THE FIRST SEAL

Mo 18.03.1963, abends, Branham Tabernacle
Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA
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Let us bow our heads now for prayer. Our Heavenly Father, we thank Thee tonight for this, another opportunity to come to worship You. We are thankful to be alive and to have this great revelation of Eternal Life dwelling within us. And we’ve come, tonight, Father, to study Thy Word, together, these great hidden mysteries that’s been hid since the foundation of the world. And the Lamb is the only One that can reveal It to us. I pray that He will come among us, tonight, and will take of His Word and reveal It to us, that we might know how to be better servants to Him, in this end times. O God, as we see that we are now in the end time, help us to know our place, Lord, and our frail being, and the certainty of the Coming of the Lord, soon. We ask it in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

I believe it was David, said, “I was happy when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord.” It’s always a great privilege to come. And—and the studying of the Word, together, gives us this great hope.

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Now there is many standing, and I’m just going to hurry as quick as possible. But I trust that you have enjoyed the Presence of the Holy Spirit, like I have, in these last couple of times. [Congregation says, “Amen.”]

And, today, I had something to happen that I haven’t had for a long time. I was studying on this, on this revelation here, on the opening of the Seal.

Years ago I run through It here, about some twenty years ago, I guess, or something like that, but somehow or another I never was just exactly satisfied. It seemed like there was some things, especially in these Seals, because those Seals are the entire Book. See? It’s the Book. The whole Book is one Book, sealed. It starts...

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For instance, if I had something here, I’d show you what I mean. [Brother Branham illustrates the rolling and sealing of a scroll, by using sheets of paper.] Here is one seal. That’s one, and you roll it up like this, the way it was rolled. And you roll it up in this manner. And, at the end, there is a little piece sticking out, like that. That’s the first seal. All right, then, that’s the first part of the book. Then, the next seal is rolled in this manner, right by the side of it. And it’s rolled up in this manner, like here. And then, at the end, right here, there is another sticking out. Means, two seals.

And that’s the way the whole Bible was wrote, in scrolls. [Brother Branham unrolls the sheets of paper that he was using for illustration.] And, so, the... to break these Seals, it opens the mysteries of the Book.

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Did you get to study in Jeremiah, how he wrote that, many of you taking it down last night? How them seals were wrote and placed away, for keeping, until he returned after seventy years, of the captivity. He was returned back and claimed his possession.

And I certainly like to study It. You can’t... There is no way to express It all, because It’s an Eternal Word. And It’s an Eternal Book, therefore we just have to kind of hit the high places. And today, in studying, I have written down many Scriptures so you can study It. And also... And the tapes will reveal much of It, as you study.

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And there is so many things!

If I could just stand here at the platform and reveal It to you, the way It’s revealed to me in the room, my, it would be marvelous. But, when you get here, you’re pressed, and you just kind of jump over the things, and try to just get the main part to the people, that they might see It.

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I certainly appreciate that song Brother Ungren just sang; "Down From His Glory". If He hadn’t of come from His Glory, where would we all be tonight? So we’re thankful that He come down to help us.

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Now, with many standing, we’ll just hurry right through in here, the—the best we can. I don’t say we’re going to hurry right through, but I mean we’re going to get started as quick as possible. And now let us turn, now, after the...

We’ve had the 1st chapter, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. And 5th, last night. And tonight we’re starting on the 6th chapter of Revelation.

Now, as we study this chapter, we’re referring different places, even to Old and New Testament, alike, because the entire Book is the revelation of Jesus Christ. See? That’s altogether the revelation of—of the Lord Jesus, the revelation of Jesus Christ. It’s God, revealing Himself in the Book; revealing Himself, through Christ, in the Book. And Christ is the revelation of God. He come to reveal God, because He and God were the same. “God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself.” In other words, you’d never knowed just what God was until He revealed Himself through Christ; then you can see.

I used to think, years ago, that maybe God was angry with me, but Christ loved me. Come to find out, it’s the same Person, see. And Christ is the very heart of God.

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And now as we study this, we are comparing it now. The first three books of the Bible, of Revelation, which we have pretty thoroughly combed that, is the church ages, the—the seven church ages. Now there is seven church ages, Seven Seals, Seven Trumpets, and Vials, and—and unclean spirits like frogs, and all this goes together.

My, how I’d like to have a—a great big map, and draw it all across, the way I see it, you know, just how each one takes its place. I’ve drawed it out on a little sheet of paper, but I... You know it. And everything, so far, hit just exactly right. And with the time and the ages, as they have come and gone, and everything has blended in just perfectly right. So, it may not altogether be right, but it’s the best that I know about it, anyhow. And I know, if—if I do my best, and I make a mistake in trying to do my best, and the best that I know of, that God surely will forgive me for doing... for the error if I have done wrong. But...

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Now, those first three books is the first, Seven Church Ages. And then we find out, in the 4th chapter of Revelation, John is caught up. See? We see the churches. There is not too much said about the church ages. There is where I think that people are going to be so surprised. They’re—they’re—they’re applying the Church way over into the Tribulation, to those things that to happen. And as I said, Sunday, yesterday: the first thing you know, those tribulations will break in, and you’ll wonder why was not the... The first coming was the Rapture. And it’ll be as it has been: it’s passed and you didn’t know it. See?

Now, there is not too much promised to that Church, that Gentile Church, the Bride.

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Now, I want you to bear in mind, there is a church and a Bride. See?

