The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 55


345  39. Brother Branham, the 19th chapter of—and the 18th verse: "Yet have I kept me seven thousand of Israel—seven thousand in Israel all hadn't bowed their—bowed to Baalim, and every mouth—or—or beared the…?… every which has not kissed him—mouth who's not kissed him." Please explain this for me about the—about the seven hundred. It was seven thousand. See? And that's kissing Baali. Don't you know… How many here was formerly Catholic? Sure, see? You kiss images. See? And remember, in the time of Babylon and Nebuchadnezzar when the Gentile kingdom was issued in (See?), when the Gentile kingdom issued in, it come in by the worship of a man.
346  Nebuchadnezzar made a statue of a man. And if you've got a spiritual mind… (Now, listen to this revelation). That spirit, that man that he made a revelation of—or he made an image of by his revelation was Daniel—a religious man being worshipped (See it?), because he named him Belzar, wasn't? Or Belteshazzar, which was the name of his god. And he made a image of that god, which was the image of Daniel, and Daniel refused to bow to his own image. See, see? And here it is again. See? Now watch. The Gentile kingdom was issued in in the days of Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar, a Gentile king, putting church and state together by taking a holy im—a image of a holy man and forcing worship to it. The Gentile kingdom ends in the feet with a handwriting on the wall by a political power that's united church and state together to force kissing images again (You see?), same thing: image of a holy man. Sure.
347  40. Brother Branham, when this rapture takes place… When the rapture takes place, will the young children that do not know right from wrong go in the rapture? If their names are on the Book. Yes. That's right. See? All right.
348  41. Brother Branham, you said last night that the—there were seven hundred people to be saved—would be saved under Elijah's preaching. You meant seven thou… Yeah, that's right. Please forgive me for that. That's all right (See?); I did it.
349  42. Brother Branham, will you interpret of… After you open… Brother Branham, will the (d-e-s-p-e-…) dispensation (it is, pardon me)—will the dispen—(Now, it's not you; it's me. See?)—will the dispensation of grace be over after you open the Seven Seals? I hope not. No, no, friends, don't get that in your mind now. See? You just go right on. Dig the potatoes, and go to church, and right on. If it takes place in the morning, you be found doing just exactly what you're supposed to be doing. Don't—don't start… See, when you do, you twist the very thing away from the—the purpose that it's intended for. You get little peculiar thoughts, and you get own ideas about things. Don't take your own idea. Just when you set and listen to things like that, say, "Thank You, Lord. I'm just going to walk a little closer to You." See, see? I'm going to walk… Don't quit work and say, "I'll sell out everything."
351  A man running up here the other day from North Carolina, just before we left, he said, "Glory to God. Can you tell me where some great somebody was?" And I said, "No." "Oh, yes, sir," said, "this guy's got the…" Said, "This guy is the president of the Auto Mission." I said, "The what?" He said, "Auto Mission." I said, "I don't understand." And he said, "Oh," said, "this guy's the president." I said, "What'd you say his name was?" He said, "Branham, I believe, something like that, Brown or Branham." I said, "Well, my name is Branham." He said, "Are you the president of the Auto Mission?" I said, "No, sir." He said, "Well, where's the Millennium at?" I said, "I don't know." He said, "Why, you're a… You—you mean it—it—it—it—it's going on right here and you don't know it?" And I said, "No, sir, I don't." And he said, "Well, glory to God," said, "I got some—some friends that come, told me," and said, "I quit work;" still had his work clothes on. Said, "Brother, I want the Millennium." And I said, "Well, I—I believe you're just a little bit confused, aren't you, brother? About that time a car drove up, a taxi cab. She said, "Hold it, hold it, hold it." A little woman come up there, she said, "Now, you're going to pray for my husband." I said, "Yes, ma'am, what—what about it?" She said, "Well, I understand you have to wait a month on an interview (See?), to get prayed for." And I said, "What?" And she said, "Yes, sir," said, "but I'm desperate. You got to pray for my husband." I said, "Sure, where is he at? Bring him on." This guy standing, looking on, said, "Do you pray for the sick too?" I said, "Yes, sir." Said, "What did… You say your name was, Branham?" I said,… "And you don't know nothing about the Millennium?" I said, "Well, I—I… No, I don't." I said, "I—I don't understand it just right in the Bible." He said, "No, it's right now. People's come from everywhere." I said, "Where's it at?" He said, "Jeffersonville, Indiana, right under the bridge." I said, "Sir, you've got me bested." And I said, "I don't know nothing about it." I said, "Let's go in and set down. Maybe we can talk this thing over." We did. See? Don't—don't… You see, friends, don't you never desire a ministry. (You know what I mean. See?) You be happy you're just where you are. You—you just go right on.
