The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 54


291  Now, Castro, the only sensible thing that he ever done, was when he counterfeited the currency and paid off the notes, the bonds and burnt them and—and changed the currency. That's the only thing he could do. And there's only one thing left for this United States to do. Now, remember, this is William Branham (See?), speaking. This is my idea. It's only presuming. Just looking at it in the natural standpoint, which may be a million miles off, I do believe that right there in that money… The love of money is the root of all evil. And I believe that right along in there will start the ball a-rolling. Now, the Catholic church back there from charging for mass and so forth, holds the wealth of the world. You remember, the Bible said she was rich, and how she was. And remember, not only just on one nation, she's rich on every nation there is under heaven. She reaches out. She has the money. Now, what they don't have, Wall Street has which is controlled by the Jews.
293  Now, and you remember he got the money. When Jacob returned, last night we find out, and become Israel, he really had the money, but his money wouldn't buy him nothing (See?) to Esau. Esau had it too, see both anti and—and the one… See, just as perfectly. Now, watch here. I said they might want to consolidate together on the money, and the—and the Roman power take the Jewish power in—of money, breaking the covenant. That might not be so. See, I know they'll break it, but I—I don't know what reason, 'cause it's not revealed to me about what they'll do. But look. Now, if today… Now, what if today, the only thing that we can do would be to do… If we're drawing taxes, if that statement is right, off of the currency off of the tax money of forty years from now… You see, our gold is… We've done spent it. We're broke. We don't have any money; and we're only living off of a past reputation.
296  That's what the church is doing today: the church, not the Bride. The church is living off of a past reputation it got back yonder under the ministry of the Lion time. "We are the church, we are the mother church; we started…" That's right. See? It's living off a reputation. Methodist is living off of their reputation. Baptist is living off of their reputation, and Pentecost is living off of theirs, "Glory to God. A long time ago when the saints used to dance in the Spirit, and how they'd, the Lord done this and that." That—that's something past. We've all got big now, brother. Oh, my (See?), all past reputations…
298  This nation is living—living off of a past reputation of what the forefathers was (See?), and that's the reason we think we'll be saved. God never respected Israel on what they was, what they had been; what they was then. Notice, but now, here's what I think, what I, I think will take place: (Now, it may not be so.) I believe the time will come when we're forced to make the issue. And when it will be, that instead of us changing the currency… What would that do to the Philip Morris? What would that do to the—the whiskey companies? What would that do to the steel industry? What would that do to all the commerce? What would that… It would break them. They'd be broke. But if we can borrow that money… See how smart he is? Then the nation sells out to the church and then church and state is united again, and there she comes. See? That's it. Notice. All right. Now, in—in this…
301  30. If one is in an association organization by our government and can speak the dictates of his own heart, or in the last days truth, will he be termed as one of the harlots? Hm. If one in the association organization is… Well, see the association organization… The—the organization is given rights by the government to speak. See? That don't have anything to do with his heart. See? Now, if he is a real believer and born of the Spirit of God, sometime or other he's going to be checked. See? It can't be so plain and then him not see it.
302  Now, I want you to… See, you want to remember this, friends, that God… God never does, or has at any time, as I can remember (See?), but what… Look, Jesus was the—was the keynote of all of it, because He was God, Emmanuel made flesh. Now, look at this—this Fellow, Jesus. When… Did you know when He came on earth, there wasn't, I guess, one tenth of the world knowed He was here? Do you know when that forerunner come, when all the mountains and things would take place, there wasn't one hundredth of the population of Israel, I guess, ever knowed it? Isn't that strange? Why, there were Jews and things and people all over the world.
304  Now, remember Jesus came to be a witness as a Saviour of the world. Is that right? Why, there was just people after people after people after races after people that never even knowed nothing about it, went right on just like the world knowed nothing about it, but all the time, that was going on in the world. See? Why didn't He let them know? He came and the ones that was predestinated to Eternal Life was the ones that received Him. It'd been no good to say anything to the rest of them, because He could not have redeemed them, because they wasn't even redeemable. Why was it when those priests stood there… when He had to come to that spot because the predestinated was plotted out in there, all around; so He had to preach to them as a group. And the great scholars that should've known Him, said, "This man is Beelzebub. We'll not have this man rule over us," and so forth. See? "We'll not do it." But a little old prostitute, with a Life in her, predestinated to Eternal Life and her name is immortally in the Word of God here, walked up there, and the first time the Light struck that little seed, quickly she knowed it.
