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555-6 / 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.
556-2 / 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.
556-4 / 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.
557-1 / 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?
557-3 / 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 "leerious" 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.
557-5 / 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 ahold 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…
558-2 / 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…
558-4 / 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'll try… I'll 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.
559-3 / 261
[The prophet 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.
559-5 / 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?
560-1 / 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.
560-3 / 272 And Brother Fred in here tonight is a witness, and Brother Norman. As we went down, I almost persuaded that man to stay and get his game. Is that right, Brother Sothmann? Yeah, there he stands right there. I persuaded… but yet, He said, "He won't do it." I never said nothing, went on. Something setting by the side of the tent the day that… You remember, Brother Sothmann, that I, as soon as some things was being told that I put you and Brother Norman… Where's Brother Norman? Back there. Put them under oath that they wouldn't mention what was taking place. Is that right? Did I turn around and walk away from that tent, like that? Is that right? Because this is what it was, exactly what it was, and knowing that I couldn't say it till it happened to see if the people would understand it.
560-4 / 275 And did you notice that one Angel, I said in there, was a strange Angel? He looked more to me than any of the rest of them. You remember that? They were in a constellation–three on a side and one on top. And the one right next to me here, counting from the left to the right, would've been the seventh Angel. He was brighter, meant more to me than the rest of them. You remember, I said he had his chest out like that, and was flying eastward. You remember like that? And I said, "It picked me up, lifted me up." Do you remember that?
561-1 / 276 Here it is. The one with the Seventh Seal, the thing that I've wondered all my life. Amen. Them other Seals meant a lot to me, of course, but, oh, you don't know what this has meant. For one time in life… I prayed; I cried out to God. I–I–I–after that Phoenix meeting, any of the people there with me know; I laid in the mountains. One morning I got up and went up in Sabino Canyon; it's a great rugged high mountains. And I'd went up in there, and there was a little foot trail after you lead off–go on up into Lemmon Mountain which is a thirty mile walk, and there about thirty foot of snow up there.
561-2 / 278 So, up in the mountain real early before day, going up through this little foot trail, rolling rocks along, I felt led to turn this a-way. And I turned and went up into some great jagged rocks, oh, my, hundreds of feet high. And I knelt down between those rocks. I laid down this Bible and laid down this book, this little tablet. I said, "Lord God, what does this vision mean?" I'm–I'm–I'm… I said, "Lord, does it mean my dying?" (You remember I told you I thought it might mean my death, 'cause something exploded till it just shook me to pieces. You remember. How many knows–have heard it was? Why, sure, all of you.) And I thought it could mean my death. And then in the room, I said, "Was–what–what–what was it, Lord. What–what does it mean? Does it mean I'm going to die? If it is, all right; I won't tell my family. Just let me go on (See?), if my work's finished." And I said… Now, what was it? But He sent a witness back (You remember me telling you?) that it wasn't that, it was a furtherment of my work.
561-3 / 282 Oh, you get it. See? And setting up in Sabino Canyon… The heavenly Father knows this, just as true as you see that come to pass, those Angels come right down and a-vindicated every message to be the same. Then you know whether it comes from God or not. It was foretold you by a vision. I couldn't tell you until the service was over, 'cause I was forbidden to.
In Sabino Canyon, sitting up there that morning, I had my hands up, and my–the wind had blowed my old black hat down. When I was standing there with my hands up, praying. I said, "Lord God, what does this mean? I can't understand it, Lord. What am I to do? If it's my going home time, let me go up here where they'll never find me. I don't want nobody to be mourning around if I'm going. I–I want just the family to think that I just took a walk, and they–they won't find me. Hide me away somewhere. If I'm going to go away, why, just let me go. Maybe Joseph will find my Bible laying here someday, and let him use It. See? If I'm going away, let me go, Lord."
562-1 / 284 And I had my hands out, and all at once something hit my hand. I don't know. I can't say. Did I go to sleep? I don't know. Did I go into a trance? I don't know. Was it a vision? I can't tell you. Only thing I can say is when I… Just the same thing like them Angels was. And it struck my hand, and I looked, and it was a sword, and it had pearl handles, real pretty; and had a guard over it with gold, and the blade looked like, something like a chrome, like silver, only it was real shiny. And it was so feather-edge sharp, Oh, my. And I thought, "Isn't that the prettiest thing?" just fit my hand. I thought, "That's awful pretty." But I said, "Hey, I'm always 'fraid of them things"–a sword. And I thought, "What will I do with that?"
