The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 53


238  They was expecting God to take the crank and turn it on, bring the corridor down, say, "Come on down, you great forerunner of—of My Messiah." And then as soon as he's gone, they pull it back up. And his ministry's over, they crank it down again and put it right down here beside the seminary, and say, "All right, My beloved Son, walk down and tell them." See? Oh, my. Look, when He come by. Whatever happened? Here come a man that knowed none of their schools, didn't even have a fellowship card, oh, didn't have no credentials. No. Nobody ever knowed He ever went to school a day in His life. You couldn't even tell it by His talking. He didn't even talk in terms of—of ecclesiastics. He talked about serpents, axes, and wilderness, and—and things like that (See?), trees. He talked not in the terms of the ecclesiastical set of the day or this day or any other day.
240  He come sassafras, as we call it here in Indiana. He come out of the bushes somewhere, didn't even have a shave, had hair standing out on his head. I don't imagine he taken a bath once every two or three months. Right. He never wore pajamas at night. He never rode in an automobile. He never brushed his teeth. Oh, my. What a guy this was. Certainly not. Here he come stomping down through the wilderness like that, said, "I'm the voice of one crying in the wilderness. Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight His path…?…" Some of the teachers stood and said, "Huh. Say, fellow, have you got your… We can't cooperate with you in this campaign. Here, we can't do this. Well, where's your—where's your card; where's your identification?"
243  He just ignored them. He had a message, so he just went on with it (See?), preaching just the same. They said, "Aw, wait. Well, if we go down there, we'll take the bishop down today and see what he says about it. We'll go down there. If we know… That's the heads the church, and we know that he will have to recognize that. If he's of God, he will recognize our bishop." Put them all down in a row and set them out there, the dignitaries… He said, "You generation of vipers. You snakes in the grass (collars turned around, and holy fathers, and so forth, huh), who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? You know your hour's at hand. Don't you think that… You say, 'Well, we belongs to this, that, other.' I tell you, the God that I serve is able to rise children to Abraham out of these stones." Oh, my. Now, he's going to take up his vice versa from ecclesiastical speech. "I say the axe is laid to the root of the tree. Therefore every tree that don't bring forth good fruits is hewed down and cast into the fire. Lo, I indeed will baptize you with water unto repentance, but He's coming after me. The moon will be turned into blood and…" Oh, my. "He will thoroughly purge His floors. He will take the—the chaff and will burn it with unquenchable fire, and He will take the wheat to the garner. He will separate the weeds and the wheat." Oh, my, what a message. They said, "This guy? Huh. What'd he say? What—what—what time it was? Oh, ignorance. We've got the man right up there, Brother Jones; he's the guy will do that if there's anybody in this day, he will do it. See? Bishop So-and-so will do it, Holy Father So-and-so." Oh, my. See? God in simplicity (See?), working in simplicity…
248  Then, first thing you know, he's standing there one day, and he said, "Yes, He's standing in your midst." He was so sure he was that runner. He knowed who he was. That's the reason he could shake the hide off them. He said, "Now, don't tremble, but just go ahead and continue on. You soldiers, you obey your masters, and if you've done any evil, you take that…" "What shall we do? Shall we quit doing this? Shall we stop doing this?" He said, "Just go on like you are. Continue on. Continue on; go ahead. If you're raising potatoes, raise them. See? You soldiers don't do no violence, and—and you do this, and whatever it be, so just continue on as you are. Obey your masters and so forth." "Rabbi, what should we do?" "Just continue on as you are (See?), but there's One in your midst that you don't know." He knowed that the hour of his message, he knowed he was to introduce that Person. He knowed He was there. "One in your midst; you don't see Him. Things are going on you know nothing about." And so then… "There's—there's something going to happen," he says, you see, "and He will be here and I'll know Him."