307  Look at that old fisherman, come by there; here He stood there doing signs and wonders and—and telling different people the secrets of their heart and revealing Himself. And my, there was Pharisees standing there, and said, "This man is Beelzebub." They had to answer to their congregation. All of them standing around, "Dr. Jones, will you go down and listen to this man? He—He seems like He knows what He's talking about. He don't talk like ordinary man." "I will hear Him." Walked down there to see who… God—God could never get to him. And there he stood down there, he said… they said, "Now, looky there. Looky there. There comes a man… Now, there's one of His disciples. There comes a man up… Now, now, that guy's name… That's Andrew. You remember? Oh, you remember the old—the old fishermens down here, that's them. Yeah, there's—there's Simon, his brother (See?), and that's—that's old Jonas' kids. Now, there they… Look, he's—he's bringing somebody up to Him. Who is it? Yeah. See what He will do now. He's—he's the next up there." And he walks up and He says to him, "Your name is Simon, and you are the son of Jonas."
310  "This man is Beelzebub. See, he's got some kind of a spirit on him. He's a odd fellow (See?), spirit on… Don't you all listen to nothing like that. See? Keep away from there. I wouldn't attend any more of these meetings at all. See? Just as soon as this thing is over we'll get out of here. We'll never get—wait around here again." See? Why? Now, that's what he thought, and yet was supposed to be the one. Look, the very ones that He come to was the ones who crucified Him. See? But there was a little prostitute that everybody'd kicked out. I'm not endorsing prostitution (no, indeedy.), but I'm just showing you the predestinated seed.
312  Look at this guy, here, this old fisherman—could not even… The Bible said he was unlearned. Is that right? Not only that, but he was ignorant. Now, is that right or wrong? Oh, if we could just get ignorant to a lot of these things that we think we know. See? All right. See, he was both ignorant and unlearned. And then he walked up there in the Presence of the Lord Jesus, and He told him who he was, right then that settled it. Now, what's this other fellow's argument against that: "Well look, he believed it. Look who it is. Know who that is. That man never… Why, he—why, he's a fisherman. Why he don't know his abc's. I bought fish from him, he couldn't even sign me a receipt. That… See, that's the kind of stuff… That's the kind of people that listens to something like that." (Thank the Lord. Amen. See?) "Why, why, he don't… Look at his daddy. He was ignorant, and he didn't even send him to school"; but that's the one He sent to school, taught the way He wanted it done.
314  Now, I'm not supporting not going to school now (I hope you understand) but there's just a type (See?), what you get in that. That's the kind… The reason it goes over the top of them… And you know what? Not one… I'd say not one-third of all the Jews in the land ever knowed anything about Him coming, and—and then one—one-fifth of the one-third listened to Him, and then one-hundredth of the one-fifth received it. You know how many He had. He had twelve standing at the cross, out of the whole bunch. Where's the rest of them? See? The seventy went away.
316  Now, while He was healing the sick, and just going down not saying nothing about His doctrine… He just went ahead healing the sick and everything… Oh, my. That's God's Spirit on Him, do you believe that? When He was healing the sick, wonderful, "That's a great Rabbi. Say, hey, brethren, you ought to have Him in your church. Boy, you talk about power, that guy can really heal the sick. You ought to… He's got a gift of healing." Well, of course, they're going to have some impersonations then (here they come along) 'cause each group's got to have his own man. Here He come. And then the first thing you know, one day He set down. "Oh, sure, Rabbi, we'll go with you."
318  "All right, set down. Let's go." All right, He sent out the seventy and so forth. Then one day after a great miracle was done He set down and begin to tell them the Word. See? At the beginning of the sounding of the… All right. He begin to tell them the Word, the Truth… They said, "Ahhh, now wait a minute; I don't know about this. It's contrary to their doctrines." Said, "Well, I know we left the synagogue and everything like that, but maybe we—we was wrong, brethren. We'd better go back, 'cause that man talks in riddles. He's kind of an odd fellow. I can't understand that." See? What was it? The seed wasn't predestinated from the start. Then the first thing you know, He had a little ministerial group and talked to the ministers. They said, "Aw, hm, we'd better go back too—and go back and get in the organization and take up our papers again (You see?), 'cause this guy… Why, who can understand a man like that. He says this here and says this over here." Ah, them others didn't understand it like that.
