The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 58

110  Notice, now see how they had to blind… Do you see how they had—Jesus—or God had to blind the Jews to keep them from recognizing Jesus? If they knew, if they only knew that that was—seeing the sign that He did, if they'd been in their right stage like they was back under the law when God commanded them about a prophet, and they'd seen Jesus did that, they'd of said, "This is the Messiah." Why was it?
111  Those in that age who had their names written on the Lamb's Book of Life, His apostles and so forth, they seen it and recognized it. Why didn't the rest of them? See? They were blinded. They couldn't see it; they don't see it yet. And they won't see it until she's born as a nation at one time. That's… The Word can't fail. Remember, the Word can't fail. Don't care how many sensations you have, and what all takes place, yet that Word cannot fail: going to be exactly the way God said it was. See?
114  Now, we realize that these things must happen. And that's the reason they didn't recognize Jesus when He perfectly identified Himself to be the prophet. Even the little—little old Samaritan woman standing out there at the well… He'd never been in Samaria. He just went up and said He had need to go that way. And He went up there, and there was that little woman. And her in her state, she was in better shape to receive the Gospel than those religious priests and things of that day. She done it. Yeah. Now, see, but in the face of all their rejection, yet one of their most noble men admitted that they knew He was a teacher sent from God.
117  I was talking to a—one of the finest doctors there is in the southern states, in his office not long ago, a very fine specialist in Louisville, a real gallant man. And I said to him; I said, "Doctor, I want to ask you a question." He said, "All right." I said, "I noticed your medical sign, the staff, you got a serpent wrapped around a pole. What does that stand for?" He said, "I don't know." And I said, "It stands for this: It was a symbol of Divine healing where Moses lifted up the brass serpent in the wilderness (See?), which was only a symbol, only a symbol of the true Christ." Now, today, medicine is a symbol of Divine healing. And though many of them don't believe it (real good doctors do believe it), but some of them don't believe it, but their very emblem that they hold up testifies to the power of Almighty God whether they want to believe it or not. That's right. There's a brass serpent hanging on a pole on the medical emblem.
121  Now, notice these Jews. Now, the scales of blindness was on these people's eyes. They—they couldn't help it. It was there, and God put it there. And they are on there until the age that they are promised this coming prophets… You can send missionaries; you can do whatever you want to; Israel will never be converted until these prophets come on the scene, and that will be after the rapture of the Gentile Church. No more than the ox age could receive a lion's call—for God has said in His Word that an ox spirit went out; and in the reformer's age, a man went out. See? You get… That's the only thing they could receive. That's… And in there now, they are blinded. That's just all there is to it. Now, notice, but the age is coming when the Gentiles will be done with. There was a tree, and the roots was Jewish, and it was cut off, and the Gentile was grafted in the wild olive tree, and it's bringing forth its fruit. Now, when that Gentile Bride is cut off (that Bride tree I talked about) and is taken up in the Presence of God, God will wipe off them unbelieving Gentiles over here to the side, the sleeping virgin, and graft again. He promised to do it. And until that time, you just have to know where… If you know where you're going, well, all right. If you don't know, why, you're stumbling in darkness.
126  Now, that's when the Jews will be converted, during that age. Now… Like the church age. Under the power of the anointed promise, they will receive Christ; but now, not while the Gentiles are in. Now, we can see what kind of a message that these two prophets of Revelation the 11th chapter will preach. Now, you clearly can see exactly what they're going to do. For the remnant, or the hundred and forty-four thousand predestinated, receives the Seal of God.