You always have to make it run in threes; fours is wrong. Threes! Threes, sevens, tens, twelves, and twenty-fours, and forty’s, fifty’s, those unbroken numbers. The Bible is... and God runs His Messages in—in num-... the numerals of the Bible, in those numbers. And you get something that flies off of one of those numbers, you’d better watch. It won’t come out right, on the next thing. Got to bring it back here to where you start from.

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Brother Vayle, Brother Lee Vayle, he—he... I think he’s here. We were talking the other day about people who getting off the track. It’s just like shooting a target. If that gun is perfectly balanced, perfectly trained and sighted, it’s got to hit the target; unless that barrel moves, or twists, or vibration throws it off, and wherever... or a wind puff. Wherever it starts off at, there is only one way to do, is come back to where it left the track, and start again, if it’s going to hit the target. If it doesn’t, why, it just doesn’t hit the target.

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And that’s the way in studying Scripture, I believe. If we find out we start something here, and it doesn’t come out right, you see it isn’t, yeah, we’ve made a mistake somewhere, you’ve got to come back. You’ll never figure It with your mind. It just isn’t...

We just found out, by the Scriptures, that there’s no man in Heaven, or in earth, or beneath the earth, or ever was, or ever will be, that can do it. The Lamb alone can do it. So, seminary exclamations, whatever it might be, is just nothing. See? It takes the Lamb to reveal It, that’s all, so we trust that He will help us.

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John, caught up, in the 4th chapter, to see things “which was, which is, and which is to come.” But the Church finishes at the 4th chapter. And Christ takes up the Church, caught up in the air, to meet Him, and does not appear again until the 19th chapter, when He comes back with... as King of king and Lord of lords, with the Church. And now, oh, I hope someday that we can get through it all, maybe before He comes. If we don’t, we’ll see it, anyhow, so it doesn’t matter.

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Now, in this 5th chapter, the breaking of these Seals, and now the seven-sealed Book. First, we want to read the First Seal.

Last evening, to background it just a little more, we find out, that, when John looked and seen that Book still in the hands of the original Owner, God. You remember how It was lost? By Adam. He forfeited the Book of Life, for the knowledge of Satan, and lost his inheritance, lost everything; and no way for redemption. Then, God, made in the likeness of man, came down and become a Redeemer to us, to redeem us.

And now we find out that, in days past by, these things which was mysterious is to be opened up to us in the last days.

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Now we find out, also, in this, that, as soon as John heard this announcement for the—the Kinsman Redeemer to come forth and to make His claims, there was no man that could do it; no man in Heaven, no man in earth, no man beneath the earth. No one was worthy even to look at the Book. Just think of that. No person, at all, worthy even look at It.

And John just started weeping. He knowed that, oh, there was no chance for redemption then. Everything was failed.

And quickly we find his weeping stopping, quickly, because it was announced by one of the four Beasts, or the elders, rather. One of the—the elders said, “Don’t weep, John, for the Lion of the tribe of Juda has prevailed,” in other words, “overcome, and has conquered.”

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John, turning, he saw a Lamb coming out. He must have been bloody and cut and wounded. It had been slain, the... said, that, “A Lamb that had been slain.” And, course, it was still bloody; if you had cut the lamb and—and killed it the way that Lamb was, anyhow. It was hacked to pieces on a cross, spears in the side, and nails in the hands and feet, and thorns over the brow. He was in an awful condition. And this Lamb come forth, and went over to Him that sat upon the Throne, that held the complete title deed of Redemption. And the Lamb goes and takes the Book out of the hand of Him that sat upon the Throne, and was took, and opened the Seals and opened the Book.

And then when that happened, we found out there must have been a—a great something took place in Heaven. For, the elders, and the four and twenty elders, and the Beasts, and—and everything in Heaven, began to cry, “Worthy!” And here come the Angels, and poured out the Vials of the prayers of saints. The saints under the altar screamed out, “Worthy art Thou, O Lamb, for You have redeemed us, and now You have made us kings and priests, and we shall rule on the earth.” Oh, my! And that’s so, when He opened that Book.

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You see, the Book actually was planned and written before the foundation of the world. This Book, the Bible, was really written before the foundation of the world. And Christ, being the Lamb, was slain before the foundation of the world. And the—the members of His Bride, their names were put in the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the world. But, It’s been sealed up, and now It’s being revealed; whose names were in there, all about It, and what a great thing.

And John, when he saw it, he—he said, “Everything in Heaven, everything underneath the earth... ” Everything heard him saying, “Amen, blessings, and honor!” He just really was having a great time, and, for, “The Lamb was worthy.”

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And now the Lamb is standing. Now, tonight, as we enter into this 6th chapter, He’s got the Book in His hand, and starting to reveal It.

And, oh, I would have absolutely today... And I hope that people are spiritual. I would have had a horrible mistake on That, if it hadn’t been, about twelve o’clock today, when the Holy Spirit came in the room and corrected me on something that I was writing down to say.

I was taking It from an old context. I had nothing on It. I don’t know what the Second Seal is, no more than nothing. But I had got some old context of something that I had spoke on several years ago, and wrote it down. And I had gathered this context, context from Dr. Smith, many great, outstanding teachers that I—I had gathered it. And all of them believed that, so I had wrote it down. And I was fixing to say, “Well, now I’ll study It from that standpoint.”

And there, about twelve o’clock in the day, the Holy Spirit just swept right down into the room, and the whole thing just opened up to me, and there It was, see, so... of this—of this First Seal being opened.

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I’m as positive as I’m standing here tonight, that this is the Gospel Truth that I’m going to say here. I—I just know it is.

