The Seven Seals  by William M. Branham

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

Day 59

192  Notice, we know even every tribe—that is, tribal chronology or whatever you want to call it, or geology or… The tribal positions are not no more together. They're scattered everywhere. The Jews that are gathering into Jerusalem is not… They don't even know their tribes. They haven't got any more tribal banners or anything. All they know then that they're Jews. They were prophesied to be that way the world over. Now, their books has been destroyed. They don't know… They say, "What tribe are you from?" "I don't know." "What tribe…" "I don't know." One from Benjamin, one from this, and one from that. They don't know where they're from. Their books has been destroyed through the wars, and for twenty-five hundred years… Only thing they know, they're Jews. That's all. So they know they're back in their homeland. They yet… Notice, though they don't know their tribes, but God does. I just love that. You know, He even said that every hair on your head's numbered. Hm. Notice, He loses nothing. "I'll raise it up again at the last day." Though they have lost their—their—their tribal banners and their—who which one is, and whether they're this or that… They don't know whether they're from Benjamin, or whether they're from Reuben, or—or Issachar, or where they're from. But anyhow, God calls them here.
197  Now, notice in Revelation 7 we read this: twelve thousand of each tribe. Of the elected out of all of it, there's twelve thousand out of each tribe that's elected and are set right here in order. Oh, my. What are they? They're in tribal order. Yet they are not now, but they will be. They're in tribal order. What will be in tribal order? Not the regular Jew; no, but the ones that's the elected, the hundred and forty-four thousand will be set in tribal order. Oh, my. How I would like to show you. We won't go into it, but that's exactly what the Church has to be: right in order.
199  Now, I want you to watch real close and read with me for a minute. Now, here's something that maybe you never noticed in the—the tribal calling. I told you awhile ago to read Revelations 7. Read with me and watch those tribes. In Revelations 7 Dan and Ephraim is missing and not numbered with them. Did you notice that? Joseph and Levi was substituted in their place. You notice that? Dan and Ephraim is not there. No, sir. But Joseph and Levi was substituted in the place of—of—of Dan and Ephraim. Why? They—the ever remembering God remembers every promise of His Word. (Oh, I'd like to preach on that. See?) God don't forget nothing, though it looks like. Like He told Moses, Israel had been down there four hundred years, they had to go up that time. He told Abraham that his seed would be sojourning in a strange land for four hundred years, then He'd bring them out with a mighty hand. But then He said to Moses, "I have remembered My promise, and I've come down to make good what I said." God doesn't forget. He doesn't forget His curses, neither does He forget His blessings. But every promise that He made, He stays with it. Here's why they were missing.
203  Now, if you watch. Now, read… I want you to read with me now. Go over to Deuteronomy the 20—the 29th verse, the—the 29th chapter, rather. There is a reason for these tribes not being there. Everything has got a reason for it. Deuteronomy, we want to take the—the 29th chapter of—of Deuteronomy. Now, the Lord so help us that we can understand now. Now, we want to start in Deuteronomy the 29th chapter at the 16th verse. Now, listen, Moses speaking. For you know how we have dwelt in the land of Egypt; and how we came through the nations which we passed by; And ye have seen the abominations, and their idols, wood… stone, silver… gold, which were among them:… (Everyone carried a little something or other—a little statue of Saint Cecilia. You know, something like that. See?) Lest therefore… (Listen.)… Lest there should be among you a man,… woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood; And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he—that he bless himself in his heart, and say, I… have peace, though I walk in the imagination of my own heart,…
205  See, people say, "Aw, he blesses himself." You know, make a little cross or something like they do now (You see?), same thing. See? And… You see, it's a heathen trait (See?), it's a—the heathens. "He blesses himself in his own heart, in his own imagination, in his own mind. … to add drunkenness to thirst… (Just drink, say, "That don't make any difference; as long as you go to church, you're all right. Then…) The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD… his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and of all the curses that are written in this book… (Don't take one word from It or add one to It. See?)… shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot his—blot out his name from under the heaven… (That's while he's here on earth. See?)… under the heaven. And the LORD shall separate unto him evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curse of the covenant that's written in this book of the law:
208  Therefore, if any man will serve an idol or keep an idol on him, or bless himself in his own imagination of his mind and serve idols, God said, "Man, woman, family, or tribe, his name will be completely blotted out from amongst the people." Now, is that right? How true. Idolatry did the same thing in the church years ago and does today. And now, notice. Watch how the antichrist tried to make an anti-move. How many knows that the devil type—type—types and patterns after—after God's things? What is—what is sin? Is right thing perverted. What is a lie? Is a truth misrepresented. What is adultery? It's a right act, legal act, done wrong. See?
