1. And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
Where does one start to write a preamble for a series of Messages which was so important that Seven Mighty Angels (pictured at left) were sent from eternity to instruct a prophet concerning the Mystery of the Seven Seals? Indeed, It was for this purpose (the Revelation of the Seven Seals - finishing the Mystery of God) that the ministry of Malachi 4:5-6; Luke 17:30 and Revelation 10:7 was ordained to be in the earth in the last days.
In Revelation 10 above we find that John was instructed to "...Seal Up those things which the Seven Thunders uttered, and write them not.....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 unto His servants the prophets". A "prophetic ministry" is here promised to come in the last days to receive from 'the Lamb' the mystery of the Opened Book.
This prophetic ministry - "...the days of the Voice of the 'Seventh Angel' (Messenger), when he shall begin to sound,..." - clearly relates, NOT to an heavenly angel sounding on a trumpet, but it is the MESSENGER (a man) to the Laodicean Age Speaking to us the Word of God. The proof of this is set forth in Rev. 9:13 and Rev. 11:15. HERE are the two heavenly trumpeters. "And the SIXTH angel sounded and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God saying to the SIXTH angel which hath the trumpet." (Rev. 9:13). "And the SEVENTH angel sounded and there were great voices in heaven saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, etc." NOTICE in the SEVENTH trumpet that Christ is set forth as taking His rightful knigdom. BUT in Rev. 10:7 the Messenger there is still sounding, and his sounding is declaring the Mysteries of God to the Church, not through a denomination or Evangelist or Bible teacher BUT through a Prophet.
Yes, this shows us that this one we call 'The Seventh Angel', is no spirit being. He is a man. He is a MESSENGER, and since he is the Last Messenger, being the Seventh Messenger, he is the Messenger to the Laodicean Age. As the Elect of God in the Ephesian Age recognized Paul as thier Messenger and paid attention to his Message, even so the Elected Seed of God in this last Age, can and will know the Seventh Angel Messenger-Prophet sent to them - they WILL hear, recognize and act on the Message he brings.
Concerning the Revelation of the Mysteries which the 'prophet' Daniel saw, he was instructed to "shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end" (Daniel 12:4). In Daniel 12:9 the Angel again reminded the prophet that "...the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end". It was through the ministry of a 'prophet' that these mysteries were received and written; and since God does not change His pattern, He would send a prophet in the End to Reveal the Mystery of Daniel's visions, etc. God's Pattern for revealing His secrets to man is through Prophets. In Amos 3:7 we read, "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth His secret unto His servants the Prophets".
During the early part of his ministry Brother Branham made indirect references to "the Lamb Opening the Word". But from 1953 to 1961 he made many direct references to the "Opening of the Seven Seals". In 1953 (December 13th.), in a message entitled "Exploits of Faith", Brother Branham said:
I want to tell you just one thing. I know, and I want you to remember. There's something fixing to happen. Remember, I told you that. There's a step up coming in the Church now. See? These things that you're now seeing, are going to be just little things after while. Something's a moving. And I say this by the power of the revelation of Jesus Christ... Every one in our doctrine, in our baptism, we've come to a place, but there's some key that'll unlock something here. Now, he (John) saw the Book sealed on seven seals. And Daniel saw the same, and when the thunders uttered their voices He said, "Don't write." What that was in the Scripture, but it'd be revealed in the last days. We're at the time. We're at Kadesh (Judgement Seat) right now.
Amost ten years would pass before this "something" that was "fixing to happen", would actually come to pass. As in the First Two Pulls (phases) of his ministry, so in this one, the Third and final Pull, he waited on instructions from the Angel that had commissioned him in 1946. Most of the brethren associated with Brother Branham at the time were not accustomed to such leadership. They were moved more by the emotion and excitment of the Revival than by the Spirit. Brother Branham would take things one step at a time, follwoing, in simplicity, the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Many of his associates were more proned to do things in a 'big' way - big conventions, big campaigns, big crowds and big money.
In 1960 in a Message entitled "Go Tell" Brother Branham reherses a recent experience he had wherein God was preparing him for the Third Pull of his ministry. As great as the first two pulls of his ministry were, still there was a call within Brother Branham's heart for the Third Pull which he believed would be the greatest of all. He said.....
Visions are breaking all over the building. See? Yeah, I was trying to let this be a resurrection a little higher from the ash heap I have set on. I want a little more of a revelation. I know one thing; as long as I hold onto that first ministry, the second won't come; it didn't come. Now, as long as I hold onto the second, the third won't come. See? I've got to step right out, step out and believe it, "God said so!"
Some Brethren had arranged special meetings at which Brother Branham was to be the guest speaker. Out of respect for the brethren he agreed to take the meeting. But when he arrived in the valley his throat closed up and he couldn't speak for nine days. During this time of sickness he lay in bed wondering why this had happened to him. On a Monday, after the time of those meetings had passed, he set in a chair in his room and experienced a vision.
