...Tonight I am going to speak on something that I do not know. Now, that is quite a thing for a minister to say: that he is going to speak on something that he doesn't know about. But I am adventuring out, to the best of my knowledge, that this church might understand. I would not, by any means, hold anything back from you that is profitable.
Then this tape - if you happen to get the tape, remember, if something is puzzling to you, DON'T SAY IT LESS IT IS ON THE TAPE! Don't say something contrary to what is on the tape.....People misjudge things.
Note: Brother Branham explains John 21:21-23. Jesus made a statement about John, the Apostle and it was 'misunderstood' and then "there went this saying among the brethren that that disciple should not die." So also is Brother Branham mis-judged, mis-quoted, and/or misunderstood many times and then "there goes out a saying that he said this or that". This is why Brother Branham asks us to say only what the tape says - Editor.
I want this to be surely gotten, because many will not have the tape. So, I want you to be sure to get it.... It is where something has happened that I do not know what to do. I am standing in the most terrific strait I ever stood in, in the days of my ministry, as I know of.
Now, in the 10th chapter of the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, I wish to read the first seven verses. Listen close now and pray for me.
1. And I saw another mighty - another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
And my text, if I should call it that, is this: "Is This The Sign Of The End, Sir?"
We all know that we're living in a glorious time for the church, but a horrible time for the unbeliever. And we're living in one of the most dangerous times of all that ever was since the world began. No prophet, no apostle, never in no time, ever lived in such a time as we live now. This is the end.
It's written in the skies. It's written over the face of the earth. It's written in every newspaper. This is the end, if you can read the handwriting. The prophets lived in the time when the handwriting was on the wall for a nation, but we're living when the handwriting is on the wall for time. All nations, earth, everything, time is at the end. So we must search the Scriptures to find the hour that we are living.
Always, a true prophet of God will go to the Scriptures. Therefore he's absolute that it's going to be that way. In the Old Testament when prophets said anything, there always somewhere was a prophet with the Word, who stayed with the Word. He watched God for visions. And if his vision was contrary to the Word; then his vision was wrong. That's God's way of getting His Word to His people.
And now, I do not believe that there's anything that He has spoken all these years of my life, that I have spoke to the people, but what come to pass. And many people has come with dreams that He's let me, by His grace, interpret for the people. And many has come with dreams and with problems that I was unable to interpret. But I haven't tried to introduce to you people a gimmick that has all the answers. I've tried to be honest and to tell you what was truth, and I could only tell you, as He told me. And then as it come to me, then I could tell you. And I want to warn you. In this day that we're living in - Not saying anything against people, but when you see a person that's got the answer to everything, that's contrary to the Word.
But so far He's protected me, 'cause I've waited on Him. I haven't tried to seek popularity or vain glory of men. I've tried my best to live humble, and live the kind of a life that I think a Christian should live. And I haven't been able to do that within myself, but He has done it unto this day. As I say that He is the One that's led me.
Now, all my life, since I've been a little boy, there's been something that has bothered me. And I've had a very odd life, hard to understand. Even my wife scratches her head and says, "Bill, I don't believe anybody can understand you." And I said, "I don't understand myself," because I commit myself to Christ many years ago. He does the leading. I don't try to understand it. I just go where He leads, the best of my knowledge. I am thankful for a wonderful wife and children, and for my wife and children who has confidence that I would not tell them anything wrong. Every time you tell them anything, they hold right with it. They know that I wouldn't tell them anything wrong. And would I tell one of God's children anything wrong then? Not wilfully, no, sir. God wants His children in the right kind of training. And be honest with them and truthful with them, and He will bless it, I believe.
Now, all along down through the journey, there's been things that's happened that I couldn't understand. And one of the things that I could not understand was when I was a little boy and them visions would come upon me. And I'd see them and tell my parents the things that was going to happen. They thought I was just nervous. But the strange thing, it happened just the way It said so. You say, "Was that before your conversion?" Yes. "Gifts and callings are without repentance," the Bible said. You're born in this world for some purpose. Your repentance don't bring gifts; they are predestinated to you.
Now, when I was a little boy I longed somehow to go west. And when I was a little boy I was operated on, when I was shot. And when I come from under the first anesthetic, I thought I was in torment, going down. The ether had me out. And I'd been gone out for eight hours; I think. They was worrying about getting me around to myself again. They had a great operation with no penicillin. oth legs almost shot off with a shotgun... And then about seven months later, I took another anesthetic, and when I came from under that (second) anesthetic, I thought I was standing out on the western prairies and a great golden cross in the sky, and the glory of God shining down off of it...
Is there anybody in the audience now that was there when the Angel of the Lord, that come down on the river the first time, before the people, raise up your hands. Yes, there they are. See? Now, I see Mrs. Wilson raised up her hand. She was standing there. My wife there, she was there. And I don't know who some of the rest of them is that was standing on the bank here, before many, many people, when I was baptizing at two o'clock in the afternoon, and right out of the brassy skies, where there hadn't been rain for weeks, here He come with a roar. He said, "As John the Baptist was sent forth to forerun the first coming of Christ, you're sent forth with a message to forerun the second coming of Christ."
Many men, from businessmen of the city was standing on the bank, asked me what it meant. I said, "That wasn't for me; it's for you, I believe." On it went. And when that Angel left, if you'll remember, he went westward as He went up, right out, up over the top of the bridge, and went westward. Later on I met an astronomer, which is a Magi. And they told me of a constellation of stars that had come together at a certain constellation when the wise men in Babylon saw down towards Palestine this three stars in a constellation. You've heard me tell it many times. Do you know that's proven these last couple of weeks to be the truth?
So you can see and watch, exactly... Those magis, Jewish magis, up in Babylon, studying the stars, saw those stars fall into their constellation, and when he did, they knew that Messiah was on earth. And here they come into Jerusalem singing (two years' journey), "Where is He That's born King of the Jews?" Up and down the streets they went. And why, Israel laughed at them. These bunch of fanatics. They never knowed nothing about it. But the Messiah was on earth. You know the rest the story, what they said.
Now, coming to this, that the visions don't fail, because they're from God. And all along the journey has been something pulling me, tugging at me. Then when that Magi told me these things when I was just a boy, it scared me, because I was afraid of what the Magi was. But later on I found out that the magis of the Bible was right, because God declares it in heaven before He declares it on earth: watching those heavenly bodies.
I tried to give the thought up. But, oh it would take hours to go into...I was scared of it. This Magi said to me, "You'll never be successful in the east." Said, "You were born under a sign." And he said, "That sign, that constellation, when they crossed way out in there, the day of your birth, they were hanging westward, and you must go westward." And I said, "Forget it." I had nothing to do with it. And all along though, still that didn't take it out of my heart.
Then, when I was up there that night about these visions, I couldn't understand. My Baptist brethren told me that was of the devil. And then when that Angel appeared, He absolutely throwed it into the Scripture, and said as it was then, when the priests were arguing about things, not knowing nothing about what kind of coats they should wear, and clothes, and everything, and arguing about their differences, the magis was following the star to Christ.
When Paul and Silas came down preaching the Gospel, the preachers of that country said, "These men are impostors. They tear up our churches, and so forth, turning the world upside-down with their corruption." But what happened? That little Magi, that little fortuneteller, said, "These are men of God that tell us the way of life." And Paul rebuked that spirit in her. He didn't need any help to testify who he was. Jesus always told them to hold their peace. But it goes to show that sometimes devils knows more about the things of God than preachers does. They became so ecclesiastical bound. That was so in the Bible, and God doesn't change.
One day, coming down five years ago from Brother Norman's, I was driving down the road. And I just had a meeting up there, and the Lord God appeared to me in a vision. And I was setting in front of my gate up here at my house. And it seemed to be bad weather. Many of you people will remember the vision. It's wrote in my book of visions. I put them down so that I'd be sure that I don't forget them. And in this vision I saw, there was something that had come through the lane, and there was stones lying all over my yard. And there was graders and scrapers up and down the lane, and trees had been cut down and rooted up. And I started to turn into the gate, and it was all blocked off with stones. And I got out to say to the man, "Why this?" And he got very hostile, shoved me backwards and said, "That's the way with you preachers."
I said, "I only ask you, why do you do this? You--you're coming over on my side of the street here. Why did you do this?" And he just almost slapped me and shoved me back.
And I thought, "I am just going to tell him that he doesn't know what he is talking about," and a voice spoke, said, "Don't do that. You are a minister."
And I turned around, and to my right, setting in front of the gate, was an old prairie schooner. If you know what: a covered wagon, with horses hitched to it. And setting opposite the driver's side was my wife. I looked back in the back, and my children was setting back there. I climbed up on the wagon. I said to my wife, "Honey, I've stood all I can stand." And I picked up the lines, and pulled the lead horse, and started heading westward. And a voice said to me, "When this comes to pass, then go WESTWARD."
Here, Brother Branham inserts the account of Six dreams which ALL spoke of him going WEST. Then he refers back to the above Vision again - Editor.
