Purpose of the Sealed Book
In December 1962 Brother William Branham had a vision about meeting seven angels in Arizona and a loud blast would accompany this then he would be picked up into this constellation of angels.[i] February 28, 1963[ii] a cloud formation appeared and was pictured. It was so high in the atmosphere that it baffled experts. This was the seven angels on their way down to meet brother Branham. Then about 7 days later in March 1963[iii] bro. Branham heard the loud thunder and met the seven angels who commissioned him to return to his home city of Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA to preach the seven seals.[iv] He returned and for a series of sermons these seven angels met him, one by one, for each seal and he preached on this subject. Brother Branham said, “This SEVEN-SEALED BOOK is REVEALED at the TIME of the SEVEN THUNDERS of Revelations 10.”
He told us the book that was sealed is the Book of Redemption and this needed to be opened by the One who paid the price (the Lord Jesus Christ) in order to complete the process of redemption. 1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Since the seals were broken, the mysteries of the Bible have now been revealed. Here is a summary of the seven seals, as they were revealed to Brother Branham.
Revelations 6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
Before we go into the first seal, let’s discuss verse one, because it helps set the stage for the first four seals. When the Lamb opened the first seal there was a noise of thunder. So corresponding to the opening of the first seal is a thunder. The noise of the thunder is what was reported to have been heard when the Father was speaking to the Lord Jesus in John 12:29. The thunder speaks of the voice of God and what can reveal the hidden mysteries contained in the seals besides the voice of God. It is important to note that when brother Branham met the seven angels near Sunset Mountain outside of Tucson, Arizona in 1963 there was the noise of a thunder as well. He heard it and so did the two brothers that were with him during this time.
Second, we see that one of the four beasts says, “come and see.” Why did one of the four beasts make this announcement to John? Read of the four beasts now.
Revelation 4:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
This was no doubt, the beast that was like unto a lion. While the horse riders were bringing forth the deceptive work of Satan, these four beasts, as guardians of the throne, were the form with which the Holy Spirit worked in the church to combat the work of Satan. Brother Branham says regarding the lion, “Now, remember, now in the first age was a lion age…that roared, that pure unadulterated Word.” This was the apostolic ministry, the second and third generation believers that stood firm with the apostolic doctrine.
Notice he was dressed in white which appears righteous, but he had a bow but no arrows meaning he was a bluff. Brother Branham taught us this was the spirit of Nicolaitianism that went forth in the church first as a doctrine. Nicolaitianism means to conquer the laity. They formed a hierarchy in the early church. Here is an example, Ignatius of Antioch, who was a bishop until the year 107, writing to the Smyrnaens states, “See that ye all follow the bishop, even as Jesus Christ does the Father, and the presbytery as ye would the apostles; and reverence the deacons, as being the institution of God. Let no man do anything connected with the Church without the bishop.” He goes on to say, “It is well to reverence both God and the bishop. He who honours the bishop has been honoured by God; he who does anything without the knowledge of the bishop, does [in reality] serve the devil.” “Nor is there any one in the Church greater than the bishop, who ministers as a priest to God for the salvation of the whole world.” This elevated the bishop of a church to a position higher than the believers and thus snuffed out the leadership of the Holy Spirit. The time period of the 1st horse rider corresponds with the Ephesian Church Age.
3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. 4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
The second beast was like a calf or an ox. So, this is the form that the Spirit of God took in this age to combat the red horse rider. Brother Branham said, “Now, the second beast that the antichrist sent out was a red beast, which was a—that he rode on—was to take peace from the earth and—and war. Now, the second one that went to combat him was the ox beast. The ox means a labor, a beast of burden.” The Spirit came upon the people in such a way that they were willing to lay down their lives as martyrs. This was the strength given to them to overcome during the riding of the red horse.
