This is the day the Lord has made, so let us rejoice and be glad in it. Last Sunday and again Thursday I mentioned something about this message but I did not say what it was. You may see the title and get the idea, “I have already heard that.” If you feel that way then you are out of place because there are going to be things you haven’t heard, and it is going to be according to the word of the Lord. I could not think of any better title for this message than "Revelation 10", because that is what it is all about. That is going to be the hub of everything I have to say. We have many listeners and readers from all over the world, we welcome them. Some of them we have never seen and may never see until the rapture takes place, but they are following the word of the Lord as it is being taught by the servants of God. We are following the Lord by His scripture, not by our thoughts and ideas and opinions. Bro. Charles preached two weeks ago, then I began to think about Revelation 10 after he had preached what he did, which was inspiring. I am sure thankful for Bro. Charles and Bro. Kevin.
Opening of the Seventh Seal
I will go to Revelation 8 first as we begin this message. This is where the seal is opened. I will say something right now, after this seal is opened, it is never again closed. Never. You will not find that it is ever closed. Let’s read verse 1. And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. See? Every seal is broken, there is not one left unbroken. There is nothing left binding the scroll together. It stays that way until the end. I want to look at that and other things. Let me read that again. When he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven. You see here there was something going on in the earth. All attention in heaven is drawn to earth. In the days of Job, everything was focused around Job at that time because God had put forth a challenge to Satan: “Have you considered my servant Job?” The attention of the whole picture there is concerning Job and his friends that came to him. They were friends for seven days, after that they began to speak evil of him. God did not like it. I will have to say this to any critic, God doesn’t like you talking about His children and you will be punished for it. You will have the results of your punishment before you leave this earth. You see that in Matthew 24 when you get down to the last part of the chapter.
Now this seventh seal is related to the trumpets. You see the time line here. The beginning of the trumpets is intertwined with the last seal. In this I want to go to Revelation 10:7 and see what happened there, but not yet because there are other things I want to cover here first. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. Now these are angels that stand before God. That is their place, and that is where they are. That is where they are now, because they are waiting. They are not jittery, they are not just standing there waiting to get noticed. If we are over anxious we get in trouble. I do not know when the end is coming, but there are too many things being shown unto the church and unto the servants of God in this hour for it to be unnoticed. As you look at all of it, you know God is getting things ready. He is getting things ready for the final push. It is right around the corner: we know that. We do no not know exactly where we are in time, but we know we are close, because we are waiting. When a person gets too impatient, that is when there is trouble. Thoughts begin to build in their mind. They begin to have feelings like, “Let’s get this thing over with”. It will not change though. Our thoughts do not change anything in the plan of God.
And another angel came and stood at the altar. (Where is the altar? It is not talking about Jerusalem in the natural. It is talking about the altar in heaven at the throne of God: where Jesus Christ sits.) having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, (Not just a little, not just a little dab, but much incense: because of the time; because of the event. It has never happened before.) that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints (All saints. Who is it talking about? It is talking about Bride saints at that certain hour. This is connected with the opening of the seventh seal. That he should offer it with the prayers of all saints...) upon the golden altar which was before the throne. (See there? It explains it, it is before the throne, not on earth but in heaven. This angel has a special anointing. This is happening while there is silence is in heaven.) And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, (See? The prayers are no longer in this earthly setting. The heaven is opened and this incense which the angel adds is like the incense which the children of Israel offered in the tabernacle in the wilderness. They offered incense, because it was to represent something. The smoke of the incense which came with the prayers of the saints...) ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. (See where it is? This angel is standing at the throne and the incense is going from the angel’s hand up before God and that is mingled with your prayers.) And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: (Now it is no longer just prayers ascending unto God, but this is something else.) and there were voices, (Sure) and thunderings, (Sure) and lightnings, and an earthquake. And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. See? This is an interruption. They are standing there at attention, ready to sound, but something else happens on earth to interrupt what they were going to do. Because after this they are going to begin to sound. The sounding is something that will happen here on earth, because this is connected with Revelation 10. I want to go to that.
Seven Thunders: Uttered Then Sealed
Verse 1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, (A rainbow means something has happened. It happened back in chapter 8 when the seal was opened. You bring that first verse of chapter 8 right over here to chapter 10, to the first verse.) and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire. (That is representing authority. What is this authority? It is something that has never happened before, because it is showing the authority He has from chapter 5 as He is the Lamb there, the Lamb of God. Having seven horns, representing seven ages.) And he had in his hand a little book open: (As I said earlier, this book is never closed.) and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth. Bro. Charles brought that out in a message. That is representing something universal. This is for the universal church. This has nothing to do with anybody else. We are going to see something about this seal. And he had in his hand a little scroll, that book, opened. The reason it is open is that the seventh seal is broken. Now the whole thing is opened up of what he meant, even from the very beginning. What was the beginning of it? A thunder, the first seal. I remember Bro. Jackson going over that. The first seal is the only seal besides the seventh where there was thunder when it was opened. If what happened with the first seal was one thunder, what about when seven thunders happens? Looking back and Revelation 8:5, that is why you see those voices. That is why you see those thunderings. That is why you see that earthquake. Because something great is just about to happen. And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: (Authority. There is no other animal on the earth that has the voice of a lion. They put their head down close to the ground and let out a roar that can be heard for five miles. You can hear an elephant for only two miles. A tiger only two miles. That is why He is represented as a lion of the tribe of Judah, because of the voice of the word of God.) and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: (I always looked at this and thought, “Well, John is going to write it down. He knows it.” John did not know it. He is speaking of this end time. The seventh seal was not opened in the first age. Seven thunders uttered their voices and he was about to write, but this verse is talking about the end time.)