320  He was showing riddles to some of them but not to the others; so they walked away. Then He turned around and looked at the twelve standing there, and said, "You want to go too?" Now, watch. Peter said, "You know what? I attended that old place yonder all that time. Where in the world would I go to? Where would I go? Where—where could I go? After I done here a work… I can't go back to that garbage can again where all kind of slop of the world's laying in it. See? I—I… Where would I go to? I—I just can't do it." He said, "Then all right, come on, go along." Now, there you are. See, what was that then? Twelve out of about two and one half million. And the Saviour of the world out of billions… Get humble (See?), just stay humble. Watch. Now, with all them Pharisees, and that little prostitute come up there; she said, "Say, you must be a prophet. Now, we know that Messiah's coming; and when He comes He will do that." He said, "I'm He." She said, "That's it," and away she went. You try to stop her once; you couldn't do it.
324  31. Brother Branham, greetings in the Name of the Lord Jesus. Please explain who the man in Matthew 22:11, the man that didn't have on a wedding garment—wedding garment on… I know this man could—couldn't get into heaven without the wedding garment on. This was a guest, I know, not the Bride. Yes, that's right. He would be a guest. Yeah, he just slipped in. See? Now, look. Now, I… It'd just take a whole sermon on that, and I got ten minutes to pray for the sick and finish this up, and I've got one half of them done. Notice. But I'm—I'm going to hurry, right sure enough after this one. See?
325  Here's what happened. If you know the oriental custom (See?), when a bridegroom gives out invitations for his wedding, he just gives out so many invitations. And for every invitation he sent, he had a porter standing at the door to put a robe on him, whether he was poor or whatever he was, he had… If he was rich or poor, whatever it was, he, all had to wear this wedding garment. When they stood at the door, they put this on him; it covered up what his outside had been. He's invited—whether he was a millionaire, or whether he was a pauper, whether he was a farmer, ditch digger, or whatever he is, or—or plutocrat, he's—he's here with the robe on, now, because the robe's put on him at the door when he enters in at the door.
327  Now, take Saint John 10, I believe it is, He said, "I am the door. (See?) I am the door that enter—that you enter in by." Now there he stands at the door, and here's the man that put the robe on him, the Holy Spirit, to give him the robe of righteousness when he comes in. Now, this man had come by some organization, back at the window over here (some slip-in hole), and he got in at the table and set down. And then when the Bridegroom comes up and looks around, he's a… he… These had been odd ducks before, now he's the odd duck. See? "What are you doing here like that without the baptism of the Holy Ghost and all these things? How did you ever get in here?" Well, he come in somewhere besides the door, and he come without the proper invitation. See? He come by some educational system (See?), or something like that. He got in, and He said to them, "Bind him, hand and feet, cast him out of here into outer darkness where there'll be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth." See? He went into the tribulation period. See? He did not come in by the door. So, all right.
330  32. Question: Will the Elijah of Malachi 4 be the same as Elijah mentioned in Revelations 11:3, and is the other witnesses—is the other two witnesses separate, or individuals separate? Yes. The Elijah of Malachi 4 will not be the Elijah of Malachi 3. We went through that last night. "And is the other witness separate?" Two of them, yes, sir, Moses and Elijah to our revelations. (Now, I don't want to hold you here too long.)
331  33. First Kings 19, Brother Branham, I believe that the number who did not bow the knee was seven… Yeah, that's right. Seven hundred instead of… Thank you. That's correctly. It was seven hundred instead of seven thousand… Brother… Seven thousand instead of seven hundred. Now, see that?
