The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 51


138  Watch his seed all the way down. In that he become… Who does the world belong to? The devil. Who controls it now? The devil. Exactly right. The devil controls the world. He told Jesus, said, "See how pretty it is, and all the glory. I'll give it to you if you worship me." See? He is the controller of it. Now, he owns it. Now watch. His children are wise: devil's children. Or take Cain's children, if you want to, and bring it right down through the genealogies, and you'll find out that they were smart men, every one of them. But now, when he killed Abel, and God give him back Seth was the type of the righteous to redeem being dead and raise again. And from there…
140  Now watch, Not from the first seed of the natural, they died. (Now, you got your minds open? See?) The first seed of the natural seed, just ordinary good, it typed the modern church: Abel. In order to preserve that line coming down, that one died so another one could raise up (You see?), so it has to be rebirth again. You catch it? All right, just so you get it. See, see? There you are, the perfect type. So even the natural man born of—of Adam, his father, shows that natural trend won't work. The natural man don't perceive the things of God. So there was a man come natural and died in order to restore that again, and is represented in the death of—of—of Abel and to replace him by—by Seth.
142  And watch what kind of a people that was now, that spirit brought forth from him: humble, farmers, sheepherders. Watch what come from this wisdom of the world here: smart men, builders and with metals and all kinds of smart intelligence and things. Look where they wound up. They were down there, and God destroyed every one of them—every one of them, and saved the humble. Didn't Jesus say in Matthew 5, "the meek shall inherit the earth"? So then don't worry; they haven't got one foot to stand on. See, they don't believe that be Cain's son; but we have got a tape on that if you'd like to hear it explained in detail. See? No, sir.
144  And I seen they've got a piece of paper up there where that science has now going to prove that Eve never eat a apple; she had an apricot. (See?) I got the paper up there at home now (See?); it was an apricot. How—how far can people… That's a carnal mind? (See?); that actually Moses never crossed the water; he crossed through a sea of reeds, brought Israel across at the upper end of the Dead Sea. There's a bunch of reeds there, a whole sea of reeds that just where the water's been at one time—went down. And Moses took a short cut and went around that way. And the orthodox churches accepted it. You seen that. The orthodox churches accepted it that that was so. Oh, man, can't you see that seed of the serpent, that antichrist, the whole thing laying right there? Sure. Yes, sir.
145  Brother Branham, please pray for my little… (Well, that's a prayer request, I see.)… pray for my little grandson, very ill with the flu. He is in the Riverview Hotel. Lord Jesus, this poor person here never wrote that just in vain. She seen You just deliberately remove even rheumatic fever from a little boy the other night. She knows that You're the great God, and we offer our prayers for that little boy, in the Name of Jesus Christ may he be healed. Amen. When somebody writes anything, it's not in vain. They—they—they got a… No matter how simple it sounds to us, and how much, how it is, but—but there's something behind it. You see? That lady… that little boy… something.
148  10. Is the Elijah who comes to preach to the Jews the real man who lived on the earth, or will he be the spirit of Elijah in some other man? (Now, that's, I—I'm afraid to say. I don't know. See? Let me read that again.) Is the Elijah who comes to preach to the Jews (oh, yes) the real man who lived on earth, or will he be a spirit of Elijah in some other man? Now, if I could answer that correctly, I could tell you about Enoch (See?), but I—I can't do it. You see? Only thing I know is just the Scripture said it, what it will be. And now, it might be that the… Now, I'm kindly inclined… (Now let me say it this way, and I hope the tapes, the brethren on the tapes, will understand this). I'm inclined to believe that it will be anointed men of their spirit; because (See?), he says, "Does not (on Elisha)… does not the spirit of Elijah rest on Elisha? See? The spirit of Elijah… And he done just like Elijah did (See?), so I… But I can't say that's true. I—I don't know. See? I'm honest with you; I don't know.
149  11. Brother Branham, would you please answer this one for me about baptism: Matthew 28:19 teaches the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; and Peter in Acts 2:38, in the Name of the Lord Jesus. When was this change come about in Acts of the Apostles? Now, I believe in the Lord Jesus. Well, brother or sister, ever who wrote it, there—there was no change come about. See? But Peter done exactly what Jesus said do. Now, if somebody come and say, "Use the titles of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost"; they did what Peter said not do, but what God said not do. See? Now, Jesus said that it… We'll just—just take a little bit, where, I want to just to show you something here. Notice.