Because, if a revelation is contrary to the Word, then it isn’t Revelation. And, you know, there is some of the stuff can looks so absolutely true, and yet isn’t true. See? It looks like it is, but it isn’t.

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Now, we find, the Lamb with the Book, now. And now in the 6th chapter we read:

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of a thunder, and one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

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Now, that’s the First Seal, the one we’re going to try, by the grace of God, to explain It tonight. By the very best... And I realize that a man, trying to explain That, is walking on dangerous grounds if you don’t know what you’re doing. See? So if it comes to me by revelation, I’ll tell you so. If I just have to take it through my own mind, then I’ll—I’ll tell you that before I talk about it. But I’m just as positive, as I’m standing here tonight, That come afresh to me, today, from the Almighty. I’m not prone to just saying things like that, when it comes to this part of the Scripture. I—I’m...

I hope you know what I’m talking about now, you see. Now, you know, and you can’t say things... If something is supposed to be laying over here before it happens, you—you can’t say it till something lays it over there. See? Are you reading? Are you listening to something? See?

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Now, the Seven-Seal, rolled Book is now being released by the Lamb. We approach that place tonight. God, help us. As the Seals are broken and released, the mysteries of the Book are revealed.

Now, you see, This is a sealed Book. Now, we believe that. Do we not? [Congregation says, “Amen.”] We believe that It is a sealed Book. Now, we never knowed this before, but It is. It’s sealed with Seven Seals. That is, on the back of the Book, the Book is sealed with Seven Seals.

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If we was talking about this kind of book, it would be like putting a strap across it, seven straps. [Brother Branham shows a book as an illustration.] But it isn’t this kind of a book.

It’s a scroll. And then when the scroll is unwound, that’s one; then laying right in the scroll is number two. And right here It says what It is, but It’s a mystery. But, yet, we have probed in It; but, remember, the Book is sealed. And the Book is the Book of mystery, of revelation. It is the revelation of Jesus Christ, see, a Book of revelations. And now you know, down through the age, man has probed and tried to get into That. We all have.

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And, yet, one time, I remember... If—if Mr. Bohanon happened to be present, or—or some of his people, I—I don’t mean it by any insult. Mr. Bohanon is a bosom friend, and he was the superintendent of the Public Service when I was working there. When I first got saved, I was telling him about reading on the Book of Revelation. He said, “I tried to read that thing,” he said. And Mr. Bohanon was a fine man, and he—he was a member of the church. And—and I don’t know what all he belonged to, but he said, “I think that John must have had a red pepper supper that night, and went to bed on a full stomach.”

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I said to him, although it could have cost my job, I said, “Aren’t you ashamed to say that?” And I was just a boy. But I said, “Aren’t you ashamed to say that about the Word of God?” See? Yet, and just a kid, no more than early... maybe twenty-one, twenty-two years old; and work scarce, and the depression on. But, yet, there was a fear in there, when I... slanted, heard any slant toward God’s Word. It’s Truth; all Truth. So, it was not even a dream or a nightmare; it wasn’t John eat.

He was on the Isle of Patmos because he tried to put the Word of God into a book form, and was exiled there by the Roman government. And was on the island, on the Day of the Lord. And he heard behind him a Voice of many waters, and turned to look, and he saw Seven Golden Candlesticks. And there stood the Son of God, in between them.

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Now. And then, the Book is a revelation. So, a revelation is something that’s made known of something, something that’s been revealed. And now, notice, so you won’t forget it, it is “closed up until the latter times.” See? The whole mystery of It is “closed up until the latter times.” We find that in the Scripture here.

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Now, the mystery of the Book are revealed when the Seals are broken. And when the Seals completely are broken, the time of redemption is over; because the Lamb left the intercession booth, to walk out to take His claims. He was a Mediator, between that. But when the real revelation happens on the Seals, as They begin to break, the Lamb is coming forth from the sanctuary. It’s according to the Word. We read it last night. He come from the... out of the midst, and took the Book, so He’s no more Mediator. Because, even they called Him a Lion, and that’s—that’s the King, and He is not a Mediator then.

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Although, the actors of these Seals begin at the first church age. Now remember, so you—you will get the background of it thoroughly, if we can, or as thoroughly as possible. The “actors,” I’ll place it like that because that a an actor is a man who changes masks. See?

And in this act, tonight, we’re going to see that it’s Satan changing his mask. And, all, actors.

Christ, acting the part that He did, when He become from a Spirit to man, He only put on an actor’s garment, human flesh, and came down in the form of a Man, in order to be a Kinsman Redeemer.

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Now—now, you see, it’s only an actor’s form. That’s the reason they are all in parables and sy-... and the way they are here, like beasts, and animals, so forth. It’s in an act. And these actors begin in the first church age, because it was Christ revealing Himself to the seven church ages. Now you understand it? [Congregation says, “Amen.”] All right. See? Christ revealing Himself to the seven church ages.

Then, through these church ages, there is a great mess-up comes along. Then, at the end of the church age, the seventh angel’s Message is to pick up these lost mysteries and to give it to the Church. See? Now we’ll notice that.

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But not then revealed in their true state. Now, in the Bible times, the mysteries were there, and they seen these things happen the way John saw it here. Now he said, “There is a white-horse rider.” But, what the mystery of it is, there’s a mystery that goes with that rider. Now, what it was, they didn’t know, but it’s to be revealed. But it is to be revealed after the Lamb leaves the Father’s Throne, of His intercessory as Kinsman Redeemer.