And just then a voice shook down through there that rocked the rocks, said, "It's the Sword of the King." And then I come out of it. "The Sword of the King…"
Now, if it said, "a Sword of a King…" but it said, "The Sword of the King," and there's only one "the King," and that's God. and He has one Sword; that's His Word, what I live by. And so help me, God, standing over His holy desk here with this holy Word laying here, It's the Word. Amen.
562-4 / 288 Oh, what a day we're living in, what a great thing. See the mystery and secret? The third… Standing there, when this left me, something just come to me and said, "Don't fear." Now, I didn't hear no voice, like on the inside of me spoke. I just tell you the truth, just exactly what happened. Something hit and said, "Don't fear. This is that third pull."
Third pull, you remember it? He said, "You've had so many impersonators on this, what you tried to explain." But said, "Don't even try this." Do you remember it? How many remembers that vision? Why, it's all over the tape and everywhere. That's been about six years ago–seven years ago: been seven years ago. Said, "Don't try to explain that." Said, "This is the third pull, but I'll meet you in there." That right? He said, "Don't try…"
563-1 / 291 I was standing with a–a little baby's shoe when He told me, there, "Make your first pull; and when you do, the fish will run after the lure." Said, "Then watch your second pull" said, "because there'll only be small fish." He said, "Then the third pull will get it."
And all them ministers got around me, said, "Brother Branham, we know you can do it. Hallelujah, Brother Branham." (That's where I always get tied up–with a bunch of preachers. See? I love people; they want you to explain everything, this, that.)
563-3 / 293 And I said, "Well, oh, all…?…" I said, "I–I don't know." I said, "I've understand fishing." I–I said, "Now, the first thing you do… Here's the way it's done. You see all the fish around; you got to jerk the lure." (Well, that's exactly the tactics of fishing.) So I said, "Jerk the lure." Now, you see when I jerked the lure the first time, now the fish takes out after it, but they were little ones. That's just like they were catching. So then I–I said, "Then you'll–you'll set…" and I jerked it out on the bank and I had a fish, but it looked like a skin over the lure; it just–he was so little. And then I was standing there and something said, "I told you not to do that." And I started crying.
All the line was tangled around me like this, and I had–was standing there crying with my head down like that. I said, "God, oh, I… Forgive me. I'm a stupid person. Lord, don't… Forgive me." And I had this line and that, what I had in my hand, was a little baby's shoe, about that long. And I had… That string was about as big around as my finger, about a half inch, like. And the eyelet in this shoe was just about the size of a–littler than one-sixteenth, probably, of an inch of the eyelet. And I was trying to lace this little shoe up with this great big inch cord. And a voice come, said, "You can't teach Pentecostal babies supernatural things." Said, "Now, let them alone."
563-5 / 299 And just then He picked me up. And He took me up and set me way up high to where a meeting was going on, looked like a tent or a cathedral of some sort. And I looked, and there was a little box-like, little place over in the side. And I seen that Light was talking to somebody above me, that Light that you see there on the picture. It whirled away from me, like that, and went over to that tent, and said, "I'll meet you there." And said, "This will be the third pull, and you won't tell it to nobody."
And in Sabino Canyon, He said, "This is the third pull." And there's three great things that goes with it, and one unfolded today, or yesterday, the other one unfolded today, and there's one thing that I cannot interpret, because it's in an unknown language. But I was standing right there and looked right straight at it, and this is the third pull coming up. And the Holy Spirit of God… Oh, my. That's the reason all heaven was silent.
564-2 / 301 Now, I–I'd better stop right here. See? I just–I just feel checked not to say no more about it. See? So just remember, the Seventh Seal, the reason it was not opened (See?), the reason It did not reveal it, no one should know about it. And I want you to know before I even knowed any word about that, that vision come years ago. You remember that? And here it is just as this other has–slides right straight into the Word exactly where it was. And God knows my heart; I never one time thought of such a thing as that, and here it was. It's later than we think.
Oh, my. Just shows it's from God, for (See?), it fits exactly in the promises of God from the end of the–the message.
You notice. Notice now, for the end of time message this Seal, after all… He–He's revealed all the six Seals, but it don't say nothing about the Seventh. And the end time Seal, when it starts, will be absolutely a total secret according to the Bible. Before knowing that… And remember, Revelations 10:1, 7 (1-7, chapter 10:1-7) at the end of the seventh angel's message, all the mysteries of God would be known. We're at the end time, the opening of the Seventh Seal.
564-4 / 305 Now, how did I know the other day, last Sunday, a week ago today, when I was preaching on "Be humble, be humble; remember God deals in little things." I didn't realize what it really was talking about, and now I see it. It is in such a humble way. You'd think that something like that would be revealed to the Vatican, or, but it comes just like John the Baptist. It comes like the birth of our Lord in a stable. Glory to God. So help me, the hour is at hand. We're here. Oh, my.
