THE FIFTH SEAL

Fr 22.03.1963, abends, Branham Tabernacle
Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA

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Let us bow our heads now for prayer.

Gracious Heavenly Father, the Almighty God, Who brought again Jesus Christ from the dead, and has presented Him to us in this last days, in the Power of the Holy Spirit, we are grateful for these mighty visitations of the immortal God. And now, Father, we are facing another hour, a hour which might change the Eternal destination of many people.

And to approach this, Lord, we are insufficient. Because, it is in the Scriptures, that, “The Lamb took the Book and opened the Seals.”

O Lamb of God, come forward, we pray. We call on You, Lord, the great Redeemer. Come forth and show us Your plan of redemption that’s been hid through the years, breaking this Fifth Seal for us tonight, Father, and revealing what’s beneath that Seal for us; that we might go away better Christians than we are now, might be better fit for the task that lays ahead. We ask it in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Be seated.

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Good evening, friends. I deem this a grand privilege to be here tonight, on this great event. I don’t know anywhere that I could feel better at, than to be on the work of the King. And now coming especially on these lessons where we’re just waiting; if He would not reveal It to me, I could not give It to you. I’m not trying to use any of my own thoughts or anything; just as He will give It. That’s right. And I... I’m sure, if I don’t use my own thoughts, and It comes in the way It has. And all through life It’s never been wrong. It won’t be wrong this time.

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Now, we’re just gloriously and very, very thankful for what He has done for us, the great mysterious hand of the living God! What greater thing could be, how much more a privileged people could we be, than to have in our presence the King of kings, Lord of lords?

We would probably blow the whistles and... and hoist the flags, and lay out the carpets and everything, for the President of the nation to come to the city. But, just think, that would be all right, and it would be an honor to the city.

But think. In our little, humble tabernacle, tonight, we’re inviting the King of kings, God. And we don’t... He don’t desire carpets to be throwed out, and so forth. He desires humble hearts to be laid out, so that He might take these humble hearts and reveal to them the... the good things that He has in store for all those who love Him.

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Now, we asked... And I got a testimony that I would like to... to give. Now, if I’m mistaken on this; I just heard it, and I could be that I’m wrong. But I think the people are here, and that the testimony applies to.

And then, a few days ago, when I was out to my home now, in... in Arizona, we got a... a call that said there was a little boy that had rheumatic fever. And that goes to the heart. And he was such a... His father and mother are such darling, precious friends of mine. It was our... one of our deacons here, of the church, Brother Collins. His little boy, little Mikey, Joe’s playmate, was suffering with rheumatic fever of the heart. And the doctors had sent him home, put him in the bed, and told the parents not to even let him up, nor raise his head up, take a drink of water. Take it out of a straw; he was so bad. And the parents, faithful, comes to the tabernacle here, and believes.

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And a few nights ago, not trying to wait, we announced healing services on Sunday. But, seeing that we was going to have to answer questions, so then we had to omit the healing service.

And then I had a little something that I been keeping in my inside, in my heart.

And the mother and father wanted to know if they could bring the child to the... the room. And they brought the little fellow out there, and the Holy Spirit pronounced him healed.

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And so, the parents, being respective of that, taken the little fellow home and sent him on to school, just sent him on to school.

The doctor got a hold of it, so the doctor wasn’t very well pleased with such a thing. So, he told the mother that the baby should be in bed, of course. And she give him the story. And I think the man is a, I understand, is a Christian believer, by a denomination. A... a Seventh-day Adventist, the doctor is. And so he said, “Well, you ought... it’s time for the child, for me to examine it.” Said, “You ought to, at least, have it examined.”

She said, “Very well.”

Took the child down, and the doctor examined it, of the blood, where the rheumatic fever lays. And so I understand that the doctor was so amazed he didn’t know what to do. The little boy is perfectly normal, sound and well, not a ...?... was found.

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Now, is the Collinses here? I might have told that wrong. I want... Is that right, Sister Collins? Yeah. All right. Yeah. That’s little Mikey Collins, just about six, seven years old.

And that happened right in the room, about three nights ago. Oh, they... Had to be Somebody in that room besides human being! It was the... the great and mighty Jehovah, that’s right, that comes to honor His Word. And I... I am so grateful to hear that. See? I know we all are. Not only me, but all are, because what if that was... was your little boy or my little boy?