Let us look at this a little closer: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. It is not the seal he is instructed to seal up. It will never close, you will find that later on because the seal goes beyond the Bride. We have always heard that it is the names of those that are in the scroll, but it goes beyond that. It has that, but it goes beyond that: because over here he is demanded to eat it. Who is going to eat it? And why is it in his mouth so sweet and in his belly so bitter? We will see. You have not heard all of Revelation 10. We have read it, but we have not heard it all. Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered and write them not. Why would he say, “Do not write these things?” Why are they sealed? That is a question this morning, why are they sealed? Because they are for the Bride only. The sealing is because the rest are not going to receive it. They will not, because they cannot. There may be words they hear as it comes about but they will not receive it because it is sealed to them. They will never understand because it is above their head. But the little book is still open. Why would God give out His understanding of what the seven thunders say to the rest of the world? It has no effect on them, it is not theirs.
Brothers and sisters, we have been called to the highest calling there is. There is none above it. You do not get that privilege and I do not get that privilege to sit at the marriage supper just because of who we are. It is because of who He is. I know what I am talking about here. I have lived this for over a week. I woke up yesterday at three in the morning and could not go back to sleep because this was churning inside of me. Two weeks ago when Bro. Charles preached, I did not know this. You did not know it either. That is why I said when I started out: “do not get ahead of me.” Right here (pointing to chart) you see the feet, you see the rainbow. They cannot steal that rainbow. You cannot make something dirty out of that. And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up His hand to heaven. Lifted up his hand to heaven: that is a sign that grace is over for the Gentiles. No more souls will be saved. Today the world can seek him, they can plead now, but they will not be doing it then. For them the breaking of the seal is the end. But the Bride of Jesus Christ it is not the end, it is going to go beyond that. Because when the seventh seal is opened, it is over. That is why when those seven thunders uttered their voices, it was closed, sealed, finished. It is over. 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. (There is a lot in that 7th verse, and I will come back to this later.)
The Little Book Is Bittersweet To Its Eater
And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open (See? It is never closed.) in the hand of the ange which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. And I went unto the angel, (This is talking about the endtime. In this verse John is being placed in the endtime, but it is not him that will fulfill this. He is the example given to play the part when it says: Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. I went unto the angel...) and said unto him, Give me the little book. (Or scroll) And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; (This is not for the Bride.) and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. I hope this is giving somebody some understanding. Do not try to hurry things along, God has it all in His hands. By the time that the Bride is ready to leave here, if it be Jonathan Cahn that fulfills this verse, why would it be bitter? Let us go to another scripture to see. Let us go to Ezekiel 2:9-10. And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me, and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; and he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: (It is same thing as Revelation 5:1.) and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe. By this time, the man that is to fulfill Revelation 10:10 will have realized all his preaching that has been done, all the places that has been gone to by our brother, he did not achieve what he had hoped for. I will put it that way, think whatever you want to. Bro. Jonathan Cahn has been doing all these things trying to save the nation, speaking to the people. You can go to his meetings, those people are not getting what he is saying, because he is talking about holiness and they are not living holiness. They do not know how to dress because religion today is just a farce. But the message has to go out. That is the first part of that 10th verse there. The message goes out. He spoke at the Republican National Convention, he prayed there for the leadership of the nation. Of course the Democrats did not invite him to speak at their convention. They do not want the name of Jesus Christ to be mentioned. There is no way that man would have gone except he mention Jesus Christ when he prayed. So why would there be lamentations in this scroll? Because he sees now that all he has preached for, all the longing, all the hurt, everything he preached for, revival, revival, revival: it is all gone. When that seventh seal is opened there is no more revival among the Gentiles. The focus returns to the Jews. This is where the last part of the message goes, and we see that in the 11th chapter of the book of Revelation. (I know I am sticking my neck out with this message, but it is my neck.) Lamentations, sure, but the book is closed, it is done eaten. The Bride, you see her sealing when those seven thunders are uttered. What do you think that is going to do? It is going to get the attention of heaven. We have not seen anything yet, we are just preparing for that time to come. While the world is preaching religion, the Bride of Jesus Christ is living scripture. Let us go back to the 10th chapter of Revelation. 9th verse, And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; (Do not leave any of it, eat it up. Because it is going to leave a message. That is the reason I said, “It was not about just the names of those that are in the book, but there is more to it.” Because there is somebody else has to eat the contents of it and it makes them sick. Sure it is sweet. What a wonderful taste in a person’s mouth to know what is here, the man this is speaking about, will recognize the Bride of Jesus Christ before it is over, according to Bro. Charles’ dream. I have another dream along the same line that I want to read before this is over.
