De Witt Tabernacle Teaching Series
"Is the Great Seventh Seal Opened?
Are the Mysteries Finished?"
C. W. Wood July 2002
Two previous sermons have been published concerning the mysterious Seventh Seal, one in March of 1999 and one in March of 2001. They were first published in the form of our loose leaf monthly sermons, and then later incorporated into book form. One is found in volume number two and the other in volume number three of the DeWitt Tabernacle Teaching Series. However, from the mail that we have received from our good brothers, we are made aware that quite a number do not see this Great Seal as being revealed. Let it be said that we have no heart to debate this subject with those whose minds are set against this revelation. We give you the right to your belief without any thought of disfellowshipping with anyone. However, we still feel a burden to share what we believe to be the truth, and in meekness of spirit, we approach this controversial subject once again.
We are aware of the several places where our Prophet said that the Seventh Seal was not opened. Many of you have called our attention to these statements, so we will not use our space in quoting these. What we will do is ask you to remember that Br. Branhamís revelations were progressive, even as ours, and that he was shown much about the Seventh Seal after he preached it in March of 1963. Much confusion would be eliminated if we would study the Message from its end in 1965, back to its beginning. That way we would not have people holding to some things that the Prophet said which he received more light on at a later time. We want the Third Pull Message as he was seeing it after new light had come from March 1963 until December 1965. Please do not misunderstand at this point, we by no means disregard some things he said before this time, we only want his revelations as they were more complete in the last two years and several months of his ministry.
We fully agree that the Seventh Seal was preached in riddles, so that it will only be seen by revelation. But, is not the Bible itself written in the same manner? We cannot understand with our natural reasoning, but must pray earnestly for God to shine His light upon us. At this time, I would like to set forth some statements in which the Prophet said the SEVENTH SEAL WAS OPENED. It may be that some have only read the quotes where he said it WAS NOT OPENED. You should at least be given the opportunity to see that there are two sets of statements on the subject, one set saying it was NOT OPENED and the other saying IT WAS. Then you will have to decide which set you will believe!
WAS THE SEVENTH SEAL OPENED? WHAT DID THE PROPHET SAY?
QUOTE: THE SEED IS NOT HEIR WITH THE SHUCK, 1965 PAGE 24, "God promised rabbits in the days of Luther. He promised other things in the days of others. But now He has promised us a full square meal, THE FULL SEVEN COURSE MENUE, FOR ALL THE SEVEN SEALS ARE OPENED, AND EVERTHING IS READY FOR THE WORD OF GOD, FOR THOSE WHO CAN RECEIVE." (End quote)
QUOTE: CHRIST REVEALED IN HIS OWN WORD, PAGE 43, "There has to be eyes first to see, and then when that come (When the eyes were opened) HE OPENED THE SEVEN SEALS and revealed the Evening Light, taking ALL THE MYSTERIES thatís been hid thru these Church Ages, and now revealed them as He promised to do in Rev. 10:1-7. Here we are today, sitting in the midst of the Word, and the Word being revealed to us by Jesus Christ. Then this is Godís Word." (End quote)
QUOTE: PERSERVERANT, PAGE 4 AUGUST 2, 1963 CHICAGO, "And I seen the rocks tumbling off the side of the hill, rolling down. And I looked up and 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." (End quote)
QUOTE: GODíS POWER TO TRANSFORM, PHOENIX 1965, PAGE 11, "But since the opening of THOSE SEVEN SEALS, of them angels just behind the mountain yonder, this has become a new book. Itís the things thatís been hid, is being revealed as God promised in Rev.10 He would do it." (End quote)
QUOTE: QUESTIONS ON THE SEALS, JEFF. IN. 1963-0324M, "Now, we come back with the Seals AND OPEN THAT SEAL... GOD OPENS THAT SEAL FOR US. What's that? First there's a messenger: church age; next is the Seven Seals. Now, we find out the corruption that hits the Seventh Church Age... BUT THE SEVENTH SEAL DOESN'T REVEAL ANYTHING, what's going to happen to it (See?), because at the end of that church age is to come a prophetic gift TO REVEAL THESE THINGS. SEE? ARE YOU FOLLOWING IT? ALL RIGHT. (End quote) It was revealed to the messenger. He was to open the Seventh Seal.