366  43. After the rapture of the Bride, when does the church that had to go through the tribulation period stand judgment? (It don't stand judgment.) Is it before or after the Millennium? (For the church… Oh, I beg your pardon; pardon me ever who wrote this.) When does the church that… After the rapture of the Bride, when does the church that had to go through the tribulation period stand at the judgment? Is it after or before? After. The rest of the dead live not for a thousand years that didn't go with the Bride. Let's see.
367  44. You have said many times that communism was raised up by God to serve His purpose, as King Nebuchadnezzar. Now where did the—communism fit into the picture that will—it finally—will finally do? How does it wind up? Many scholars believe that in the kingdom of the north, Gog and Magog mentioned in the Scriptures, goes down against Israel in the—in the… (I can't make out just what that is. Yeah. Yeah.) I believe of the—some of the tapes taken, said you said it would finally drop—that—that communism would finally destroy Catholicism or the Vatican by an explosion. Is this right? Yes. Revelations 16, you find it, and Revelations 18:8 and 12. If the person is here and wants to take this piece of paper on that, you can look it right up. Yeah. See? "Alas, alas, that great city… for in one hour she has come to her end." You see? The merchants and everything here that brought her merchandise… It will be. That's right. And don't… Just quit… Just forget about communism. See? It's nothing in the world but a bunch of—of people that's nothing but barbarians that's—that's ungodly. It's a system… Let me show you something—just to show you how simple it is. Why, there's only one percent of all Russia that's communism. They need a messenger. See? One percent… Then ninety-nine percent of them are still on the Christian side. One percent, now, how can one percent control ninety-nine percent? That ought to explain it to you right there. If God didn't permit it, why—why, they'd be thrown out long ago. See, sure.
369  45. Brother Branham, you said that Rome would take the government of the Jews at the last three and a half years. That is going… The—the first three and one-half years of the tribulation or will it be the last three and a half years? Is this correct? It will be the last three and one-half years (That's right.), not the first, 'cause it's already passed. (Got one more after this one.)
370  46. My dear brother, will the Malachi 4:5 Elijah go to the wilderness as First Kings 17 tells us the other Elijah did? Well, I wouldn't exactly say that he would—that he would go to the wilderness, but he'd be this (You see?): He was Elisha and Elijah… Did you notice, most of men like that are men who are away; they—they keep away from the people. They're very odd. They don't associate too much with people. You notice how Elisha was, and Elijah, and John the Baptist, and that nature of that spirit. See? And they don't… He—he… I believe the man be a lover of the wilderness and maybe stay in the wilderness, but now just to say he's going to be a hermit and live in the wilderness, I don't know about that. Sometimes they did. Elisha didn't, but Elijah did. And then, John, he—he lived in the wilderness.
372  And hard tell, these other prophets, when they come out of Judaea there, I don't know where they'll stay. They may camp out on the hill somewhere, or… But what they'll do in the days of their prophecy, I—I don't know what they will do, but you… What I'm trying to say is this: Were—they—they will they a—will they be a—um—a… They're trying to ask: "Will they just be wilderness dwellers?" Why, they'd have to go to northern British Columbia to get enough wilderness to dwell in now, somewhere. You see? So it'll be someone… The wilderness is all cut down (See?); there's not much wilderness left. See? So the only thing, they—they might be a lover of the wilderness (See?) and stay, maybe, a lot in the wilderness, and they'll be—have… You can notice the nature of them is that uncompromising (See?), and you—you'll know it when it comes. (See?) You'll see it, if you're—if you're wide awake.
374  Now, here's one, I don't know how to touch it. And I got another one just before this one, and then I'm going to ask them to snap the tape just a minute. 47. If God is one personality, why, or how could He talk to Himself on Mount Transfiguration? Well, I've just explained that. You see, see? I'd like to ask you this. I'm going to… When Jesus prayed to the Father. You see? I believe you have the baptism of the Holy Ghost, don't you, brother? Why don't you stand up just a minute? You claim to have the baptism of the Holy Ghost? [The brother says, "Yes, sir."—Ed.] I do too. Then what is that? Then I don't claim that I'm have the—I have the powers within myself to unfold these mysteries. I don't have the power to heal the sick. It's God. I believe you're a minister. If I'm not mistaken, you're from Arkansas. All right. Now, and in you you have—is—is to preach the Gospel. Ordinarily you was raised on a farm and around like that. You just don't know nothing about it. But something come into you to preach the Gospel. You don't claim that to be yourself at all. That's another person, called the Holy Ghost. Is that right? Okay.