127  Let's just read. Now, listen real close now. Now, I want you to read with me if you can because I'm going to refer back to this just in a little bit: 7th chapter, now this is between the Sixth and Seventh Seal. … after these things… (After these things, these Seals, this Sixth Seal was let loose, and that's the tribulation period. Everybody understand that now? Sixth Seal was let loose, and the tribulation was on. After this, watch.)… after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that… it should not blow upon the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. (four angels) And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the sea—the earth—the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the tree, until we have sealed the servants… (Not the Bride, servants, not the sons, servants. Israel has always been God's servant. The church is sons. See? By birth. Israel is His servant. Watch, every place it's always… Abraham was His servant. We're not servants; we're children, sons and daughters. Yeah.)… of the—of our God in their foreheads. (Now, watch, our God in their forehead.) And I heard the number of them that were sealed:… (Now, I want you to listen close to the reading of them.)… and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
132  He perfectly names them. Now, if there happens to be a British Israel discerner setting here, listen how this takes the wind out of it. See? Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand… (called the tribe)… Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad… twelve thousand. (Watch your—watch your tribe now.) And of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand… the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand… the tribe of Manasses… twelve thousand. And the tribe of Simeon… sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar… twelve thousand. (Issachar, I guess, you pronounce that)… twelve thousand. … the tribe of Zabulon… twelve thousand. And the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of all the—of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
134  Now, there's twelve tribes, twelve thousand out of a tribe. Twelve times twelve is what? Hundred and forty-four thousand. Now, watch, them were all of the tribes of Israel. Now, watch. After this, now here comes another group. Now, the Bride's gone. We know that; but watch this group come up. After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations,… kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which setteth upon a throne, and to the Lamb. And all the nations… stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessings,… glory,… wisdom,… thanksgiving,… honour,… power,… might, be to our God for ever and ever. Amen. And one of the elders… (Now, he's before the elders here, as we've seen him all through the seals.)… And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these…
137  Now, John, being a Jew, recognized his own people. He seen them in tribal form. Is that right? He recognized and called each one of the tribes. But now, when he sees these, the—he's kind of puzzled. And the elder knows it, so he says, … Who are these… what… which are arrayed in white robes? and whence cometh they? (John answering now) And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest… (John didn't know them. See? All kindreds, tongues, and nations.)… And he said unto me, These are—he said unto me, These are they which came out of great tribulation… (in other words, the great tribulation)… and have washed their robes,… made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and they—he that set upon the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither shall they thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them—sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of water: and God shall wipe all tears from their eyes.
141  Now, we open the—get to the Seal. Did you notice, they were… First we start now, Israel, and then we see the purged church, not the Bride, the purged church by tribulation (See, see?) coming up here, great number of real sincere hearts that come up out of—of the great tribulation. Not the Church, it's gone on—the Bride. There's the church. Now, we find out over a little later, Jesus said that the throne would set and how the—they'd stand in the judgment, each one. Now, we find now that these people were sealed with the Seal of the living God (Is that right?), these Jews. What is the Seal of the living God? Now, I'm not calling any—hurt any feelings, I'm just saying it. See? Do you know that reading after many of scholars who write on this, claim that this group here, Blood-washed, are actually the Bride? Did you know that many scholars also claim that the hundred and forty-four thousand is the Bride? What a… There's something got to fit out here wrong—in here right, 'cause there's something wrong now.
147  Notice, our Adventist brethren say that the Seal of God is keeping the Sabbath Day (you know that); but I want one speck of Scripture on it and show that Sabbath—or keeping the Sabbath day is the Seal of God. See, it's just a—somebody drawed that idea. But if you'll read Ephesians 4:30, it says, "Grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed until the day you—of your redemption." Yes, sir. When the mediator work is done, and you are come… Christ comes to redeem His own… You're sealed, not until the next revival. When you're once sealed with the Holy Ghost, it's a finished work that God has received you, and there's no getting away from it. You say, "Well, I had it and I went away." No, you didn't have it. God says it goes on to the day of redemption. Now (Uh-huh.), you just argue with Him then we'll see…?… "Till the day of your redemption…"
151  Notice, as there were—as they were a remnant according to election (these Jews are now), the remnant according to election in the days of Elijah's first ministry to the Jews, where seven thousand believers were kept away by the hand of God. Now, there is, in this remnant time coming, to their time to be one hundred and forty-four thousand according to the election, that the message at that time—to believe the message, will be one hundred and forty-four thousand. Now, you say, "Oh, now, just a minute, brother, I don't know about this election stuff. Well, I never read it there." All right then, let's just see if it's right or not. Let's turn back to Matthew, and get down here and find out if we can't find a little something on this somewhere. I believe now that I'm right. (I haven't got it wrote down here, but it just come to my mind.) Let's take at the ending, the 30th verse, where we went last night, the ending of the Sixth Seal on the 30th verse.