211  Now, in trying to do this, blot out a name, did you notice in the church age, the same beast that serves the images of dead people and so forth, tried to blot out the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and give titles as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Same thing with that curse behind it like that. Dan and Ephraim did just that under a hypocrite of a king in Israel, an impostor, Jeroboam. Now, notice, in First Kings the 12th chapter. I know we're… This, to me it—it—it lays a background on what we can depend on, what we see. First Kings, I want to go to the—the 12th chapter, the 25th to the 30th verse. Then Jeroboam… Shechem and the mount of Ephraim, and dwelt there; and went out into…, and built Penuel. And now Jeroboam said unto—in—in his heart,… (See the imagine of his heart?)… Now, shall the Kingdom turn to the house of David: (He was getting scared, you see, 'cause the people might go out.) If this people go up to… sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people be turned again to the lord, even to Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go… unto Rehoboam—Rehoboam king of Judah. Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold your gods, O Israel, which brought thee… out of the land of Egypt. And he set up the one in Beth-el, and the other put he in Dan. And this thing become a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even to Dan.
214  See? Ephraim at Beth-el, and Dan; and they set up idols, and these went out to worship this. And here we are plumb down into the Millennium age almost, and God still remembered that sin. They're not even counted in there. Amen. Glory. Just as sure as He remembers every good promise, He remembers every one evil too. Just remember when… That's the reason I believe, friends; I've always tried to stay with that Word no matter how strange it seems. See, now, they wouldn't think about that there then. They didn't think about it then. They thought, "Well, they got by with it." All right, but here they are over here in this Millennium age setting in, when their names and tribes is blotted out from it, because they served idolatry that God cursed. Didn't He say He hated the Nicolaitanes and that Jezebel? Stay away from it. Didn't He say He'd kill Jezebel's daughters with the killing of death which is eternal separation from His Presence? Don't trust in it at all. Get away from it. So God remembers.
220  Notice. But did you notice there, it was to be blotted out? Why? Under heaven there was no immediate sacrifice that could give him the Holy Spirit to let him see these things, but he did it anyhow in his own selfish mind. But Ezekiel, in his vision in the Millennium, he sees them again in perfect order: Ezekiel, if you want to read it. Just put it down and you can read it to save time: Ezekiel 48:1-7, also read 23 to 29. Ezekiel seen every tribe just exactly in order.
222  All right. And also in Revelation 14, John seen them again in tribal order. That's right. Every tribe to his place. What happened? You remember, he said, "Under the heavens," that his name would be blotted out of the tribal affair. As long as he was under the heavens, there would be no more, and this hundred and forty-four thousand is down here in the tribal part yet. That's right. But you see, they'd been blinded; they had only the sacrifice of bulls and goats. See? Now, notice, He blotted them out under the heavens. But the Gentile in the days of the Holy Spirit, against That your name was taken completely off the Book of Life, and can never have forgiveness in this world or the world to come. Is that right? Now, there's where we stand. Israel under goats, sheep, they—they did have a place, as long as they was on earth here, their tribes was missing. They could never be included.
225  Now, all… When He called them over there, the hundred and forty-four thousand, they were missing. That's right. They're not even numbered in there. And Joseph and Levi is put in the place of Dan and Ephraim. Now, you can look at there; right there it is before you. See? And here's God's promise way back there hundreds and hundreds of years before that. Now, what happened? They were purged during the time of the awful tribulation period. Now, if God's going to purge that's—that virgin that was a good woman, but she just failed to get oil in her lamp, and He's going to purge her through persecution in there, He puts them tribes right in there for the same thing, and purges them during the time of the tribulation period, because it is a purging; it's judgment. But, you see, they, after…
227  And look here. Here comes up the hundred and forty-four thousand after the purging of Israel, and here comes up also… The sleeping virgin comes up purged and has white robes on. See? How perfect, how beautiful that is. Just like Jacob in the time of trouble… See? They… Jacob in the time of trouble, he had done wrong, but he went through the purging time because he had wronged his brother, Esau. See? He deceived to get his birthright. But he went through a purging before he could have his name changed from Jacob to Israel, which was a type of the order of God's type today.