In the vision three women and a man came to him. The Angel said, "Now, they're on the road to get you to go back. Don't you believe it. They're ever so sincere, and they're coming to you with 'Thus Saith The Lord', but THEY'RE WRONG." Brother Branham (in a hoarse, whispered voice) told the vision to a couple of brethren who were visiting him. In less than an hour it was fullfilled, exactly as he saw it. The three women and one man came to his door. After they left, he again fell into a vision.......
And I looked, and I seen something make a flicker over to one side. And I looked, and there was my wall opened up, and I seen Jesus. How many of you ever heard me say that I seen Jesus twice in my life in a vision? And I believed I would see Him again before the end time (See?) Now, I looked, and the skies was right out there, just looked like I looked through the wall.
God was separating Brother Branham from the influence of brethren who were walking contrary to His will. Most of these brethren were sincere, but sincerely wrong, not being able to recognize their day, it's Messenger or it's Message. By September 1962 the separation was about complete. More and more the doors were being closed in his face - he would not compromise. On September 8, 1962 he Preached a Message entitled, "The Present Stage Of My Ministry". In this message he makes reference to the "separating time" that had come for him and his Ministry. But he also believe that there was a "crowning time" also coming wherein God would crown his Ministry - the Word of God that he had preached.
From here forward things begin to pick up speed as the Prophet moved closer to the time of his encounter with Seven Mighty Angels who held the Mystery of the Revelation of the Seven Seals. God began to move and Dreams and Visions began to multiply around his Ministry. It was in December 1962 that he received the vision of the Seven Angels coming to him. He lined up the Dreams, and the Visions with the Scriptures in a message entiled "Sirs, Is This The Time Of The End?" preached December 30, 1962.
As the result of the Dreams and Visons manifested in late 1962, Brother Branham moved his family to Tucson, Arizona, arriving in early January 1963. About two months later while hunting in Sunset Mountains, around 9 o'clock in the morning he met the Seven Mighty Angels. After the Revelation of the Seven Seals, Brother Branham refers back to what had happened. In a Message entitled, "What Is The Attraction On The Mountain?" (July 25, 1965) he said.......
Then we went back, I went up in the mountain to hunt. And there Brother Fred and I, one morning when I walked out, I had already got my javelina, and I looked and seen the place where he went.....and there was no hogs. He waved at me and I seen. I went down in a canyon, some big chasms, the sun was just coming up. I come around the other side of the hill, not thinking nothing about the prophecy. Set down, waiting, resting, I thought, "What happened to those hogs?"
Following the instructions of one of the Seven Angels Brother Branham journeyed back to his home church in Jeffersonville, Indiana and from March 17th - 24th., 1963 he preached on the Revelation of the Mystery of the Seven Seals. This was his "regular commission". Everything else in his ministry was more or less filler. Previous to this series he was pointing the people to it. After the series he kept pointing the people back to this series. Of the total number of times that he mentioned the Seven Seals, about 25 per cent of those references are before March 1963; and from 1963 to 1965 he mentions the Seven Seals over 200 times - so important is this series and the Revelations contained therein.
Beginning with a Message entitled, "God, hidden and revealed in Simplicity", he showed (by the Word how man has always missed what God did because of the simple people He used and the simple way in which He did it. Next Brother Branham followed with a Message called "The Breach", in which he bridged the gap between the Seven Church Ages and the Seven Seals. Then he took a night for each of the first Six Seals explaining the Mystery of the Four Horse Riders, Souls under the Altar (5th Seal), and nature taking a tumble (6th Seal). After the Sixth Seal he took a night for Questions and Answers to clear up mis-understanding the people might have. Then on the last night he preach the Mystery of the Seventh Seal. He said that of the Seven Angels that appeared to him, the Seventh Angel held the Mystery of the Seventh Seal.
In the Message "Sirs, Is This The Sign Of The End?" he said.....
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:
The 8th mystery on the list from which Brother Branham was reading was "The mystery of the processes by which godlikeness is restored to man". (1st. Tim. 3:16). On February 11, 1962 he preached a Message called, "Oneness", explaining the "union" which forms the basis of the "Oneness" of God with the individual.
The "Single" Printed sermons of William Branham: These are also available FREE of charge. If you wish you may have your name placed on the mailing list to receive each message as it comes off the press - One, two or more sermons every 6 - 8 weeks. From The Voice Of God Recordings office, you may obtain a FREE list of books presently available for the asking.
The Recorded Sermons Of William Branham: These are available at cost. High quality tapes are used. The cost per sermon depends on the number of cassettes used for each message. An index of over 1120 Sermons is available from the Voice of God Recordings.
Two videos of the Prophet are also available at this office. One Video is entitled "Deep Calleth To The Deep" (Black and white); and the second video is called, "Twentieth Century Prophet" (color). For Information on Cost please Email Voice Of God Recordings.