332  You know, really, when a person comes like this to—to preach… I want to ask you something now so that you'll understand. When the Elijah came from the wilderness he had one message. He stomped right out of that wilderness, and come right down, and told that king, "The dew will not even fall from heaven till I call for it." That's the words he had and stomped right back out and said nothing to nobody. See? When he had another message, he come right down and said this message, and turned right back around, went back out into the wilderness. See? Now, if you'll watch, when I laid the cornerstone under that Tabernacle, He said, "Do the work of an evangelist"; and now the hour's coming when that work is separated. There's something else taking place. Then I'm…?… See, I get here and try to do evangelist and something else; and see where you're at? See, you're… Oh, I'm expecting the church to be spiritual enough to understand.
335  34. Brother Branham, I understand that Elias must be three times. You tell us that he has been twice already, and will come again. Now, will the person that the spirit of Elias will be upon, also be of the two witnesses of Moses and Elijah? No, no. He will be a Gentile (See?), to the Gentile church. God sends always to His own people. See? He came to His Own, and His Own received Him not. He always sends His… The message of the hour… When God was dealing with the Jews, there wasn't any Gentile prophets come. When God's dealing with the Gentiles, there's no Jewish prophets. When God turns back to the Jews, there'll be no Gentile prophets. See? See what I mean? All right.
337  After the rapture has taken place… Now, there will be a carry over time, of course, one message carrying to the other one. It—it—it has to come right in like this (You see?), as I explained that (See?), like Paul to the Gentiles and so forth. All right. 35. After the rapture has been taken place, will any of the church be saved in the end who was not taken in the rapture? No. Huh-uh, 'cause the Blood's done left. You see, there'll be no intercessions; the Gentile age is finished. There'll be no one saved after the rapture, none of the church. Huh-uh. The church… "Let him that's filthy be filthy still, him that's holy be holy still." See? That won't take place, not after the Church is gone.
338  36. Brother Branham, I noticed you—your referring to Daniel's seventy weeks on the First Seal message. I understand on Daniel—on the tape of Daniel when the Gospel returns to the Jews, the seventy weeks will begin. Is there a one seventy—one week, seven years, left for the Jews, or yet is there only one-half week, one three and one-half years left for them? Only one-half week: Jesus prophesied the first half week, as was predicted, only one-half week left for them.
339  Brother Branham, since you didn't pray for the sick during the week, will you… That's just a request for that…
339a  Brother Branham, will you see me after the service… That's a request (See?), there…
340  37. Would you please explain about Satan being bound a thousand years, and being loosed for the battle of—battle of Revelations 20 and 8. What relationship does this have with the battle of Armageddon as mentioned in the Fourth Seal? Will Gog and Magog be gathered from the people of the new earth? Well, this is a long one, and I—I'll just have to hit the spot of it. See? Now, the first thing. Will… Now, maybe I can't explain it. I'll do my best.
341  Would you please explain how Satan is bound a thousand years, being loosed again for the battle of Revelations 20 and 8. That is not the battle of Armageddon. The battle of Armageddon takes place on this side (See? All right) at the—when the tribulation period is ended. Now, what relation does this have with the battle of Gog and Magog? None. One is this thousand years, and the other one is the end of the—the end of the thousand years. … as mentioned in the Fourth Seal, will Gog and—will Gog and Magog be gathered from peoples on the new earth? Satan was loosed out of his prison and went to gather all the people, the wicked, to bring them to this place, and God rained fire and brimstone out of heaven, and they were consumed (See?), two battles altogether.
344  38. Question: Concerning the sixty-eight million slain by the Roman Catholic church, what time in history did this take place, and over how long a period of time did this take place? Take Schmucker's "Glorious Reformation," I guess some of these scholars have that; and it's the history of the church. And I forget now just what page it's on, but it taken place from the time of the—the—the thing was produced or given to the church by Saint Augustine of Hippo, Africa. That was A.D. 354, and it lasted until 1850, the massacre of Ireland. You see? So that time is—were from A.D. 33—or A.D. 30—354, let me get that right now. See? From A.D. 3-5-4 to—to A.D. 1-8-5-0, 1850, according to the history there were sixty-eight million Protestants put to death recorded on the Roman martyrology for disagreeing with the pope of Rome. That's history. If you want to say it's wrong, well then, maybe George Washington wasn't here or Lincoln (You know none of us lived back to see it.); but I believe they was here anyhow. I see signs that they were here.