Now, the strange thing happened about a year ago. I was having services one night down at Brother Junior Jackson's church - Just to show you how God deals with this people. ...knowing what was going to happen, Brother Jackson dreamed a dream in February of 1961. He couldn't get away from it. And I was leaving his church, and he just couldn't stand it. And he come to me, and he said, "Something is on my heart, I must tell you, Brother Branham."
And he said, "I dreamed a dream." I just sat still. And I listened and watched. He said, "I dreamed that there was a great big hill, like out in a field where blue grass, or something was." And said, "Up on top of this hill, where the water had washed away the soil, there was a top rock up on top of the hill; like the top of the mountain. It was rock, no grass. And where the water had washed down, it had cut some kind of readings on these stones, and you were standing there interpreting this reading on these stones." And said, "The brethren from Georgia, and from all around, we were all standing together, listening to you interpret that mysterious writing on those stones - that mountain."
He said, "Then you picked up something, like from the air, something like a wrecking bar, or crowbar - How you done it, I don't know." And said, "You struck the top of that mountain, ripped it around, and lifted the cap of it off. It was in the shape of a pyramid. And you ripped the top of it off." Now that was months and months and months before the pyramid message (The Stature OF A Perfect Man) was preached. And said, "Beneath that was white stone, granite, and you said, 'The sun, or the light, has never shined on this before. Look in on this. Watch this.'"
And that is right, because in the formation of the world, the world was formed before there was light. We all know that. God moved upon the water, and then in the beginning He spoke for light. And naturally, down under there in the age that formation was, that light had never come upon that stone.
And in Bro. Jackson's dream I said to the brethren, "Look upon this. Light has never come upon it before." And when all of them got up, and I told them to watch that, and all of them came up to look in. But he said while they were looking in, he looked out of the corner of his eye and watched me. I slipped off to one side and started going towards the West; towards the setting of the sun, coming up a hill, going down a hill, coming up a hill, going down a hill, getting smaller and smaller, and went all the way out of sight.
And when I did that, he said, "Then the brethren turned around, after while, and said, 'Did he vanish? Where did he go?'" And said that some took out that way, some took one way, and some another, but a very few stayed and looked on to what I had told them.
Not long ago, Billy said, "Brother Beeler is all tore up. He had a strange dream." I went to Brother Beeler, down at his house one night when I was going on some calls. And he said, "Brother Branham, I had a strange dream." He said, "I dreamed that I was going down a stream of water towards the West. And there was a road on the left side, and I was on the left side, going westward on the road, seeming like, hunting for cattle. And on the right side, I happened to notice after I got down there, there you were. And you were rounding up a big bunch of cattle, and there was plenty of feed over there. Then you got those cattle and started them back up the river." And seemingly (in the dream) that I must have nodded to him to watch those cattle, and he said, "Now it will be easy for those cattle, I know they will go the way of least resistance, but Brother Branham wants them to stay on the right side of that river. So I will go back up this road, and keep them from coming across the river on this side and keep them on that side," but he noticed, I never followed the cattle, but went on westward. He said, "He must be hunting strays."
No more than he spoke the dream, I saw it. And then, notice, he said he got a little leery about me, so he went back to look. And said that I was coming to a solid mountain. And all at once I vanished. And he wondered what was wrong. He went down, and then he had a little stream on his side that forked off to the left. And he noticed over on my side was a terrific falls. And then, he thought I could have got in those falls and perished. Then he noticed then, and he said he looked around and he seen the effects of those falls that went down this way, and was causing an artesian well to spurt up, but the water wasn't going back in the ground. He looked across the little branch, or little stream, and he seen some little animals with round ears. And said, "I believe I will take one." And he crossed.
Then (in the dream) he got to thinking about me. And he got up on a little knoll to look over and see if there was a little, bitty, narrow ledge you know, that I could have walked around, but said, "There wasn't nothing." And he got worried, and said, "Wonder what happened to Brother Branham?" And when he got scared, he said he heard me speak. I was standing up on top of a mountain, and told Brother Beeler an interpretation of a dream that I'd give him not long ago, and told him to wait on the Lord, that some day I would meet him on an island and there he was.
Now, the interpretation of that dream is this: Insomuch that the stream was large, it was the Stream of Life. I was going Westward on it, and so was he, because he was running down this road, and on the other side was lots of grass, but lots of thickets, and briars, and jungle. But in there was much grass. That is the way we hunt for the Lord, and the food of the Lord, through difficult. Rounding up the cattle was this church. Keeping them on that side. Cattle will actually go on the smooth road, the denomination, if they can, which the road represented denomination.
I started him back up the road to see that they did not go to any denomination. Insomuch that he saw a wall, that was totally impossible to pass, that kept me from going West was that tax case with the government. Nobody can understand how I ever got out of it. It was a wall that blocked me off, but the Lord taken me through it, and I was over it. I will meet you, Brother Beeler, on the island.
So, now then immediately after that, Brother Roy Roberson, he had a dream. And he dreamed that we were rounding cattle. Now that is the third one. Rounding up cattle. And there was grass belly-deep, plenty of food. All of us brethren were together. And we come to a place for dinner, and Brother Fred Sothmann raised up and said, "Elijah, the great prophet, will speak from here today at noon." And then when we all had dinner, everybody went away, and he wondered why they didn't wait to hear it being spoke. Now, see how that exactly curbs with Brother Jackson? See that hits exactly what Brother Beeler said? No one waited to find out.
Notice, immediately after that, Sister Collins dreamed a dream of being here at the church, and there was a wedding fixing to take place. And when she did, she saw the Bridegroom come in perfect, but the bride wasn't very perfect, yet it was the Bride. Now, that is the Church. And there was like a communion, or a service, going on here, like a dinner being set And it kind of got next to her because that Brother Neville was serving a dinner in the church, but she said it was the best food that she had ever seen. She was so hungry. But she thought maybe, that in the dream that he shouldn't serve it, and she and Brother Willard was going to go up to the Ranch House and eat. And when they did, the light on the right hand side went out. Now you know what that is.
The Bride isn't perfect, but the Bridegroom is perfect. The Bride is not perfect yet, but the food that was being given was not literal food, it is the Spiritual food that you have been having all along. Let me stop here on that fourth dream, just a moment.
AT THIS POINT BROTHER BRANHAM PAUSES TO EXPLAIN A VISION THAT THE LORD HAD GIVEN HIM THE PREVIOUS YEAR. IN THE VISION HE WAS INSTRUCTED TO STORE IN FOOD. HE SAID: "And then the food in that little long building - I returned to this little building, and we made dozens of tapes of the pyramids and everything, to show the people the hour that we are living in. Now compare even that with the others, the dreams. This was a vision. The food; here it is. This is the place."
Notice, then what took place? Then immediately after that fourth dream that was told me, up come a Brother Parnell. And Billy wasn't here, and the man was frantic. And he had a dream, and he come down to Brother Wood. And he said, "I just can't let this go. I have got to tell it. I have got to tell Brother Branham. It is bothering me." And God knows, not one dream in between them. Just come one, two, three, four, five, six.
Brother Parnell said, "I had a strange dream. I dreamed that I was going to have a meeting up there, and somehow another there was a meeting here in a new church like." And he said, This new church, how it come out, that he wondered why they wasn't cooperating between the two, or something on that way. And said he was standing here and thought, "Well, I have been in here, I will just wait, and I will attend the service." And said a man come through the building with a brown suit on and a book. I think he was writing. And he told Brother Parnell, said, "This is a closed meeting. It is only for deacons and trustees." Well, he kind of felt a little stepped on. So he went out the door of the new church, the church that had been erected, or this one repaired, fixed over; and when he went outside it was snowing, bad weather, winter time. And none of these people knowed nothing about this.
And when he went out the door, I was standing there, looking Westward. And I said, "Don't feel stepped on, Brother Parnell. I will direct you what you should do."
And then, Brother Parnell, he said that I said to him, "Brother Parnell, start, and the first place you will come to will be Zipporah," Zipporah, which means hyphen, or stop or something. In his dream, I said, "Don't stay there. Then go next, and you will find an old woman; and then don't stop there. Go again, you will find a real old woman; don't stop there." And all the time I was talking, we were walking through the snow. And (still in his dream) I said, "Go till you find my wife, and when you find my wife, stop there." And said he looked, and we was out of the snow, on the desert. And I had vanished. And he looked back and he saw his wife pumping water from a well, and some minister pulling on her, to pull her away from the pump. She was watching him, and he woke up.
Here is the interpretation of your dream. And I could have told you that night, but I just turned away. Insomuch that Zipporah, and one old woman, and another real, real, old woman: that's churches. See? I told him not to stop at them, no matter how old they was, they were organizations. Don't stop at them! They have lived their time. But when he comes to my wife, which is my Church that Jesus Christ has sent me to in this last day, and here it is! Stop there! And I was gone Westward.
Then, Sister Steffy comes to my house for prayer before she went to the hospital for surgery, that God would help her and bless her, and He certainly did. And she said, "I had a strange dream, Brother Branham."