QUOTE: THE SEVENTH SEAL, JEFF. IN. 1963-0324E, "Notice now, FOR THE END OF TIME MESSAGE THIS SEAL, AFTER ALLÖ.Heís revealed all the Six Seals, but it donít say nothing about the Seventh. AND THE END TIME SEAL, WHEN IT STARTS, will be absolutely a total secret according to the BibleÖ.And remember, Rev. 10:1-7 (1-7, Chapter 10:1-7) at the end of the Seventh Angelís Message, ALL THE MYSTERIES OF GOD WOULD BE KNOWN. WEíRE AT THE END TIME, THE OPENING OF THE SEVENTH SEAL." (End quote)
QUOTE: SHALOM, SIERRA VISTA, AZ. 1964 0112, "The Seventh Angelís Message would be the last message. And then, oh, we find out over here in Rev. 10, in the days of the message of the Seventh Angel, THE MYSTERIES OF GOD SHOULD BE FINISHED, THE SEVENTH SEAL WOULD BE PULLED BACK. IT SHOULD BE THERE Ö..ITíS ON TAPE months before it happened. AND THERE IT HAPPENED. (End quote) (The Seventh Seal opened)
QUOTE: THE MASTER-PIECE, JEFF. IN. 1964 0705, "Now, what did He say in Rev. 10, that would take place? Why was the trip to Tucson: to open to the ChurchÖ.In the Days of the Messenger of the Seventh Angel (The Seventh Angel Message) THE WHOLE WORD OF GOD WOULD BE MADE MANIFEST. THE SEAL, THAT WHAT ALL THE STALK HAS LEFT OFF, AND WHY, AND ALL ABOUT IT. (The Seventh Seal) WOULD BE MADE MANIFEST IN THIS TIME. Is that what the Word said? THEN WE SEE IT. Then where are we at?....Sheís ready now for the coming. (Rapture) (End quote)
QUOTE: SOULS IN PRISON NOW, JEFF. IN. 63-1110M, "Heís already got it right here in the Book. Take it from His HandÖ Now Heís coming to receive what He has redeemed; thatís His work He has done; Heís come to receive it. Oh, what a time. And proving itÖ.THE SEVENTH SEAL PROVED IT. Come back and took the Book of Redemption.
26-2 085 Notice it was to be the Seventh Angelís Message that was to reveal THE SEVENTHĖTHE SEVEN SEALS. (Rev. 10:7, now youíll find it.)" (End quote)
QUOTE: THE RAPTURE, YUMA, AZ 65-1204, "I say it because itís life, because Iím responsible to God for saying it. And I must say it. And my messageÖ..All the time, knowing back there under healing, knowing the message would come. AND HERE IT IS. AND THEM SEVEN SEALS OPENED, THOSE MYSTERIES, AND SHOWING THOSE THINGS IS WHATíS HAPPENED." (End quote)
QUOTE: ANNOINTED ONES AT THE END TIME, JEFF. IN. 65-0725M, "Thereís no more higher order to reveal the Word than Prophets. But the only way the Prophet can be a-vindicated is by the Word. AND REMEMBER THE THIRD PULL WAS THE OPENING OF THEM SEVEN SEALS, TO REVEAL THE HIDDEN TRUTH THATíS BEEN HIDDEN IN THE WORD." (End quote)
QUOTE: 327-1 LAODICEAN CHURCH AGE Ė CHURCH. AGE BOOK CPT. 9, "Now this messenger of Mal. 4 and Rev. 10:7 is going to do two things. One: according to Mal. 4, he will turn the hearts of the children to the Fathers. Two: HE WILL REVEAL THE MYSTERIES OF THE SEVEN THUNDERS IN REV. 10, WHICH ARE THE REVELATIONS CONTAINED IN THE SEVEN SEALS." (End quote)
QUOTE: UNVEILING OF GOD, JEFF. IN. V-9 N I 64-0614M 184 096, "Oh Brother, Sister, are you catching it? Look! Donít you see? Itís been veiled through these ages according to what God said, and it would be opened in the last days. THOSE SEVEN SEALS WOULD BE BROKE, AND THE FULL THING WOULD COME INTO VIEW OF THE PEOPLE, WHATíS TOOK PLACE ALL ALONG. The hour of the Seventh Angelís Message, ALL THE MYSTERIES OF GOD SHOULD BE MADE KNOWN IN THAT ELIJAH, IN THE LAST HOUR." (End quote)
Now, if the Seventh Seal was opened, what was the mystery that had been hidden under it? Again, let the Prophet speak in his own words.