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I’m going to drop a little something in here. Now, if anybody gets these tapes... Any man can speak whatever he wants to. He has a right to anything of his conviction. But if... You know, if a minister doesn’t want this amongst his people, then tell them not to take it. But I—I... This is amongst the people that I have been sent to speak to, therefore I must reveal what is the Truth. See?

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Now, the Lamb, in the time of intercessory back here, He knew that there were names in there that was put in there from the foundation of the world. And as long as them names have never been manifested on earth as yet, He had to stay there as Intercessor. Do you get it? [Congregation says, “Amen.”] Perfectly, predestination! See? All right. He had to stay there, because He came to die for those that God had ordained to Eternal Life. See? See? By His foreknowledge, He saw them. Not by His Own will; His will was that none should perish. But by His foreknowledge He knew who would and who would not. Therefore, as long as there was one name hadn’t, never yet been ’clared—declared in earth, Christ had to stay there as an Intercessor, to take care of that name.

But as soon as that final name had been splashed in that Clorox or bleach, then His intercessory days was over. “Let him that’s filthy be filthy still. Let him that’s holy, he is holy still.” See? And He leaves the sanctuary and then it becomes a Judgment Seat. Woe unto those outside of Christ then!

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Now notice, but It’s to be revealed when the Lamb leaves His intercessory place from the Father. Now, that’s Revelation 5. Now He takes the Book of Seals, the Book of Seals, or a Book sealed with Seals, breaks them and shows them. Look. At the end of the age now, after the intercessory is over, the church ages has done finished up.

He come in, in the first age, the Ephesian Age; revealed, sent the messenger.

Notice what happens, as we go along. Here is the plan of it. The first thing happens, there is a—a—an announcement in the Heavens, first. What happens? A Seal is opened. What is that? A mystery is unfolded. See? And when a mystery unfolds, then a trumpet sounds. It declares a war. A plague falls, and a church age opened. See?

What is the “war” part? The angel of the Church catches the mystery of God, not fully yet revealed. But, when he does, he catches this mystery of God, and then he goes forth to the people after the mystery has been given to him. Goes forth to the people! What does he do out there? He begins to proclaim that Message. And what does it start? A war, a spiritual war.

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And then God takes His messenger, with the Elect of that age, and lays them away, asleep. And then He drops a plague upon them who rejected It; a temporary judgment.

And then after that is over, then it goes on, and they denominate, and bring in denominations, and start off with that man’s work, like of Wesley and all the rest of them. And then it gets all in a squabble again.

And then another mystery comes forth. Then what happened? Another messenger arrives on earth, for a church age. See? Then, when he arrives, he the—the trumpet sounds. He declares war. See? And then what happens? Finally, then, he is caught away. And then when he is laid away, then plague falls, destroys them. Spiritual death hits the church, and she is gone, that group.

Then He goes on to another one. Oh, it’s a great plan!

Until, it comes to that last angel. Now, he has no certain mystery. But he gathers up all that’s been lost in them other ages, all the Truths that wasn’t truly revealed yet, see, as the revelation come, then he reveals those things in his day. If you want to read it, there it is. Revelation 10, 1 to... 1 to about 4, you’ll get it. All right. See?

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“Takes the Book and, of Seals, and breaks them,” and shows the seventh angel; for this alone, the mysteries of God, is the ministry of the seventh angel. Now, we just come through the church ages, with even history, and prove that. See? It is the—the angel’s Message, of the seventh church, all right, reveals all the mysteries that’s been in the past, all the things in the past. Revelation 10:1-7, that’s to be.

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Now, remember, “In the days of the seventh angel, his sounding forth, blasting forth the Gospel trumpet, he is to finish all the mysteries of God.”

Just like, here come forth, in the early church ages. We’ll get it, after a while, a doctrine. And, then, it become a saying, first; then a doctrine; and then become a statute; then become a church, and through the dark ages.

Then out of the dark ages come the first reformation, Luther. And he brought, with him, all kinds of mysterious things that happened during that church age, all back in there then, but he never finished it up.

Then along come Wesley, with sanctification, got some more of it. Still, never finished it; left loose ends everywhere, such as sprinkling instead of baptism. And Luther took “Father, Son, Holy Ghost” instead of the “Lord Jesus Christ.” All these different things!

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Then along come the Pentecostal age, with the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and they cabbaged down on that. Now, there cannot be no more ages. That’s all of it. That’s the Philadelphia... or, now, the Laodicea Age. But then the...

We found, in the studying of the Scripture, that the messenger to the age come right at the end of the age, every time. Paul come at the end of the age. We find out that Irenaeus come to the end of the age. Martin, end of the age. Luther, the end of Catholic age. And (what?) Wesley at the end of the Lutheran age. And Pentecost at the end of the age of sanctification, to the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

And at the end of the Pentecostal age, we are supposed to receive, according to the Word, as God help me tonight to show you, through here, that we are to see, receive a messenger that will take all those loose ends out there and reveal the whole secret of God, for the rapturing of the Church.

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And then there is coming forth seven mysterious Thunders that’s not even written at all. That’s right. And I believe that, through those Seven Thunders, will be revealed in the last days in order to get the Bride together for rapturing faith. Because, what we got right now, we—we wouldn’t be able to do it. There is something. We’ve got to step farther. We, we can’t have enough faith for Divine healing, hardly. We’ve got to have enough faith to be changed, in a moment, and be swept up out of this earth. And we’ll find that, after a while, the Lord willing, find where It’s written.