229  Now, we'll turn now to the 8th verse of the—or the 1st verse, I mean, of the 8th chapter, of Revelations 8:1. (I know you're tired. Now, just try to listen just for a few minutes now. And God of heaven help us, is my prayer.) We must remember that this Seventh Seal is the end of time of all things. That's right. The things written in the Seven Seal Book (sealed up of the plan of redemption from before the foundation of the world), it every bit ends. It is the end; it is the end of the struggling world. It's the end of struggling nature. It's the end of everything. In there is the end of the trumpets. It's the end of the vials. It's the end of the earth. It's the…It's even the end of time. Time runs out; the Bible said so. Matthew the 7th chapter—I mean Revelations the 7th chap—10th chapter and the—and 1 to the 7th verse. Time runs out. The angel said, "Time will be no more," when that—in the days of this great thing to happen. Everything runs out in this time, the end of the—of the—at the end of this Seventh Seal.
233  Notice, it's the end of the church age. It's the—the end of the Seven Seals. It's the end of the trumpets. It's the end of the vials, and even ends the ushering in of the Millennium; that's on the Seventh Seal. It's just like firing a rocket into the air, and that rocket explodes here, and it goes up, then it explodes again. It puts out five stars. One of those stars explodes and blows out five stars from it; and then one of them stars explodes, blows out five stars from it (See?); it fades on out. That's what the Seventh Seal; it just ends the time for the world. It ends the time for this. It means the time for that. It ends the time for this. It ends the time… Everything just ended up on that Seventh Seal.
236  Now, how is He going to do it? That's what we don't know, isn't it? We don't know. It's even the time for all these things, and the ushering in of the Millennium. Notice, the breaking of this Seal was so great that heaven was hushed by it in silence for the space of a half hour. Now, is it great? What is it? It was hushed: heaven. There wasn't a thing moved for a half hour. Now, a half hour might not be long if you're having a good time, but in the suspense of between death and life, it seemed like a Millennium. It was so great, Jesus never mentioned it: none of the rest of them. John couldn't even write of it. No, he was forbidden to write here. See, there's just… He just… He didn't write, but it's just is silence.
241  And the four and twenty elders that stood before God there harping with their harps, they quit playing their harps. The Angels hushed their singing in heaven. Think, the holy Cherubims and Seraphims, that Isaiah saw it in the temple with six sets… or three sets of wings, three on—two over his face and two over his feet, and flying. And he's day and night they're before God, saying, "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty." And even when they walked in, or come into the temple, the posts of the temple moved with their—their presence. And these holy Seraphims hushed up. Angels quit singing. (Whew.) Flying in the Presence of God, singing, "Holy, holy, holy…" they shut up. No angels singing, no praises, no—no altar service, no nothing. There was silence, hush, deadly silence in heaven for a half hour. All the host of heaven was silent for this half hour, when this Seventh Seal mystery in the Book of Redemption was broke open. Think of it; but it's broke. The Lamb breaks it. You know what? They were awed by it, I believe. They didn't know. There it was; they just stopped. Why? What is it?
245  Now, none of us know; but I'm—I'm going to tell you in my con—my revelation of it. And now, I am not prone to be a fanatic. If I am, I'm ignorant of it. See? I am—I'm not given away to such as 'lirious or carry-ons and imaginary things. I've said some things might been kind of strange to some people, but when God comes around behind it and vindicates it and says it's the Truth, then that's God's Word. It may seem strange that way. See? And now, as certain as I stand in the platform tonight, I had the revelation that revealed… It's in a threefold manner. That, I will speak to you by God's help of a fold of it. And then you… Let's go over there first. Here's the revelation to begin what… I want to tell you what it is. What happens is that those seven thunders that he heard thunder and was forbidden to write, that's what the mystery is laying behind those seven consecutive thunders rolling out.