And she said, "I dreamed that I was out west and it's rolling country, and when I looked, standing upon a hill, there was a real old man with a long white beard, and what hair he had, was grown down across his face, and he had a white wrap-around, something, garment," said, "the wind was blowing it." And she said, "I kept drawing closer; he was standing up on top of a mountain, watching Eastward. I wondered, 'Who is this old man?'" And she moved closer, closer, and when she got closer, she recognized who it was. It was the immortal Elijah, the prophet, standing up there watching the East.
She said, "I must see him!" She had a need! And she ran up the hill and fell down there to speak to him in the name of Elijah, and said when she spoke, she heard a voice say, "What do you want, Sister Steffy?" And it was me.
Your dream was fulfilled right there, Sister Steffy. For, immediately after that, I'd went to Louisville. What you was needing was the prayer, to see that she got through all right at the hospital; and the sign of me going Westward, watching Eastward, for my flock.
Now, back to the vision about 'stone all over his lawn, etc.
I went to Louisville, and when I come back, I kind of started in the gate, and there was stobs drove there over my gate. Mr. Goyne, of the city street here, was going up the lane. He said, "Billy, come here." He said, "You have to move your gates and things: stone fence, and gates...I'll let you know when. Right, the first of the year they're going to start doing it."
Isaid, "Okay Bill." And I started to go back in the house, and wife said, "I have got to grocery right quick." And I went down the lane, and there was Raymond King, which is a city engineer. And so, I said, "Ray, come here a minute."
I said, "That stake that you drove down..."
He said, "Billy, they are going to take the whole thing in. All these trees, these fences, and everything else has got to be moved. They're going to expand it. Going to take it all in anyhow."
I turned away, and that quick something struck it. I went home, went into my den room, picked up that book, and there it was. Wasn't concrete blocks; it was stones. I said, "Meda, get ready."
Six straight dreams, and then the vision capped it. "When these things comes to pass, turn westward." I called Tucson. Brother Norman's got a place. I don't know where I'm going. I don't know what to do. I'm leaving a home I don't have to pay rent on. My wages is a hundred dollars a week. And I almost have to pay a hundred dollars a month for a house. I'm right here with my brothers and sisters, where I am loved. And I'm going, I don't know where. I don't know why. I can't tell you why. But there's only one thing I know: just follow what He says do. I don't know which a-way to turn, what to do; I guess Abraham felt that way when He told him, "Go over across the river." He didn't know what to do. "But sojourn." Separate himself.....
Last Saturday morning, one week from yesterday, along about three o'clock in the morning, I'd gotten up and got a drink of water, and put the cover over Joseph in his room, and then I'd come back and was just laid down and went to sleep. - I covered up Joseph, and I went back, and laid down, and went to sleep; and I dreamed a dream - (I'm getting these little dreams and things off, so you'll see the background of what I'm fixing to say) - and I dreamed that I saw a man that was supposed to be my father, though he was a great big man; and I saw a woman that was supposed to be my mother; only she didn't look like my mother. And this man was very mean to his wife. And he had a three cornered stick, where he'd claved this wood and made - you know when you chop a wood across a log it makes a three cornered stick. And every time this woman would start to stand up, he'd just grab her by the neck, and hit her on the head, and knock her out. And then she'd lay there, and snub and cry, and then she'd start coming back up again. He'd walk around proud, with his chest stuck out, great big fellow, and when she'd raise up again, he would take her by the neck, take this three cornered stick, and crack her on the head with it, drop her down. Walk back, and stick out his chest like he'd done something big.
And I was standing off watching it. And I thought, "I can't tackle that man. He's too big. And then he's supposed to be my papa. But he ain't my papa." And I said, "He ain't got no business treating that woman like that." And I got kinda a little bit upset with him. So then, all at once I got up enough courage, and I went over to him, and gabbed him by the collar, and turned him around. And I said, "You have no right to strike her." And when I said that, muscles growed; I looked like a giant. And the man looked at those muscles, and then he got scared of me. And I said, "You strike her again, you're going to deal with me." And he kinda hesitated to strike her again. And then I woke up. And I laid there a little while. I thought, "What is that? Strange I'd dream about that woman." And just in a moment, here He come. I got the interpretation.
The woman represents the church of the world today, all the world. I was born right in this mess, and here I am. She's supposed to be kind of a mother - she was a mother of harlots, but yet I was born right into it. And her husband is the denominations that rule her. The three cornered stick that she had is that triune baptism in false names, that every time she starts to rise up, the congregation, to accept it, he whacks her down with it. And 'course, him being so big, I turned around, was a little afraid of him, and then I dashed into him anyhow, and the muscles was faith muscles. That made me think, "If God's with me, can give me muscles, let me stand up for her." Quit striking her.
For the first time, Brother Branham recounts the Vision of Seven Angels coming to him...Editor.
Must have been ten o'clock in the day when my wife was trying to get into the room. And it happened. I went into a vision that morning - Now, remember it was not a dream.....And the seer in a vision doesn't go to sleep, he's still in his senses, and sees it. It's nothing I could do, and it don't make me no more than anybody else. It's just God made it that way. You don't go to sleep; you're right here, just like asleep.....standing here on the platform talking to people. You hear me go into visions and come back when I am riding in a car with you, anywhere else, and tell you things that's going to happen, and never fails. It never has. Has anybody ever seen it fail? It can't fail. It won't fail as long as it's God. Notice, right on the platform, thousands, before tens of thousands of people, even in other languages that I can't even speak, still it don't fail. See, it's God.
Now, in this vision, or as I was speaking, I looked, and I saw a strange thing. Now, it seemed like that my little son Joseph was by my side. I was talking to him. Now, if you'll watch the vision real close, you'll see why Joseph was standing there. And I looked, and there was a big bush. And on this bush, in a constellation of birds, little bitty birds, about a half inch long and a half inch high, they were little veterans. Their little feathers was beat down. And there was about two or three on the top limb, six or eight on the next limb, and fifteen or twenty on the next limb, coming down in the shape of the pyramid. And those little fellows, little messengers - And they were pretty well worn out. And they were watching eastward, and I was at Tucson, Arizona, in the vision. For it made it so purpose that He didn't want me to fail to see where it was at, I was picking a sand burr off of me from the desert. And I said, "Now, I know this is a vision, and I know that I'm at Tucson. And I know that them little birds there represent something." And they were watching eastward. And all of sudden they taken a notion to fly, and away they went eastward.
And as soon as they left, a constellation of larger birds came. They looked like doves, sharp pointed wings, kind of a gray color, a little lighter color than what these first little messengers was. And they were coming eastward swiftly. And no sooner than they got out of my sight, I turned again to look westward, and there it happened. There was a blast that actually shook the whole earth. Now, don't miss this. And you on tape, be sure you get this right. First a blast. And I thought it sounded like a sound barrier, or ever-what you call it when planes cross the sound barrier, and the sound comes back to the earth: just shook like roared, everything: Then it could've been a great clap of thunder and lightning like. I didn't see the lightning. I just heard that great blast that went forth that sounded like it was south from me, towards Mexico.
But it shook the earth, and when it did, I was still looking westward. And way off into eternity I saw a constellation of something coming. It looked like that it might've been little dots. There could've been no less than five, and not more than seven. But they were in the shape of a pyramid, like these messengers coming. And when it did, the power of Almighty God lifted me up to meet them. And I can see it. It's never left me. Eight days is gone, and I can't forget it yet. I never had anything to bother me like that has. My family will tell you.
I could see those Angels, those shaped-back wings traveling faster than sound could travel. They come from eternity in a split like a twinkling of an eye, not enough to bat your eye, just a twinkle. They were there. I didn't have time to count. I didn't have time, no more than just look. Mighty ones, great powerful Angels, snow white, wings set in head, and they were "whew wheeew," [Brother Branham illustrates--Ed.] and when it did, I was caught up into this pyramid of constellation. And I thought, "Now, this is it." I was numbed all over, and I said, "Oh, my. This means that there will be a blast that will kill me. I'm at the end of my road now. I mustn't tell my people when this vision leaves. I don't want them to know about it, but the heavenly Father has let me know now that my time is finished. I won't tell my family so they'll worry about me, because He's fixing to go and these Angels has come for me, and I'll be killed pretty soon now in some kind of an explosion."
Then it came to me, while I was in this constellation, "No, that isn't it. If it would've killed you it would've killed Joseph, and I could hear Joseph calling me." Well, then I turned again, and I thought, "Lord God, what does this vision mean?" And I wondered, and then it come to me, not a voice, just come to me. Oh, that is the Angels of the Lord coming to give me my new commission. And when I thought that, I raised up my hands, and I said, "O Lord Jesus, what will You have me do?" And the vision left me. For almost an hour, I couldn't feel.