377  Now, I want to ask you. Do… That Holy Ghost dwells within you, is that right? Do you talk to Him? Speak to Him? Pray to Him? All right, that's all I want… Thank you very much. See? Now, do you get it? I'll ask you one: How did it come that when Jesus in Saint John 3, He said, "When the Son of man shall be, which now is in Heaven (See?)—now is in Heaven, shall come to earth." See? "The Son of man which now is in heaven," and here He stood right here talking to the person. Now, you answer me that one. Jesus and the Father was the selfsame Person, just the same as the Holy Spirit in me. You're looking to me preaching, but it's not me. It's not me can speak a word that could bring, as you know, an animal; set there and looked at it, and kill the animal and eat it. That's creative power. That doesn't lay in a human being.
380  It's not me could take a little boy here laying—the doctors laying him on his back, with heart trouble tonight, and say, "Thus saith William Branham…" No. "THUS SAITH THE LORD, it's finished." And bring him down to the doctor the next day and it's all gone. A kid with leukemia, till its eyes were bulged out, and yellow all over, and its stomach… until they taken it to the hospital to give it blood and things to even get it here; and in five minutes time, cry for a hamburger, and take it back to the doctor the next day and can't even find a trace of it. That's Thus Saith William Branham? That's THUS SAITH THE LORD. Yet He is an individual different from me, but the only way He's expressed is through me. See? That's how Jesus and the Father was. Jesus said, "It's not Me that doeth the works, it's My Father that dwelleth in Me." Now, the Son of man shall ascend from heaven, which now is in heaven. See? What was it? He was omnipresent because He was God.
383  Now, this other one, I want to say these words. Explain what you was talking about… [Blank.spot.on.tape—Ed.] [A prophecy was given from the audience—Ed.] Thank You, Father God. We thank You for the Spirit of Your Being here. And we are told, Father, that one time when the—the enemy was coming in and the Spirit fell upon a man, and prophesied to him, and told him. It set the thing in order where they knowed how to go and defeat the enemy, and where to find the enemy.
384  And I thank You, Father, that You remain the same God that You ever was; You're still just the same. We change, and ages change, and times change, and people, but You never change. Your systems are the same; Your grace is the same; Your works are the same; because they are marvelous, and are way past any knowledge of man to ever understand. So we are thankful, Lord, that Your secrets are hid into the hearts of Your servants; and we're so happy for this, Lord, and may we go forth as shining Lights to—from place to place, and trying with love to—to bring others in that we might seine every little corner and cast the net in to be sure that we get every fish that belongs to You. And then, "The Lamb shall take His Bride, to be ever at His side." We're waiting for that time, through Jesus Christ's Name. Amen.
386  How many sick is in here, let's see your hands. Well, it looks to be about… Hold your hands up again. About one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty, forty, forty-one, forty-two, forty-three, forty-four, forty-five, forty-six, forty-seven, about forty-seven. All right, it's eleven-thirty. We can pray for the sick right now, put the night into the—to the… Would you—would you like to do that? I believe right now would be a good time to do it. I'll tell you why. The Holy Spirit, standing right in here, is anointing. Now, as far as we have moved up into that Spirit now (See?), and you see that something, you know that something… Something is present. See? And if you could ever believe, you ought to believe it right now. See? If you're ever going to believe, it's now.
389  Now, we want you just to come real quietly, and let those that are in that aisle there, that raised up their hands, step out into this aisle, and then go down this way, and then we'll take them aisle by aisle in the—just forty-five—forty-five, forty-seven of them. It won't take very much. I'm going to ask Brother Neville if he will come step right down here with me, and we're going to pray for them. First, them that's coming now into the aisle, just stand up just a minute now so we can pray for you here, and lay hands on everybody. Now, that's right. Just everybody that's going to come in the prayer line (See?), them that's going to come in the prayer line. See? Now, now, see, conserving the time so we'd be sure to get it, we're going to pray for you now.
392  Look, friends, now let me explain it to you. Jesus Christ said this: "These signs shall follow them that believe." Now, watch. He never said, "If they prayed for them." "If they lay their hands on the sick, they shall recover." And if God can take a unfailing case of leukemia, and a little girl that can't have faith for herself, and make that thing perfectly whole… If He can take the next case of a little boy and so heal him till the doctors can't even find any rheumatic fever in his blood or anything else, what can He do for you? Now, them little bitty fellows, they don't understand what prayer would be. I just laid hands on them, and it did it. We can understand it.
