of these organizations that are called Christian, Church of Christ, and all such names as that. That don't mean one thing. Not… That don't mean they'll be saved. People say, "Now, you've got to belong to this or that," an organization, a certain organization. "If your name isn't on our book, you're lost." Now, that's cult. See? That's cult. See? There's only one way you can be saved, and that is not him that willeth or him that runneth, him that… That is God Who shows mercy. And God by His foreknowledge predestinated a Church to His glory, and that's the ones that's saved. That's right.
124  Now, your faith is so anchored there… You say, "Well, my faith is anchored there"; and look back what kind of a life you're living, you see you're not even fit for there, your anchor is wrong; you got it on sand instead of a rock. The first little wave will throw it off. Let the Word be revealed in something: "My church don't teach that." That shows right then you wasn't anchored on no rock; you was in sand. That's right. So now. You see? 125  Now, and… The hundred and forty-four thousand, are they the predestinated ones? Yes, sir. That's Israel, spiritual Israel. Just think, there will be millions of them in there. I don't know how many's in there now. I guess the whole group, but they will not all be saved, because they are in Judaea. See? You have any idea how many is there now? I don't know, but they're probably after this next persecution begins to rise, they're accumulating by…
128  You know, I've got a tape on them, taking west with me now to—to one of the—the Covenant Church, which is… It's just the old… Oh, I forget now. It started the… They have them down there in Africa: Dutch Reform. It's the Dutch Reform Church, the covenant is. Now, if there is any of you setting here, I'll tell you why. You're still holding on to that old Heidelberg Catechism, and that's exactly the reason you're still—you're still Dutch Reform. See? You might polish up by an American name, but that's the thing behind it 'cause your teacher's in that same catechism, the old Heidelberg. You ask your pastor if that isn't right. See?
129  So now, notice this. "The hundred and forty-four thousand, they are predestinated ones to be sealed by the Holy Ghost." Yes, sir, that's exactly right. All right. So now if there's any… Now, if I'm—if I didn't answer it to suit you, why, maybe I—I could be wrong. See, but it's just to the best of my knowledge. You see? This is the best of my knowledge.
130  9. Brother Branham, as you have travailed or trav—on the serpent's seed… (Oh, oh, I never noticed this one. This one slipped up on me.)… serpent's seed this week, will it be in order to ask this question? My friends have asked me to explain Genesis 4:1 and I can't. Will you help me? It's—it's off of the subject, but anyhow I—I'll—I'll try my best by the help of God. Let's see now. Let me polish up just a little bit. I think that's where she said, "I got a son from the Lord," I—I believe it is. I think Eve said that there. I going to check to be sure, 'cause I said the other night, seven—instead of seven hundred instead of seven thousand, so…
131  It makes me so nervous. See? And you just have to be watching, and the enemy on every side, and you—you're conscious of that. You see? (Yes, that's it.) And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have begotten a man from the Lord. Now, I'm just going to answer you a question, my brother or sister, and now remember, not throwing to you, no. I'm trying to help you. See? I love you, and I love the person who might've been a critical on it, but I don't think this person's critical. They said, "Help me." (See?), because the people believes it, but they're just not sufficiently posted by the Spirit to know what to say to the person that's asked them that.
133  Now, she's saying here… What the question is, no doubt, that they're saying, "Eve said she gotten this man from the Lord." How do you think life could ever come if it didn't come from the Lord, be it right or wrong? Who sent… Who sent Judas Iscariot into the world? Tell me that. The Bible said he was born the son of perdition. Just ask them that one; be like the worm in a lemon. See, see? Now, you see, they can't—can't… It is…
135  Notice. Then if you want to take them a little more technic. Look, Eve talked here, if you want to take it in the language that's here which is written so it's hid from the eyes, wise and prudent… Eve, here, the way it's taught, that God was the One that she begotten this son by, and He's a Spirit, and He can't do it. See? Now, watch here. If you want to notice that. "I have gotten a—a man from the Lord." See? You can't make it sound any… But it's got to have its right interpretation. See? Yes, sir. No, sir. If that… Then the spirit… And we always follow the nature of our parent. You know that. Look at a baby, its nature. Well then, Adam was a son of God. Eve was a daughter of God. Right, the first thing of the creation of God which could not have one speck of—of evil anywhere about… Evil wasn't even known. Then why was Cain a liar, a murderer, and everything else? Where'd that come from? Just ask yourself that question. That was the serpent's seed. You see? Don't the Bible say so?