Now, do you see it? The Truth of God's vision, the seven Angels, bringing me from the west. They were coming from the west, coming back east, bringing here for this message tonight. Oh, my.
565-2 / 307 Now, the voice of that great thunder and the mission that was brought here has been revealed that it–and proven that it was of God. Just think now. I knew not these Seals, and they been revealed this week. Did anybody think of that? Of those seven Angels, being this being the message that was coming forth, them Angels bringing me back here for that?
Remember, the seventh messenger was… The seven messengers was… The noted one to me, the seventh Angel, it seemed more to me than any. Now, see, they were standing like this (Now, we just want you to notice.), and I was standing here, and I was watching those other… See, one… First bunch of little birds, feathers all beat down. You remember them? and they all flew eastward. And the second bunch were brighter, bigger birds, looked like doves, pointed wings; they flew eastward: first pull, second pull. Then the next was Angels.
565-4 / 310 And as–I was standing right there, and this explosion left, and I was looking this way, towards the west, and they come and just picked me up in there, and I went plumb out of my knowing. And the one of them coming was the one that looked so strange to me, was the one on my, be to left where I entered the constellation at, but counting from the left to the right, it would've been the seventh Angel (See?), coming across.
Now, remember the seven messengers. Do you remember the pyramid of white rock of Junior Jackson's dream that I interpreted to you? Notice, the night that I left… And I–there were six dreams came, and every one of them directly to the same thing. Then the vision started and sent me west. Is Junior… He was watching… Why, notice. Look how perfect.
Now, I'm–I'm hoping and trusting that you people realize that I'm trying to put this grace on Jesus Christ, Who is the Author of all of it; and the only reason you never heard me talk like this before in your life… But this hour is approaching. See it?
566-1 / 313 Notice now, to make it sure to you, so it could be driven down… I'm fixing to leave you again. I don't know where I go. I must preach the Gospel other places. But now, that you might say, "I've heard all that kind of fanaticism." I don't know what. I can't judge any other man. I only have to answer to God for what I–for–for myself. But has there ever been one time I ever told you anything in the Name of the Lord it wasn't right in all these years? Nobody else can say so, because I always told it just the way He told it.
Now, let me just show you that this is exactly true and confirm it. Now, remember, "If there be a spiritual… or a prophet, I, the Lord, will speak to him in visions and make known to him by dreams," interpreting dreams. Is that… Joseph, he could interpret dreams and speak and–and see visions. Is that true?
566-3 / 318 Now, notice this–that now, when this taken place, Junior was standing in a field that had a–had a big pyramid to it like that, and there was something wrote on the rocks, and I was revealing that to the people. Is that right, Junior? About a year before it happened…
And notice the next thing now. I took some kind of a bar and cut it off, and on the inside was white rock that had nothing wrote on it. And at that time I started to the west. And I told them all; I said, "Don't go out west. Stay here and look on this till I return." Went west for the blast, returned back to the east with the Holy Spirit interpreting this unwritten Word. Now, if that isn't perfectly the God Almighty, I want you to know what is. What am I trying to say this for, friends? Is to show you we're at the end time.
566-5 / 320 Now, if them others is perfectly on the dot with the Word, so is this perfectly on the dot with the Word. We are here. We're at the end, friend. Soon it shall be time run out. Millions will lose their lives. Millions will be–that now believe that they are saved will be counted fodder for the atomic age.
We are living at the last hour. By the grace of Almighty God, by His help, to His people that they might look forward to the soon appearing of Christ… "How long, Brother Branham?" Maybe twenty years, maybe in fifty years, maybe in a hundred years; I don't know. And maybe in the morning, maybe yet tonight; I don't know. And anybody that says they do know, they're wrong. See? They won't know. God only knows.
567-1 / 322 Now, notice. So help me, by God I tell the truth, that these are spiritually discerned to me (See?), discerned by the Holy Spirit. And by every one of them, has identified his place in the Bible.
Now, what this great secret is that lays beneath this Seal, I do not know. I don't know it. I couldn't make it out. I couldn't tell it, just what it and just what it said. But I know that it was them seven thunders uttering themselves right close together, just banging seven different times, and it unfolded into something else that I seen.
Then when I seen that, I looked for the interpretation that flew across there, and I couldn't make it out. That's exactly right, friend. See? The hour isn't quite yet for it, but it's moving into that cycle. See? It's coming up close. So the thing for you to do is to remember that I speak to you in the Name of the Lord: Be prepared, for you don't know what time something can happen.