Notice power was given to him, that doctrine of Nicolaitianism became incarnate in a man that was elected to be over the people. That took place when men elected a papacy to rule the hearts of men instead of the Holy Ghost to rule the hearts of men. Notice the horse was red signifying the killing of those who opposed. The first church of Rome became apostate early on, after the Jews were expelled from Rome, in the mid-1st century. It later began cooperating with Imperial Rome and took part in persecuting the true church until it was almost completely stamped out in Western Europe. This corresponds to the Smyrnaen and Pergamaen Church Ages where the true church was persecuted by the false Roman Church working together with Imperial Rome.
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. 6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
The third beast had the face of a man. Brother Branham told us, “The next come, was a man, was a Beast with a face of a man. And that man was the reformers, man’s education, theology, and so forth.” It was the wisdom of the reformers that overcame what the black horse rider did.
Brother Branham said this black horse represents famine for the Word, because black represents famine, and the scales in his hand he said represented it had turned to money. “this black horse was riding, when they charged for their sacrifices and everything they done, and money was just… Oh, you know how it was. And that is the history of the Catholic church.” This corresponds to what is referred to as the Dark Ages or Middle Ages, where the Roman Catholic Church ruled the leaders of western Europe and controlled religion and politics and as such economics. It is the same time period as the Thyatiran Church Age leading into the Sardisian Church Age where the Reformation began.
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
Brother Branham taught us the brindle color was all the colors we’ve seen (white, red and black) in this horse mixed together, and that “antichrist spirit, formed an organization, gave birth to some daughters of organization, changing his power three times, and put them in one, and made a pale horse, and then given a name called Death, and rode him into eternity. Just as plain as it can be.” The time period of the riding of this horse is the Laodicean Church Age when the ecumenical movement started with the deceptions of the Roman Catholic Church to bring all the Protestants back under her power. This is the church in Revelation 3:20, that put Christ on the outside.
The fourth beast that was sent to combat this working of Satan was the eagle. “But now when it comes forth, the eagle age; that’s the one that God always likens His prophets to eagles. He calls Himself an eagle. The eagle goes so high there ain’t nothing else can touch him. Not only is he up there, but he’s built for that position. When he gets up there, he see where he’s at.” So, the Spirit that empowers the church to overcome is in the form of the eagle, which allows us to raise up high above the things of the world in order to see the revelation and to soar in the heavenlies.
So the first four seals had to do with the church and how that spirit of Nicolaitianism came in first as a doctrine, then incarnated in a man (the Pope), began destroying the leadership of the Holy Spirit for the people, and then ate away at the very foundation of the church until almost nothing was left. So the first four seals deal with the condition of the church and how it got that way. Beginning with the 5th seal through the 9 chapter, God is dealing with the Jews.
9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
Now, Brother Branham told us this speaks of the Jews that were martyred under Hitler and Stalin. Notice they sought vengeance, and they were called servants, not bride. These were not martyrs for Christ but were martyrs for the testimony which they held. The were Orthodox Jews that stood faithful to the Law of Moses, never having heard the gospel, and having been blinded to it as God turned to deal almost exclusively with the Gentiles. They were martyred for their race and faith and were given white robes. The second part deals with the persecution upon the Jews that will take place in the Great Tribulation.
Revelation 6:12. And I beheld when he had opened the Sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 13. And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 14. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16. And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17. For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Brother Branham tells us that the sixth seal does not concern the Bride of Christ, she has been raptured. It concerns the Jews. It’s the tribulation period leading into the day of the Lord where there is an interruption of nature and great wrath poured out. The two witnesses of Revelation 11 are a part of calling this wrath from God.