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And, remember, I’m giving testimony, just as just one, and pick out one here and there. It’s happening everywhere, but just to let you know that... that my real ministry is on Divine healing. But you... I’m here for these Seals. Because, a little later, you’ll understand why I had to do this. And, so, I’m not a teacher, I’m not a theologian. I... I just pray for the sick, and I love the Lord. And now, now in this, though, that...

Last night we gave a testimony of the little girl... I got her name. And Billy has got it here now, somewhere, of the parent and who they are. And this little girl was in the last stage of leukemia, just about... Just so bad that they could not feed her by this mouth anymore; she had to be... her blood transfused through the veins. And she was a pretty little thing. She was small for her age, about like this little lady here, I suppose. But she was about this high, very... They were like most of us. You could tell by the dressed child, that... and the parents, that they were very poor, just very poor, and, so, but real reverent. And the Holy Spirit pronounced that child healed.

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Now, just think of that, with leukemia, that little fellow. And the blood was so bad they couldn’t even feed it through the mouth no more. It had to take, go to the hospital and take the blood, or the transfusions through the veins, feed it; I guess, glucose, or whatever. I don’t know what medical terms does for that disease, but, however, it had to be fed that way. And before the child left the place, cried for a hamburger.

And the parents, after they had heard the Holy Spirit, of THUS SAITH THE LORD, see, they... And, them, strangers, never was around before. But they... A... a dandy old couple that just got their seats here for them, a few minutes ago, Brother and Sister Kidd, had instructed them on what to do, and what to listen for. And the child eat its meals on the road home.

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Two or three days after that, in school. And would went to the doctor, and the doctor was so amazed! He said, “There is not even one trace of leukemia found in the child.” See? Now, that’s instantaneously, on the mark, the Power of Almighty God, to take a bloodstream and cleanse it out, right like that, and... and put the pulsation of... of new life back in there. Cause, your... your bloodstream is your life, mortal. And to create new cells, and clean out the old! And... and what it is, it is absolutely... I’d say this, it is a creative act of the Almighty God; to take a... a bloodstream that’s contaminated with cancer, until the little fellow, yellow and puffed out, and, within just a few moments time, a brand new bloodstream!

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I believe... I’m not going to speak it in His Name; I’m going to speak it in my... in the revelation of my faith, what happened in Sabino Canyon the other day. I believe that the hour is approaching, when missing limbs will be restored, and the glorious Power of the Creator. I... I believe, if He can make a squirrel appear, that has no... Here is the man or woman, just got a part missing. And that’s complete animal, in itself. He is God. I... I love Him.

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Well, now, I get started on them subjects, and we just talk on. And the people around the walls, and standing in the halls and the rooms, and so forth, so I’ll get right straight to the Message.

And I want to say this, and I want to give thanks to Him Who is omnipresent. And, that, today, not knowing one thing about that Fifth Seal, It came in that same mysterious way, this morning, just about an hour before daybreak, when I was out in prayer. And today...

I have just set these last five or six days, just in a little room, don’t see no one. Just go out and eat my meals with a... with a friend, with some of my friends here. And, course, you know who that friend is, it’s Brother and Sister Wood. Yeah. And... and you know, and I went over there and... and stay with them, and everybody has been nice. And there hasn’t been anything, just simply...

I’m trying to stay right with that Message of these Seals. Its important. I believe it’s... it’s the hour of Its revealing time, of revelation of It.

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And now I want you to be sure now, early, before, as soon as you can, write out your unknown understandings of... of these Seven Seals, if you have them, and lay them on the desk. And maybe Brother Neville or somebody might put a box up here. [Someone says, “Here’s the box."] Oh, here... here, I see them now. That’s good. I’d rather have them tonight, that I can maybe study on them a while, for Sunday morning.

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Now, don’t... this time, right at this time, don’t make it requests for, say, “Is the evidence of the Holy Ghost this?” See? I... I’d like to know about, what I’ve taught about, you see, so we can get this one subject (like the church ages) straight, see, because that’s what we’re dealing with now.

Now, like we was going to pray for the sick, then that takes maybe a... a different prayer. And you’re anointed, come in for a different thing, you know. And you’re seeking God, to find out, “Will there be somebody there tonight, Lord?”