567-3 / 325 Now, when that gets on tape, which it is, that'll probably send ten thousand of my friends away from me, 'cause they're going to say that Brother Branham's trying to put himself and make himself a servant, or a prophet, or something before God. Let me tell you, my brethren, that is an error. I'm only telling you what I seen and what has been told to me, and now, you–now, you do whatever you want to. I don't know who's going to–what's going to take place. I do not know. I just know that those seven thunders holds that mystery, that heavens was quieted. (Everybody understand?)
It may be time. It may be the hour now, that this great person that we're expecting to rise on the scene may rise on the scene. Maybe this ministry that I have tried to take people back to the Word has laid a foundation; and if it has, I'll be leaving you for good. There won't be two of us here the same time. See? If it is, he will increase, I'll decrease. I don't know. But I have been privileged by God to look and see what it was (See, see?), unfold to that much. Now, that is the truth.
567-5 / 329 And I'm sure that you've noticed the things that's been happening this week. I'm sure you noticed that little Collins' boy laying there dying the other night, that little leukemia girl. The Kingdom of God is coming. And it's becoming more from the negative to the positive as it has been. Now, that oughtn't to choke people. From justification to sanctification to the baptism of the Holy Ghost and then here–here. See? We're just drawing closer to God all the time.
Can't you see, Methodist ministers, how that your message of sanctification was above that which Luther preached? You Pentecostals, can't you see your message of the baptism is beyond that which Methodists preached? You know what I mean? Oh, we've had a lot of things go forth, and that's right. And if there's anybody that despises wrong and people saying something that's actually lies and not the truth, I hate that; but I–I do love the solid truth. No matter how much it interrupts this way or that way, if it's Truth, God will finally show that it's Truth. And if He doesn't do that, one of these days soon, then my vision wasn't right. Now, you see where I just laid myself.
568-2 / 335 "When will it be, Brother Branham?" I cannot tell you. I do not know. But one of these days, if we never meet again on this earth, we're going to meet yonder at the–at the judgment seat of Christ. And you'll find out that in that room, the revelation coming from God (just like all the rest of them has), that them… One of the mystery of that Seal, the reason it wasn't revealed, it was seven thunders that uttered their voices, and there it is perfectly, because nothing knows anything about it; wasn't even written. So we're at the end time; we are here.
I thank God for His Word; I thank Him for Jesus Christ. For without sending Him for the–the propitiation of our sins, we'd all be in a big muck of sin with no hope. But by His grace, His–His Blood cleanses all sin. Just like the drop of ink in a bucket of Clorox, you'd never find the ink again. When our sins are confessed, it's put in the Blood of Jesus Christ; they'll never be known again. God forgets them; they never was even done. And as long as that Sacrifice is laying there in an atonement for us, then that's all… That's it. See? We're not sinners no more; we're Christians by the grace of God.
568-4 / 337 And remember, in our own selves we'd probably be just as bad as we ever was, but see, the grace of God has appeared to us, and that's what's made us what we are today: Christian brothers and sisters.
This has been a tremendous week for me. I'm tired; my mind is tired, because I–I have–was the best that I could do. And something strange going on every day… I would be amazed to walk in the room and be there for a few minutes and see something just turn me completely around. And here, I'd go in there and pick up the notes. I'd pick up books of Dr. Smith, Uriah Smith, and oh, all the writers in there, and read in–and read down in their books. I'd say, "Now, here's the Sixth Seal; here's the Fourth Seal. Now, what does this man say?"
He'd say, "Well, it was this, that, or the other." I'd look over here and get another man. He'd say that it was such-and-such. And it looked like I just… It just didn't work right.
569-1 / 340 And then I thought, "Well, what is it, Lord?" And I walked up and down the floor awhile. I'd kneel down and pray, go back and pick up the Bible, set down, and read, walk back and forth. And then all of a sudden when I got quiet, here it just unfolded like that. Then I'd grab a pen right quick, and go to writing it down like that, whatever I was seeing and doing, watching it like that till I got it wrote down. Then I'd take the rest of the day and go down and chase this out and see if it tied all the way down through the Scriptures. Then it… "Prove all things." See?
And I got this here, and I think, "Now, there's many people had visions. There's many been in revelations." If it's contrary to the Word, leave it alone. That's right; leave it alone.