He is giving an example here in the 9th verse. He is giving examples by the angel, by Christ in angelic form. He is giving an example of what it is going to do to the man who fulfills this verse.) and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. The message is wonderful, it is something to be swallowed. Because then that man will know where he is in time, but all that he has worked for during his earlier life, most all of it will blow away. Why then did he do it? Because the world had to hear it. The world does not have to hear what you hear. Do not even try to explain it to them. And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; (He is a willing vessel. He was asked the question: “Does it scare you to preach your message to Congress and Senate and before the United Nations?” He said “Yes, but it is more scary not to.” He went to the United Nations and preached against abortion to them. The mega churches in the United States now are preaching in favor of abortion. The judgement that happened to Israel was because they were killing their children. They were burning their firstborn in the fire as an offering to Moloch and Baal. God judged them. It is estimated that since Roe vs Wade, which was in the 1970's, that seventy million babies have been murdered in the womb in the United States. God is fixing to send judgment to this country.) and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. (As soon as he had eaten it his belly was bitter because of the message it brought.) And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
The Prophecy of the Two Witnesses: The First Four Trumpets
Now we go to chapter 11. Why do I go from chapter 10 to chapter 11? Because chapter 11 is the interruption of the trumpets being prepared to sound that you see after the 7th seal is opened in the 8th chapter. The 11th chapter begins that interruption because the first four trumpets are part of the two prophet’s message. The first four trumpets happen in the first three and one half years of the 70th Week of Daniel. You will see that here. And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. (So when it is time for the trumpets to begin to sound, the temple is already there. It has already been built.) But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. (The temple is there when you begin with chapter 10, verse 11.) And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy (They shall do what? Prophesy. What is the 11th verse of the 10th chapter? It is the same thing: Prophesy.) a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. That is going to be a sight to see. Two men walking around in sackcloth. The way people are dressed now, they will not pay attention to it. They will fit right in with how people are dressing today. But they are not men who will be walking around with pajamas on, uncombed hair, men with long hair. All curled up in curlers. The only person I see in the Bible who was demanded to do that was Samson. A woman cut his hair, a filthy woman cut his hair. But he was to live the life of a Nazarene. These are the two olive trees, (which come from the book of Zechariah 4) and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: (Come on Elijah. He was sent to the king. Ahab is like the leadership we have now.) and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, (Elijah) that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, (This would be Moses’ part. This is identification of who these two prophets are. I am not saying that they are the original men. Bro. Branham’s name was not Elijah. They asked John the Baptist, “Who are you? Are you Elias?” He replied, “No.” How could he say that he was Elijah, because he was John, but the spirit upon him was the same spirit that was upon Elijah. Bro. Branham was William Branham, but the spirit upon him was Elijah. Bro. Branham said God loved that spirit of Elijah so much that He sent it five times. Elijah, Elisha with a double portion, John the Baptist, William Branham, and then the prophet that is to come.) and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. It is in their power to do this. They do not even have to get down on their knees and pray, the power is already there. Moses went to Egypt and stood before Pharaoh. He threw his stick on the floor and it became a serpent. He had seen it happen before, it scared him the first time until he learned how to get it by the tail and pick it up, then it became a rod again. See? We serve a living God. He can take that stick and do anything he wants to with it. And when they shall have finished their testimony, (They finish it. It is finished when they have finished their prophecy.) the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. It is over now. They have said all they need to say. One of these days before long, the last sermon will be preached. The last thunder will have sounded. Let us be awake. Let us mind heavenly things and keep our mind upon the Lord.
Where are we in Time?
The United States is in a lot of trouble. They do not want to recognize it. But reality is here. To make America great again, there has to be something happen inside America. It is going to cost somebody something to do that, according to the vision of Bro. Branham and the vision of George Washington. We look at a nation that is departed from God. It is just as Israel did when God warned them in Deuteronomy 28. He warned them what would happen if they turned away from God, then it happened. The turning away didn’t happen in a single day, but it was gradual. In America, it began close to a hundred years ago. It began to happen during the roaring 1920's with a president, Woodrow Wilson, who believed in progressivism. Of course the turning away was put on hold for some time because God let a World War come to bring America to her knees. Then it wasn’t long until there was Second World War America and the whole world had to cope with it. But now we are living in a time of ISIS. Not just that, but the whole Muslim religion is out of kilter. It is not a peaceful religion. You have seen how peaceful it has been. People would not want me to say that, especially the government, but I said it and I believe it.
Revelation chapter 8 is when the seventh seal will be opened. Let me put it that way, because it is not open yet. But remember, there was an outside to this scroll. It was written within and without. So there had to be things that were without that had to be understood, in addition to the things that were within. But we know there is still one seal there unbroken. There is one there that is still under wraps. We do not want to forget that. That is the way it is. If I came here and said, “the seventh seal is open,” then there would have to be some thunders. We have not heard the thunders, have we? We are not hurrying things along, but we believe they are close. We believe we are in an hour, preparing ourselves, because that has to be the something come before the thunders. If you read Revelation 19:7, His wife hath made herself ready. When a marriage takes place, there has to be some changes made. There has to be some thinking done. Beforehand, you must decide if the one you are marrying is the one that you are ready to dedicate your life to. All other influence is gone. It is just like how Paul explained in the 5th chapter of Ephesians, comparing a natural marriage to the relationship between the Bride and Christ. It mentions “We are bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh”, which refers back to Genesis chapter 2 when Eve was created and taken from Adam. It said “A man shall leave father and mother and cleave to his wife and they two shall be one flesh.”