“Yes, it’ll be somebody wearing a yellow dress, sitting in the right-hand corner. And when you call her, call her this. And say thus and thus she has did. And she has so-and-so.” Then you go down there and watch, and there she is. See? There you are, see. It’s different. See?

And this way, I’m praying, “Lord Jesus, what is the interpretation of This? Reveal It to me.” Amen.

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Now let’s get our... our Swords out again now, and, the Word. And I appreciate Brother Neville’s spiritual support, as well as his brotherly love, back here behind me, praying for me. And your all’s out there, also. And, now, tonight being Friday night, we’ll try, just make it as... we...

You can’t possibly hit all the things. You... Cause, you could take That, just one of those Seals, and stay, just... just bring It right through the Scripture, right down. See? It’d take months and months and months, and you still wouldn’t have It, ’cause the... the Seal Itself ties the entire Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, one Seal of It.

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So what I try to do, is, keep from getting way off of It, I’ll jot down a Scripture, or... or a little note here somewhere, and keep from... Just keeping on that one thing, I have to watch back, ’cause, I only... Speaking, I speak by... by way... I... I hope it’s the right inspiration. And then when I... when I look down to see the... And I... I begin to speak, and I feel myself going off on a subject, I’ll turn around, look back the other way, to try to get another Scripture, to get on that, you see, to kind of lighten it up a little on that side, instead of trying to go on with that.

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And so now we’re going to study tonight, by the grace of God, by His help, the... the Fifth Seal. And It’s a short one. It’s a little longer than the other. The four horse riders, now, was two verses apiece, and this is three verses in this one. Now, the Fifth Seal begins, the 6th chapter of Revelation, the 9th verse.

And, now, if you’d happen to be a... a stranger that hasn’t heard these four horse riders, well, you... See, sometimes you... you just drop back and... and kind of tack something, and, when you do, you’re expecting the people to understand It. So if there’s a little something you don’t understand, well, just kind of bear a little bit. Or, get the tape and listen to It, and... and I’m sure you’ll... you’ll get a blessing from It. I have. I... I hope that you... that you do.

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Now, everybody ready, from the 9th verse now to the 11th, or including the 11th:

And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou... judge and avenge our blood on them that dwelt on the earth?

And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a... a little season, until their fellowservants also... their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

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Now, this is rather a mysterious. And now for the sake of tapes, and clergymen and teachers that’s sitting present, now, if you have a different view from This; I did, too. But I’m just taking It from the inspiration, which completely changed my view of It. See?

And then I find out, as you see these revealed, It’s sticking right back and bringing those church ages and the Scriptures right together, and tying It up. See? And that’s the reason that I believe that It comes from God.

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Now, we realize that. And I am thinking that sometimes that we depend on what some great teacher might have said about It. See? And that’s... that’s all right. I don’t condemn the teacher, not by no means. And I don’t condemn anybody. I just condemn sin, unbelief; nobody.

And some people have said, “You condemn organization.” No, I don’t. I... I condemn the system of organization; not the people in there, the group of people that makes the organization, you know. But the system they’re governed by, that’s what I condemn, Catholic and Protestant, the same. My! I’ve...

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Some of the best friends that... that... that I know of, are Catholics, just ...?... Do you realize... And the man may be sitting here tonight, perhaps is. The only way that we got this tabernacle built, because a Roman Catholic stood on his feet in the court there, and went to the front for me, and, boy, like nobody would do. That’s right. And they couldn’t turn it down. That’s right.

And said, “They had the figure out, ‘Too many people.’”

He said, “Oh, that won’t make eighty more in that church, like that.” Said, “That church is standing there.” Said, “I... I know the pastor, and all like that.” And said, “That church has been there.” Said, “The rest of you can add to it, then why can’t they?” A Roman Catholic, good friend of mine. See? Yes, sir.

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A... a boy that is a... a Catholic, a real royal friend of mine, was talking to me. Had a certain hardware store; before I left. He said, “Billy, I... I know you don’t believe in our system of religion.” He said, “But I’m telling you right now,” said, “God has honored your prayers so much for us! I believe, if you get in trouble anywhere in the nation,” said, “every Catholic in the country would come to you.” So, you see, that’s...