569-3 / 344 Now, now, then I'd run this–ease it down like this. Run it down like… As I'd jot down little things here, I thought, "Well, now the class will be glad to hear this, 'cause it ties here and ties here. Now, let's see, what does this say here? Yes, it's… Yeah, here it is right here"; (See?) and bring it back through the Bible and tied the thing down through the week. There it is on tapes. You're welcome to them. And I have did it to the best of my knowledge under Christian fellowship, grace of God to all men by Jesus Christ. I've done the very best that I knowed how…?…
You've been one of the finest classes. There's been nobody could've set any nicer. You all have come in here at one o'clock in the day, up till five o'clock to whenever they opened the church and brought the–let the people come in. You stood in the cold; you've stood in the snow; you've done everything, stood around the walls till your legs ached. I'd see the men set down and let the women set and different ones would stand and like that, setting around.
570-1 / 346 And I thought, "Lord, the whole…" This has been a mysterious week? The whole thing's been kind of strange–how would people come. See them standing around the outside, in the windows, in the doors, back around the back, everywhere, listening. And as far as a speaker, I'm far from a speaker. I–I got that much intelligence to know that I'm not–that I'm not a speaker; but why would people set and listen like that? Why would they do it? They don't come to hear a person like me, but they're coming because there's something in it drawing a people…?… See? There's something in it that's drawing them. As my wife stood here at the platform and sing, when I started…
They come from the east and west,
They come from the land afar;
To feast with the King, to dine as His guests,
How blessed these pilgrims are!
Beholding His hallowed face,
Aglow with light Divine;
Blessed partakers of His grace
As gems in His crown to shine.
570-2 / 349 May you always bear that in mind: to be a gem in the crown of Jesus Christ. Paul said to the church, "You are–you're the jewels, gems of his crown." We want to be the gems of the crown of Jesus Christ. We don't want never put a man in it. You forget anything about me. I am your brother, a sinner saved by grace, not fit to live; that's exactly the truth; and I ain't saying that to be humble; that's facts. There's nothing in me, not one sound thing at all. But the grace of God has let my poor dimming eyes look beyond the curtain of time and see those things yonder, and I come back…
570-3 / 352 When I was a little boy… I love people; I always wanted somebody to love me and talk to me. Nobody would do it because of the name of the family. Nobody'd talk to me. But when I made my surrender to God, then our people, background being Irish, I thought maybe (they was all Catholic)… maybe that would be it. I went there, and he was some way, and I went down to the First Baptist church, and he was another way. I said, "Lord, there's got to be some way that's true."
And something said, "It's the Word."
571-1 / 353 I've held that Word. Look at every vision everywhere. The day I laid that cornerstone yonder, and I put that in there; I wrote on there what He showed me that morning in a vision: "Be instant in season, out of season, rebuke with all long-suffering and doctrine, for the time will come when they'll not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lust shall heap for themselves together teachers having itching ears and be turned away from the truth into fables." And I've seen those two trees that I stood by do that very same thing. That's right. And there we are. And that is true.
571-2 / 355 And now, you won't… Remember, let me exhort you again. Don't say, "Thank you," to anybody at all. Don't say… Thinking some minister or something, some mortal man, there's anything good about him, 'cause there's not; I don't care who he is. There's nothing good to any man. That's right. If there's a whole bunch of trumpets laying here and one of them had to sound out a certain music; it's the man; them trumpets are perfectly mute. It's the fellow that can sound the trumpet, that knows what he's going to do, that picks up a trumpet. The trumpet has nothing to do with it. The sound comes from the intelligence behind it (That's right), so all trumpets are the same; all men are the same; all Christians are the same.
571-3 / 357 There's no great man among us. We're not great men, not great women–we're all brothers and sisters, all the same in the same bracket. We're no great. One don't make one greater than the other one–not a thing at all to do. No, sir. But we're just all human beings. Don't try to interpret the things. Don't try to do anything more than just live a close life, giving praise and honor to Jesus Christ. Everybody understand that now? Amen. Love Him with all your heart. Do you do it?
I love Him (And I will) I love Him
Because He first loved me,
And purchased my salvation
On Calvary's tree.
571-4 / 359 Praise God. Does everybody thoroughly understand? Does everybody believe? Remember when I first started: "Who has believed our report? to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?" Has He revealed to you His mercy, His goodness? Amen.
Just remember, love Him with all your heart. I'm going back home now; I'll be back here again, the Lord willing, around the first of June. Maybe if the Lord puts it upon my heart, maybe sometime this early summer, like in June or somewhere, maybe early fall, if the Lord tarries, I would like to come back and set another seven nights for the Seven Last Trumpets. Would you like that? Would you… Will you pray for me that God will help me? All right. Until I meet you again, remember this good old song.
I love Him, I love Him
Because He first loved me,
And purchased my salvation
On Calvary's tree.
Now, I want you to bow your heads. I want to pray for you. Before the pastor dismisses, I want to pray for you.