Now, you people know what the blessings of the Lord is. But the power of the Lord is altogether different. The power of the Lord in them kind of a places, I felt it many, many times before in vision, but never like that. It feels like a reverent fear. I was so scared till I was paralyzed in the presence of these Beings. I tell the truth. As Paul said, "I lie not." You never caught me saying anything wrong about something like that? Something's fixing to happen.
Then after while I said, "Lord Jesus, if I'm going to be killed, let me know so I won't tell my people about this; but if it's something else, let me know." Nothing answered.
After the Spirit left me for about a half hour I guess or more I said, "Lord, if it is then that I am going to be killed, and You're finished with me on earth, and I'm going to be taken home now, which if that's it, that's fine. That's all right." So I said, "If it is, let me know. Send Your power back on me again. Then I'll know not to tell my people, or anybody about it, because You're fixing to come catch me away." And nothing happened. And I waited awhile. Then I said, "Lord Jesus, if it did not mean that, and it means that You've got something for me to do and it'll be revealed to me later, then send Your power." And it almost took me from the room.
I found myself somewhere over in a corner. I could hear my wife somewhere trying to shake a door. The door in the bedroom was locked. And I had a Bible open, I don't know, but it was in, I believe, Romans the 9th chapter, the last verse: "Behold I lay in Sion a cornerstone, a stumbling stone, a precious cornerstone, and whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed." And I thought, "It's strange I'd be reading that." (Spirit still packing me in the room.) And I closed up the Bible and stood there. I went over to the window (It was about ten o'clock in the day or better.), and I raised up my hands, and I said, "Lord God, I don't understand. This is a strange day to me. And I'm beside myself almost." And I said, "Lord, what does that mean? Let me read again, if it be You." Now, this sounds juvenile. And I took up the Bible, opened it up. There it was again at the same place: Paul telling the Romans that the Jews tried to accept it by works, but it's by faith that we believe it.
WWell, it's been a terrific time since. Now, you see where I stand. I don't know what's happening. I don't know what to say. But now, let me now, from now on, for the next about fifteen, twenty minutes, let me try to say something here now. Remember, not one time has those visions ever failed.
I'm going to take the Scriptures for a moment - in Revelations the 10th chapter - Now, let me say this: If the vision is Scriptural, it can only be interpreted by the Scripture. And then I want you to put this together. And now, you present and you on tape, be sure you say this the way I say it, 'cause it could be mighty easy misunderstood.
Now, "Sirs (as I entitled this), Is This the Sign of the End Time?" Where are we living? What time of day is it? As the weary wrestler through the night, raising and turning on the clock to look to see what it is, turning up the light - My prayer is, "God, let us turn on the light." I'm standing in an awful place, if you but knew it. Remember, I tell you in the Name of the Lord; I've told you the truth. And something's fixing to happen. I don't know. Now, you on tape, get that? I don't know. I'm going to try what come to me yesterday setting in my den room. I don't say that this is truth. It was only something moving in my heart when I walked the floors.
Let me say, that because that I am going west, it isn't that I am leaving this tabernacle. This is the church that the Lord God gave me. Here's my headquarters. Here's where I stay. I'm only going in obedience to a commandment that's given me by vision. My son, Billy Paul, will remain my secretary. My office will be right here at this church. By the help of God, I'll be here when this thing is finished and preach the Seven Seals; and any tapes that I make, or anything else, will be made right here at this church. And right here, as far as I know, is the place where I can preach with more liberty than I can anywhere else in the world, because of the group of people here that believe and are hungry and holding on. And this feels like home to me. This is the place. Now, but I don't know what lays in the future. But I know Who holds the future. That's the main thing.
Now, God, if I am wrong, forgive me and then close my mouth, Lord, to anything that wouldn't be Your will. I'm only doing this because I am impressed, Lord. May the people understand: only impressed.
The reason I think the interpretation never come immediately, it was by the sovereignty of God, because I believe it's wrote out here in the Bible for me. And then if it is Scriptural, it's only the Scripture can interpret it. And if this is true, brother, sister, I don't mean to scare you, but we better be very careful now. Something's fixing to happen.
Now, I say this with reverence and the fear of God. And you think I would stand here, and you people even believe in me to be a prophet. I don't claim to be. My motion was this. Last year I said: "only thing I seen, the revival's over in the nations, or this nation anyhow." I took an evangelistic tour. Many of you went with me. Oh, it's all right. We had great times, fine meetings, lots of crowds, but it just didn't hit the spot. This year I'm taking a missionary tour. As soon as I can, I'm going to Africa, India, around the world, if I can, on another missionary tour. If that don't work, then I am neither taking water or food, and I'm climbing some of them high mountains yonder, and I'm going to stay there, till God answers some way. I can't live like this. I just can't go on. This may be the answer here. I don't know. Until He changes me...
Do you remember the vision about three weeks ago, standing in the sun, preaching to the congregation? You all been here last Sunday. Many Sundays you people here that gets the tapes and is here when it's made, you understand these things, because now I'll just strike these places, and you watch it. Just even every bit of that has been said, types right into this. So it must be the interpretation. I don't know. That's why I am saying, "Sirs, is this it?"
I believe that the seventh angel of Revelations 10 is the seventh church age messenger of Revelations 3:14. Now, let me read...(Revelation 10:7).
"But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he has declared to his servants the prophets."
Now, you notice, this was a angel; and it's the angel of the seventh church age, because it says here, it is the seventh angel of the seventh church age. If you want to see where the angel is, Revelations 3:14, it's the angel to the Laodicean church.
Now, you remember when that was told there, the angels and the church ages. And now in this, it'll dovetail right into these seven seals that we're coming to speak. And the seven seals that we're trying to speak of when I come this time, is the seven written seals. And these seven seals, as you know, is just the manifestation of the seven angels of the seven churches. But there are seven other seals that's on the back side of the Book, that's outside the Bible. Notice, we'll get to it in a moment.
NOTE: When the time came for the Opening Of the Seven Seals, it was revealed to Brother Branham that there was only one set of Seven Seals and they were the mysteries already recorded in Scripture but hidden from our understanding till this Age. The Seven Thunders of Revelation 10 was the Revelation (understanding - explanation) of the mystery of the symbols of the Seven Seals (which John was forbidden to write).....Editor.
Now, listen close. The seventh angel of Revelations 10:7 is the seventh church age messenger. See? Now, watch. Now, watch here. But in the day's of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished... Now, sounding forth, this messenger, the seventh angel here, is sounding forth his message to the Laodicean church. Notice his type of message. Now, it wasn't to the first angel (wasn't given that), second angel, third, fourth, fifth, sixth; but it is the seventh angel that had this type of message. What was it? Notice, his type of message: finishing all the mysteries of God that are written in the Book. The seventh angel is winding up all the mysteries that's lain loose-ended, all out through these organizations and denominations. The seventh angel gathers them up and finishes the entire mystery. That's what the Bible said: finishes the mystery of the written Book.
Now, let's note a few of these mysteries. And if you want to, write them down. First, I'll take what Scofield says here in Matthew 13. If you would like to type some of them down (if you haven't got a Scofield Bible), you might read what he thinks some of the mysteries are.
Now, in the 11th verse:
"He answered and said unto them, Because it's given to you - (his disciples) - to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but not to them... but to them it is not given." (The mysteries)
Here's the mystery: "A 'mystery' is Scripture - a previously hidden truth, now Divinely revealed, but which is a supernatural element still remains despite the revelation." The greater mysteries and the great mysteries are:
Number 1. The mystery of the Kingdom of heaven. That's the one we are talking on now, Matthew 13:3-15.
That's some of the mysteries that this angel is supposed to wind up, all the mysteries of God. And the other ones - May I say this with reverence, and not referring to myself, but referring to the Angel of God; - the serpent's seed, that's been a hidden mystery all through the years. The grace straightened out, not disgrace, but real true grace. No such a thing as an eternal burning hell. You'll burn for millions of years, but anything that was eternal had never beginning or end, and hell was created. All these mysteries. The mystery of the baptism of the Holy Ghost without sensation, but the Person of Christ performing in you the same works that He did. The mystery of water baptism, where the extreme trinitarianism has brought it into titles of Father, Son, Holy Ghost, and the mystery of the Godhead being fulfilled in the baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ according to the Book of the Revelations, that the church in this time was to receive. There's some of the mysteries. The Pillar of Fire returning back. Amen. That's the thing that is supposed to take place, and we see it.
Oh, how we could go on naming the mysteries. Seeing that Pillar of Fire that led the children of Israel, the same one that struck down Saul on his road down to Damascus. And the same One, coming with the same power, doing the same things, and revealing the same Word, staying word by word with the Bible.
The sounding of the trumpet means Gospel trumpet. And the sounding of a trumpet in the Bible means, get ready for Scriptural war. Are you getting it down? If you want to put this down, I Corinthians 14:8, Paul said, "If the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, how will a man know what to prepare for?" And if it doesn't have a Scriptural sound, a vindicated, a vindication of the Word of God made manifest, how will we know we're at the end time? If it says they believe that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever, but deny His signs and wonders that the whole realm of nature believed on Him, and all the church believed on Him by this, how will we know how to prepare?