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Then, all the judgments of these evil doers! Now, see, down through the ages of these Seals, has been breaking, until now the last Seal is broken. And now as they—as they have been watching in on these Seals and just presume, presuming what they were doing. Now, at the end of the ages, of the church ages, all these evil doers will take place and head up in the Tribulation; all of these evil doers of the Seven Seals, that’s been working mysterious in the church.

And we’ll find out, in a minute, it even worked in the name of a church. They call themselves, “The Church.” And you just see if that isn’t right. No wonder I been so against denomination, not knowing why. See? See?

They end up. Now, it starts back here in a mild form, and just keeps getting worse and worse, on down until... And people go right into it, saying, “Oh, yes, this is just fine.” But in the last days, these things are made known. And they finally go so bad until they go plumb into the Tribulation period.

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And how can a man say that the Bride of Christ goes into the Tribulation? I can’t understand it. See? She is took away from the Tribulation. If—if the Church has been judged, and they have judged themselves and have accepted the Blood, how can God judge a man that’s perfectly, totally sinless?

You say, “There is no such a person.”

Every born-again believer, true believer, is perfectly, absolutely sinless before God. He is not trusting in his works; in the Blood of Jesus, that his confession has dropped into. The Bible says so. See? “He that—that is born of God does not commit sin, for he cannot sin.” How can you make a man a sinner when the bleach of the Blood of Jesus Christ is between him and God? That would scatter sin till there be nothing left of it. See? How can that pure Blood of Christ ever let a sin pass there? He cannot.

Jesus said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect.” And how could we even start the thought of being perfect? But Jesus required it. And if Jesus required it, He has got to make a way for it. And He has; His Own Blood!

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Now, all, reveals all the mysteries that’s gone on in the past. Now, the thought is, here at the end time, that the mysteries that begin way back long ago and has come down through the church ages, is to be revealed here at the breaking of the Seals, here at the last days, after the time of intercession is just about finished, at that time.

Then, the judgments wait for those who are in the back. They go on out into that. That is after the Bride has been taken from the scene.

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Oh, let’s just read a Scripture. You all like to put down some of the Scriptures? Let’s take Second Thessalonians, just a moment, and look here just a minute. It—it’s such a beautiful picture here! I like it. And let’s see. Yes, Second Thessalonians. And I want the 2nd chapter of Second Thessalonians, and the—the 7th verse. Let’s see. Second Thessalonians 2:7. I think that’s right, now. I was writing this down, quivering and shaking.

...the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who... letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

Who? “He that letteth.” See? See, a mystery, “the mystery of iniquity,” way back in that very first church age here. Here is Paul writing, saying that, “The mystery of iniquity.” What is iniquity? Iniquity, is something that you know you ought not to do, and you do it anyhow. And Paul said there is such in the earth today, workers of iniquity.

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Oh, if you... We’re going to get to the... Let’s just read that piece, just a minute. Start up a little farther, the 3rd verse:

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that (m-a-n) man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; (that’s right)

Who opposes and exalts himself above all that’s called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God, remitting sins.

Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

I’d like to have sit under some of his teaching. Wouldn’t you?

And now you know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

Not then, see, not then; but, “in his time,” see, at the breaking of that Seal. We’d know exactly what it was. Who is this man of iniquity? Who is this man of sin, this fellow that’s a working iniquity? “But he be revealed in his time.”

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For the mystery of iniquity does already work (deceivers, you see, deceiving the people off into something, see): only he (God) that letteth will let, until he (the Church, Christ, the Bride) be taken out of the way.

And then shall the Wicked one be revealed,...

At the breaking of the Seal, “at his time.” Paul said, “Not in my time, but in the time when he’ll be revealed.” See?

...whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth,...

We’re going to get to that after a while, “the spirit of his mouth.” Watch what that is.

...and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan...

Him, “him,” a man whose working is after the working of Satan.

...with all power and signs and lying wonders,

And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness, deceiving people by unrighteousness, in them that perish (not this Bride), in them that’s looking for such a thing; because they received not the love of the truth,...

And Christ is the Truth, and Christ is the Word; but they would rather have a creed. Huh! See?

...that they might be saved.

And for this cause God has sent them strong delusions, that they should believe a—a lie:

It should be translated there, as I looked in the lexicon, “the lie,” not “a lie.” “The lie,” same one he told Eve.

That they... might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

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What a statement! My! After the Bride is taken away, then this man of sin will reveal himself.

She, the true Bride of Christ, has been elected out of every church age.

Now, the other day I made a statement, “The Bride could go Home and you’ll never know nothing about it.” That’s true.

Somebody said, “Well, Brother Branham, that would be a mighty small group.”

Jesus said, “As it was in the days of Noah,” now you talk to Him about it, see, “wherein eight souls were saved by water, so shall it be in the Coming of the Son of man.”

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If they was eight hundred went in the Rapture tonight, you would never hear a word about it tomorrow, or the next day, or no other time. They’d be gone and you’d know nothing about it. See, it’d just be the same thing.

What am I trying to say? I’m not trying to scare you, worry you. I—I want you to be on your toes. Be ready, watching, every minute. Quit your nonsense. Just get down to business with God, ’cause it’s later than you think.

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Now, you remember, the true Bride!

Now, there is a false bride. We get that in Revelation 17. She said, “I am a widow, and have no need of nothing,” you see, sitting upon this scarlet-color bea’t, and so forth, the beast, rather.