252  And finally one day he said, "Behold, there He is. There's the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world." Said, "My time's up now. I've introduced you to Him. I must decrease now; I must go off the scene. He will take over from here. The Millennium will be on right away. (See?) The—the time is at hand." Then when He come, when He was… John said, "He's going to… Oh, He's going to shuck the hide off. He's going—He's going to separate the wheat from the—from the chaff, and He's going to burn it up. He's going to thoroughly purge His floors, and His fan is in His hand." But what was He? Little bitty…
254  Now, they had all drawed up (oh man.) He will have a spear that'll reach a mile long. He will stand back over here in Palestine, just stand up there in His—on one of these white clouds, and pick up all these Romans, like this, and cast them into hell, just keep on doing like that (See?), till He gets them all over. Why, they had that all fixed up. And what it was—a little Lamb come moving out among them, meek and gentle, pushed around this way and that way.
255  Even John said… Now, look at John the prophet; he said, "Go ask Him, is actually He the One?" So humble till that prophet missed it… Said, "Is He the One, or do we seek for another?" Now, he never give Him a book for them disciples in—in Matthew 11, come and asked him when John's disciples… John was in prison, so he'd been all so scrupled up till he—till I believe as Pember said, "His—his eagle eye got filmed over down there." You see? He couldn't… He—he done come down to the earth; he'd been up in the air. But when his prophecy was over, he dropped back down to the ground again. See? 'Cause put him in prison. You see? He didn't have no use for them big wings any more, so he just laid down there; but he flew higher than any of the rest of them. Let me show you something. God used him.
257  And Jesus knew (You see?), 'cause that was the—that was the incarnate God there. See? He was… So He—He said there… He said… Now, He never give him a book on how to behave himself in jail. He said, "Now, wait a minute. I'll write a little essay here, and you take back and tell John how to behave himself when he's in jail for My sake." See? No, He never said that. He didn't say, "Go, tell John that he ought to have got his Ph.D. degree before he come out in his…" See? If he would, he'd been with the rest of them; he would've been a rejecter. John was honest and asked a question. And He said, "Just wait till the meeting is over, and then go show John what happened, then he will know. If you tell him what's going on, then he will know. (See, see?) Just go let him… Tell him—tell him it's… He's in prison and couldn't be here, but—but you set in the meeting and you seen what happened. You go tell him."
260  So then, the disciple said, "Very well, Master," and over the hill they went. Jesus, setting on this rock, just watching them till they crossed over, and went up over the hill. He turned around to the congregation and said, "Who—who'd you go out to see in the time of John?" Said, "What went ye out to see? Did you go out to see a man that's got his collar turned around in soft clothes and highly polished and educated? Is that the kind of man you went out to see?" Said, "No." "You know what them kind are? They kiss the babies, and you know, and work in kings palaces. They… That's—that's not the type John was." Well, said, "then what did you go, to see a man that's been given a ministry and will hook it right into an organization or something like that, shaken with every… Then if the—if the Oneness don't want him, he will go over to the Trinity, and if the Trinity don't want him, he will go to the Church of God, anywhere. Is that the kind of man you went to see, shaken with any reed?" Oh, no, not John. He said, "Then what did you go to see? a prophet?" He said, "And I say that's right, but I'm going to tell you something that you don't know; he was more than a prophet. He was more… If you can receive it, this is who that was written of in the Bible (See?), back there in the Scripture: 'I'll send My messenger before My face (Malachi 3 See?), and he will prepare the way before Me.'" See, and they didn't understand it. Even the disciples didn't get it. See? That's right. Oh, my. Simplicity, be humble. See? Go right down, when God promises something big (See?), it is big in His sight.
265  Now, if you want to always keep this in mind… I want you to… You keep this in mind and when this happens, then you can change it. You reach down and pick up one of these little spring flowers that's coming this year, or get a common blade of grass and hold it in your hand, and say, "I'm going to hold this now and see that something so simple has made this, and I want to see the brain that can send a rocket to the moon, make this blade of grass." You'll always have it. You can rest assure on that; you'll always have it. (See?) The blade of grass has life in it. See? It's so simple and humble… You see, if a man is a big man, all right; but if he's big enough that he can become simple (See?), he will find God. But if he don't become simple, he will never see Him. So you got to become simple. Now, verse…
267  23. In Revelations verse 5 to 9, who are these found sing—singing when the Lamb takes the Book out of the—out of the… takes the book… Are—Oh, are these the raptured saints? No, Revelations 6… 5 and 9, rather, no. If you notice, these are not the saints. He has never claimed His property yet. See? This is not the saints. If you notice, they're the elders and the beast, and they sing.
