The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

Chapter 10: The Seventh Seal 63-0324E (Continued)

Day 57


38  Don't try to explain nat—a supernatural; you can't do it. See? Only thing to do is just go right ahead. And I'll try to make myself clear as I can; but from henceforth, I think I'll never try it again. See? You just absolutely believe or not, and now, you'll see a little later why. Now, I've tried to be honest. God knows that. And that question this morning; I was trying to answer it just as honestly as I knew how. I just read the first part of the verse, and it was a—wouldn't have been right, but the Holy Spirit understanding that I… My mind… See, look, the last two or three days what's been happening. See, I—I called seven hundred—seven thousand, seven hundred, this morning; was trying… And it was picked up by the people (See?), and that showed that you was watching.
39  Now, another one where I was trying to say "the dove," and I called it "the lamb"; but I caught that right away. And then here one, I didn't catch on that, the Holy Spirit turned right back around and called me to it. That's a double confirmation that these things are right. God's watching over to see that it's right. That's right. He wants to… He wants you to know that it's the Truth. He's the One that's sending it, 'cause it sure wasn't… It was just as much to me learning as it was—has been to you. And so we are… I'm very grateful for the—the—the knowledge—know now of the Lord, what hour we're living in (See?), living right in the end time before the going away of the Church. Now, just—we've been talking, so let's just ask His blessings on the Word again.
43  Our heavenly Father, here comes that great night, the great hour that when a great thing has happened. It's been all around the people. And, Father, I pray that tonight that'll be made known beyond a shadow of doubt to the people's hearts and mind that they'd know that God is still on the throne, and that He still loves His people, and it's the hour—hour that the world has longed to see, is now approaching, for it cries out for redemption. We can see the elements ready to bring it back. We can see the elements ready to bring the Church into the Presence of Christ. We can see the—the Bride taking on the form, putting the wedding garment on, making ready. We can see the lights a-flickering. We know that we're at the end. Now, heavenly Father, as this goes forward now to preach or to teach on this great mighty event that taken place in glory some two thousand years ago, and was given to the great beloved apostle, John, and tonight we're to speak upon it, let the Holy Spirit come forward now in His mighty power of revelation, that He might reveal to us that thing which He wants us to know, as He has in the last few nights. We commit ourselves to You with the Word, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
46  Now, as you're—want to turn maybe in your Bibles, and this is just a short verse, one verse of Scripture, but it's the—the last verse found—last Seal rather. Now, last night we were speaking on the Sixth Seal. First Seal, being the antichrist introduced, his time went through, and we seen how he went out, how the beast that was introduced on God's power that went forth with the antichrist power to combat it. I don't believe there could be a question in anybody's mind about it. Then we find out immediately after that, when that church age, them beasts, went—got through we find out we changed the whole picture there. No more beasts come out. See? But it was introducing, coming forward over into the tribulation period after the Church had went out. And how perfectly it fit right in with the church ages. I don't see one iota, one thing that didn't fit perfectly, even to the ages and everything, and the time. Think of it. That shows it had to be God do it. See? The human mind could not fathom that.
52  And now, we find out that that… Also we… The Lord let us take the Scripture, the Holy Scripture, what Jesus said would take place. And how would we have ever found that? And here it comes over and reveals and bring it just exactly (His sermon there) answering that, brings out exactly to the point, six of the Seals, but He omitted the Seventh. See? Then when the Seals were open, God (notice here), He omitted revealing even any symbol of the Seventh one. See? It's a perfect secret with God. Notice, now we're going to read in the Bible in the—the Seventh Seal. That's found in Revelations the 8th chapter. And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of a half hour. (And that's all we have on it.)
54  Now, we're going to notice, and try to not hold too long, 'cause many of you will be on the road yet tonight going home. And I thought again of having a healing service this morning, which would let you go in the morning, wouldn't have to wait over. And now, we… And I too; I've got to journey on to—to Tucson, Arizona, where I live, and, my home now. And then I—I want to be back here, the Lord willing, around… The family wants to come back for a few days in June. And now, maybe I'll get to meet you all down here at a meeting in that time.