249  Now, why? Let us prove it. Why? It is the secret that no one knows about. John was forbidding to write about it, even, even write a symbol about it. Why? This is why there was no active in—activity in heaven; it might give away the secret. Do you see it now? If it's so great it must be included, because it's got to happen, but when the seven thunders… Now, notice, when the seven angels come forth to sound their trumpets, there was one thunder. When Israel was gathered, there was a trumpet. When time shall be no more, the last trumpet… One thunder, but here is seven straight thunders right in a row: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, that perfect number. Seven thunders in a row, uttered not… making just—just one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, straight. Then heavens couldn't write that. Heavens can't know about it, nothing else, because there's nothing to go on. It's a relaxing time. It was so great till it's kept secret from the Angels. Now, why? If Satan should get a hold of it, he might do great damage. There's one thing he don't know. Now, he can interpret anything he wants to, and impersonate any kind of a gift (I hope you're learning.), but he can't know this. It's not even written in the Word. It's a total secret. The Angels, everything shut up. If they made one move it might give something away, so they just shut up, quit harping; everything stopped. A…
255  Seven, God's perfect number, Seven [Brother Branham knocks six times on pulpit—Ed.] just right down the row. Seven thunders uttered straight together like they're spelling out something. Notice, at that time, John started to write, and He said, "Don't write it." Jesus never spoke of it. John couldn't write it. Angels know nothing about it. What is it? It's the thing that Jesus said even the Angels of heaven didn't know nothing about it. See, see? He didn't know it Himself, said only God would know it, but He told us when we begin to see these signs coming up… (Now, you getting somewhere? All right.) Notice, we can see these signs coming up. See? If Satan could get a hold of it…
258  If you want something to happen… Now, you'll have to take my word for this. If I'm planning on doing something, I know better than to tell anybody about it. Not that that person will tell it, but Satan will hear it. See? He can't get it in my heart there, as long as God's got it closed up with the Holy Spirit, so it's between me and God. See? He don't know nothing about it until you speak it, then he hears it. And I've tried… I tell people I'll do a certain-certain thing, and watch the devil cut off every wheel he can to get there (See?), to beat me to it. But if I can get the revelation from God and just don't say nothing about it, then it's different. Remember, Satan will try to impersonate. He will try to impersonate everything that the Church will do. He's tried to do it. We've noticed it through the antichrist; but this is one thing he cannot impersonate. There'll be no mimics to this (See?), 'cause he don't know it. There's no way for him to know it. It's the third pull. He just knows nothing about it. See? He doesn't understand it.
261  [Brother Branham originally had the tape stopped here. He put in a different ending, which he recorded on Monday morning, which begins at paragraph 376—Ed.] But there's a secret lays beneath that. Glory to God in the highest. I can never think the same the rest of my life, when I seen… Now, I don't know what… I know the next step there, but I don't know what, how to interpret that. It won't be long. I've got wrote down here when it happened, if you can see here, "STOP! Go no further than this right here." I'm not prone to be a fanatic. I'm just telling the truth. But you remember, the little shoe that I always tried to explain, how that the soul laid next to so-and-so and the inner conscience and all that kind of stuff, which it only made a big bunch of impersonations start after it. How you'd have to take up the hand, and hold the people and have vibration, everybody had a vibration in their hand. But you remember when He took me up there and said, "This is that third pull, and no one will know it." You remember that? Visions never fail. They're perfectly the truth.
264  Now, notice, remember the vision of the constellation? Charlie, I… Here you are. Something going on, I told you, this week that you… It's been all around you, but I wonder if you noticed it. Remember the constellation of the vision of the Angels when I left here to go to Arizona? You remember, "What Time Is It, Sirs?" Do you remember that? Notice, there was only one great burst of thunder, and seven Angels appeared. Is that right? One burst of thunder, seven Angels appeared. And I saw the Lamb when He had opened the First Seal, and I heard as it was a voice of a thunder, and one of the four beasts said, Come and see. Notice, one thunder, seven messages that's been sealed up and cannot be revealed until the last day, at this age. See what I mean?
268  Now, have you noticed the mysterious parts of this week? That's what it is. That's what it's been. It's been, not a human being, a man; it has been the Angels of the Lord. Notice, there's witnesses of three setting in here, that a week ago (a little over a week ago) I was up way back into the mountains, nearly to Mexico, with two brethren that's setting here, picking cocklebur—or sand burrs off of my trouser leg, and a blast went off that almost, looked like, shook the mountains down. Now, that's right. I never told my brethren, but they noticed a difference. And He said to me, "Now, be ready. Go east." Here's the interpretation of that vision. See? "Now, to let you know, Brother Sothmann has not got the game that he went after." We was trying to get it for him. And He said, "Now, tonight, for a sign to you, he isn't going to do it. You must consecrate yourself at this time for the visitation of these Angels." And I felt beside myself, you remember. And I was in the west; the Angels was coming east. And as they come by, I was picked up with them (You remember that?), coming east.