150  Now notice, if you're here (the person)… I'm going to put three pieces of material here. Now look, this is the Father, this is the Son, this is the Holy Ghost as trinitarian people believe them, believe that they are three separate individuals. They believe that. See? Well then, now let me… And then in Matthew 28:19, Jesus said, "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. He…" (No, I beg your pardon; I'm quoting Acts now, or and Acts 2, I believe—no, Luke 24:49 I'm quoting.) He said… Let me read it, then I've got it (See?) and then… 'Cause the other day I said that when it didn't, I want to be sure I get this right. I—I know the title of what you're saying there, but I want to get just what He said. Let's begin at the 16th verse of the 29th. Then as the eleven set at meat… or the… Then the eleven… went away into the Galilee, into the mount where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power in heavens and in earth is given unto… All powers is given unto me in heavens and in earth. Now, where's the power of God? Where's God at? If all the power out of heaven and all the powers in earth has been given, now where's God at? There He is. See, that's what's talking to you. See? All right. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
153  Now, the trinitarian sphere of that. "I baptize you in the Name of the Father, in the Name of the Son, and in the Name of the Holy Ghost." That's not even in holy Writ. See? He said, "Baptize them in the Name of the Father and of the Son, and of… Not in the… They put a Name before each one—one Name. (Watch here.) Didn't say, "Baptize them in the names; N-a-m-e, one name: in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. See? Now, I want to ask you. Is Father a name? [Congregation answers "No."—Ed.] Is Son a name? [Congregation answers "No."—Ed.] How many fathers is here? Which one of you's named "Father"? How many sons are here? How many humans are here? See? Well, which one of you is named "Father, Son, or human?" See?
155  Like a woman said one time, she said, "Brother Branham, the Holy Ghost is a name; It's a person." I said, "Yes, sir. I am a person, but my name's not Person." I am a person. See? My name's William Branham, but I am a person. The Holy Ghost is a Person; that's what it is. It's not a name; it's a title of the Person of God. See? It's a title to the personality of God, what He is. Now, now, if He said: "Go ye therefore, teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, of the Holy Ghost," not in the name of the Father, name of the Son, name of the Holy Ghost, or, not in the names of the Father, and of the Son, the Holy Ghost; but in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. And if Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is no name, then what about it? Say, if "Its name." Which one of… You want to call one of them a name, which name is it? If you want to call the title a name, then which name, which title is it you want to baptize—the Father or the Son? It's singular. See it?
159  Now, we turn over here in… And that's the last book of Matthew. Like if I always explained it… If you read a love story, and said, "John and Mary lived happy ever after." See, it's because you never—you don't know who John and Mary is? Go back to the first of your story. Find out who John and Mary is. See? Now, that's what you're doing here in Matthew. You're only reading the last part of it. Go back to the first of Matthew and read what the story is—that's the last chapter of Matthew and the last verses. Like you picked up a book and say, "John and Mary lived happy ever after. That was John Jones and—and Mary So-and-so. That was… No, that was John… That was John Henry and that was So-and-so. This is John Somebody and—and So-and-so." Now, you don't know yet. You see? The only thing to do to be sure is go back in the book and read it. See? You can't pick up a piece here. You got to put the whole thing together to make the picture.
162  Now, go back to Matthew the 1st chapter, and it goes and gives the genealogies, coming down, 1st chapter; then it gets down to the 18th verse that says: Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise:… (Is that right?) Now, I want to ask you something. Now, listen again; you—you call it. Who's this? God the [Congregation replies, "Father"—Ed.], God the [Congregation replies, "Son"—Ed.], God the [Congregation replies, "Holy Ghost"—Ed.] Now which one is this? [Congregation replies, "Father"—Ed.] Which one is this? [Congregation replies, "Holy Ghost"—Ed.] Which one is this? [Congregation replies "Son"—Ed.] Son. All right. Now, we got it. Now what did you say this was? God the Who? [Congregation replies, "Holy Ghost"—Ed.] Holy Ghost, all right. Now, all right. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When… his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with a child of the… [Congregation replies, "Holy Ghost."—Ed.]