57  My next appointed service is Albuquerque, New Mexico. I think it's the 9th, 10th, and 11th. I'll be there Thursday and Good Friday. So I was to have the whole thing, and I had other appointments where I couldn't make it till that time, so I'll have Thursday night and Friday night at Albuquerque, New Mexico. And then—and then the—the next known, close, is potentially (We don't know for sure.), that's to be with my good friends, the—the group of the "Midnight Cry" at—up at Southern Pines, North Carolina. And they're on the phone in there now, which they've sent telegram message, and everything in coming this close for another group at Little Rock of the Jesus' Name people that I had the meetings with over at the Cow Palace last summer. They're having their convention at Little Rock, Arkansas. And they've been, since last year, wanting at least one night or wants the whole of it, but they would even be ready for one night.
60  And so I told them, not knowing just what to do, I said they could advertise it potentially, then they'll let it know a little later. Has he just called? Uh-huh. All right. What say? [Brother Branham speaks to someone about the proposed meetings—Ed.] (Hot Springs, is it? I was mistaken. Twenty-fourth of May? 24th to 28th of June.) Now, it's announced potentially. That is, if it is the will of the Lord. See, I'll—here's the reason I like to do those things. You'll learn a little later now. See? When I go to a place, I like to set my feet down there knowing that God said go there. Then if the enemy rises up anywhere, I say, "I'm here in the Name of the Lord Jesus; just move back." See, see? Then you're—you're sure of your ground. See? When He sent you anywhere, He will take care of you. See? But if you go presumingly, then I don't know. He might not be there. So I—I want to be sure as I can be. I've took many ones that He didn't tell me to take, but I—I like to be as sure as possible. The Lord bless you all now.
62  Now, now, we notice, this being just one verse here, we'd like to do something just a little—a little bit before here. If you noticed, we skipped the 7th chapter. The 6th chapter ends up the sixth—the Sixth Seal, but between the Sixth Seal and the Seventh Seal, there's something takes place. See? And how—how lovely that's placed just at its right place—between 6th and 7th chapter. Now, if you notice in the 7th chapter, we notice between the 6th and 7th there's an interval—an interval between the 6th and 7th chapter of the Book of Revelations; and it's between the Sixth and Seventh Seal that this interval is given. Now, we want to notice this: very important that we notice this little time.
63  Now, remember, after the 4th chapter of Revelations, the Church is gone. After the—the four horse riders has went out, Church is gone. See? Everything that happened to the Church happened up to the 4th chapter of the Book of Revelations; everything that happened in the antichrist move, went up to the 4th chapter, and the Fourth Seal of Revelations (both for antichrist and Christ) ended up; and antichrist comes to his doom, and—with his army, and Christ comes with His army. It's an old battle that started way back beyond time. And then they was… Satan and his angels was kicked out. And then they come to the earth, and the battle set in again. Because Eve broke down the barrier from where she was isolated behind the Word of God, and from that very hour, Satan won the battle over God's Word, because one of His subjects, the weaker, let down the bar.
65  And that's exactly how he's won the battle every time has been because one of His subjects let down the bar from the Word. And it was done in this last church age through an organizational system which the real genuine holy church of the living God with a lion rider would not accept the Word and turned the church from the Word to dogma. Now, how many knows that it's dogma that the Roman Catholic church is built on? Do they admit it? Absolutely. Sure, certainly they admit it. There's no… The Catholic church, wouldn't hurt their feelings a bit, because they know that. They just added a new one here not long ago that Mary was resurrected. You remember it here a few years ago, about ten years. How many remembers that? Papers and every… Sure, everything the new dogma. See, it's all dogma, not Word. See?
67  A priest, on an interview recently, he said, "Mr. Branham," he said, "God is in His church." I said, "God is in His Word." He said, "We're not supposed to argue." I said, "I'm not arguing. I'm just making statement." God is in His Word. That's right. "Anybody that'll take anything away from It or add anything to It…" said the Word. He said, "Well, God gave… Christ gave His church power, and told them whatever they bound on earth, be bound in heaven." I said, "That is exactly Truth." He said, "We have on—upon these principles, that we have power to loose sin, and…" I said, "If you'll do it the way that it was give to the church and the way they did it, I'll accept it. If you do, there's water here to be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, not by somebody telling you your sins are remitted." See? That's exactly.
72  Watch Peter with the keys on the day of Pentecost. Remember, he has the keys that they are talking about. And the—the man said, "Men and brethren, what can we do to be saved?" Peter said, "Repent, every one of you; be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ." "What for?" "For the remission of sins. And then you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, for the promise is unto you and to your children, them that's far off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." That's right. So that settles it forever. It's all over. That did it. Now, but you see, antichrist come in, as we've pictured it and showed it. What a revelation, my, my. And to think all these years we've seen it moving up, and here it—it's absolutely directly THUS SAITH THE LORD.