I want to go back to Revelation 10. Revelation 10 is the hub of my message. There is much to be said about Revelation 10:7, but I am not ready to look at yet, because there is something else I want to look at first. Then you also have the two prophets that connect to Revelation 10, and you have the Bride getting herself ready, which connects to Revelation 19:7. You have all these things that come off Revelation 10. The whole book of Revelation, as it has been explained by Bro Jackson, is a love letter from Christ to the church, his bride. We have much to be thankful for today because of the understanding we have of Revelation. But really, when you come down to the time when this little book is eaten, that is another group of people, it is not the Bride doing that. It is the two prophets, one of the two prophets or both of them. When you come down to the end of chapter 10, you have done shifted from Gentiles back to the Jews. The Bride is when the seven thunders sound. That is for the Bride, because John said he was getting ready to write. But really John didn’t hear the thunders message, as I pointed out before. I want to go over that again because the thunders were not for John’s time. The thunders are for our time, because it says in Revelation 5:1 how that the book was written within and on the backside. On the inside and on the outside. But it was sealed. Sealed means it has a stamp of authority. To break that seal God is intervening. Whenever that is broken it will be God’s presence doing it. We can sing, we can feel the presence of God. We can preach, we can feel the presence of God. But when the presence of God really comes like that, the seal is broken.
The Thunder of Revelation 6:1
These seals that we are speaking of, six have already been broken. Something happened when those first six where broken. Revelation 6:1 says that whenever the first seal was opened, then there was a noise of thunder. I remember Bro. Jackson pointed it out but he did not elaborate on it. I understood what he was saying. Then when he came down to Revelation 5:7, to the fourth horse rider and the fourth seal, and there you have a voice. The thunder and the voice is from the same person: Bro. William Branham. It took a thunder for the first seals to be opened up, and that happened. That happened in such a way that the world could see that happened. In 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 something very dynamic happens. Let us read that. 15th verse. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, (He is introducing something. This we say unto you by the word of the Lord. Not by man’s word. But Paul has received an understanding. Something has been opened up to him because he is not speaking off the top of his head. He said, this we say by the word of the Lord.) that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout. When did this happen? Has it happened? Will it happen? The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout. Bro. Branham taught us the shout is the message. Bro. Jackson taught us the same thing, the shout is the message, the same as the cry of Matthew 25:6. There is something to that. I just told you about Revelation 6:1, a thunder, then verse 6, a voice. The voice is the same thing as the shout. We are not deviating from that. There was enough explanation in what Bro. Jackson taught without me needing to further explain it. There is enough indication to tell you that something happened in 1963. The mystery cloud: that was not just angels. We have the picture here (chart). This was a cloud. It was dynamic enough to put it in Time Magazine. Time Magazine said it was impossible for water vapor to exist as high as this cloud was. It was twenty six miles high and thirty miles across. What does it look like? That is what I am referring to: The Lord himself will descend from heaven. This is in angelic form. He is still sitting on the throne. If that be the case, (I don’t doubt it is the case), this was more than a random cloud. It happened because this opened up something. When it opened, there was a thunder, there was a voice. In the days of the voice of the seventh angel, the days are still going on. This endtime has experienced something in 1963. Bro. Branham didn’t know what these seals were at this time in 1963. What does it say? For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout. That part has happened.
I am not trying to speak mysteries where you can’t understand it. I want you to understand where in time we are and what God has done. You have to know what God has done to know what He is doing. We have gone much too far to be idle in this hour, idle minded. This is not a Sunday school class. My brothers are not teaching Sunday school classes. We are preaching to you the word of God, which is alive. I stand here this morning to honor Bro. Branham and to honor Bro. Jackson. They had their job to do, to go so far. But you just cannot put your mind on one man. You have to go where the spirit leads. I may not be here tomorrow, but you are hearing truth.
With the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God. The trump is what opens the graves, that part has not happened yet. We have already heard the shout, and we are continuing to hear it. What does it say then? Verse 17. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, (The last thing that happens before we are caught up is that trumpet which raises the dead. Then we meet the Lord.) to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. It is a comfort.