He said, “Every crossback,” he called it. I’m going to tell it just the way he did.

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Course, they claim to be that because the early Christians packed crosses on their backs. We know that by history. And they claim to be the early Christian, which they were, but the system has got them off of that path, you see.

And them people, a Catholic, or Jew, or whatever it is, they’re a human being off the same tree that we come from. See? That’s right. They’re... they’re people who love, and eat, and drink, and sleep, and just like anybody else. And so we must never condemn individuals, no, no one, see.

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But we mustn’t condemn individuals.

But, as a minister, I have to strike that serpent out there, that’s biting into those people, you see. And I don’t... and I don’t even... Just me, and myself, I wouldn’t do that if it wasn’t a commission from God, that I’m duty bound to do it, see. And I must hold that true and faithful.

But if a Catholic, Jew, or whatever he was, come here; if he was a Mohammedan, Greek, or Orthodox, or whatever he might be. If he come here to be prayed for, I’d pray just as sincerely for him as I would for my own. That’s right. Certainly, because it’s a human being. And I’ve prayed for Buddhists, and Sikhs, Jains, Mohammedans, and... and every kind, you see, like that. And I don’t ask them no questions; I just pray for them, because they’re somebody, a human being that wants to get well, and try to make life a little easier along the road for them.

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Now we realize, that, in this, and many of you here I know, there is at least two or three real scholars sitting here. And... and they’re smart, and read out of... out of other men’s doctrines on this subject. And I want these brethren to know that I... I’m not condemning these men. I’m only expressing what the Lord shows me. And that’s all I have.

Now, we don’t want to never think that, because some little wash woman or... or little plow boy out there, couldn’t get a revelation from God. Because, you see, it... God, He actually reveals Himself in simplicity. That’s, we had that Sunday, to start this off on, how He reveals Hisself in His simplicity. That’s what makes Him great.

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Now let... let me just... Let me just review that just for a minute. What makes God great, is because He can make Hisself so simple. That’s what makes Him great. God is great, and can make Himself in such a simple form that the wise of this world can’t find Him. They just can’t find Him, because He makes Hisself too simple. Now watch. And this, in itself, is the mystery of the revelation of Jesus Christ. See? This, in itself, that the... There’s... can be nothing greater than God. And you can’t make anything as simple as He makes Himself. See, that’s what makes Him great. See?

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Now, a great man, he can just get a little greater, or maybe he can stoop down and say, “How do you do?” to you, see, or something like that. But he can’t make hisself little. There’s just something about him. He’s a human. He just can’t make hisself little. Cause, when he gets to get down too small, then, the first thing you know, he’s got to refer to what somebody else did, and like that. And then he starts pulling hisself back up again, you see.

But, the way up is down, in God. Yes.

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The wise of the world is trying, in their wisdom, to find Him. They only climb away from Him, in doing so. See, the wise of the world, if you’re trying to explain something by some mathematics or something. Remember, He has even put it... In the Bible, in Revel-... No, I beg your pardon.

Isaiah 35, I believe it is, that even it’s so... it’s so simple that even a... a... a delinquent person would understand It. See? Oh, “Even a fool shall not err therein.”

Wise misses it far, by their wisdom, going farther from Him, by trying to find Him by wisdom. Now, don’t forget that. That’ll be taped, see. The wise, in their wisdom, go so far to try to find Him by their wisdom, they miss Him, see. If they could be big enough to be simple enough, they could find Him. If you’re big enough to get simple enough! See?

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That... And, you know, that... that really is the Truth. I’ve went in to people, in their offices, and so forth, that were really were men, big, kings, see, and potentates, monarchs, and usually them are big men. Then, I’ve went into places where a guy got a change of clothes, maybe some minister that wanted to argue with me a while, and you... you would think that the world couldn’t run without him, see. And that... that’s just puffed up in the head, see. But, a... a big man, a big man sits down and tries to make you think you’re the big man. See? See, he can humble himself.

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And, you see, God is so great till He can humble Himself, a place, that a human being can’t climb down that far, you see. That’s all. And in their...