268  Let's read it so that person… And then I'm going to try… I've got about half a dozen more here, and I think I can get them in few minutes. Let's see. Revelations 5:9. Now, let's read just a little bit before, so… The person now is honest about this and they want to know. Watch. And when he had taken the—taken the book, the four beasts and the four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps,… golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sang a new song… (See, see?)…, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open it. See? Thou has redeemed us and made us priests and kings; that's the heavenly group, not yet the redeemed. All right. Now.
269  Brother Branham, if all the… (Now, just a moment. I guess what… Pardon me.) Brother Branham, if—if all the godly (Yeah.)—godly be taken up in the rapture, where will Elijah and the—and Moses come from?
270  There's something wrong. There's something wrong. Now, that's just all there is to it. There's—there's something's happened. See? There's something that went wrong somewhere. Everybody feeling all right? There's no—there's no sickness or nothing? [A man in the congregation requests that Brother Branham read Revelation 5:9 again—Ed.] Let's see, Revelations, where was it, brother? 5… The… Oh, the question. Oh, the question I was answering. Now, let's see. "Thou…" [Continuation of Question 23—Ed.] And when he had… the book, the four beasts and the four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seal thereof: for thou has—wast slain,… (And here it is. Here it is. I was wrong on that. See?)… thou has redeemed us to God by the blood of every kindred,…
271  That's right. Now, what do you think about that? Oh, if the Presence of the Holy Ghost isn't here, what is? He wouldn't let… See, I only read the first part of that verse. See, it's just—it's just a—or something wrote here, and I was trying to get through, looking at that clock. But you see Him stop me on that? Glory. I never read the other part of that. See, I got here: "and…" Look here. "And they—and they sang a new song," and I stopped. See? But look here, "the song they sang, saying, You have redeemed us out of every kindred, tongue, and nation." Sure, that's them. My, oh, my, oh, my. See it? And by the way, there's another question down here too.
272  24. Could you (c-o-n-t-r-o—) control those given—Oh, control was given white robes of Revelations 6:11 with those who washed their robes in the Blood of the Lamb? Now, let's see. Revelations 6… I just can't hurry on this, folks, like…?… this (See?), because it's going… I'm going to answer something wrong. Now, He didn't like—He didn't want me to do that. That's the truth. So help me, the Holy Spirit of God knows that's the truth. See? I just… There's something just… I—I just—I was looking at—I was looking at that clock, 11:30, and I thought, "If I don't hurry up now, I won't get to pray for the sick," and I'm—I'm trying to get that because I, in my mind is so… you… I can't… You remember, you'll just have to understand now; I—I'm a human (See?), and I—I've been in there for seven days, and my—and I got something yet this afternoon I've got to find from God. But He was so determined that I wouldn't make that error that He called me back to read the rest of that verse.
274  I just… It just felt like something just rolled over me there and said, "Go back; go back." And I thought, "Go back, what? Stop right now and start praying for the sick? What—what is it? What have I done?" And just as I started to reach for that, somebody said, "Read the verse over again." I read it over, and there at the bottom of this question, there it was (See?) Revelations 6. See, I read the first; it does sound like it at the first (See?), "And they sang a new song…" But down here, see what it was? the next, coming on down, "has redeemed us." Sure it was the Bride, the raptured saints. Could you… And here… Certainly, the—the Lamb had the Book in His hand. He'd done left the Throne of mediatorial grace. See?
276  You see how the Holy Spirit watches that? 'Cause exactly, that's the same thing I said the other night, when He had talked to me in the room, and I come down here and preached to you all: that when the Lamb left the place (Oh, my. Now, I believe we'll just take a text. See?)—the Lamb had left His seat and come forth (See?), as I got up there when He was present, that Light, which is Christ… When He was present, told… When the Lamb leaves that seat of the throne, to—being a Mediator, He becomes down here, and the day of redemption for the church is finished.