Seven Thunders of Revelation 10
Back to Revelation 10. What does it say in the 1st verse of chapter 10? And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: (That is in angelic form. He is coming down to reveal something to His Bride.) and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: 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. As I said, I didn’t always know that the book remained open, but it does. John is commanded in the 11th verse to eat the book. It is still open then because it is an ongoing thing. It goes right on to those two prophets. When I was looking into that and looking into the thunders, I saw it was the thunders’ message that was sealed, not the little book. When it is opened, it will never be closed again. And cried with a loud voice, (Cried with a loud voice. What is he crying? He is crying a message. Do not just think of that as somebody just crying. The message is to the Bride because that is what it links with, just as soon as he cries.) as when a lion roareth: (It is authority. One of these days before long this is going to happen. He is going to cry. Whenever He does, it is going to send out a message. It will be right after he cries. As soon as he cries seven thunders are waiting. We are going to know more as we come into that time because we are going to live in more direct contact with our Lord.) and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. That was the message he had cried. The seal is already open. We are going to know when it has opened. We will be able to announce: “Redemption is over.” There will be no doubt about it because something is going to happen when that seal is opened. It will already be open when he cries. It is not a sad cry. It is loud: “HEY! Open your eyes!” It said it was a loud voice. Somebody is going to hear something. The Bride of Jesus Christ is going to know something. This has not happened yet. We do not know exactly when it is going to happen, but we know it is going to happen after Israel gets her land back. It will happen after Isaiah 52:8 is fulfilled, for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion. It will happen after He has opened it. No one else will open it, but He will open it. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices… Their voices. See? The message He cried comes to the Bride. The message is heard. It looks like John is hearing it, but he did not hear it because it was not opened in 96 AD. Remember in Revelation 5:4 when John wept much, nobody could open the book. But it said the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book. But in 2016 the book is still is not open yet. It began to be opened in 1963. Just think, all that it takes to finish opening this one last seal. Six have already been opened. So it cannot last forever. As happened in 1963, Jesus Christ himself (if we believe what we have heard), came with a shout. The Lord himself shall descend with a shout. It had to be seen here on Earth. God manifested His glory in the face of Jesus Christ. It did not take the whole body, it just took the face because this is where the speech came from. That is where the cry came from. See? Whenever the picture of the cloud first came, the cloud was turned a different direction. A year later somebody turned it upright. God did not aim for the world to see it.
When the seven thunders uttered their voices… that is the same thing as Revelation 6:7. A voice. That is the only place a voice is mentioned in the first six seals. Bro. Jackson mentioned that too: that is the only verse that mentioned the voice. Let us read there. Verse 7. And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. What is it? It is that flying eagle with that voice. Read it. See if there is a time when a voice is mentioned with the other six seals or the other three beasts. It had to be in our time when there was a voice. Beforehand there was not a voice, because the church was a mixed up picture. Methodist, Baptist, Catholic, junk, junk, and more junk. What did Bro. Branham call all these denominations? “The Methodist lodge, the Baptist lodge, the Catholic lodge.” Revelation 18:2 calls them a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. Verse 7 again. When he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. There had to be somebody with a message of that fourth beast. 1963 was the time. There were great messages that came before that. The seven church ages, Daniel chapter 9. But it was not until 1963 that that voice really happened.
Revelation 8:1, And when he had opened the seventh seal, (See? The seventh seal is opened before chapter 10, because when he first mentions it in chapter 10, he is standing one foot upon the earth and one upon the sea and with a book that is already open. It was opened in chapter 8, not chapter 10.) there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. (How close are we to that? It makes you think, “How close are we?” Let us not get hooked upon things of the world, upon houses, lands, cars, business and things that will take our mind away from the real prize. This world is temporary. What we have here is temporary. You are in a temporary dwelling. I have a house in Salem that my name is on, but that is not my dwelling place. That is my temporary place. You have your places you live in, that is temporary.) And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write. I used to think, “Well John knew what it was.” He did not know what it was. He was placed over here in the endtime. God didn’t let him know ahead of time because it will not happen until the seventh seal is open. The seventh seal was not opened in 96 A.D. Do you understand what I mean? This is talking about the endtime ministry. There is going to be nothing to write. It will happen and the understanding of that part of the book is closed to those outside of the bride. The message is over because the only ones that are going to hear and understand these thunders’ message will be Bride people. Of course it could go out to people in the world, but they are just going to count it as a bunch of garbage. Why? Because it is closed to them, it is over, redemption is over. The Bride is not here for long after the thunders sound. Just long enough for us to be acquainted with those two prophets.
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. See? They are not here yet, they weren’t there in John’s time. God is putting John in a position that he is writing what he sees. Let me put it this way, if John had known what those thunders uttered, we would know it today because the seal would have been opened. Do you understand?
Two Prophets and Their Message
And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 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. (Or no longer delay.) Verse 8, And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. That is the message those two prophets have. By that time it is both, because they are carrying a message just like Jesus did when He wept over Jerusalem. They are weeping over Jerusalem because Israeli leadership will have sold out the city. They have sold out the land to that rotten Catholic Beast system.