And they’re trying to find Him. Now look. They’re trying to find Him by sending the boys to school, and getting a Bachelor of Art degree. And... and they’re trying to find It by a theological terminology of... of... of... of the Bible. And they’re trying to find Him by educational programs, and by organizational programs, and by beautifying things, and trying to find. He is not there, at all. You’re just fighting the wind, that’s all. You’re... you’re getting away from It.

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They could be big enough to be... to be simple enough, they could find Him in that direction, by being simple. But as long as you’re going towards wisdom, you’re going away from Him.

Now let me get that so you won’t miss it. As long as you’re trying to find God by wisdom, like it was in the garden of Eden, like it was in the days of Moses, like it was in the days of... of Noah, like it’s been in the days of Christ, in the days of John, in the days of the apostles, and to this day! When you try to figure It out, and try to find God by wisdom, you’re going farther from Him all the time. You’re trying to understand It. There is no way of doing it. Just accept It. See? Just believe It. Don’t try to understand It.

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I can’t understand why, that, well, a lot of things. Not many things I do understand or can understand. I can’t understand how this young fellow sitting here eats the same food I can, and... and, here he is, got a full head of hair, I ain’t got any. I don’t understand it. They tell me calcium makes it; and I can’t keep my fingernails cut off enough, and no hair at all to cut off. I... I don’t understand that.

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As the old saying is, I...

Just not to kind of change the position, the seriousness; but, It is seriousness, but I haven’t got to the Seal yet.

How that a black cow can eat green grass, and give white milk, that churns yellow butter! I... I sure couldn’t explain that, see. Cause, you see, each one is a product of the other one. And how it does, I can’t explain it.

Can’t explain how two lilies stand, or two flowers, of the same breed, and one red, and the other one yellow, and one brown, and one blue. I don’t understand it. Same sun upon them. Where does the color come from? See? I... I can’t explain it, but yet you have to accept it.

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I just wish that some great theologian would explain to me how this world stands in orbit. I wish you could scientifically throw me a ball in the air, turning, and let it make the second revolution, in the same place. You couldn’t do it. And yet this is so perfectly timed till they can tell the eclipse of the sun to the minute, twenty years from now. They ain’t got them a watch or a clock, or any piece of machinery, that’s that perfect. And yet it stands there. And, then, leaning backwards. What if it straightened up a little bit? Yeah. You just make yourself silly, to try, see.

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So, you see, don’t try to get wisdom, to understand. Just believe what He says. And the more simpler you can get, then there you are, you’ll find It. Now, I’m so thankful for that, thankful that He is, has made Hisself simple. Now, we find, the 6th chapter and the 9th verse. Let me start now.

And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony... they held:

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Notice, there is no mention of another Beast, or a living... living Creature, to this announcement of the Fifth Seal. Now remember, there was, on the Fourth Seal. There was, on the First Seal, Second, Third, and Fourth, but none here. See?

Now, if you notice, let’s just read back, one of the Seals. Let’s go back to the Fourth Seal, see. And that’s the 7th verse:

And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come... see.

...when he... opened the third seal, I heard the voice of the... of the third beast say, Come and see.

...of the second beast... Come... see.

...and the first beast say, Come and see.

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But then when we get to the Fifth Seal, there is no Beast. Now just notice:

And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar...

Right quick! See, there’s no... there’s no Beast there. And a Beast represents power. We know that, see. There is no living Creature.

Now, one of those Creatures, we find out, in studying the... the... the revelation in the churches, that the one of them had... was a lion; and the other one... the other one was an ox; and the other one was a man; and the other one was an eagle. We find out, in the church ages, that those four Beasts, meaning four powers, was gathered around the Acts of the Apostle, just the way that the... the tabernacle in the wilderness.

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And you understand it, ’cause I won’t take time to go into it. How we drawed it out here, and showed just exactly! They were watching over This, the Lamb and the Word, to perform the Word just as they did the... the ark of the covenant in the Holy Place in the wilderness, and so forth.

Now, we even positionally showed, by the tribal colors of Israel, and by the... How many heard the seven... the seven church ages? I guess most, half, two thirds of you. Notice, that even the nature of the Beast was exactly a tribal emblem, which way the four... the twelve tribes set, four on each side, or... or three tribes on each side. And the four Beasts sit and watched, these tribes, from all four ways.