75  Now, and we notice this interval now between the 6th and the 7th chapter. Now, the 7th chapter of Revelation here is a—reveals a happening. It's not in here just for nothing. It's not put in between this for nothing. See? It is here for a purpose, and it's a revelation that reveals something. Notice, how mysterious and how mathematically it fits right into the Scripture (See?), exactly. You believe in God's mathematics? If you don't, you're sure lost in the… You'll sure get lost in the Word. If you start putting a four or six or—or something besides just the mathematical words, running in order, you'll sure have in your scene a cow picking grass in top of a tree somewhere. You'll—you certainly run out, because God does not… His whole Word does run completely in—in—in mathematics. Yes, sir. Perfect, the most perfect… There's no other literature written like It—like It—so perfect in math—mathematics.
77  Now, the—the 8th chapter only reveals the scene of—the scene of the Seventh Seal where nothing else is revealed. Now, nothing is not revealed in the Seventh Seal. Now, has nothing to do with the 7th chapter of—of Revelation. It's the revealing of the Seventh Seal is perfectly mute. And if I only had time (I'll try a few places.) to show you all the way back from Genesis this 7th chapter—this Seventh Seal is—is spoke of. From the very beginning in Genesis, this seventh—these Seals moved right up. Couldn't you remember this morning bringing these things up? And watch tonight bringing them up, and you find out when it gets to that Seventh Seal, she cuts off. Just… Jesus Christ, is speaking Himself, told of the end time and when He got—told all six Seals; when He got to Seventh, He stopped. There it is. See? It's a great thing.
81  Now, now, we're going to speak here now on this 7th chapter just a minute to—to kinda bridge it in between Sixth and Seventh Seal, because that's the only material that we have to go on right now, is the Sixth—between the Sixth and Seventh Seal, is the calling out of Israel. Now, I have many fine Jehovah Witness friends sitting here. It's all… Or have been. Maybe some of them's still Jehovah Witness. But they've always applied (Mr. Russell did.) this hundred and forty-four thousand to being the supernatural Bride of Christ. See? They… It's not. It has nothing to do in the church age at all. They're absolutely Israel. (Now, we're going to read in a few minutes.) Now, this interval between the sixth—the Seals is a calling and sealing of a hundred and forty-four thousand Jews called in the tribulation period after the Church is gone. See? It has nothing to do with the church age at all. Oh, called in perfectly in harmony with the Scripture, Daniel's last three and one half weeks allotted to Daniel's people. See? Not the Gentiles, to Daniel's people, and Daniel was a Jew.
84  Now, notice, Israel—Israel believes only her prophets, and after they are vindicated. And nowhere through the church age, since in the early apostolic church, has the Protestant church ever had a prophet. Tell me who it was, and show it to me: never. They had in the early apostolic age one called Agabus which was a vindicated prophet. But in—when the Gentiles came in into inheritance of God, and Paul turned to the Gentiles after Peter (as we read last night) had received from the Lord that he was taking a—a people from the Gentiles for His Name, His Bride, then there never has been on the pages of history, a Gentile prophet.
86  Now, you just go back through history and find out. Why? Exactly, it'd be contrary to the Word exactly. When the first went forth, it was a lion. That was prophet's Word. The next went forth was the work, sacrifice. The next come forth was the cunningness of—of man. But we are promised in the last day that to return to the church again for the benefit of straightening up all that has been misled—misundone—left undone, for it's predicted here that the seventh angel's message would finish the mysteries of God. And then we've went through it all. We see that it's perfectly in harmony with the Scriptures. That's the reason.
88  Now, could you imagine when this person comes on the scene—when he does, remember, it'll be so humble and things till the churches will miss it a long ways. And could you imagine the churches, still under the tradition of the reformers, would ever receive a prophet from God who would be firmly against their teachings and organizations? Now, there's only one person could fulfill that, only one spirit's ever been on earth that I know; it would either be… It would have to be Elijah in his time. And it was predicted that it would be, which is nothing but the Spirit of Christ. When Christ come, He was the fullness; He was a prophet; He was the—the God of the prophets. See, see?