572-2 / 364 Our heavenly Father, may the people, Lord, understand, which I'm sure that there's some that doesn't. But, Father, may they–they know the objective, and may they understand, Father, that–that it's Your grace to them that these things are revealed. And I want to thank You, Lord, for the knowledge of knowing these things that Thou has revealed to us. And I pray for every one that's here, every one that's attended the meeting.
If there be some who does not believe, may, Lord, they become believers. I pray for all that will hear the messages by tape. And if it falls, which it will no doubt, in the homes and places of many unbelievers that will different… But Father, I pray for each one that before they say any blasphemous words, that they might first set down and search the Scriptures by what's been said, and then say to You that they truly are sincere and want to know whether this is truth, or not. And I pray for them, Father.
572-4 / 367 And I pray for these who's stood along these walls, who's stood on the outside, who set in their cars, for little children, and for all that's been in–just all of them, Lord, I pray for them. And I pray that my prayers will be answered, that You'll bless them.
First, Lord, give every one Eternal Life. I pray that there'll not be one of them lost, not one. And now, Father, we don't know when this great event will be, but when we see these signs appearing and Scriptural happenings, it warns our heart above measure. And I pray, Father God, that You'll help us.
I pray that You'll help our dear pastor, Brother Neville. Make him, Lord, full of grace and full of power and with understanding that he might take this stored food and feed the lambs of God. Lord, I pray that You'll keep sickness away from us. May it come to pass that when people become sick that they'll remember the present and all-sufficient Blood of the Lord Jesus lays on the altar to make an atonement. And I pray that they'll be healed immediately. And I pray that You'll keep the power of Satan away from them to discourage them or to try to make them make cults or… Just keep all the powers of the enemy away, Lord. Sanctify us to Thy Word. Grant it, Lord.
573-2 / 373 Then, Lord, I pray that You'll help me. I–I–I'm beginning to fade away, Lord. I know my days can't be too many more, and I pray that You'll help me. Let me be true, Lord, and honest and sincere that I might be able to bear the message as far as it's ordained for me to bear. And when it comes to the time that I must lay down, when I get down to the river, and the waves begin to come in, O God, may I be able to hand this old Sword over to somebody else that'll be honest with It, Lord, and will pack the truth. Grant it, Lord. Until then, help me to be strong and healthy and courageous. Help my church. Bless us together, Lord. We are Yours.
We feel now that Your Spirit is among us. We believe that You will answer our prayers, for we commit ourselves to You with Thy Word for service for the rest of our days upon this earth, in the Name of God's Son, Jesus Christ, our beloved Saviour, for His glory. Amen.
I… (God bless you), I love Him (with all my heart)
Because He first loved me,
God bless you, Brother Neville.
574-1 / 376 [You have just finished hearing the original "Seventh Seal" as it was preached in its entirety on Sunday evening, March 24th, 1963 at the Branham Tabernacle in Jeffersonville Indiana. Brother Branham did not want this original recording released. The next day, Monday, March 25th, 1963, Brother Branham went to the motel room of Brother Fred Sothmann and Brother James McGuire who were at that time in charge of making the tapes. Brother Branham told these brothers, "I don't want this message sent out the way it is." After listening to the tape himself, he instructed the brothers to stop the tape at a certain point, and at that point–(beginning of paragraph number 261)–recorded a new portion of approximately twenty minutes in length–(paragraph 377-414). This new portion was then used in place of the original ending–(paragraph 261-373). This recording was the only released version of the "Seventh Seal" until 1966. After Brother Branham left the scene, the board of the William Branham Evangelistic Association unanimously agreed to release the tape originally recorded at the Tabernacle. Since that time, both versions have been available. We have now placed this additional message of Brother Branham on one tape, with the original "Seventh Seal." The next voice you hear will be Brother Branham in the motel room on Monday, March 25th, 1963–Ed.]
574-1 / 377 Will be a good thing that he doesn't know anything about it, because if he did, then he would impersonate that. That's his tricks in doing things. So therefore, God has made it so hid to the whole world, even to heaven, that there is no way of understanding it, only as God will reveal it Himself.
Now, I want you to notice tonight that in the Sixth Seal there was a–a threefold purpose of the Sixth Seal. There was a threefold purpose of the horse riders. There's been a threefold purpose in all these things. That brings us back to a three and a seven again (See?), Seven Seals, seven vials, and so forth.
574-3 / 380 Now, in threes and sevens is God's number in His mathematics of revealing His Word. Now, you notice, like in the–the–the riders, now there was three horses went out. One of them was a white one, one was a red one, one was a black one. And then in the fourth horse, why, all of them was mixed together. See, a threefold purpose…
Now, God did the same thing. God did the same when He sent out His Lion, which was His Word to combat the antichrist. Then we find out that He sent out the ox during the time of the–the tribulation period (the sacrificial animal); and in this tribulation period, that's all the people could do was just work, slave, and offer themselves for a sacrifice.