153  Now, let's read that, and see now where we get to. The 31st verse (See?), they'll see the Son of man coming in glory. Now, the 31st verse: And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
154  The elected will come out. What is it? And the tribulation period… The… God will call His elected, and that is the Jews during that time, the elected. The Bible speaks of it. Paul speaks of it. According to the election, there will be one hundred and forty-four thousand (according to the election) that will believe the message out of literally millions that'll be there. There were millions in Palestine at the days of the prophecy of Elijah, and seven thousand was saved out of millions. Now, according to the election, where millions of Jews are gathering into their homeland (it's become a nation) there'll be millions in there, but only one hundred and forty-four thousand elected ones will be taken. They will hear the Message.
157  Same thing it is in the Gentile church. There is a Bride, and She is elected, and he will be called according to the election. Notice, this all types the Church perfectly, the elected believers; others do not believe. You can just tell it. You tell a man a truth and let it be proven by the Word and then vindicated, "I don't believe it." You can just… Don't fool with it no more. Jesus said not to. Said, "It's just like casting pearls before swine." See? Said, "Just leave them alone. They'll turn and tramp you under their feet." They'll make fun of you. Just walk away and leave them if the blind leads the blind…
160  I went to a man not long ago… He come to me rather. He'd been arguing all around everywhere against Divine healing. And he come up, and he said, "I don't believe your Divine healing." I said, "My, I guess it wouldn't be any good 'cause I ain't got any"; and he… I said, "but God's is perfect." He said, "There is no such a thing." I said, "You're too late to say that, Buddy. Yeah, you done—you done waited too long for that. You might've argued a few years ago, but there's another age on now: there's millions to testify. See?" I said, "You're—you're too late now, fellow, to say that." He said—he said, "Well, I don't believe it. I don't care what you do." I said, "Certainly not. You can't." See? He said, "Smite me blind." Said, "If you're—you got the Holy Ghost like Paul," said, "smite me blind." I said, "How can I do it when you are already blind?" I said, "Your father has blinded you to the Truth." I said, "You—you're already blind." And he said, "I wouldn't believe; I don't care what you could do, how much evidence you can prove or anything like that; I still don't believe it." I said, "Certainly, it wasn't for unbelievers; it was only for believers."
168  What was it? See, you know right then the election's off. Just don't fool with it at all. Jesus did the same thing. He said, "Let them alone. If the blind lead the blind, won't they all fall in the ditch?" But when He come to a little prostitute, it struck fire. What was it? It was an elected seed laying there (See?) that seen it right now. When It come to Peter, there was an elected seed laying there, see, and they saw it, "And all the Father has give… hath (past tense) given Me, they'll come. They'll come to Me." Oh, my, I love that. Yes, sir. Notice, the believers does believe it. The unbelievers can't believe it. So now, if anybody wants to argue about the serpent's seed and things and you try to show them, they won't listen to it, just walk away. Leave them alone. See, God don't argue, neither does His children. See, see?