164  Now, I thought you said God was His Father. Now, there's something wrong here. He can't have two fathers. You know that, you know. See? Now, there's something wrong. Now, which one of these men, if they're three persons, which one of them is His Father? The Bible says here plainly, "She was found with a child of the Holy Ghost." God, the Father, had nothing to do with it. And Jesus said God was His Father, and we know God was His Father, then He had two fathers. And then He's illegitimate sure enough. Now, see where you got yourself? Now… Then Joseph her husband, being a just man,… not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privately. But while he thought on these things,…
165  Remember he was a good man now, and the hand of the Lord is at hand right now. Them who are predestinated will catch it. See? But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream,… (Are you following me in your Bible? All right.)… saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of… (God the Father. Did I misread that? Sure did.) That which is conceived in her has nothing to do with God the Father; it's the Holy Ghost. And now, we know that God was His Father. Is that right? So what is it? The Holy Ghost is God's Spirit, of course. Now, you've got it. See?
167  God the Father and the Holy Ghost is the same Person or He had two daddy's; and then what—what kind of person you worship? What kind of God you got now? See, see? God the Holy Ghost and God the Father is the selfsame Spirit. And she shall bring forth a son,… (this Fellow here)… and thou shalt call his name… (What? His Name. Now remember, His Name.) JESUS: for he shall save his people for—from their sins. Now this was all done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet,… (to who the Word comes to)… saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they… called his name Emmanuel, which is being interpreted, God with us.
168  What is the Name of God? What is the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost? The Bible said Jesus was His Name. Then the fellow here trying to debate it once here in the Tabernacle, said, "Brother Branham has wiggled out of all of them; he won't this one." Said, "here it shows three different persons exactly, perfectly." Said, "Matthew, 3rd chapter, here was John standing, preaching. Here come the Son walking up to be baptized. He went into the water, and was baptized by John, went back up out of the water, and 'Lo,' he said, 'the heavens was opened unto Him,' and he said, 'down from heaven came the Holy Ghost like a dove descending, and a voice from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in Whom…'" Three distinct persons right at one time." Oh, my.
169  You know, It just goes to show that people without the baptism, and not called to the office of—of a—a minister has no business to be in the pulpit. That's right. I—I—I could take that person, now, by the help of God and tie them in such a knot it'd make their head swim. Look, I don't care what… (Now, I don't mean… Now, that don't sound right. Forgive me. I didn't mean that, Lord; I didn't now… I—I felt Him check me on that. See? So I didn't mean to say it that way. I'm—I'm sorry.) I believe that the Holy Spirit could reveal to that person some secret; that sounds better. See? Just like tuning an instrument, when you do something wrong, you can tell it as a Christian. You said something wrong; He didn't like that. See, that was putting me in there. See? I ain't in the picture at all. I'm just—don't even want to be myself or nothing; it's Him. Let Him do the work. He does the sounding; the trumpet's a mute. The voice behind it, one that gives it the sound.
171  Now, looky here. The man misinterpreted the Word. See? Remember, it's hid from the eyes of wise and prudent, revealed to babes. Now, here is that one Person, Jesus Christ, standing on earth. Now heaven, 'course, is atmospheres above. Now watch. And John bear record… Now that man's got, say here's God the Father, and here's God the Holy Ghost, like a dove, and here's God the Son, making three persons. It's wrong. John, standing back here, knowed this was the Lamb. John said, "I bear record seeing the Spirit of God like a Lamb." There's God the Spirit… Like a dove, I mean. (Now, there's the same thing I said the other night. You see?, instead of seven hundred, seven… See?) The Spirit of God—this was the Lamb here. And the Spirit of God—the Dove was God. The Spirit of God descending from heaven, and a voice from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son in Whom I am pleased to dwell in." "All powers in heaven and earth is given unto My hand." See? That's Him. Now what was His Name? [Congregation answers, "Jesus"—Ed.] Certainly. See?
174  So, as far as the trinitarian's theory of being three different gods, that's heathenism. That never was taught in the Bible. It never was taught in the Lion message, but it was adopted in the next, which was antichrist. Ask anybody you want to, any theologian. That never did come only through the doctrine of the Nicolaitane. There is why it come out with Martin Luther. That's why it continued on with John Wesley and poured on down into the Pentecostals. In the day that the Pentecostal come out, they got the Jesus Only group. Now, that's wrong again. How can Jesus be His own Father? See? So it knocks that out.