91  Christ, look how they hated Him. But He come exactly the way the Word said He would come. But being that He was a prophet, they blasphemed themselves away from the Kingdom of God by calling the Spirit of God, which was discerning and so forth, an unclean spirit. Said He was a—He was a fortuneteller or a devil… That is a… Fortuneteller is a devil (See?), devil spirit. Certainly. Did you know that? Absolutely. Fortunetelling is an impersonation of a prophet, which is absolutely blasphemy before God.
93  Now, notice, called in perfect harmony with the Scriptures of Daniel's last three and a half years. Notice, Israel's believer—believers only are told in the Old Testament to believe their prophets after the prophet has been vindicated. "If there be one among you who's spiritual or a prophet, I, the Lord my—thy God, will make Myself known unto him and speak to him in visions, through dreams": interpret dreams. Somebody have a dream, the prophet will be able to interpret it. And if—if he has a vision, he speaks it, "I'll make Myself known to him through visions and dreams—make Myself known. And if what he says comes to pass, then hear that prophet, 'cause I'm with him. If it doesn't, then don't fear him at all." That's right. "Get away; just let him alone." See?
95  Now, that… Now, Israel always is going to believe that. And don't you see, because why? Now, I want you to catch this lesson good tonight now. Why? Because that's an order from God to them. I don't care how many tracts that the Gentiles get over there and spread out. I don't care how much you go through Israel with a Bible under your arm proving this, that, or the other; they'll never receive nothing but a prophet. That's exactly right. For a prophet is the only one who could take the Divine Word and put It in Its place and be a vindicated prophet; they'll believe it. That's right.
97  As I was talking to a Jew up here at Benton Harbor, when that John Rhyn, being blind all of his life nearly, received his sight. They taken me over there to that House of David, and this rabbi come out with his long beard; he said, "By what authority did you give John Rhyn his sight?" I said, "In the Name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God." He said, "Far be it from God having a son." And he said, "You people can't cut God in three pieces and give Him to a Jew, make three gods out of Him. You are a bunch of heathens." I said, "I don't cut Him in three pieces." I said, "Rabbi, would it be a strange thing for you to believe one of your prophets told something wrong?" He said, "Our prophets don't tell nothing wrong." I said, "Who was Isaiah 9:6 speaking of?" He said, "The Messiah." I said, "Then Messiah will be a man-prophet. Is that right?" He said, "Yes, sir, that's right." I said, "Show me where Jesus missed it." He said… I said, "What relation will Messiah-prophet be to God?" He said, "He will be God." I said, "That's right. Now, you got it on the head." So help me, that Jew standing there and the tears rolling off his cheeks, said, "I'll hear you sometime later." I said, "Rabbi, you believe that?" And he said, "Look," he said, "God is able of these stones to rise children unto Abraham." (I knowed he was in the New Testament.) I said, "Right, Rabbi. Now, what about it?" He said, "If I preached that, I'd be down there," (you know where their place sets on the hill there) "down there in the street begging my bread." I said, "I would rather be down there begging my bread…" (The Jew's still got his hands on money, you know. See, see?) "I'd rather…" (and his name in gold on the…) I said, "I'd rather be down there eating salty crackers and drinking branch water, and know that I was in the harmony with God and true than I would be here with my name on that building in gold letters like that, and knowing I was away from God to know that." He wouldn't listen to me no more. So he went in.
106  That's it. You can't cut God in no two or three pieces, called Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and make three gods and hand it to a Jew. His very commandment is: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me. I'm the Lord thy God." What did Jesus say? Jesus say, "Hear ye, O Israel, I'm the Lord your God": One God, not three. You'll never give that to them. No prophet will ever talk about three gods. No. You'll never hear that. No, sir. That's pagan and heathen as where it come from. Yes, sir.
107  Notice, but these prophets will come. Not only that… The—the prophets now is Revelation 11. We've read some of it, and I want you to read it as you study on the tapes and so forth. They are absolutely a-vindicated prophets by the sign of prophets; then Israel is going to hear that. Now, to you my Jehovah Witness friends, understand now, that these hundred and forty-four thousand has nothing to do with the Bride. There's not one bit of Scripture to support that. No, sir, they are not. They are Jews, the elect that's called out during the time of the last three and a half years of Daniel's seventy weeks. Now, that's… I—I keep—keep quoting this over, not so much to you all here, but (See?), people… These tapes go everywhere. You see? You understand that. You hear me quoting back; it's for that purpose.