Revelation 8:1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
Bro. Branham tells us this is in reference to the coming of the Lord for his church. He equates this seventh seal to Revelation 10. He says it is the coming of the Lord because no man knows the day or the hour in which Christ will return, not even Chris himself, (Mark 13:32) there was a reverent hush in heaven. The coming of the Lord corresponds to Revelation 10:1-7 where the seven thunders utter their voices. The coming of the Lord is not known and neither was the seven thunders known. So it’s connected. The Mighty Angel (which is Christ, in Spirit form) comes down with an open book and lets out a shout, seven thunders utter their voices (which is seven angels that met bro. Branham in Arizona and then in Jeffersonville as each seal was revealed) and the seventh church age messenger finished the mystery of God which was hidden for ages. Christ came down in Spirit form to reveal himself to his Bride prior to the rapture. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 tells us the Lord comes down from heaven with a shout and bro. Branham tells us the shout is the message. “Now this messenger of Malachi 4 and Revelation 10:7 is going to do TWO things. One: According to Malachi 4 he will turn the hearts of the children to the fathers. Two: He will reveal the mysteries of the seven thunders in Revelation 10 which are the “revelations” contained in the seven seals. It will be these Divinely revealed `mystery-truths’ that literally turn the hearts of the children to the Pentecostal fathers. Exactly so.” – LAODECIAN CHURCH AGE CHAPTER 9.
Revelation 10:1-7 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 it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: 2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, 3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. 4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. 5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: 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 hath declared to his servants the prophets.
So we have the Mighty Angel, the Open Book, the Seven Thunders and the seventh angel. Let’s look more at these verses and at another mention of a sealed book in Bible prophecy. Here is the first mention of a sealed book.
Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Daniel chapter 12 is where we find the first discussion of a sealed book. The context is that Daniel has received various revelations that are in symbolic fashion and he is unsure of their meaning. He makes the request to receive an explanation for them. Then this is the response he receives.
Daniel 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
So, Daniel requested to receive an understanding.
Daniel 12:8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
And he was informed that he would not receive one, but that an understanding would be given at the end time. Now, an understanding of what? If you read the preceding chapters of Daniel you can understand it has to do with the world empires, redemption and the final deliverance for the kingdom of Messiah to be set up. This is indeed “the mystery of God” regarding the redemption of man. Within this mystery are many mysteries, but they all come back to the ONE MYSTERY of the SEALED BOOK.
We find this SEALED BOOK again in Revelation 5.
Revelation 5:1-2 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. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
Now we find the book is not merely sealed, but it is sealed with SEVEN SEALS. And only the Lamb is worthy to open the BOOK. The Lamb’s work pertains to redemption and this book is tied to redemption, based on Daniel 9-12. This is the BOOK OF REDEMPTION that is sealed up. What is sealed up? It was hidden from Daniel’s understanding.
Now, if this revelation came to a prophet, but was hidden, how can this revelation come to the elect again? It has to come through a prophet.
When is the SEALED BOOK to be opened? Daniel 12:9 says the time of the end. Notice the next verse in Daniel.
Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
It says the WISE will understand. What will they UNDERSTAND brother? They will understand when the sealed book is opened. There should be a period of time for this to go around the world and reach to the hearts of people so they can understand and be purified and made white.
Revelation 10 we see A MIGHTY ANGEL CLOTHED WITH A CLOUD, etc. In Daniel 12 we have another description.
Daniel 12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.
This is just a partial description of the man clothed in linen that appeared previously. Below is the full description.
Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude. (Daniel 10:5-6)
Daniel describes the man in his own words and John describes the Angel in his own words, but the descriptions are so similar.
In Daniel 12 the man clothed in linen says it is sealed until the time of the end. Now, in Revelation 10 that same man comes down from heaven with an open book. The same one that sealed it to Daniel came down with it opened. He screams with a loud voice, obviously, seeking to communicate what is in the opened book. [As a side note: 1 Thessalonians 4:16 says “the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout (the message)] When he cries with the loud voice seven thunders utter their voices. Seven angels met bro. Branham and it was a loud thunder that took place. The seven thunders were sent to communicate what was in the open book. But when God reveals a certain thing it says he does so through his servants the prophets. So it would take a messenger sent from God with a message to reveal what was in the open book. And the revelation of the mystery of God (the sealed book of redemption) comes to give us an understanding and purify us and make us white. Now, we are carrying this same message around the world to find that last elected one.