277  The next redemption is opened is for the Jews, the hundred and forty-four thousand. Is that right? Cause He promised He'd cut the tree off, you know. Now, here… Now, here He comes out, the Lamb, and then the day of redemption is finished, and all that's going to be redeemed is already been redeemed and put on the Book, and He's out here opening the Book. That's right. Oh, thank You, Lord. Forgive Thy nervous servant for trying to run over something. Now. Could you tolerate those given white robes of Revelation 6:11? Now, let's see (6 and 11). All right. Where we at on this now? White robes… Yeah, that's the—the crucified under the altar—the—the Jews between that time. They were given white robes.
281  … with those who washed their robes in the Blood of the Lamb of Revelation 7:14? No. Now, that is different, sure enough. Because see here, we find out here that these were given white robes over here in this time. They were given white robes themselves by grace, and these here had washed their robes in the Blood of the Lamb. And over in Revelations over here, this is that great multitude that come up before God of all kindred, tongues, and nations, and these are directed exactly to the martyrs of the Jews, you see. Now, now, that is correct. Now.
282  25. Brother Branham, if all of the godly was taken up in the rapture, where will the Elijah and Moses come from? Will they be Jews, or will our Elijah, given to us, be—be with them? No. The a—the a Gentile that'll be anointed with this spirit to call out the Gentiles will be taken away, 'cause, you see, the whole church, all has been taken up; and these two prophets of—of the 11th chapter is brought down; and the day of grace is ended with the Gentile and been sent to the Jews. No, it won't be the same men. I don't… I'm—I'm pretty sure of that. Now remember, these are just the best of my knowledge. Let's see what this—this says here.
283  26. Question. Does the wheat and wine… (W-h-e-a-t… No, I guess it—it meant, "What does." It doesn't have a what there.) It just says: Does the what and wine… or wheat and wine… what does the of Revelation 6:6… Let's see what it is when I get down here now, this here. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts saying, A measure of wheat for a penny, and a… measures of barley for a penny;… see that thou hurt not the wine and… oil. I guess that's meaning the wheat and the wine, that was one to the other. … was a symbol, the wine taken at the communion table of Rev—of First Corinthians 11:24, does the wine—the wine… No, one of them is a spiritual symbol (See?), and the other one is actually the—the revelation of the Word.
285  27. Could it be that the reason many are sick, because we did not discern the Lord's Body? (Correct.) but now revealed by the opening of the Sixth Seal… (Let's see now. Let me see if I can get that now. It's—it's not you, it's me. You didn't… You wrote it all right; it's just me.) Could it be that the reason many are sick, because we do not discern the Lord's Body? (That's—It's got a question mark at the end of that.) Well, the Scripture says that many are sick and weakly among you because of the discerning of the Lord's Body. That's exactly right, because (See?), the Lord's Body is the Bride, and many of them go off and they don't go with it. That's true. See, and they don't know how to behave themselves, lives any kind of a life and take communion and things, that's not right. See? When people take communion that lie and steal and drink, and… That's—that's—that's terrible. You shouldn't do that. See?
287  … but now reveal by the opening of the Sixth Seal? The opening of the Sixth Seal. Let's see now. No. Now, you find out the Sixth Seal opening here was to the Jews. See? The—the Church is done gone. This is the tribulation period. So it wouldn't be the same, no. No, it isn't. One of them is a spiritual wine; that's the revelation of the Word, then the—the believer becomes stimulated by the revelation of the Word, and the other one is a symbol of the Blood of Jesus that's taken at the Lord's table. Now, that's the best of my understanding of it.
288  28. Will any that are not predestinated accept the Lord. If they do, will they fall away? Not if they're predestinated, no. See, they couldn't.
289  29. Where is the Scripture that shows that the—that Catholicism will deceive the Jews and get their wealth? Now, just where does it say that—that—that the beast will deceive for the wealth; it doesn't say that. But we're presuming that that was… (Now, the other night, you remember… you look to the tape real close.) I never said that's what they would do, I said… See, the Catholics is the richest group in the world, nobody like them. And what they don't have, the Jews has the rest. That's where the economics of this country now… We're right now living on tax money, according to "Lifeline," that will—off of taxes, that comes right from Washington, DC, that'll be paid in forty years from today. That's what we're spending now. That's how far back we are—giving notes. See? On taxes that will be paid in forty years from now… The nation is broke. She's done.