WHAT WAS THE
MYSTERY UNDER THE
QUOTE: SOULS IN PRISON NOW, JEFF. IN. 63-1110M, "THE SEVENTH SEAL BRINGS HIM BACK TO EARTH. The Lamb come and took the Book out of the Right Hand of Him, and set down and claimed what He owned, what He had redeemed. That right? ITíS ALWAYS BEEN THAT THIRD PULL. (The Seventh Seal has always been that Third Pull. The Seventh Seal and the Third Pull is the same thing.) Three is perfection. THE MINISTRY COME TO ITS PERFECTION WHEN IT REPRODUCED CHRIST AGAIN, IN NATURAL, AMONGST HUMAN BEINGS, AS WAS PREDICTED, AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF LOT." (End quote)
The Third Pull then, was the Ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, perfected in the body form of the Prophet, and if the Seventh Seal and the Third Pull is the same thing, then we have the Mystery of the Seventh Seal solved! It was the Coming of Christ on Sunset Mountain, who entered into the Prophet, and repeated all the works He had done 2000 years ago. When the Prophet said, "The Seventh Seal brings Him (Christ) back to Earth; the error is in supposing that Br. Branham referred to Rapture time. But, if we will notice what he said in the above quote, "The Seventh Seal has always been that Third Pull," we will see that the Seventh Seal was being pulled back and revealed by the Third Pull ministry of the Prophet, the opening of the Word and the revealing of all Seven Seals that was his ministry.
QUOTE: SHALOM, SIERRA VISTA, AZ. 64-0112, "EVERYTIME HE APPEARS SOMETHING HAPPENS, we see the time getting close. We see back yonder, not long ago, when that Church Ages was being drawed out, we were listening. We seen it was right with the Word. AFTER WHILE, WHAT HAPPENED? HERE HE COME HIMSELF AND VINDICATED IT. (Sunset Mountain Coming of Christ) (End quote)
QUOTE: CHRIST IS THE MYSTERY, JEFF. IN. V-3 N 7 63-0728, "Now the coming of the Lord is in mysteryÖ..AFTER ITíS ALREADY BEEN COMPLETED, THEN HE REVEALS, HE SHOWS WHAT HEíS DONE. (Sunset Mountain Coming of Christ was history, and then He showed what He had done.) (End quote) (This was the Seventh Seal.)
QUOTE: SEVENTH SEAL, JEFF. IN. 0324E, "And if I only had time (Iíll try a few places) TO SHOW YOU ALL THE WAY BACK FROM GENESISÖ.THIS SEVENTH SEAL is spoke of." (End quote)
The Mystery of the Seventh Seal was the Lord God ministering on Earth through the flesh bodies of men, and he did so from the beginning, in the Book of Genesis, according to the Prophet. In other words, from Genesis on, God was showing a type of what He would do in the End-Time Age, when He fulfilled Luke 17:22-30. Luke 17 was the Son of Man Ministry repeated on Earth, through the body of a Prophet. This is the story that the 17th Chapter of Luke tells, the Son of Man back on Earth for the second time, at the time when the earth was as full of sin as in Noahís day. But, He came in a different way than anyone expected, Brother Branham said. He came in the Prophet of Mal. 4:5. It was a coming hidden under the Seventh Seal, but now itís history!
QUOTE: PROVING HIS WORD, AUG. 1964 JEFF. PAGE 41, "After 1900 years, and we are at the end of the Laodicean Church Age, He promised in Luke 17:30 that THIS SAME SON OF MAN (He promised it.) would be revealed in the days like it was in Sodom upon the earth. DID HE DO IT? DOES IT HAVE TO COME TO PASS? ITíS IMPOSSIBLEÖ.(For it to fail) Now remember, He came in three names: The Son of Man, a Prophet; The Son of God, The Spirit; the Son of David for the Millennium. BUT, IN BETWEEN THIS CONJUNCTION (in between these times) NOW, ACCORDING TO HIS OWN WORDS, IN THE DAY WHEN THE SON OF MAN WILL BE REVEALED, REVEAL HIMSELF AS WHAT, NOT SON OF GOD, SON OF MAN. (HE) WILL REVEAL HIMSELF IN A DIFFERENT WAY. NOW WHAT DOES THAT MAKE? (What scripture does that fulfill?) Malachi 4. Exactly right." (End quote)
We are asking the Prophet William Branham to explain to us the Mystery that had been hidden under the Seventh Seal.