574-5 / 384 Then we find out in the next age, which was the reformer's age, God sent out the wisdom of a man–a man-like head on the beast, which was a power that went forth in the reformers.
Now, did you notice, every… No wonder that the people of these days still living the hangover, like it was, from the reformer's age, because they just see it in the ecclesiastical way of looking at it, and they see it in the way that their seminaries has taught it; that was God's way at one time, but we've lived a past that.
574-7 / 386 Now, we're into the age of the Eagle, the revelation to be revealed, the whole thing. Now, compare this with Revelations the 10th chapter, verse 1 to 7, and we'll see here in this Revelations–the Revelations here, 10: 1-7, that in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel's message was to finish up all the mysteries of God.
Now, we find out also in this that the Sixth Seal now being opened, it was for a threefold purpose. Now, here was the purposes: The first thing was that the sleeping virgins had to go through the tribulation period for purification. She had to be purged of her sins of unbelief and rejecting the message. This she was done in the tribulation period. We see they wind up over here in Revelations 7, between the 6th and 7th chapter here, that she had been purged, and she'd been given her robes.
575-2 / 388 Now, she's not the Bride, but it's the church, the pure people that–that–that didn't have the opportunity, maybe, to receive the message, or in some way that they were blinded by these false prophets, and they–they didn't get a chance, and yet they're really sincere in heart, and God knows their heart, and here they're purged during this time.
You notice that another purging time; that's for Israel when she gathers. That's the second fold. God purges Israel in the tribulation period. Out of the millions that'll gather there, there'll be a selected one hundred and forty-four thousand, and they will be purged also. God's purging Israel.
575-4 / 390 Notice, there is a whole earth is to be purged. There will be such a thing that the moon, stars, and all nature will be purged. You see what it is? The earth is renewing herself, being purged, getting ready for the millennium. The millennium's coming up. And see, everything that's got any filth in it is to be purged during the Sixth Seal.
Now, now, do you notice on the opening of this Seventh Seal, it's also in a threefold mystery. This one I have–will speak and have spoke, that it is the mystery of the seven thunders. The seven thunders in heaven will unfold this mystery. It'll be right at the coming of Christ, because Christ said no one knew when He would return.
575-6 / 392 Did you notice when the Jews asked Him that? You know when we compared the Scripture here with Matthew 24 with the six Seals, the Seventh Seal was left out; because (You see?), Christ said only God Himself knowed, not even the Angels. No wonder, it wasn't even written. You see, they hushed; nothing take place then. Angels don't know it; nobody knows when He's coming. But there'll be a… There'll be seven voices of these thunders that will reveal the great revelation at that time.
So I believe, to us who… If we don't know it, and we–we–it won't be knowed till that time, but it will be revealed in that day, in the hour that it's supposed to be revealed in. So the thing for us to do is to be reverent before God and serve Him, and do all that we know how to do, and live good Christian lives.
Here now, we find that the Sixth Seal has been opened to us; we see it, and we know that this Seventh Seal cannot be broke to the public until that hour arrives.
576-3 / 394 Now, there was some reason that God let this seven voices be thundered, because it must come (See?), for the… We find that Christ, the Lamb took the–the Book in His hand, and He opened that Seventh Seal. But you see, it's a hidden mystery. No one knows it. But it–it's right along with what He said: no one would know His coming; they also would not know about this seven thunder mystery. So you see, it's connected together.
That much we have a understanding of it today, because the rest of it is all unfolded, but this is not unfolded. But setting in my room, and I heard this–or not heard it, rather, but seen it unfold to this seven thunders. Now, that's as far as we can go right there. And now I trust that each and every one of you will serve God, and do that which is right, and love Him all your life and serve Him, and God will take care of the rest.
576-5 / 397 Now, we have in the completion here now, by the grace of God, all the mysteries of the six Seals that's been sealed up, and we understand and know here that the Seventh Seal is not to be known to the public.
Now, His coming, and the hour of His coming, when the destruction of the earth… You know, he said there, "What will be the sign of the coming of the end of the world?" In Matthew 24, there where they asked Him that question, He went down to that. He told about Israel being gathered as a nation in the 31st verse of Matthew 24:31. But then He started off on parables. See? Then, you see there, "Learn a parable of the fig tree. When you see it putting forth its buds, why, you know spring's nigh." And then, "When you see this coming to pass, then know the time is nigh."