Now, but the true Bride will be made up of thousands times thousands of people, but it will be the Elect out of every church age. Every time a message went forth, and the people believed it and accepted it in all the Light it was, when they were sealed away until that Day of Redemption.

Don’t Jesus teach the same thing, when He said, “The—the sound come in the—the seventh watch”? That’s the last church age. See? And said, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go out to meet Him.”

And then the sleeping virgin come, rubbed her eyes, and said, “Suppose I ought to have some of that Oil, too, so maybe you’d better have some.”

And the real, true Bride standing there, said, “We just got enough for ourself. Uh-huh. We just got enough to get in, ourself. We can’t give you nothing. If you want some, you go pray up.”

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And while she was gone, the Bridegroom come, and in went the Bride. And then them remnant there, the ones that were absolutely virtuous, the church, was left outside. And He said, “There will be weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth.”

See, now, that’s the Elect. And when the sound come, “The Bridegroom cometh,” then every one of those that slept down through those ages, awakened, every one.

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See, it isn’t God, as we would think, just going to hunt Him out a few thousand people of this age and take them. It’s the very Elected out of every age. And that’s the reason Christ has to stay on the mediatorial seat back here, as an Intercessor, until that last one comes in at the last age. And these revelations then, of what it has been, breaks forth upon the people, and they see what’s happened. See? You get it now? [Congregation says, “Amen.”]

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All right.

Notice, “The rest of the dead,” church members, “lived not again until one thousand years was passed.” The church members, the—the Christians, the church, lived not again until the end of the thousand years. And then they come forth to stand before the Bride, that’s right, stand before the King and the Queen. Glory!

Some church today calls herself, “The Queen of Heaven.”

The Queen of Heaven is the selected Bride of Christ, and She comes with Him. Daniel saw it, and said, “Ten thousands times tens thousands ministered to Him.” Now if you’ll watch the Scripture there, in Daniel, “judgment was set, and the books were opened.”

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Now remember, when He come, He come with His Bride. The wife ministers to her husband. “And ten thousands times ten thousands of thousands ministered to Him. Judgment was set, and the books were opened.” “And another book was opened, which is the book of Life,” not the Bride, at all. She has done gone up and come back, and standing there in judgment of those generations that refused the Gospel Message.

Didn’t Jesus say? “The queen of the South shall rise with this generation in her days, of the Judgment, and will condemn this generation; for she came from the utmost parts of the world, to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and a greater than Solomon is here.”

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There stood the—the judgment, the queen of—of Sheba, of the South, stood there in the Judgment, and her own testimony.

Not even a Jew came up with that generation that was Jews. And they were blind, and missed Him. Because, they were looking for Him, but He come so simple that they went plumb over the top of it, like that.

And, there, that great queen humbled herself, and come and accepted the message. “And she’ll stand in the Judgment,” He said, “and condemn that generation.”

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Now you see the three classes, always. The book, the dead were judged out; another book, the book of Life, them who had their names in the book of Life.

They say, “If your name is in the book of Life, it’s all right, uh?” No, sir!

Look, Judas Iscariot had his name in the book of Life. Now say that’s wrong? Jesus, in Matthew 10, gave them power to cast out devils, and sent them forth to heal the sick, and to cleanse the lepers, and raise the dead. And they went out, and returned back, Judas right with them. And they cast out devils, and done all kinds of miracles. And returned back, and said, “Even the devils is subject unto us.”

Jesus said, “Don’t rejoice that the devils is subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in Heaven.” And Judas was with them. But what happened? When it come down to the Elected group, to go up there at Pentecost and really receive the Holy Spirit, Judas showed his colors. He’ll be there in the Judgment.

So the books was opened; and a book, the Life, was opened; and every man was judged thus. Now, the Bride is standing there with Christ, to judge the world.

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Don’t the... Paul say, “Dare you,” talking to the Bride, “having any manner of grievance against each other, that you go to the unjust law. Don’t you know the saints shall judge the earth?” See? There you are. The saints is going to judge the earth and take it over. That’s right.

Say, “How in the world is a little group like that?” I don’t know how it’s going to be done. But He said it’s going to be done, so that just settles it, as far as I know.

Now look.

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Now notice. “The rest of the dead,” the church members, dead church members, “lived not again until the thousand years.” And then at the thousand years, they were gathered; another resurrection come, which is second resurrection, and they were gathered. And Christ and the Church, the Bride, not the church; the Bride, Christ and the Queen, not the church. Chur-... Christ and the Bride stood there.

And they were separated, like the sheep from the goats. That’s right. There is the church members come up. And if they heard the Truth and rejected the Truth, then what’s going to be said when the big thing is spread across the canvas, when even your own thoughts will be there, what you thought about It? How you going to escape it, and it right there on the canvas of the skies, and God’s great television there. It’s your own thoughts rebelling. Your own thoughts will speak against you in that hour.

So if you speak one thing, and think another, you better stop that. Get your thoughts on God. Keep them pure, and stay right there with it, and speak the same thing all the time. See? Don’t say, “Well, I’ll say I’ll believe It, but I’ll go find out.” You believe It! Amen.

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Notice, these type, the reason they die out, they go through the purging of trial of the Tribulation because they’re not actually under the Blood. They claim they are, but they’re not. How can they go through a trial, to purify them, when there is when the (bleach) Blood of Jesus Christ takes every symptom of sin and stuff away from you? “And you are already dead, and your life is hid in Him, through God, and sealed in there by the Holy Ghost.” What are you going to be judged for? Where you going to get your purification? What do you have to be purified from, when you’re perfectly in Christ, sinless? How... What’s the judgment for? But it’s the sleeping bunch, that them people can’t make out.