And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again (Again. It means he had already prophesied before he ate the book. This is happening now. It is going on now. I don’t mean the book is open now, but the message of that man is going on now.) before many peoples, (The world will hear those two prophets. They will be in Jerusalem and they will be heard around the world.) and nations, and tongues, and kings. Let us go to chapter 11. I like what Bro. Charles said about this, because it is the same angel. Verse 1 of chapter 11. And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: (See? It doesn’t say another angel came into the picture, this is all connected with verse 11, and it is connected with the next verse.) and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. By that time the temple is there. Don’t think it is going to take a long time to build that temple. They are not going to go by regulations. The state has studied building a bridge over the Ohio River for forty years before they finally got the job done, but it will not be that way when it is time to build the temple. Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and them that worship therein. (Rise and measure what? Measure who?) But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. (That is the last three and half years of Daniel’s 70th Week. This ends the prophets’ message of the first three and half years. It is over.) And I will give power unto my two witnesses. That is authority. That is not armed firepower. That is God power. It is the word of their mouth. God gives them authority to do what they will because He trusts them. Do you know why? Because in their mouth it was sweet as honey, but in their belly it was bitter. Because it is against their own nation and they care for their nation. But they are pronouncing judgment. This is Moses and Elijah, the two witnesses. Bro. Jackson saw it in a dream a few years before he died. He was there with his family. He heard a blast and told everybody to get away from the window. He didn’t know what it was. He went to the window and looked out. There he saw two men about forty years old: Moses and Elijah. He saw it in the form of a dream. We are beginning to see it in a natural form. Revelation 11:3 goes back to Revelation 10:11. This is the little book, the finishing up of it. Go to Ezekiel 2:9-10 and we will see something about what is written in this little book. And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; (and he opened it up. See? It is open.) And he spread it before me; (It was in a roll when it came to him, but now it is open.) and it was written within and without: and there was written therein (That is on the inside of it, written therein.) Lamentations, and mourning, and woe. That is what is on the inside of it. The same thing that was told John in the 10th verse. It will make your belly bitter, but it will be in your mouth sweet as honey. What makes it so sweet? They know it is the truth. But after it was eaten, then what? Lamentations, mourning, and woe. Whenever those two prophets are killed, those three woes happen immediately. One woe. Two woes. Three woes, all happening in the same area of time.
Ezekiel Sees The Picture
I want to go on to look at some scriptures I have not looked into yet that are part of my message. Ezekiel 10:8-22. Verse 8, And there appeared in the cherubims the form of a man's hand under their wings. 9. And when I looked, behold the four wheels by the cherubims, one wheel by one cherub, and another wheel by another cherub: and the appearance of the wheels was as the colour of a beryl stone. 10. And as for their appearances, they four had one likeness, as if a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel. 11. When they went, they went upon their four sides; they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked they followed it; they turned not as they went. 12. And their whole body, and their backs, and their hands, and their wings, and the wheels, were full of eyes round about, even the wheels that they four had. 13 As for the wheels, it was cried unto them in my hearing, O wheel. 14. And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle. 15. And the cherubims were lifted up. This is the living creature that I saw by the river of Chebar. 16. And when the cherubims went, the wheels went by them: and when the cherubims lifted up their wings to mount up from the earth, the same wheels also turned not from beside them. 17. When they stood, these stood; and when they were lifted up, these lifted up themselves also: for the spirit of the living creature was in them. 18. Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims. 19. And the cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight: when they went out, the wheels also were beside them, and every one stood at the door of the east gate of the LORD'S house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above. 20. This is the living creature that I saw under the God of Israel by the river of Chebar; and I knew that they were the cherubims. 21. Every one had four faces apiece, and every one four wings; and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings. 22. And the likeness of their faces was the same faces which I saw by the river of Chebar, their appearances and themselves: they went every one straight forward.
What is Ezekiel talking about here? God has given each of these prophets in the Old Testament a little further revelation, and a little deeper look into this picture. Ezekiel sees the faces here. The faces are not recorded in exactly the same order it is in Revelation. John had the clearest and deepest look of all. But I remember Bro. Jackson going over this. God is revealing himself a little more to each prophet until we get to Revelation itself.
Isaiah Sees The Picture
I want to go to Isaiah 6:1-8 now and look at how Isaiah saw this picture. In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. See, the covering is from the face to the feet. Isaiah was about 200 years before Ezekiel, and he saw less of the picture. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, and the Lord of hosts. At this time and even in the Book of Kings and in the Book of Samuel, whenever someone saw the presence of the Lord or an angel of the Lord, they thought it was God. What did they say? “I have seen the face of God, and I was not killed.” Their understanding was not complete yet. Isaiah has that same feeling about him: “Here I am, a man of unclean lips.” God had a remedy for that. You feel Him tonight. The way you feel inside, God has a remedy for that.
We have to begin to believe Him and not let the devil say you are nothing. If we let the devil convince us of that, we become a failure. I am not talking about making us feel like we are something in this world, I am talking about God making us feel like we mean something to Him, in His presence. He is deity and that same deity lives within us. It does not make us deity, but it makes us children of God. How can we be children of God and not have deity living with us, which is the Holy Ghost. Christ in you, the hope of glory. Isaiah is feeling the weight of his sin after He has seen the great presence of God. God has spoken to him in the first five chapters of the Book of Isaiah. But it is in the 6th chapter that he begins to feel unworthy, and God does something about that. He will do something for you tonight and for me whenever we begin to feel low or feel left out, when we feel this thing is moving beyond us. Isaiah said, “Woe is me, for I feel undone.” God’s prophet is feeling that way because he can never feel completely clean. There is no way the Jewish people could feel that way. Look at the disciples. Jesus did not choose a bunch of holy men. He was the only one that was holy among them. But they were still His choice. It took Him to do something to take their guilt away, to make them clean. Then said I, woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, and the Lord of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar. That is spiritual. It is a living God. We serve a living God. And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. What freedom that a man could feel in that! You never feel ready until God touches you and takes away that old nature, that old man with all his deeds. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. He is now ready.