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And, when, we went and got the Gospels, and show exactly. When you enter into the ark, they was a guarding the ark, the covenant. And then we find out that the covenant of the new Church, Its representation on earth, was the Holy Spirit. The Blood had sent back, to us, the Holy Ghost. And the four Beasts represented, and as the... the twelve tribes of Israel, as it watched. And find their natures, and taking that same nature and bringing it to each one of those four Gospels, exactly, was exactly the same. One talked to the lion, the other one to the ox, and the other... The four Gospels! There it is. The four Gospels is the protection of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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I just always wonder... It stuck with me. Now, this is about six years, I guess, since I heard a great man say that was the... “The Acts of the Apostles was just the framework.” I’ve heard it said many times. But to hear a man with his status, as a preacher and as a teacher, that’s wrote some of the famous books that the people read everywhere, and to say that the Acts of the Apostles wasn’t actually suitable for teaching of the Church!

When, the Acts of the Apostles is the very foundation of It; not the framework. The foundation! Cause, the Bible says that the... the... the... the foundation of God “is built upon the Doctrine of the apostles,” right, “Christ, the Head, the corner Stone.”

And when this fellow stood there and made that remark, I... I... I... I just... My heart just failed. And I thought, “No wonder.” Well, I see now, in the Seals. It just wasn’t revealed. That’s all. See?

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So, that, there they was, standing there, but there was something just saying that. Now, notice, they guard.

Now, when we got Matthew 28:19, and run that thing down through Matthew, which represented the lion. And coming, in there, we found exactly why they baptize in the Name of Jesus Christ. And there He was, standing there with that very Scripture, to guard the sacred trust of the baptism, of the Name of Jesus Christ. All right. Well, I’m getting off on the church ages now.

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Notice. But, here, when we come to this Fifth Seal now, there’s... there’s... there’s no rider goes forth, and there is no Beast to announce It. John just... The Lamb opened It, and John saw It. There was no one there to say, “Now come, look. Come, see.” Notice, no power of the living Creature. Or there’s...

And on the Sixth Seal, there is no Beast to announce It. And on the Seventh Seal, there is no Beast to announce It. No powers to announce It. See, no one does it. On the... Look. On the... After the Fourth Seal, there is no announcement by any Beast power, from the Fifth, Sixth, or Seventh Seal, not at all.

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Now notice. I love this. As in the times of the rider of the four horses, the rider (singular) of the four different horses, there was a Beast that announced the power. Every time the rider straddled another horse and come forth to ride, another kind of a Beast come out and announced it, “That’s a great mystery.” See? “That is the mystery.” Why? Announcing the mystery.

Why isn’t there one here on the Fifth Seal, to announce It? Here it is, according to the revelation that the Lord Jesus gave me today, see, or this morning, early. That is, that, the mystery of the church ages are already finished, at this time. The mystery of the antichrist is revealed, at this time. The antichrist took his last ride, and we found him on this pale horse, mixed with his many colors, and rides all the way into perdition.

We get it on the Trumpets, and so forth, when we teach that. I’d go to it now, but we get plumb off the subject again.

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And we... we go... he rides... That’s the reason there is no one there. Now, we no written cause, some reasons for something. Now, you remember, at the first, beginning, I said there can’t be nothing without a reason. Remember the little drop of ink? See? Now you got to find the reason. Well, there was some reason they didn’t have to have a Beast, or a power, to announce this Seal being broke. And only God can reveal why, that’s all, because It’s all... all lays in Him.

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But the reason that He reveals It, as I understand, that it is because the mystery of the Book of Redemption, as far as the antichrist being revealed; and at the same time, the Church is gone, and these things don’t even happen in the church age, at all. That’s right. They’re... they’re away from the church age. The Church absolutely is Raptured, at this time. The Church goes up, in the 4th chapter of Revelation, and does not return till It comes back with Its King, in the 19th chapter. But these Seals here are revealing what has been, what is, and what will be. See? And, now, what was to be for the church age, was revealed by these Seals. And now watch what takes It.

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The... the four stages of his rider has been revealed. The four stages of the antichrist, riding, has been revealed at this time, therefore they don’t have to have any more.

And there was four living Creatures of God, to announce the rider as they rode. Four Beasts are four powers. Now, we know that Beast, by interpretation of the terms of the Bible symbols, means “power.” Now, let’s get that close. The four are Beasts, in the Bible, represents a power among the people.