QUOTE: FEAST OF THE TRUMPETS, JEFF. IN. 1964-0719M, "How striking! From the Seventh Angelís (Messenger of the SEVENTH SEAL) MESSAGE (AND REV. 10 WAS THE SEVENTH SEAL)Ö..For its Christ made manifest among us, Jesus among us all, made manifest in the purity of His Word, making it known." (End quote)
How much plainer could he have told us what the Mystery under the Seventh Seal was? He said REVELATION CHAPTER 10 WAS THE SEVENTH SEAL! And what was Rev. Chapter 10 in the scriptures? Here it is! "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."
Verse 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." Do we understand that this was our Lord Jesus Christ, coming to Earth on Sunset Mountain? Surely those of us who claim to have studied the Message understand this! The Third Pull was the opening of the Word, by the Christ who had come down and was repeating His Ministry through His Prophet, William Branham. And what was the Third Pull Ministry to do? Let the Prophet tell us!
QUOTE: ANOINTED ONES AT END TIME, JEFF. IN. 1965-0725M, "Notice, the very day when this messenger, not when he starts on the Ö., but when he begins to declare his message. See? The First Pull, Healing; Second Pull, Prophesying; THIRD PULL, THE OPENING OF THE WORD, THE MYSTERIES REVEALEDÖAND REMEMBER, THE THIRD PULL WAS THE OPENING OF THEM SEVEN SEALS, TO REVEAL THE HIDDEN TRUTH THATíS BEEN SEALED IN THE WORD." (End quote) The Third Pull Ministry revealed the Seventh Seal.
ARE ALL THE MYSTERIES REVEALED, WHICH WOULD INCLUDE THE SEVENTH SEAL? DID THE SON OF MAN COME AND GIVE THEM TO THE PROPHET
FOR THE BRIDE?
QUOTE: CALLED OUT, CHICAGO 1958-0109, "LET ME CLOSE BY SAYING THIS: THAT THE SON OF MAN IS NOW BEING REVEALED FROM HEAVEN. WILL IT (HE) COME AFTERWHILE, BROTHER BRANHAM? IT IS NOWÖ.THE SON OF MAN HAS ALREADY COME FROM GLORY, AND IS REVEALING HIMSELF, FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS TO HIS CHURCH IN MERCY, SHOWING THEM HIS GREAT PRESENCE, DOING THE SAME THINGS THAT HE DID WHEN HE WAS HERE ON EARTHÖ..HE HAS COME NOW IN MERCY, REVEALING HIMSELF TO THE CHURCH. Itís being laughed at and scoffed at. The next time He reveals Himself, itíll be in Judgment on the world and the nations thatís forgot God and sinned away their day of Grace." (End quote)
QUOTE: SIR, IS THIS THE TIME OF THE END? JEFF. IN. 1962 1230E, "Now watch here. But, in the days of the Voice of the Seventh Angel, when he shall begin to sound, THE MYSTERY OF GOD SHOULD BE FINISHED. Notice his type of Message; FINISHING ALL THE MYSTERIES OF GOD THAT ARE WRITTEN IN THE BOOKÖ.THE SEVENTH ANGEL GATHERS THEM UP AND FINISHES THE ENTIRE MYSTERY. Thatís what the Bible said; FINISHES THE MYSTERY OF THE WRITTEN BOOK." (End quote) Dozens of times the Prophet said that his ministry FINISHES ALL THE MYSTERIES.
QUOTE: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, JEFF. IN. COD 1964-0830E, "QUESTION Ė Have the Seven Thunders, which equals Seven Mysteries, already been revealed? Were they revealed in the Seven Seals, but yet not known to us as the Seven Thunders? ANSWER: No, THEY WERE REVEALED IN THE SEVEN SEALS, THATíS WHAT THE THUNDERS WAS ABOUT Ö.The Seven Thunders had uttered their voices, and no one could make out what it wasÖ.John knew what it was, but he was forbidden to write it. HE SAID, BUT THE SEVENTH ANGEL, IN THE DAYS OF HIS SOUNDING, THE SEVEN MYSTERIES OF THE SEVEN THUNDERS WOULD BE REVEALED. AND THE SEVENTH ANGEL IS THE MESSENGER OF THE SEVENTH CHURCH AGE. SEE?" (End quote)The Prophet knew the mystery under the Seventh Seal, but he taught in riddles.
Now, while the nominal church world waits for the lightening to flash and the thunder to roll, as stated in Luke 17:22-30, to announce the Coming of the Lord at Rapture Time, there will be only a silent, secret catching away of the Elect. Church nominal will know nothing more until Christ comes back WITH HIS SAINTS IN JUDGMENT. May the Lord open our eyes that we may see. Amen.