171  Notice, God's one hundred and forty-four thousand elected Jews don't bow to the beast, his denominationalism, statues, or anything. Though their nation is in a covenant with it at the time, Israel is in a covenant, but here's a hundred and forty-four thousand that's not going to do it. That's the elected. Same thing it is right here in the Gentile church now. It's an elected group. You can't pull them in that kind of stuff. They won't believe it. No, sir. The Light once struck them, that settles it right then. They see the—see it happen, and then see it vindicated and proved, and like that, and they look down here in the Bible and see that Word just going… Oh, you—you just might as well just quit fooling with them, 'cause they believe it. That's all. That's all. Though they can't explain it, but they know they got it. I… As I say, "There's a lot of things I can't explain, but I—I know it's real anyhow." See?
173  All right. This time was between the Sixth and Seventh Seal that He calls these people, spoken of by Jesus in Matthew the 24th chapter and the 31st verse, that we've just read. See? Trumpets here, or the two witnesses of the… When the trumpet sounds, is the trumpet of the two witnesses of the age of grace for the Jews. One trumpet sounds; you notice, one trumpets sounds. He say, "And sound the trumpet." Now, notice over here: 31st. And he shall send forth his angels… (not one, see, two of them)… with a great sound of a trumpet,… What is it? When God gets ready to speak, there's a sound of a trumpet. That's always His voice calling to battle. See? God speaks. These angels will come forth with the sounding of the trumpet. And you notice, at the last angel's message, the trumpet sound: the first angel's message, a trumpet sound; second angel's, a trumpet sounded when he sent it out.
175  Notice, but when the Seals were announced, they were all in one great Divine thing to call out a group of people. There was one trumpet sound and Seven Seals were broke. Notice, gather His elected Jews from the four parts of the heavens… He mentioned the six Seals as we have seen, but not the Seventh Seal. He's never said nothing in here about the Seventh Seal nowhere. See, right away, the 32nd verse turns to a parables of the time of the calling of the elected Jew.
179  Now, watch here. See? "And He will send the angels with a trumpet and He gather the elect from the four corners of heaven." Now, He starts. See, He don't say nothing about the Seventh Seal here. See? He spoke of the Sixth Seal: First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth, but notice. Now, learn a parable of the fig tree; When its branches is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the door.
182  That last—that question they asked Him: "And what will be the sign of the end of the world?" When you see these Jews… When you see these other things taking place, you know what takes place. Now, when you see these Jews… Talking to the Jews… Now, watch. What company is He talking to? Gentiles? Jews, Jews. See? Now, He said, "You'd be hated of all nations for My Name," and so forth like… Now, when He said… You see these Jews begin to put forth their buds over yonder, when that Israel begins to turn back, getting into her country, when she gets there, the Church is ready to rapture, and there's only three and a half years left unto the end of the old world, and she goes out into chaos, and in comes the Millennium to the new—new earth. Said, "Even at the door."
185  Now, one thousand years on earth is only one day with God. And three and one half years, what would it go to? So many seconds in God's time. That's the reason He said, "It is at the door." "Verily I say unto you that this generation shall not be consumed (done away with, this people) until all these things are…" what? What won't be done away with? They've tried to kill the Jew off the earth all the time. They'll never be able to do it. But notice, the very generation of Jews that seen the return back into Palestine, that generation would see these things happen. And just the last two years she was fully become a nation with her own money and whatever. There she is.
188  Now, where are we at, friends? The Seals and everything opening, now we're getting this in between here. There it is. See where we're setting? I hope you get it. I haven't got no education. And I know what I'm talking about, but maybe I can't explain—explain it to make sense to you. But I hope that God takes the words that's mixed up and divides them out right (You see?), and lets you know what it is, 'cause it's—we're at the door. We're here at the time. Now, notice. See, right away now He turns to these Jews, and at the—the end time He says what's going to take place. We know even that… Now we know; we are well aware that the tribes are scattered. They have been for twenty-five hundred years. They were prophesied to be scattered to the four winds. Did you know that? We know that. 'Course we won't have to go back and get—pick that, 'cause I've got something here real important I want you to see 'fore you get too tired and I get wore out.