Now, if we find out, like in Daniel, when he saw a certain nation rise up, it would be maybe a bear holding a rib in his side, in symbol. Then he seen another power raise up, a goat. It represented something. Then he seen another power raise up, and... and it was a leopard with so many heads. It represented a certain kingdom. Then he saw another one rise up, a great lion with teeth, and... and stomped the residue. That represented a different power, altogether. One was a... a kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar; and another, type of... of a dream. Daniel saw a vision; Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a dream. But Daniel interpreted his dream, and was correctly with the vision. Amen! Whew!

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Oh! [Brother Branham claps his hands together once.] If you just know what happened! What happened before we left here? You understand? Why, six straight dreams come exactly with the vision. Amen. See? A dream, interpreted, is a vision. Because a person not maybe being born with a subconscious to stay, be awake when he sees it, then God gots over in this subconscious and speaks to him. Which, He promised that, in dreams, in the last days, He would visit people, and also in visions. See?

Now, a vision is when you are wide awake, standing right like this, and certain things are revealed. And stand, tell them just right about it; see what happened, and what’s going to be, and so forth.

But, now, a dream is when you are asleep, and your five senses are inactive, and you’re... you’re in your subconscious. You’re somewhere, because, when you come back, you remember where you been, remember it all your life. See? So, it’s your subconscious. Then in order, see...

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As Congressman Upshaw used to say, “You can’t be something that you hain’t.” And that’s just about right, see.

And, then, if you’re born a seer. Now, you see, to do that, those both consciouses has to be right together; not one here with five senses, active, the other one out here when you’re asleep with this five senses are not active. But, you see, when both of them, you’re born, right together, you don’t go to sleep. You just go from one to the other one, like... like that. You don’t go to sleep. There’s not enough room to go to sleep. And you can’t make yourself that way.

So, “Gifts and callings are predestinated of God.” They are... they are God’s gifts and callings, even “without repentance,” the Bible said. See? They were ordained before the foundation of the world. See?

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Now, now, we find out that the... A beast, of Daniel, it meant that it was a power raising up amongst the people. All right. And... and John’s visions here, also, showed that it was powers, nations raising up. Like, the United States appears in Revelation 13, as a lamb. And then if you want to know, different...

You say, “Well, that, that’s talking about national power.”

It also represents holy power, too, a beast. Did you know that?

Notice Rebekah; when... when the... the servant of Abraham, Eliezer... When he came to get Rebekah, she... He mounted her upon a camel, the very camel she watered. And she rode this camel, to meet her unseen bridegroom. The very thing she watered, was the thing that took her to her future home and husband.

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And it’s the same thing today, see. The very thing that the Church is watering, that is the Seed, the Seed of the Word. It’s the very Word that becomes alive and carries us to our unseen Bridegroom. See? See?

And look how perfectly. Isaac had left the home, and was out in the fields, away from his home, when Rebekah saw him.

And the Church meets Christ in the air, and then He takes Her back into the Home, Father’s Home, where the mansions are prepared. Isaac took Rebekah the same way.

And, notice, it was love at the first sight. Oh, my! She just run to meet him.

And that’s the way the Church will meet Christ, in the air, and forever be with Him.

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Now, terms of the Bible, these Beasts are powers. Notice. I want, now, I want you to notice.

The devil had his four, changing, colored beasts, to go forth on. He had his four beasts. That was all three of them, put into the color of one, and made that one a... a pale horse; a white horse, red horse, black horse. And we seen, each one of those was a stage of his ministry, a stage of the early church that had formed into a denomination, at Nicaea. The original Pentecostal church, upon whom the Holy Ghost was poured out, coming down, took up an antichrist spirit, formed an organization, gave birth to some daughters of organization. Changing his power, three times, and put them in one, and made a pale horse. And then given a name called Death, and rode him into Eternity. Just as plain as it could be!

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Now, now notice, he is given this... this horse, and he is riding it.

God, God has, also, as every time...

Now watch. When the antichrist appeared, first, what did he appear in? White horse. See, why, innocent as he could be, just a doctrine in the church. They wanted fellowship. Your fellowship is with Christ. But they wanted a fellowship. They just couldn’t stand it, they wanted to get...