393  Now, while you stand to pray now. Heavenly Father, with Your great Presence laying here, the great Holy Spirit, the One we have the picture of, the One that we read in the Bible, He's present right here now. He is revealing Himself through human flesh. How we have seen Him without one time failing through the years, to be able to reveal the very thoughts of the human heart, to reveal the sin that they did, tell them exactly what happened and what will be without one time failing… Then we know that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel still remains God in the Person of Jesus Christ. And now, by His Spirit descending from heaven under the Blood that was shed at Calvary, coming down among people to make Himself manifested in human flesh, just before the burning of the world, the great Holy Spirit represented in human flesh, those precious people who has accepted the Blood atonement and the Holy Spirit takes into their being, God, represented in human flesh.
396  Therefore, it would not be the human flesh, only just to perform the act, like in baptism or so forth, with a commission that "These signs shall follow them that believe." By laying hands on the sick, the Holy Spirit would see to it that they got well if they'd believed. Now, Father, we know that these things are true. These people standing, they're going to pass under the hands of ministers who has received this Holy Spirit, and they're ready, Lord, to lay hands upon the sick. And we know, Father, that if these people will only believe, just as every Word that You promised, it's got to happen so does… And it cannot happen without faith, for it is impossible to please God without faith. We just can't do it. And now, with faith believing, with this promise laying before us, with the Seals of the Bible being opened to us that God keeps His Word, may these precious people, who are sick, Lord, and my feeling for them as a human being in a mortal body like theirs, and now, their same Holy Spirit that dwells within us, Lord, dwells in them; and we feel sorry for each other, and knowing that the new covenant in the new Blood… If the old one offered healing, how much more will this new and better do? Father, may it be so that these people won't fail, but will receive their healing as they pass by the hands of Thy servants, through Jesus Christ's Name. Amen.
399  Now, now, we'll… This side will be seated while this side comes through, and then this side will go back and the other side… Now, some of you brethren here that'll stand up… I believe you're ministers along here, all of you along here. Where's Doctor… Brother Ned? Was you going to be in the prayer line, Brother Ned? All right, Brother Ned. All right. As soon as you're prayed for, drop right into the line. Now, let these on this side over here, just be seated just a moment, and I'll take the ones from this side, then—then we'll come down and take the middle aisle and send them back this way, then take this aisle and send them through this way, and we'll pray for everybody. I'm going to ask Brother Teddy… Where is he? All right, I want you to play on there, "The Great Physician Now Is Near." And the pianist, ever where they're at, accompany him if you will.
402  Listen, you remember the time where that was playing and a little boy was brought out on the platform? The little Amish girl playing "The great Physician now is near." She had long, dark hair—or—or blond hair, rather (a Mennonite or Amish girl, one), laying back on her head, and the Holy Spirit struck the little boy just by laying hands (crippled in his feet), and he jumped off of my arms, and run down through the platform. His mother raised up and fell back: a Mennonite, I believe, to begin with; and the Spirit of God struck this little Mennonite girl or Amish, whatever she was (her dad and them setting there with the—their clothes on as Mennonites or whatever it was), and she jumped up from the piano with her hands up in the air, and her pretty hair fell across; she looked like an angel, started singing in the Spirit. And as she did that, the piano continually played, "The great Physician now is near, the sympathizing Jesus."
405  Everybody standing there, thousands, looking down upon them keys moving up and down, "The great Physician now is near, the sympathizing Jesus…" People raised up from wheelchairs, off of cots, stretchers, went walking on. That same Lord Jesus is right here this morning, just the same as it was in that room. Just believe now. Play that song, if you will: "The Great Physician." Now, let everybody pray. Let them walk right through the room, go right down this way, and right to your seat or wherever you want to go, as you make your way… Have you got it clear back there? All right, so you can go right back to your seat, then we'll stand up.
407  Now listen. While these are being prayed for, you pray for them. Then when you're being prayed for, they'll pray for you. Now, you ministers along here, stand up. I want you to lay hands on these as they come by. Now, everybody, heads bowed, and keep your heads bowed, keep praying; and when you pass by, then lay… the hands laid on you, remember, it is a promise of the God that reveals the secrets of His Book, the secrets of the human heart. He's the God that will confirm that, if you'll believe it. See? Now, everybody in prayer. Now, you minister brothers stand if you will. All right, let's bow our heads. Now, Lord Jesus, as these people come, may the power of Almighty God quicken their faith immediately as they pass by, all in Jesus' Name. Now, all right, let the line start this a way. Ask every one, lay hands on them, you ministers, as they pass by.