576-7 / 398 See Israel's gathering in its own homeland. But you notice, He omitted the revelation of this Seventh Seal. And here when the Seventh Seal, when He opened it, He also omitted it again. See? So we see that it is a complete mystery, therefore, the hour is not yet for these mystery to be known, therefore, we're this far and the rest of it will be known right around about the time that Jesus appears on earth again for His Bride, or whatever takes place at that time.
Now, until that time, let's just all pray and live good straight Christian lives, looking forward for His coming.
577-1 / 400 And now, if this tape would happen to fall into the hands of some persons somewhere, don't try to make any kind of an "ism" out of it. The only thing you do, you just continue serving God, because this great secret is so great that God wouldn't even let John write it. It thundered out, but He… knowing that… promising us that it would be opened, but to this time, it isn't opened.
577-2 / 401 And now, we are grateful to God for what He has showed us. I've been setting in the room up there for eight days, and the message that I have just got through explaining to you, many of you here will understand, and I promise that there was something going on, spiritual, all the time, that I was sure you were missing it, and here's what it is: It's the absolute a-vindication of this interpretation of the Scriptures being sent of God, because before we even went into it, and I left to go west, the Lord showed me a vision one day about ten o'clock one morning, and I come and explained it here that I had seen it, didn't know what it was; it was a constellation of seven Angels. We'll remember that. You'll get it on the tape, called, "What Time Is It, Sir?" Well now, that is exactly what you're seeing now.
577-3 / 402 The seven Angels… I was in the west. You remember the little bitty messengers; they went east. The second messengers, the doves (little bit larger bird), they went east. And now, I looked… They was with me all the time. That was that first and second pull. Now, the third came from the west sweeping forward with great terrific speed, and they picked me up. That was coming back east with the mystery of these Seven Seals, just like it said in–in Junior Jackson's dream that the Lord let me interpret for him there.
On the inside of that pyramid, there was white stone that wasn't written on. That's the reason I had to go west to connect with these Angel's message to come back here to reveal it to the church. You remember, I said, "The next things that happen will be here at the church." That's just exactly.
578-1 / 405 Another thing, I want you to notice what taken place, And if you're listening to the tape of the "What Time Is It, Sir?" you will notice that one Angel was very notable to me. The rest of them just was–seemed ordinarily; but this Angel was a noted Angel. He was to my left in the constellation in a form of a pyramid. And you remember, it was in the pyramid where the mysterious white rock was not written on. And the Angels took me into that pyramid of themselves, the mysteries of God known only to them. And now, they with the messengers that come to interpret that pyramid or that message of the secret of these Seven Seals which lays with inside the pyramid.
578-2 / 407 Now, the Angel was to my left, would really be the last, or seventh Angel, if we would count them from left to right, because he was on my left, me looking to him towards the west, him coming towards the east would be on the left side, so that would be the last angel's message: very notable. You remember how I said he had his–kind of his head back, and his great sharp wings, and how he flew right to me. Now, that is this Seventh Seal. It's still is a notable thing. And we are… We don't know what it is as yet, because it's not permitted to be broken.
But now, each one of you in the meeting has noticed that what a meeting it's been. Everybody just seemed to be right on the end of their seat, and everybody standing around here at one and two o'clock in the afternoon waiting for the doors to open to get up here in the front, standing around the walls, cramped limbs, and everything. What is it? It's been the Holy Spirit sending down these messengers, and they have been revealing it to us. And then notice how it's dovetailed with the Word, exactly.
578-4 / 410 And then to let you all know that this is truth, He foretold it about–about two months now, or more, before it ever happened, that when I went west, not knowing it, come back here with the interpretation as He has given it.
Now, remember, in the vision, He never told me one thing in the vision when He took me up. I was scared, afraid I was going to die, be killed in an explosion. You see, they could not do it. The interpretation come just as I had need of it; that was in the room. And I gave it out just as He give it.
Now, you see, friends, visions doesn't fail; they're always perfect; they're just exactly true.
Now, the vision, plus the Word, plus the history, plus the church ages; and all blend together. So I could truly say that to the best of my understanding and according to the Word of God and the vision and the revelation, the interpretation thereof is THUS SAITH THE LORD.
Now, may the Lord bless you all, each one, real richly as we stand now and sing this good old song of the church. God bless you each one. Amen.
[This marks the end of Monday's portion of this sermon–Ed.]
579-2 / 414 [This quote was placed on the end of Monday's portion at Brother Branham's direction and is a repeat of the final 37 seconds of the Sunday evening service–Ed.]
I… (God bless you), I love Him (with all my heart)
Because He first loved me,
God bless you, Brother Neville.