Well, you know, like little cliques will rise up in the church. You, you know it, you pastors. See? They, like they say, “Birds of a feather.” But if we’re born again, brethren, that... that’s not the attitude to take, see. No. Now, we... we... we...

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If we see something wrong in our brethren, let us just pray and keep it before God, and love that man till we bring him right into the Presence of God. See? That’s the way, really the way to do it.

You know, Jesus said. “There will be weeds in there,” because Jesus said there would be, “but don’t pull them up; you’ll take the wheat with it.” See, “Just let them alone.” He’ll do... Let Him do the segregating when the time comes. See? Let it all grow together.

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Notice, as the beast went out, the antichrist went out on a beast, his power.

Oh, I love this! I just beginning to feel religious right now, see, maybe the stimulation. Notice, when the antichrist... Oh, them... them revelations, in the Presence of that ball of Fire hanging there in a room! Till... Oh, brother! Although I’ve seen It, since a child, every time It comes near me, It alarms me. He almost puts me in an unconscious condition. You never get used to It; you can’t. It’s too sacred.

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Notice, as the antichrist went (four) on his beasts of ministry, there, God sent forth a Beast to combat it. See? Now watch. Then, every time (the beast rode) on his horse, the antichrist rode on his horse, on his beast, to announce his ministry; God sent His Beast, also, and He was on That, to announce His combat to it.

Now, the Scripture says, “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of God raises a standard against it.”

And so when the enemy went out as an antichrist; God sent a certain type of power out to meet him. And then when they...

He went out again, as a red-horse rider, another color, another power, another ministry; God sent another one after him, to combat it, to hold His Church.

Sent the third one; again, God sent His, third Beast come and announced it.

He sent the fourth one; God sent His fourth one. And then the antichrist end, and the church ages ended, too, at that time. Watch. Now, oh, this is really good!

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Now, we see that the devil’s changing, four... four beasts, meant what power they was revealed to the... or what power he revealed to the world, and how they ended on this pale, “death” horse.

Now let’s look at God’s powers, of these Beasts, to combat them.

The first Beast of God, that He went out to meet the antichrist with, the antichrist spirit when it’s in just his teaching. Now remember, when the antichrist first rode, he was in a teaching ministry. The antichrist rode, first, in a teaching ministry.

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Now watch the one that went to meet him: the lion, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, which is the Word. When his false teaching went forth, the true Word went to meet him.

That’s the reason we had an Irenaeus, and a Polycarp, and... and... and... and those fellows, a Saint Martin.

When that antichrist was riding with his false teaching; God sent His Teaching out, the Word, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, which is the Word made manifest in the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit, there, to manifest Himself, which is the Word!

That’s the reason the early Church had healings, and miracles, and visions, and power, is because it was the living Word, in the form of the Lion of the tribe of Juda, riding out to combat that. Amen! Now you got it? He sends his power, antichrist; God sends His, the Word. Antichrist, false teaching; the true Teaching went with it, to combat it! Now, that was the first one. Now, this was the first Church, apostolic, that went to meet him.

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Now, the second beast that the antichrist sent out, was a red beast, which was to... that he rode on, was to take peace (and) from the earth, and... and war.

Now, the second one that went to combat him, was the ox Beast. The ox means a labor, a Beast of burden.

And now if we could just stop just a minute. Let me, yeah, let me, just so you be sure to see this now. Now, that’s the kind that might be a little puzzling to you. But let’s get Thyatira over here. Watch and see if it isn’t a... a... a laboring Church, you see.

And to the angel of the church of Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who his eyes are like the flames of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

I know thy works...

See, becoming all works now, see, because that’s the one was riding with him.

...and thy charity, and service...

See, it’s all just...

...and faith, and... patience, and thy works...

Again, twice, “thy works”!

...and the last to be more than the first.

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See, that shows that, the Thyatira Age, after the antichrist got settled down and come into a Thyatira Age, the little Church could do nothing but just... just simply labor.

And another thing, the ox is, also, is a Beast of sacrifice. See? They give their lives just as freely as they could give them, in the dark ages, a thousand years there that Catholicism controlled the world. And they just went right in, yes or no. They didn’t mind dying. If it was death, that’s all right. They went and died, anyhow. Why? The very Spirit of the age!

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