Somebody's come forth with a chart, and drawed it all out, and somebody's come forth with another thing and drawed this all out contrary to this one. Some's come forth and said, "This is it," coming back to this, and others has wrote books and things like that. But God comes in the power of His resurrection and who's going to speak against it? If Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever, He does the same that He did yesterday, today, and forever. That's what this angel is supposed to do, take them mysteries, them loose ends, that people run out on...
Notice, if it gives an uncertain sound, unscriptural, who can prepare himself? Did you notice, each one of those ages, as I told you about the church coming in, there was a trumpet sounded, a seal tore loose. And a trumpet means war. And if it don't give a Scriptural sound, what about it? But let me call this to your memory. Don't miss it now.
Notice, each church age had its messenger. We know that. Paul was the first messenger. And when the first trumpet sounded, and the first seal was tore loose... what did he do? Declare war. On what? The orthodox church for not believing the Messiac sign that Jesus had produced to them. Why, they should've knowed it. They should've knowed Him. Remember Paul come at the end of the age. All messengers come at the end of the age. It's at the end-time when these things are brought forth. Paul, knowing the Scriptures, and knowing that Jesus was Messiah, and he blasted those synagogues from place to place with the Scriptures and was put out of everyone of them, till finally he shook the dust from his feet and turned to the Gentiles.
What was it? Sounding of a trumpet, an angel messenger standing there with the Word. Oh, my. Don't you miss that now. Paul with the unadulterated interpretation of God's Word, blasted every one of them synagogues. Cost him his life. How we could go down to Irenaeus, the messenger of the next church age, and Saint Martin, the next church age, when they begin to get the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes begin to come in. And they blasted that age. Saint Martin blasted his age. And then Luther, the fifth messenger, he blasted that Catholic church with the Word of God. "The just shall live by faith," he said; and "This is not the literal body of Christ," and he throw the communion on the floor, walked out, and blasted that Catholic church. That trumpet sounded. That's right. That right?
John Wesley, raised up in the days of the Anglican church, when they said, "There is no more reason to have revivals," it went to seed. But John Wesley stood up with a message of the second work of grace: sanctification. And he blasted that Anglican church with the Gospel trumpet prepared for war. That's right. He did it.
Now, we're in the Laodicean age, when they've again denominated: Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Pentecostals, and we're looking for a prophet to come to blast this age and turn them back from their iniquity. Now, if that's been the trend all the way down through the age, will God change His trend in this day? He can't change it. He has to keep the regular strike. And remember, this messenger was the seventh angel, and he was to take all the mysteries and gather them up.
Notice, the seventh angel was to blast the Laodicean rich church. "I'm rich, and increased in goods, and have need of nothing." He said, "You're miserable wretch, poor, blind and naked, and don't know it." That was his message.
Oh, God, send us a fearless prophet with THUS SAITH THE LORD, that the vindicated Word of God will move through it, and prove that he's sent from God. And when he comes, he'll blast them ages. Sure will. He'll set that Laodicean church against him. Certainly he will. They did in every other age. It won't change in this age. It's got to be the same.
Notice, now the Laodicean church: the messenger will finish of the Laodicean Age; The seventh angel will finish all of the mysteries that's been lost in the battles before for the truth. Luther raised up, but he didn't have all the truth. He only had justification. Right. Along come another messenger named John Wesley with sanctification. He didn't have it. Then comes the Laodicean church age with the baptism of the Spirit, but they messed it all up and went right back into the formalism like they did in the first place; when He was to look upon as Alpha and Omega, His hand laying one way and one way: the first and the last.
His Spirit fell on the day of Pentecost and filled that group. She gradually drained out, till it come through the dark ages, the seven golden candlesticks, the seven church ages. The last was the fartherest away from Him. That was nearly a thousand years of dark ages the Catholic church. Luther begin to bring the next light, a little closer to the Word. The next light come a little closer. The next Light, the Laodicean, then it come right back like it did the first place: went right off into the same mess it did in the first place. Don't you see what I mean?
Now, watch. There's a lot of truth lost out there. Why? Where others compromised on truth. But this seventh angel don't compromise on nothing. He gathers up all the loose ends, gathers them all up, and at his sounding, all the mystery of God should be finished. Oh, God sent him. All of the hidden mysteries was finished - It was revealed to him. By what? If these are hidden mysteries, the man will have to be a prophet. And didn't we just get through and see that the prophet that would come in the last age would be that great Elijah that we been looking for? Because these mysteries that's hid through the theologians will have to be revealed through God, and the Word comes only to the prophet. And we know it. He will be the second Elijah, as promised. Oh, my. The message he will bring will be the mysteries on all these things.
We have water baptism; it's all mixed up. That's right. One sprinkles, one pours, one takes Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, one takes this, one baptizes three times face forward - one for a God named "Father," another for a God named "Son," and another for a God named "Holy Ghost." The other one says, "You're wrong, you have to baptize backwards three times that way." And, oh, what a mess. But the whole thing has been wound up. For there's only one God, and His Name is Jesus Christ; and there's not another name under heaven but that Name. There's not one text of Scripture, nowhere in the Bible, where anybody was ever baptized in any other way but in the Name of Jesus Christ. Not one time was any of the new church, or the church of Jesus Christ ever sprinkled, poured, or anything else. Not one time was ever a ceremony used, "I baptize thee in the Name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost." It's creeds and things. And in the battle for truth, them ends has been lost; but God said they'd be restored again in the last days. "I will restore, saith the Lord." We went through that not long ago, the "Bride Tree."
It will take a prophet. The Bible says that he would be here. That's right. Malachi 4 speaks that he'll be here, and we believe that he will. We're looking for him, and we're looking for his manifestation. And we'll see the vindicated Word of God. There'll just be a few understand it. "As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the coming of the Son of man." What was saved? Five souls. In the days of Lot there was actually three saved. The wife started out and lost. So shall it be in the coming of the Son of man. There'll be very few saved, translated in that time. One of the mysteries of that church being taken up, like Lot was taken out away. Noah was taken up, and the church will be taken up also. One went in, and one went out, and the other one goes up. See, it's exactly, perfectly. The Word comes.
The Book that is written within is then completed, when all these mysteries have finished to be sounded.
Now, let me read it again, so you will be sure.
"But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, (the last angel) when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished..."
What is the mystery of God - one of them? Paul said in I Timothy 3, I believe it was, said, "Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness... For God was manifested in the flesh." We handled Him, seen Him, received up into glory. Witnessed by angels, vindicated here on earth. God was. Sure, it's a great mystery, but it's all solved: not Father, Son and Holy Ghost, three Gods, but One God in three offices. The Fatherhood under Moses, the Sonship under Christ, the Holy Ghost under this dispensation: three dispensations of the same God, not three Gods. The mystery's finished now. The Bible said it should be.
The Oneness run off on Jesus' Name. The Trinity went off on Father, Son, Holy Ghost, just like they did at the Nicaea Council: same thing. They both was wrong. But now, in the middle of the road, in the Scriptures lays out the truth. You see where we are at? The Angel of the Lord.
Notice, Revelations 5:1. Listen at this now.
"And I saw in the right hand of him that set upon the throne a book written within... (The writing was inside.)... and on the backside, sealed with seven seals."
Now, there's writing on the inside of the Book, but the backside had seven seals on the back of it that wasn't written in the Book. Now, this is the revelator talking: John. Now, remember, it wasn't written in the Book. "And in the days of the voice of the seventh angel all this mystery that's written within should be finished." It should be taken care of in that day. Now, do you see what I mean?
Then is the time for the seven voices of Revelations 10 to be revealed. When the Book is finished, there's only one thing left, and that is the seven mysterious voices of thunder that was wrote on the backside of the Book that John was forbidden to write. Let me read it.
"And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire.
There was something said (the Seven Thunders). It just wasn't a noise. Something was said. He was about to write; and look where the voices was in the thunders, not in heaven, on earth. The thunders never uttered from the heavens; they uttered from the earth.
Oh, my. I wish I could get that to the people.. Don't fail; don't fail, please don't this time. I'm fixing to leave you. Don't fail. If you ever listened, listen. These seals are on the backside of the book, and at the time that the seventh angel is sounding, all the mysteries that are written in the Book is completed. And immediately, the Book that was open and written and within, is closed. The mysteries of God is finished; and this is the mysteries of God, the going of the church, and all these other things. The mysteries is over.
When that seventh angel sounds out every mystery, it's over. Let him be who he may. Whatever it might be. God's Word can't fail, and He said:
"But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets."
All those things, like Rome being the whore, and all the Protestant churches, denominations, denominating after her has become her harlots. See, all those mysteries that the prophets spoke of will be revealed right here in this last hour. And when this seventh angel rises in the Laodicean age and begins to sound forth the true trumpet - Because it will be contrary, they won't believe it. They sure won't believe it. But it'll be an inspired prophet, because there's no way to figure it out. Men try to figure out the trinity and go gray-headed and go crazy. No one can understand it. They still believe Eve eat a apple, and all those things. Because it's tradition that man has held onto, just like Jesus found the church. But it'll have to be a Divine led prophet for the Word of God to come to him with the true interpretation of the revelation of Jesus Christ. So then it's got to be that way. God help us.