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Now, they haven’t done it for years, you see, but this is the hour of revelation, see, see, being revealed just at the coming of the Bride; the last winding up, the last things are coming. It’s coming to an end, friend, I believe. When? I don’t know. I—I can’t tell you. But anything... I want to live tonight like if it was tonight, I’d be ready. See? He might come tonight, yet, and He might not come for twenty years. I don’t know when He’ll come. But whenever it is,... And my life might be over, tonight; and, then, whatever I’ve done here, it’s finished at that hour. I—I’ve go to meet Him in the judgment, the way I went down here. “The way that the tree leans, that’s the way it falls.”

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Remember, when they went to buy Oil, they... “Oh,” you say, “now wait a minute, Brother Branham. I don’t know about that.” When they went to buy Oil, when they come back, the Bride was done gone and the door was shut. And they knocked, and said, “Let us in! Let us in!” [Brother Branham knocks on the pulpit several times.] But they were out in outer darkness.

Now, if you want a type of that, now look. “In the time of Noah,” Jesus said, referred to it. Now, in Noah’s time, they went into the ark. But they were carried over the... during the time of the judgment, but that—that didn’t type Christ’s Bride.

Enoch typed the Bride. Enoch! Noah went over, through the Bride... went over, through the tribulation period, and suffered, and become a drunk, and died. But Enoch walked before God, for five hundred years, and had a testimony, “he pleased God,” with rapturing faith; and just started walking right out, and went up through the skies, and went Home without even tasting death; never died, at all.

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That’s a type of, “We which are alive and remain, shall not prevent, or hinder, those same type of people that are asleep,” that fell asleep on account of human age, in the—in the state of human age. They died back there, but they’re not dead. They are sleeping. Amen. They are asleep, not dead. And the only thing it needs is the Bridegroom to wake them. Yes. “And we which are alive and remain, shall not hinder those that’s already fell asleep. For the trumpet of God shall sound, and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them, and will meet the Lord in the air.”

“And the rest of the dead lived not for a thousand years.” There you are, they went through the Tribulation period.

What was it? Like Enoch.

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You know, Noah watched Enoch. For, when Enoch come up missing, he knowed judgment was at hand. He got to hanging around the ark.

But Noah didn’t go up. He just lifted a little piece off, and rode over the tribulations. He was carried through the tribulation period, to die the death. See? But Noah was carried through.

Enoch was translated, without death, a type of the Church being caught up with those who are asleep, to meet the Lord in the air, and the rest of the church is carried over into the Tribulation period. Can’t make nothing else out of it, myself. Enoch, raptured, no death.

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Now let’s start studying a little now, get down to our lesson. I just keep on that, we never will get into these, this Seal. Now notice. Let’s take now, because we’re going to have, along, maybe tomorrow night or next night, hit a Trumpet, now and then, because the Trumpet sounds at the same time the Seals. It’s just the same thing. The church age opens, the... just the same thing. See?

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Now, a trumpet always denotes war or, otherwise, political disturbance, the trumpet does, a political disturbance, and that causes war. When you go to get messing in politics, and get them all messed up, like we got it now, look out, war is at hand. But, see, the kingdom still belongs to Satan. He’s still got this part in his hand.

Because why? It is redeemed by Christ, but He’s doing the part of the Kinsman Redeemer, taking His subjects, until the last one (name) is put on that Book, has already received It and been sealed away. Now have you got it? [Congregation says, “Amen.”]

Then He comes from His Throne, His Father’s Throne, walks forward, takes the Book out of God’s hand, from the Throne, and claims His right. The first thing He does is call for His Bride. Amen! Then what does He take? He takes His opponent, Satan, and binds him, and casts him into the fire out there, with all that followed him.

Now, remember, it wasn’t Russia. No. The antichrist is a smooth fellow. Just watch how smooth he is. He is smart, now. Yes, sir. Just takes the Holy Spirit; only thing can out-do him.

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Notice, Trumpets means political disturbance, wars. Matthew 24, Jesus spoke of it. He said, “You’ll hear of wars and rumors of wars, see, all the way down through.” You remember the... Jesus speaking that, “Wars, rumors and wars, and rumors and wars, and plumb on down to the end.” Now, that’s the Trumpets sounding.

Now, when we get on the Trumpets, we’ll go back there and pick up each one of them wars, and show you that they followed them churches, show you they follow these Seals. “Wars and rumors of war.” But, Trumpet, denotes political disturbance.

Whereas, Seals deals with the religious disturbance. See? A Seal is opened, a Message is dropped. And then the church is always so set up in its own political ways, and whatever more, and all of its dignitary. And when that real Message drops down, that messenger goes forth and he shakes them to pieces. That’s right. It’s religious disturbance when a Seal is opened. That’s what’s happened. Yeah. Yes.

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They get all at ease in Zion. The church gets all settled down, and, “We got it all made.” Just like the church of England, they was all settled down. The Catholic church, all settled down, and along come Luther. There was a religious disturbance. Yes, sir! Sure was! Well, the church went on off, with Zwingli. And from Zwingli, come on down to different ones, and to Calvin. And after a while, the Anglican church settled down, and it was just at ease, and along come Wesley. There was a religious disturbance. That’s right. See, it always denotes a religious disturbance.

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Now, the Seal. Let’s just read It a little bit now. I want to—to get this, just we’ll read It. I get to talking. I...