Now, regarding Revelation 10:7, it cannot be the trumpet angel because this messenger is clearly bringing a revelation. He is not merely blowing a trumpet to make a loud sound, but he is communicating a revelation of the open book MYSTERY. Revelation 11:15 is the seventh trumpet angel. God is not repeating himself regarding the seventh trumpet angel. They have two distinct works, Revelation 10:7 says he through his voice the mystery is finished and Revelation 11:15 is telling us that the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Messiah. One is completing the revelation (giving an understanding) hidden from Daniel and the other is the actual winding up and final act of redemption.
- The Mighty Angel descends with an OPEN BOOK and utters his voice (corresponding to 1 Thessalonians 4:16, the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and the trump of God)
- Seven Thunders utter their voices (this corresponds to the seven angels that met bro. Branham on Sunset Mountain in Arizaon)
- Seventh messenger brings a message to finish the mystery of God as contained in the sealed book
The coming of the Lord in the 7th seal carries with it many events and phases. There is his revelation to his Bride, which we are experiencing today, there is the resurrection/rapture, his revelation to the Jews, the tribulation period, then his physical return to the earth and judgement.
We trust that this is a blessing to you, as you grow in the Word of God. This is such a monumental move of God in the end-time. How the love of God should be shed abroad in our hearts in this day, as we have witnessed, through the message, Christ unveiling himself to us.
 BREACH.THE. JEFF.IN 1963-0317E
[i] 200 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 a sudden they taken a notion to fly, and away they went, eastward. 201 And as soon as they left, a constellation of larger birds came. They looked like doves, sharp-pointed wings, kind of a gray color, little lighter color than what these first little messengers was. And they were coming eastward, swiftly. 202 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. 203 Now, don’t miss this. And you, on tape, be sure you get this right. 204 First, a blast. And I thought it sounded like a sound barrier, ever what you call it when planes cross the sound, and the sound comes back to the earth. Just shook, like, roared, everything. Then, it could have been a—a—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. 62-1230E – Is This The Sign Of The End, Sir?
205 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 have been little dots. There could have 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. 206 And I can see It. It’s never left me. Eight days has gone, and I can’t forget it, yet. I never had anything to bother me like that has. My family will tell you. 207 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, and heads. And They were, “Whew-whew!” And when it did, I was caught up into this pyramid, a constellations. 62-1230E – Is This The Sign Of The End, Sir?
[ii] 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. 62-1230E – Is This The Sign Of The End, Sir? Rev. William Marrion Branham
[iii] And just as I looked, right there was them Angels just as plain as They could be, setting right there in that picture. See? I looked to see when it was, and it was time, same, about day or two before, or, day or two after I was up there. I looked where it was at. “Northeast of Flagstaff, or Prescott, which is below Flagstaff.” Well, that’s just where we was at, see, just exactly. 15 “Twenty-six miles high.” Why, vapor can’t go over—over four, four miles high, or five, moisture, any kind of fog or anything, you see. Planes fly at nineteen thousand. That’s to get up above all the clouds, you see. And nineteen thousand is about four miles high. This is twenty-six miles high, and thirty miles across it, and in the shape of the pyramid, if you’ve looked at the picture. 63-0601 – Come, Follow Me
[iv] And so I must not take what anyone says; I must—it must be inspired. And I believe that the Seven Angels who’s holds these seven thunders will grant it. 63-0317M – “God Hiding Himself In Simplicity, Then Revealing Himself In The Same”
I seen the rocks tumbling off the side of the hill, rolling down. And I looked up, there was that white Circle above me there, circling around. Here come seven Angels, come moving down out of the air, picked me up, and said, “Go back to your home, to the East, right away, and bring those Seven Seals. For, there is seven mysteries, for the complete Word is revealed now in these seven mysteries.” 63-0802 – Perseverant