Now, that's THUS SAITH THE LORD. We have that clear. When he sounds forth his message, declares war against the organizations, like Paul did on the orthodox, like the rest of them did, like Luther, Wesley. When he declares war, and telling them they're lying, and it's not the truth, and they're deceiving men; when he sounds forth that, you can't fail, it won't fail, because he will be a-vindicated by the Word of God. You'll know exactly what it is. And when he does, he sounds forth to call from Babylon, "Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins." God send him. Don't miss it.
When he begins to sound, the mystery will be finished. Now, note. Then it's time for the seven sealed voices of Revelations 10 to be revealed. Do you understand? When all the mysteries of the Book is completed, and the Bible said here that he would finish the mysteries... When men back in other ages has fought for truth; they fought for justification; Sanctification, they fought for this, and they fought for that. What did they do? Turned right around and organized into it. Same thing, Pentecostals, and the Baptists, Presbyterians, Lutherans; every one done the same thing, turned right around and done the same thing. And the Bible said in Revelations 17 that's what they'd do: Old mother whore and her daughters, the mystery Babylon.
The Bible said here that that would be one of the mysteries that would be unfolded. Protestants, prostitutes committing spiritual fornications, leading people by denominations with their cup of iniquity of manmade doctrine, and pulling them away from the fountain filled with Blood, where the power of Almighty God flows freely to manifest Jesus Christ. If that's true, then God will back it up; and He has done it; and He will continue. But when that comes to pass, the Word is finished.
Now, there's only one thing left. That is the seven thunders that we don't know; and it would not have thundered in vain. God don't do something just to be playing. We play and act silly, but not God. Everything with God is "yea and nay." He doesn't just fool. He doesn't kid. He means what He says, and He says nothing 'less there's something meaning to it.
And seven thunders right in the revelation here of Jesus Christ, is some mystery. Does not the Bible say that this is the revelation of Jesus Christ? Why, there's some hidden mystery then of it. What is it? The seven thunders have it. For John was just about to write, and a voice came down from heaven, said, "Don't write it. But seal it. Seal it up. Put it on the backside of the Book." It's got to be revealed. It's the mysteries.
Oh, church, could it be? Are we that far? Friends, think. I hope it isn't, but what if it is? What was that blast? (Referring to the vision he had just a few days before of Seven Angels - Editor). Before God and this open Bible, I lie not. Blast that shook the earth, and when the first seal of the seven that was opened in the Bible, it come forth, just one, but a blast that shook the whole thing: a thunder. And then, if the seals that's on the backside would open, would not it be a thunder too? I don't know. I can't say. There was a thunder. The first seal... And the seal was a thunder.....
Now, if the vision was Scriptural, the vision I'm speaking of, that I saw last Saturday morning as a week ago now. If the vision was Scriptural, it must be interpreted by the Scripture, or a continuation of the same Scripture. I just waited so that soaks in. If this that I have seen... What it was, I do not know, but I'm scared to death. Are we wasted away? Are we at the end? Remember, this angel said when this taken place, He swore there'd be time no more. I wonder if we really get this? ...You'll hear it your last time.
Now, is it plain? When the first seal was opened, the seals that was inside the Book, these mysteries that were sounding forth: .....the seventh angel comes on and gathers them all up and explains them. And then he finishes; seven thunders utter out. John started to write. He said, "Don't write it, but seal it." And the first seal was opened of the seals on the inside of the Book; it opened with a thunder.
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You can't tell me of these things like the Book of the Maccabees, which would might be all right, and that fourth Book of Daniel, where an angel grabbed him by the hair of the head and said--set him down. There's no such stuff as that ever took place in the Bible. Where Jesus of Nazareth made a little clay bird, and put legs on it, and said, "Fly away little birdie." It's nonsense. There's nothing in the Bible to back that up. So it don't fool... The--the translators... God seen that the translators wouldn't even add that dogmas and nonsense. It might been good people, the Maccabee brothers of the... I don't say they wasn't good people, but it wasn't Scriptural. This is the complete revelation of Jesus Christ. Nothing could be added to It or taken from It. And if we put that in there, it don't act with the rest of the Scripture. There's sixty-six books of this Bible, and not one word will contradict the other one. IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 45-1 120 And then if this is a continuation for the sounding of these last trumpets or these last seven thunders that's coming forth, the mysteries, the last seals, it will have to compete--or compare with the rest the Scripture. And if them first ones in there opened with a blast of thunder, the second ones will too, that's on the backside. Watch what happens. If the vision was Scripture, then it must be interpreted by the Scripture, or a continuation of the same Scripture. IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 45-3 121 Notice, Revelations 3 and 4. Seven thunders--seven thunders and then notice... (3 and 4). And then what? An oath from that mighty angel that time was finished. When these thunders (You see?), brought forth their voices, then the angel... Just think of it. A Angel clothed in a cloud, and a rainbow covered over His head. Why, you know Who that is. Put one foot on the land and on the sea and lift up His hand and swore that when them seven thunders uttered their voices, that time would be no more. And if the ministry of the mysteries of God is finished... What if that is them seven mysteries coming forth? In a humble little church like ours, that the Almighty has come and regarded the low estate of His people. You say, "Well, I don't think so." It might not be, but what if it is? Then time has run out. Did you think it? Be serious. It may be later than we think. IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 45-6 122 Those stars falling into their constellation back yonder; that Angel coming and said, "As John was sent to wind up the Old Testament and to bring forth the introduction of Christ, your message will wind up the loose ends and will introduce the Messiah just before His coming." The message of the last days, notice, the mighty Angel swore with an oath, that time would be no more. Now, I don't want to keep you too long. Just think of this a minute now. IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 45-7 123 Now, listen. This Angel come down from heaven. See, the other seven angels of the seven churches was earthly messengers, but this Angel... All the message is finished. The seventh angel winds up the whole thing. And this Angel comes, not to the earth; He isn't a man from the earth as the messengers to the church ages; that's finished. But this Angel brings the next announcement. And a angel means a messenger. And He comes down from heaven clothed in that Pillar of Light, cloud, with a rainbow over His head. And a rainbow is a covenant. It was Christ, with one foot on land and one on the sea, and swore that time will be no more. IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 46-1 124 Where are we at, sirs? What's all of this about? I'm asking you. The other angels was messengers, men of the earth. But this Angel... This said, to the angel of the church of Laodicea; to the angel of the church of Ephesus, messengers of the earth (See?), men, messengers, prophets, and so forth to the church. But this One didn't come from the earth; He come down from heaven, because the mystery's all finished. And when the mystery's finished, the Angel said, "Time shall be no more," and seven thunders throwed their voices out. What if it is something to let us know how to enter in to the rapturing faith. Is it? Will we run and leap over walls? Is there something fixing to happen, and these old marred, vile bodies are going to be changed? Can I live to see it, O Lord? Is it so close that I'll see it? Is this the generation? Sirs, my brethren, what time is it? Where are we at?" IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 46-4 125 Let's look at the watch, the calendar to see what date we're living in. Israel is in Palestine in her homeland. The ensign, the six-point Star of David, two thousand years ago, yeah, nearly twenty-five hundred years ago, the oldest flag is flying. Israel's back in her homeland. "When the fig tree put forth its buds, this generation shall not die, shall not pass out--pass away until all things are fulfilled." Nations are breaking, Israel's awakening, The signs that the prophets foretold. The Gentiles' days numbered; With horrors encumbered, Return, Oh dispersed, to your own. The day of redemption is near. Man's hearts are failing for fear. Be filled with the Spirit, Your lamps trimmed and clear. Look up, your redemption is near. False prophets are lying; God's truth they're denying, That Jesus the Christ is our God. (You know it's the truth. Sure enough.) But we'll walk where the apostles have trod. For the day of redemption is near, Men's hearts are failing for fear. Be filled with the Spirit, Your lamps trimmed and clear. Look up your redemption is near. IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 47-1 126 It might be closer than you think it is. It's got me scared. Oh, I haven't done enough. Where are we at? Time shall be no more. He announces that time is over. What happens? What happens? Could that be so now, brethren? Seriously think. If it is, then the pyramid is capped by the seven thunders. You remember the pyramid message? It's the capstone. What did it do? The Holy Spirit capped off the individual and sealed it when we added to our faith, righteousness, and godliness, and faith, and so forth. We kept adding to it till we got seven things, and the seventh one was Love which is God. That's how He makes the individual. He caps him and seals him with the Holy Spirit. Then if that be so, He's got seven church ages that He's had seven mysteries that's been sounded away and they fought for to bring back, and now the Headstone comes to cap off the church. Does the thunders mean that, my brethren? Sirs, is that where we are at? IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 47-4 127 Junie, I want to take your dream. Look, Junior, before the pyramid was ever preached, months before it, seen this dream. You say, "What about a dream." Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a dream that Daniel interpreted, told the beginning of the Gentile age, and when it would leave. And it's done just exactly that way. Not one bit has failed. You notice, the writing that the--was on the rocks; I was interpreting it for them. They were elated. That's the mystery of God that's been not understood for years. Could that be that? And then notice. In some mysterious way, we picked up out of the air a sharp tool that opened up the top, and in there was white granite, but it wasn't interpreted. There was no letters. I didn't interpret that, Junior. I just looked at it, and said to the brethren, "Look on this," and that's fulfilled tonight. While they were studying that, I slipped towards the west. What for? Maybe to understand the interpretation of what's written in the top of this. Could it be? IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 47-7 128 And those blasting the other morning that shook me plumb till I raised up in the air as high as this building, and that constellation of angels, seven angels, in the form of a pyramid... Is that them thunders that's coming forth? Could it be? This is all interpreted. According to his dream, it's all finished. According to God's Word the seventh messenger will finish--seventh message will be finished. And then the seven thunders, and he saw the capstone rolled over, which many people don't even know there is seven seals to be revealed. I've read many men's books on Revelations, never did hear it talked on. They skip that. But it's been told you that it's there. I don't know what it is. Could that be that? God, be merciful to us. If that is, we're in a serious hour. IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 48-2 129 Now, just a minute. Look. If that be so, and the mystery's finished that was wrote in these rocks, I'm glad to be setting in a church with godly people, who God can give a dream to. I'm glad to introduce to these men and women that goes to Junior's church, and to this church, to Brother Neville's and them, that there's people setting in this congregation, and the Bible said, "They would dream dreams in the last days." And here it is, and look at it. It's comparing with the Word. Knowing nothing about it, a blast come forth and here come seven angels from eternity. I said, "Lord, what would You have me do?" It wasn't told. I may have to go first to find out. I don't know. Might not even be that; I don't know. I'm just saying, "What if it is?" If it's Scriptural, that sounds very close to it. Don't you think so? IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 48-5 130 Look, then look, the Capstone was not interpreted. See? "Get west and come back." Or is it this? Is these seven angels in this constellation that came to me... When I meet you at the day of the resurrection, you'll see that I lie not: God my Judge. Or is this that second climax that I talked about the other day. Is there something coming forth for the church? I don't know. I could stay on that a little bit, but I'll move on. Could it be that? The mighty thunder, or the seventh angel in the seven constellation, seventh period constellation, the pyramid made in a form, three on a side, and one on top, and they dropped from eternity. Could it be? Is this the mystery of the thunders that will bring back the Headstone? IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 48-8 131 And you know, the pyramid never was capped. The Headstone's yet to come. It's been rejected. Could it be, brethren, sisters. Or is this that third pull that He told me three or four years ago. The first pull, you remember what happened? I tried to explain it. He said, "Don't do that." The second pull, He said, "Don't try..." And I pulled anyhow. You remember? All of you remember; it's on tape and everything. And then He said, "Now, there's a third pull coming, but don't try to explain it." You see how I approached this tonight? I don't know. But I feel duty bound to my church to say something. You draw your own conclusion. IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 49-5 132 Now, will this be the mystery that would open up, that would bring Christ, bring a power to the church? See, we've already... We believe in repentance, being baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. We believe in receiving the Holy Ghost. We have signs, wonders, miracles, speaking in tongues, and the things that the early church had. And, frankly, there's been more done right here than is wrote in the Book of Acts, in this one little group of people, this little bitty ministry of ours here. What about the world over? See? More than is wrote in the Book of Acts... Same kind: the raising of the dead. Remember, there's only about three people raised from the dead by Jesus Christ, and we have on record, doctor's record, five. "Works that I do, more than this shall you do." IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 49-6 133 I know that King James says "greater," but you couldn't do nothing greater, more of it. He was in one Person then; He's in the whole church now. See? "More than this shall you do, for I go unto My Father." If this is the third pull, then there's a great ministry lying ahead. I don't know. I can't say. I--I don't know. Watch. Third pull. Let's stop on that a minute. In the vision the first flight was little messenger birds; that was when we first started. It growed from just taking the person by the hand. And you remember what He told me: "If you'll be sincere, it'll come to pass that you know the very secret of their hearts." How many remembers that announced from here and across the nations? And did it happen? Exactly. Then said, "Don't fear, I'll be with you." See? And it shall go on. IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 49-9 134 Now, the first pull was little bitty birds, them flights. They went on to meet the time, meet the coming of the Lord, the first message. The second time, the secrets of the heart, from taking a person by the hand, and just standing there and saying what they had. The next time it revealed their sins and told them what to do and make... Is that right? Then that come to pass perfectly just as God said it, and you're witnesses and so is the world, so is the church. When I said, "I saw an angel, and it was a emerald fire burning," people laughed and said, "Billy, get next to yourself." The magic scientific eye of the camera took It. I wasn't lying. I was telling the truth. God vindicated it. I said, "Darkness overshadows; its death, black; and this is white. One's life, and the other one's death." There it is on the picture back there. That the... As George J. Lacy said: "The mechanical eye of this camera won't take psychology." Are you following me? IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 50-2 135 Notice, the first little flight: hand. The second was greater, whiter, doves: Holy Spirit revealing the secrets of the heart. And the third flight was angels, not birds, angels. And that's the end time. That's all of it. Will this be the time, brethren? Is this the time? Now, listen real close and don't misinterpret this. I want to ask you something. Let's go back, just a minute. The church knows it's the truth. The scientific world knows it's the truth. And people are setting here tonight, and many still living, that was standing here on the river when that voice spoke that out and said, "As John was sent forth with a message of the first coming, so is this the second message of the second coming." You remember? And if it's finished, what did John do? John was the one who said, "Behold, there's the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. That's Him." IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 50-6 136 Is the hour, has it arrived, my brethren. I don't say it has. I don't know, but I'm asking you. I want you to think. Or will this be the time when it will be again, "Behold, the Lamb of God," or the time of Malachi 4, to return the hearts of the children back to the faith of our fathers. Will it be such a blast that will--that will do such mighty things until it'll set the church, that has been sloping, and cannot understand the mysteries of God, and so forth; when they see that mighty blast sweep forth, will it turn their hearts back to the fathers as the Bible said it would do? Or was this the message already past, that should've done it? I don't know. This is the sign of the end time, sirs. Or is this the sign that it's over? It looks very Scriptural to me. I don't know. IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 50-7 137 There was them Angels. There was a blast like a thunder that shook the whole earth. God knows I tell the truth. Just remember, something's fixing to happen. I don't know what it is. But could it be this? The reason I say this: prepare yourselves. Let us pray. Pray how? Take our position in the army of His believers and prepare ourselves, for it may be later than we're thinking. You know me, and I have never told you a lie yet, as I know of. And as Samuel said to them, "Have I ever told you anything in the Name of the Lord, but what come to pass?" Now, I'm telling you now. I don't know what this is. I can't say what this is. I don't know. But I'm going to tell you the truth; I'm scared. As your brother, I've been scared since last Saturday. IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 51-2 138 It may be the end time. It may be time for the rainbows to sweep across the sky, and an announcement from the heavens saying, "Time is no more." If it is, let's prepare ourselves, friends, to meet our God. There's been plenty of food laid in now; let's make use of it. Let's make use of it now. And with me from this platform, I cry to God, "Lord Jesus, be merciful to me." I've tried to live the best I knowed how. I've tried to bring the messages, the best way I could, from the Word of God. God knows my heart. But when that constellation of Angels swept that ground, I was paralyzed. I couldn't even feel for a long time. Even felt like a long time later trying to walk through the room, even from my spinal cord, and up and down my neck, was perfectly paralyzed, like had no feelings. I couldn't feel in my hands. I was in a daze all day long. I--I just went in the room and set down. IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 51-5 139 Sunday I come down here to speak, and I--I tried to shake myself from it by speaking. Monday it was there again. And it's here now. And I don't know; I don't know, sirs. I'm only honest with you as my brothers. I don't know. Is it--is it time? Is the minist--the mystery all finished? Has the sounding all over? Is that really them seven thunders fixing to utter out something that the little group that He's gathered together will receive a rapturing faith to go in the rapture when He comes; for we'll be changed as quick as those Angels come: in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, and shall be caught up together with those that is asleep to meet the Lord in the air. My prayer is: God if this be so, I don't know Lord; I just telling the church. If it is so, Lord, prepare our hearts. Make us ready, Lord, for that great hour that all the history of time, all the prophets and sages has looked for that time. Lord, I don't know what to say. I'd be afraid to say, "Don't come Lord." I feel ashamed of myself when