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, (what happened?) and I heard, as it was the noise of a thunder,...

Oh, how I’d like to dwell on that just a few minutes! And I hope now that all the peoples that know these things and are waiting for the consolation of the Lord, will now study real close; and on the tapes, also, that you’ll think of this.

The first thing happened, when that Lamb broke that First Seal, a Thunder roared. Now, that’s got a significant. It’s got... It’s significant. It’s got a meaning. It’s a meaning. Nothing happens without a meaning. All right, a Thunder, a Thunder roared. Wonder what that Thunder was?

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Now let’s read a little bit. Let’s turn to Matthew... No, let’s take Saint John, first. Saint John, 12th chapter, and just hold it a minute. Saint John, the 12th chapter. And now let’s begin with the 23rd verse of Saint John 12. Now listen here, now, real close, then you won’t have to wonder no more what it is.

And Jesus answering them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.

See, you’re at the end of an age, there. His ministry is ending. See? “The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.”

What about, “The hour has come that when His Bride must be taken away”? What? The hour has come, that, “Time shall be no more.” The Angel is ready to set one foot on the land, and the other one on the sea, with a rainbow over Him, with feet, and say, “Time has run out.” And besides that, He raised up His hand and swore that “time would be no more,” when this happened. How—how perfect it is, a sworn affidavit to the Church!

...The hour has come, that the Son of man should be glorified.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

He that loveth his life shall lose it;... he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there... also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

Now is my soul troubled;...

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You say, “Well, Him, coming to the end of the road, and you got trouble?” What does it make you think when some great spiritual something happens, that troubles you? Oh, my! Uh-huh!

Now in my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this world, unto this hour.

Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.

The people said, that stood by, that heard it, they said... it thundered:...

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Then, when the Lamb took the Book and broke that First Seal, God spoke from His Eternal Throne, to say what that Seal was, to be revealed. But when It placed before John, It was in a symbol. When John saw It, It was still a mystery. Why? It wasn’t even revealed right then. It cannot be revealed until what He said here, “at the end time.” But it come in a symbol.

When, the “thundered.” Remember, a loud clapping noise of a Thunder is a Voice of God. That’s what the Bible says, see, “a clap of Thunder.” They thought it was a thunder, but It was God. He understood It, for It was revealed to Him. See? It was a Thunder.

And, notice, the First Seal opened. The First Seal, when It was opened in the symbol form, it thundered. Now what about when It’s opened in Its reality form? My...

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It thundered as soon as the Lamb struck back the Seal. And what did It reveal? Not all of Itself. First, It’s with God; next, It’s in a symbol; then, It’s revealed. Three things. See? It’s coming forth from the Throne.

First, It can’t be seen, heard, or nothing. It’s sealed up. The Lamb’s Blood paid the price.

It thundered when He spoke It out. And when He did, a white-horse rider started out, and It still was a symbol.

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Now watch, He said It would be known in the last day. But It comes forth in a church symbol. Do you understand it, church? [Congregation says, “Amen.”] It comes forth in a—a symbol of a church, that they know there is a Seal. But just what It is, yet, they don’t know, because It’s a white-horse rider.

And only is to be revealed at the last day, when this actual Seal is broken. Broken to who? Not to Christ, but to the Church. Notice, now. Oh, my, that just makes me tremble! I—I—I hope that the Church truly understands It, what I mean, you people. I’m going to call you Bride, see, that You’ll understand It.

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The Voice is a Thunder. The Voice came from where? From the Throne where the Lamb had just left, as Intercessor. Now He is standing here to take His position and His claims. But the Thunder came from the inside of the Throne, thundered out. And the Lamb was standing out here. The Thunder, where the Lamb had left. Left the Father’s Throne, to go to take His Own Throne. Glory! Now, now don’t miss it, friends.

We all know, as Christians, that God swore to David that He would raise up Christ to sit on his Throne, and give Him an everlasting kingdom here on the earth. He did it.

And Jesus said, “He that overcomes the antichrist and all the things of the world, shall sit with Me on My Throne, as I have overcome and have sit down on My Father’s Throne.” See?

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Now, someday He rises from the Father’s Throne, and goes to take His Own Throne.

Now He comes forth to call His subjects. How is He going to claim them? He’s already got the Book of Redemption in His hand. Glory! Oh, I feel like singing a hymn.

Soon the Lamb will take His Bride to be ever at His side,

All the host of Heaven will assembled be, (to watch that);

Oh, it will be a glorious sight, all the saints in spotless white;

And with Jesus we shall feast Eternally.

Oh, my! Talk about “sitting now in Heavenly places”? What will it be! If we can feel this way, sitting down here on earth, before the Rapture comes, in this condition that we’re in now; and we can enjoy, and stand up around walls, and stand in the rain, just to hear This; what will it be when we see Him sitting there! Oh, my! Oh, it’ll be a glorious time.

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Left the Father’s Throne, came forth to... His Son, to be the... He is the Son of David. That’s what the Israel thought He would do then. Remember the Syrophenician woman, said, “Thou Son of David!” Remember blind Bartimaeus, “Thou Son of David!” Uh-huh! And Jesus, knowing what the plan was, yet they didn’t know it. They tried to force Him and make Him take the throne. And even Pilate asked Him.

But He said, “If My kingdom was of this world, then My subjects would fight. My kingdom is Above.” But He said, “When you pray, pray, ‘Thy Kingdom come. Thine will be done in earth here, like it is in Heaven.’” Amen. Uh-huh! How glorious this great thing!

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