176  But there's supposed to be an Eagle time come. See? That's the time it's to straighten all those mysteries out. See? Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is titles of the Lord Jesus Christ (Watch), all three of them. Matthew said, "Father, Son, Holy Ghost…" Peter said, "Lord Jesus Christ…" Who is the Father? "The Lord said unto my Lord, 'Set thou on My right hand.'" Is that right? Father, Son—Jesus, Holy Ghost—the Logos that went out of God. Father, Son, Holy Ghost is absolutely three titles of the Person of God manifested in—in—in three different ways or three attributes of Himself. And to make it plain to someone who wouldn't understand, it's like three offices of the same God. Actually, it's three attributes of the same God, God acting in three different… Under the Fatherhood, under the Sonship, under the Holy Ghost dispensation… God is perfect in three.
179  You remember the antichrist number, four? See? God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is absolutely Lord Jesus Christ. When you baptize in the Name of Jesus only, that's wrong, just baptize you in the Name of Jesus, that's absolutely wrong. I'm acquainted with many Jesuses. Why, the Latin countries are full of them: Jesuses. But this is the Lord Jesus Christ. It tells exactly Who He is. There's many Branhams, if you want to talk about me personally. But I'm—I'm the one William Marrion Branham. That's—that's me. But there's many other William Branhams and so forth around. But this is distinctly calling one person, the Lord Jesus Christ (See?), the anointed One. There's only one of them. Now that's right. So if there's any farther on that, write a letter or something, or—or sometime when I'm on other questions… I want to try to get this so I can see if we can get to some of these sick people that's suffering, prayed for.
183  12. Brother Branham, if this question is not—is not fit—does not fit in the… do not answer. (That's nice. I appreciate it.) What children—what children go in the rapture, if any small ones? Thank you. They never signed no name. Now, if you don't, it's not necessary. But look, when God puts a name on the Lamb's Book of Life before the foundation of the world, there's not nothing in the world can rub it out, because it's wrote with the ink of the Blood of Christ. Be it this big, that big, or that big, or whatever it might be, it goes just the same. See?
184  All children, all the church, everything there is and… God, by His foreknowledge… Now, we don't know. You say, "Brother Branham, can you prove that you're there?" No, sir. I cannot prove it. God could use me for a tool of something else, and use you the same way. But I believe, and by faith I am saved, not by knowledge I'm saved: by faith. That's the way you're saved. That's the way we're all saved. But remember, God is infinite. Do you believe that? Infinite… By being infinite, that makes Him… And then He's omniscient. Do you believe that? "Omniscient" means "He knows all things." He can't be—He can't be omniscient without being infinite. See, there never was nothing but what He knowed. He knowed every gnat would ever be on earth, and how many times it would bat its eyes, and how much tallow it would make—how much all of them make together.
186  He knowed every breath that you'd breathe and how deep it would go in your lungs; that's infinite. Now, if He's infinite, that makes Him omniscient. Is that right? And if He's omniscient, that makes Him omnipresent, because He knows just exactly the minute, hour, time to the split instance of fifty-five thousandth of a second to when it's going to happen. See? Get the idea now? Then He knows all things; and that's the reason He has all power, knows all things, and can do all things. Now, let's see. Now, and all the children that God… every one that God, when they… Now remember, when was Jesus, the Bible said…
188  Now we know that Jesus was slain about A.D. 30. Is that right? About… It was about the middle of—of the—the year, I guess, A.D. 30. Now, but the Bible said that He was slain before the world was ever created. And your name… When the Lamb's Book… When the Lamb was slain to redeem this Book… (Here's a great thing now. It might cause stimulation.) Look. When the—when the—when the Lamb… Now, remember, the Bible said, the Lamb's Book of Life was written before the foundation of the world, and your name was put in—was in that Book when the Lamb was slain before the foundation of the world to redeem every name that was written in that Book. See? You got it now? See, there ain't nothing out of order. It's working just exactly like God's big timepiece (See?), like a clock moving right around. Your name was put in there before the foundation of the world, when the Lamb was slain to redeem what was in that Book. And now, He comes forward and takes that Book to claim His redemption. (Now, I don't want to get started there; we never would answer another question today.) All right.