I look and see the world in the condition; I've done no more than what I've done about it; I'm ashamed of myself. If there is a tomorrow, Lord, anoint my heart; anoint me greater, Father, that I can do everything that I can to bring others to You. I'm Yours. IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 52-1 140 I feel like Isaiah in the temple that day when he saw the Angels flying back and forth, with wings over their faces and over their feet, and flying with wings, "Holy, Holy, Holy." Oh, how that young prophet was shook. He begin to age up a bit; and when he seen that, though he'd seen visions he screamed out, "Woe is me." Father, maybe I felt somewhat like that, when I seen those Angels the other night--or the other morning, rather. "Woe is me, for I'm a man of unclean lips, and I dwell among unclean people." And, Father, clean me; and here am I, send me, Lord, whatever it is that... I stand at this pulpit where I have been for thirty years. If there's something, Lord, You want me to do, here I am. I'm ready, Lord. But may I find grace in Your sight, humbly, I pray. I pray for the little flock, that the Holy Spirit has made me overseer of, to feed them. And I've done all that I know how to do, Lord, to feed them on the Bread of Life. As in that vision, many years ago, where that big curtain laid in the west, and a mountain of the Bread of Life... The little book, "I Was Not Disobedient To The Heavenly Vision." Here it all comes to pass, revealed right in our face. IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 52-5 141 You're God, and there is no other but You. Receive us Lord; forgive us of our sins. I am repenting for all of my unbelief, for all of my iniquity. I plea on the altar of God. As I come tonight with this little church before me. By faith we move from this building in rapture, as we set together in heavenly places around the throne of God. Our hearts has been warmed many times in the things that we've seen You do and unfold Your mysteries to us. But, Lord, tonight I'm all weary. Woe is me. And as Jacob, when he saw those Angels coming down the ladder and going back, he said, "This is a dreadful place, none other than the house of God." There Bethel was established. God, people don't understand that... They think it'd be so much joy, but Lord, what a weary, what a dreadful thing, for a human being to come in the Presence of a great mighty Being of heaven. I pray for forgiveness of my little church here, that You've sent me down to--to--to lead and to guide. Bless them, Lord. I did according to what the visions and dreams and things has said so the best of my knowledge. I've laid in all the food, that I know how, for them, Lord. Whatever it is, Lord, we are Yours. We commit ourselves into Your hands, Lord. Be merciful to us; forgive us; and let us be Your witnesses as long as we're on the earth. Then, when life is over, receive us up into Thy Kingdom. For we ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen. IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 53-2 142 Everyone of you, cleanse all your heart. Lay aside everything, every weight. Keep it out of your way. Don't let nothing bother you. Don't be scared. There's nothing to be scared about. If Jesus is coming, it's a very--it's a moment that the whole world has groaned and cried for. If it's something breaking forth now, for a--a new coming--a new coming of a new gift or something, it'll be wonderful. If it's coming time that the revelation of the seven thunders will be revealed to the church, how to go, I don't know. I have just stated what I saw. Oh, my, what a time. It's serious and solemn thinking. And if it would be time for me to go, I'm Your, Lord--I am Yours. When You're finished, come, Lord Jesus. Wherever it might be, or what time it may be, I am His. I don't say I desire to depart; I don't. I've got a family to raise; I got the Gospel to preach, but that's according to His will, not mine. That's His will. I don't know. I'm just stating to you what if. What is, God will bring it to pass. But I tell you what I saw and what happened. What it meant, I don't know; but, sirs, could this be the end? IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 53-4 143 The people are present now, the six people that had those dreams. Isn't it strange there wasn't seven? Isn't it very strange that six led right up, and then that vision immediately. The people are here. Brother Jackson here was one; Brother Parnell was another one; Sister Collins was another one; Sister Steffy was another one; Brother Roberson was another one, and Brother Beeler was another one. And the heavenly Father knows there was not one more pertaining to it. At the end of that seventh one, which was Sister Steffy, immediately, the vision broke forth. You see? You see why I'm leaving? You see why I got to go? I must do it. Friends, don't look to me. I'm your brother. Don't pay no attention to me, because I'm just a mortal. I have to die like everybody else. Don't you listen to me, but listen to what I've said. What I've said is the message. Don't pay any attention to the messenger; watch the message. Keep your eyes, not on the messenger, but on the message, what it said. That's the thing to look to; and God help us is my prayer. IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 54-1 144 Now, I hate--I didn't want to come tell you this, but I wouldn't hold nothing back from you. Now, as far as I know... Let me tell you. As far as I know, I'll be leaving in the next two or three days, Wednesday morning, to--for Tucson. I'm not going to Tucson to preach; I'm not going there to preach. I'm going to Tucson to establish my family in school, and then become a wanderer. I'm going up to Phoenix to hold that little line of meetings, which will probably be just little messages around; and--and then... maybe... I don't... I think they want me to preach in the convention one night. They never said nothing about it; they just said I'd be there. See, that don't sound very good to me. And I've got a word, THUS SAITH THE LORD to Brother Shakarian too. I don't know what he'll do about it, but I've got the word to tell him. I don't know what he'll do; it's up to him. IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 54-2 145 Did you notice the last "Voice"? It is supposed not to be an organization, but they declared their creed. An organization, then I'll drop away. I'm out of such. Now, presumingly Brother Arganbright and Brother Role, a Washington diplomat under seven presidents, has got to be in Africa. Brother Role, and I, and Brother Arganbright will be going into Africa right away for some meetings: down in South Africa and Tanganyika and with Brother Boze, and on down through and probably up through Australia, and through that way coming back, if the Lord doesn't do something different. But before I go, I'll be back here. Then when I come back from there, if God hasn't spoke to me in some other way, I'm going to take the family and move up to about Anchorage, Alaska. This is southwest, that'll be northwest. And then, let them stay there through the summer, when it's so hot down in Tucson till it'll burn the hide off you. I don't think they could stand it. They'd be so homesick and disheartened. We're not selling the place. It's staying right there with the furniture in the house. I don't know what to do. IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 54-5 146 Then time the summer's over, if the Lord willing, I want to leave Alaska and come down to about Denver--central west. Southwest, northwest, central west, crying, "Oh Lord, what would You have me do." In the meantime, every message, as far as I know of, to be preached will be right here, this tabernacle. Here's where the tapes will be; here's where the headquarters is. And I do not intend to stay with my family in the west. I'm going to seek till I find what God wants me to do. If this year doesn't settle it, then next year, without water or food, I'll walk out into the desert, and I'll wait till He calls me. I can't go on like this. You've got to get desperate. You've got to get to the place where you want to know what's the will of God, and how can you do the will, if you don't know the will? I'm progging because of that vision background what you did (See?), going around as missionary and evangelism until that call come. Remember the first one when we laid that cornerstone? "Do the work of an evangelist," He said. He didn't say you was an evangelist, but do the work of one; perhaps until the time come for something else, another change of work. Might be something different. I don't know. IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 55-2 147 Do you love Him? Be real sure of that. Be real sure of it. They that love the Lord... They that wait upon the Lord, Shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like an eagle, They will run and not be weary; ... walk and not faint. Oh teach me, Lord, teach me, Lord to wait. I love Him, and I know you do too. Now, tomorrow night... I think I have made it plenty clear (Have I?), as clear as I know how to make it. That's all I know. That's all I know what to say. And if it's revealed to me for something, I'll quickly tell you. I know you're interested to know. I'm interested to know. I don't know what it meant; I don't know where--where I'm going; I--I don't know what's going to happen. I--I am just... The only thing I know, I'm just going by the grace of God. Then He will tell me when I get there maybe. But my part now is go. And I might not be there two weeks till I'll be somewhere else, and it might be back here. That's right. I don't know but I... That vision had my wife and my children in that, and the very thing it was... I was in a covered wagon and the minute that I walked in there, there was--I was in my station wagon. And that is the way we leave in a couple days. Not knowing where we're going, not knowing what we're going to do when we get there, just going. IS.THIS.SIGN.OF.THE.END.SIR.title JEFF V-2 N-11 62-1230E 56-1 148 God is strange to us because His ways are past finding out. He wants obedience. "Where are you going?" "That's none of your business; just keep going." "What do you want me to do, Lord?" "That's nothing to you, Follow thou Me. Just keep walking." "Where will I stop?" "What's that to you? Just keep walking." So here I go. In the Name of Jesus Christ. I love Him, I love Him, Because He first loved me, And purchased my salvation On Calvary's tree. I... (He's my Life,) I... (all that I have lived for.) Because He first loved me. And purchased my salvation On Calvary's tree. Sirs, is this the time? [Brother Branham hums "I love Him"--Ed.] While we sing it again, shake hands with somebody by; say, "Brother, sister, pray for me; I'll pray for you." I... (Pray for us.)... (Real soon...?... Brother, pray for me. Pray for me, brothers. Pray for us.) And purchased my salvation... (Pray for me. Pray for me.) on Calvary's tree. For I love... (Let's raise our hands now to Him.) I... (real love) Because He first loved me, And purchased my salvation On Calvary's tree. Yes, I love Him... (With all my heart) I love Him Because... (Now's the time.) And purchased my salvation On Calvary's tree.