Zechariah Sees The Picture
Let us go over to Zechariah now. Zechariah and Daniel are called minor prophets, but there is nothing minor about them. They both had a look into this same picture. Both have compiled a book concerning what they saw. Zechariah 1:7, Upon the four and twentieth day of the eleventh month, (That would be February to us.) which is the month Sebat, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the Lord unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying, I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in the bottom; and behind him were there red horses, speckled, and white. (See? Zechariah is seeing a little bit more of the picture, but the whole picture is compiled in Revelation.) Then said I, O my lord, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said unto me, I will show thee what these be. If you look at this and compare it to the Book of Revelation, you see there is never a question in John’s heart because he had the Holy Ghost. John was in the presence of the Lord on the Lord’s day. There is a difference. There is a difference, not necessarily in the man, but in the spirit in the man. John had the word of the Lord just like Isaiah did, there is something missing that Isaiah and Zechariah and the Old Testament prophets could never attain to. Even with John the Baptist could not attain it. But you see once the Holy Spirited settled within them, Peter, John, Paul and they of the New Testament, they had no questions. They had answers. Brothers and sisters, we have answers tonight. We do not have a bunch of questions. We are not questioning the scriptures, we are waiting on the answer. We do not have to say, “Lord, show me more, show me more, give me more.” It comes as the Spirit moves within us to let us know what hour we are in because God is keeping the record up to date. When the news comes out, we will already ahead of it. And the man that stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, These are they whom the Lord hath sent to walk to and fro through the earth. And they answered the angel of the Lord that stood among the myrtle trees, and said, We have walked to and fro through the earth, and, behold, all the earth sitteth still, and is at rest. Then the angel of the Lord answered and said, O Lord of hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which thou hast had indignation these threescore and ten years? (How long is it going to be? God does not give Zechariah a complete answer. But Zechariah is saying the same thing that Daniel said, because Daniel read in Jeremiah that there was going to be seventy years of captivity for Judah.) And the Lord answered the angel that talked with me with good words and comfortable words. So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy. Two thousand five hundred years ago this happened. Time does not mean anything with God because there is no end to eternity. We live in time, but eternal life is in us. This life within us, the same that was in Jesus, it will take us up in the rapture. If you are right with God and living in truth, you do not have to worry about a resurrection, it will come. And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction. Therefore thus saith the Lord; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, (That is a promise.) saith the Lord of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem. (This is the same thing John saw: he was commanded to measure the house.) Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; and the Lord shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem. This is a prophet two thousand five hundred years ago speaking as though it is right now. We are talking about an on time God, God is always on time because He does not work in time. Zechariah 4:1, And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep, And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick (That is a menorah. Israel already has that. It is not in the making, it is already made. This is it. (chart) This menorah represents the church ages. It is an Israeli emblem, but it represents the seven candlesticks, which you see in Revelation 1, it is the seven church ages. The Jews do not realize that.) all of gold, (That is what it is. They are ready to place that in the temple. The Temple Institute has been preparing this stuff for years now, which we went through while we were in Israel. The shewbread table, we saw it. It is already there. The linen britches. There are Jewish rabbis working on creating these things. God is preparing His house. He is preparing His word. God does not move without His word. A candlestick of gold...) with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereof, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: And two olive trees by it, (We know what the olive trees are, they represent those two prophets. See? This is all related to Revelation 10. We have drawn a circle around Revelation 10 like spokes of a wheel. When you have the spokes added into the hub, then you have the wheel.) one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my Lord? He did not understand, it was not meant to be understood in his time. God gave the Book of Revelation to John in 96 AD, but the understanding was not for his time. Paul did not understand what we do. He understood a lot about the end, but he did not understand these things. It was not given yet. That is what I mean by it, the understanding was not there. John is told to write what he sees, but he does not understand what he saw. It was not time, the seals were not opened. I am emphasizing that because there is something there that happened in 1963. That is when the church world of denominations went into darkness. That was proven when Bro. Branham preached the Church Ages in 1960. In 1960 there was still just a little bit of light left in the Laodicean age as it was shown on by the light that came into the tabernacle. In 1960 we had not yet come to breaking of the first six seals which was in 1963. The seals had something to do with the light going out of Laodicea. It stopped it. I know it took a little time for it to fizzle out, but what did they do? In 1964, President Johnson enacted a law that said can no longer talk about politicians in the church. I have said some things in this message that I am not supposed to say because they can take away your church status, your tax exemption. I am not talking politics, but this is one thing that Trump has said he would repeal it.
Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? (He is speaking now of the temple and the city that they were getting ready to build at that time, but this next part has nothing to do with it.) before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, (It goes back to the prophecy, the headstone, who is it? The headstone is Jesus Christ.) crying, Grace, grace unto it. Now I will go to chapter 6. Verse 1, And I turned and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass. (Judgment. Brass is a hard substance.) In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses; And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses. Then I answered and said unto the angel that talked with me, What are these, my lord? You can go to the 6th chapter of Revelation, John asked no questions when he saw this part. That is the difference in the spirit of God living in a person and the spirit of God speaking to a person. The prophets were moved by the Holy Ghost. Jesus said of John, there was no greater prophet, because he was the introducer of the Lord Jesus Christ. No greater prophet has ever lived than that of John, yet he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. We do not feel like it, but that is the word of the Lord, we cannot help that. And the angel answered and said unto me, These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth. The black horses which are therein go forth into the north country; (That would be Syria.) and the white go forth after them; (It continues on. That is the way it happened. It goes right on into Rome.) and the grisled go forth toward the south country. (Which would be Egypt, those countries like north Africa.) And the bay went forth, and sought to go that they might walk to and fro through the earth: and he said, Get you hence, walk to and fro through the earth. So they walked to and fro through the earth. Then cried he upon me, and spake unto me, saying, Behold, these that go toward the north country have quieted my spirit in the north country.
John Sees The Picture
Let us go back to Revelation 10. Verse 8, And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again. This is the same voice that he heard at the beginning of Revelation. Whose voice is it? It is God’s voice. Jesus shouted, he cried, but then what takes over? A voice greater. Let us go back to the 5th verse and see. And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by Him that liveth for ever and ever, (he swore by God) 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. (Or no longer delay.) And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. (See, this is even a stronger voice. Jesus is not a ventriloquist.) And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said (This is Jesus Christ speaking now, people get it mixed up. They have not learned to differentiate between voices.) unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. Jesus is here in angelic form, but John hears a voice from heaven. This is God speaking, He is in authority. That is the reason why John says, “the voice which I heard from heaven”.
Let me go back to the 4th verse again. 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. Jesus Christ now knows the finishing of His mission to mankind. Salvation is over. The darkness has arrived. The voices of the thunders is closed. “Seal up those things”, that is God sealing it, it is over to the Gentiles. Some may say “I better tell all my children, I better tell all my loved ones.” Only God can change man. It is not how much we yearn or how much we long for it. Whenever this thing is over and we enter into the Millennium, we are changed. There will never be another worry. There will never be another dread. It is over. Do your crying now, do your wishing now, do your hoping now. When that time comes, it is over. They have a hope right now, but they have to listen, because every one that is in this scroll here will have taken on the word of God. I am not bragging about it. I am sincere about it. They must believe the same thing you do. There are not two messages. So what does he do when it is over for the Gentiles? He goes on to chapter 11. What was it in chapter 11? The Menorah. The two witnesses. This is now for Israel. It is done for Gentiles. Because chapter 11 is the two prophets, see the two trees represented there, this is those two men. They are drawing from that Spirit because God is a Spirit. And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, (See? He is going now into the last three and half years because the message is over.) for it is given unto the Gentiles: (For three and one half years.) and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. Three and one half years, 1260 days. A time, times, and half a time. That confuses man, but the wise understand. And I will give power unto my two witnesses, (There they stand in sackcloth. See how they are dressed. In sackcloth, sackcloth is judgment.) and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. They are not going to be ordinary men and they are not going to look like ordinary men. But my, what power they have. The miraculous is coming out of their mouth. From here you go back to the 8th chapter, and the first four trumpets are the same as these verses of chapter 11, verse 3 down through verse 7. They shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days clothed in sackcloth. Why did he say that? Because they are not ordinary men. John the Baptist did not even wear that. Why are they there? Because Daniel 9:27 has happened. It is when the European Beast System and the Jewish leadership make an agreement because something has happened in the Middle East that scares that Jewish leadership. Something dynamic happened that caused them to say, “We cannot have this anymore,” so they sign their death warrant: the covenant with the beast. After the Holocaust the Jews said, “Never again,” but according to Revelation 6:9-11 it is going to happen again. These are the two olive trees… This is where the oil is poured, the anointing of God that strikes their being. These two prophets have more than what John the Baptist had because they have the Holy Ghost. They recognize the Lord. Because they cry out and say, “Where did you get those scars in your hand?” He will reply, “In the house of my friends.” That is when He shows himself to Israel. He is not doing that because He wants to condemn them, because He said those which I received in the house of my friends, Zechariah 12, Zechariah 13. Israel will go and mourn for him, like it was their firstborn child that they are mourning for.) and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. It is all related, the seventh seal and the seven trumpets are related. That is the reason it is put in there as it is. When he had opened the seventh seal there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. The next verse tells you there is seven trumpets preparing to sound. Then he goes back to the Bride, and then after he goes to the Bride he ends with those trumpets beginning to sound. What are we going to do? We will rejoice when we begin to see this. If that does not give you rapturing faith, you will never have any. I was asked the question, will the whole world see that? Yes, they will not see the Bride but they will see these two prophets. Why do I know that? Let me read the 12th verse. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. Television, the internet. I will pick this up later. It is hard to stop, but I will. It will be continued. God bless you.