Rapture in the Bible – When will Rapture Come for the Bride of Christ?
1 Thessalonians 4:16
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
So there it is in the Bible Verse The Rapture is Going to be Happen for the Bride of the Christ and for Only the “Elected Bride”. So the Question Comes in the Mind What is the Shout?
The Voice is also remain the Message which United the Bride to gather Together. The God in Heaven is already Knew that in the End Times all the Eagles get Together to Take their Fresh Manna that comes from the Heaven.
And the Trumpet is the End Time Message Preaching that is spreading across the Globe Today. The Voice the shout is the Malachi 4 that shows the Seven Church ages by the End Time Prophet “William Marrion Branham”.
Three things happens. A voice… A shout, a voice, a trumpet, has to happen before Jesus appears. Now, a shout… Jesus does all three of them when He’s—He’s—He’s—He’s descending. A shout, what is the shout? It’s the Message going forth, first, the living Bread of Life bringing forth the Bride.
Now, it’s the first thing, is the sounding. The first thing is a trumpet and a… or a voice… A shout; and then a voice; and then a trumpet. Shout: a messenger getting the people ready. The second is a voice of the resurrection: the same voice, that, a loud voice in Saint John 11:38-44, that called Lazarus from the grave. Getting the Bride together; and then the resurrection of the dead, see; to be caught up with It. Now watch the three things takes place. The next is what? Was a trumpet. A voice… A shout; a voice; a trumpet.
…Therefore, the Message calls the Bride together, see, the shout. And the trumpet… The same One, He, with a loud voice, He screamed out with that shout and a voice, and woke Lazarus. With a loud voice He cried, “Lazarus, come forth.” See? And the voice wakes up—wakes up the sleeping Bride, the sleeping dead.
And the trumpet, “with the sound of a trumpet.” And, when it does, it calls. Always, a trumpet called Israel to the Feast of the Trumpets. See? Which, was a pentecostal Feast, the great Feast in the sky; and the Feast of the Trumpets. And, now, a trumpet do announce a calling together, “Come to the Feast.” And now that is the—the Lamb’s Supper in the sky
THE TEN-POINT COVERAGE OF THE SEVENTH SEAL
1. The SEVENTH SEAL is in THREE PARTS – SHOUT, VOICE, TRUMPET
Bro. Branham said, “All the hosts of heaven was SILENT for this HALF HOUR when this Seventh Seal mystery in the Book of Redemption was broke open. Think of it. BUT IT’S BROKE. THE LAMB BREAKES IT. …As certain as I stand in the platform tonight, I had the revelation that revealed that – IT’S IN A THREEFOLD MANNER” (“The Seventh Seal” pp.557). “And there’s three great things that goes with it. And one unfolded …yesterday, the other on unfolded today, and there’s one thing that I cannot interpret because it’s in an unknown language” (“The Seventh Seal” pp. 564).
In the sermon “RAPTURE” on pages 29-31, Brother Branham tells us precisely that these THREE parts are the ‘SHOUT’, ‘VOICE’ and ‘TRUMPET’ of I Thessalonians 4:16.
On pages 29 and 31, he is very clear that the ‘SHOUT’ is his ‘MESSAGE’; and on page 34 he tells us that the purpose of the SHOUT is to call the Bride together. I Thes. 4:16 reads, “The LORD HIMSELF shall descend from heaven with a SHOUT..” Brother Branham said, “REVELATION 10 (listen close now) BRIDE CALLED OUT BY THE WORD, CHRIST HIMSELF CALLING OUT THE BRIDE” (Feast of the Trumpets” pp.36). It dovetails.
So also do these statements concerning the events of Revelation 5: “The Lamb broke the Seals and revealed them to His Church IN ORDER TO COLLECT HIS SUBJECTS FOR HIS KINGDOM, HIS BRIDE. See? He wants to bring His subjects to Him NOW.” (“The Breach” pp.106) “And when the Lamb slain walked forward from Eternity out of the Father’s Throne and took His right, it was a JUDGMENT SEAT! Then He becomes, not a Lamb, but a LION, KING! AND HE CALLS FOR HIS QUEEN TO COME STAND BY HIS SIDE.” (“The Breach” pp. 107).
2. THE SEVENTH SEAL IS A SPAN OF TIME
“And when He had opened the Seventh Seal, there was SILENCE in heaven about the space of HALF AN HOUR” (Rev. 8:1).
Obviously, this is not the mere INSTANT of our translation. In his sermon “Rapture”, Brother Branham lets us know that the Rapture, contrary to denominational dogma, is a SPAN of TIME which begins with a SHOUT – that is, his Message.
In “The Breach”, page 98 he says, “Here came the Lamb now. His intercessory days were OVER, the mediatorial days. That’s when this Angel first stands there. That HALF HOUR OF SILENCE. Watch what takes place in that half hour of silence, when the Seventh Seal, next Sunday night, the Lord willing. HE COMES FORTH (WHAT?) TO TAKE HIS CLAIMS NOW. OH, MY!”
WHY IS THERE SILENCE IN HEAVEN? In Rev. 4:8, we find FOUR living Creatures who are committed to continually praising God day and night. But in Rev. 8:1, when the Seventh Seal is opened, there is SILENCE in heaven. Why? Simple. THE LORD IS NOT THERE. HE HAS DESCENDED WITH A ‘SHOUT’ TO CALL OUT HIS BRIDE.
3&4. THE SEVENTH SEAL IS COMPOSED OF MANY PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL EVENTS THAT RUN TO A CONCLUSION
Naturally, since it is the ‘Coming of the Lord’, it is going to contain all the interrelated details which comprise that coming – PAROUSIA: the resurrection, the Meeting in the air, and much more.
Notice on page 556 of the “Seventh Seal”, Brother Branham says that everything runs out at the END of the Seventh Seal.
QUOTE: (SEVENTH.SEAL.THE 63-0324E 555-6) We must remember that this Seventh Seal is the end of time of all things. That’s right. The things written in the Seven Seal Book (sealed up of the plan of redemption from before the foundation of the world), it every bit ends. It is the end; it is the end of the struggling world. It’s the end of struggling nature. It’s the end of everything. In there is the end of the trumpets. It’s the end of the vials. It’s the end of the earth. It’s the…It’s even the end of time. Time runs out; the Bible said so… The angel said, “Time will be no more,” when that–in the days of this great thing to happen. Everything runs out in this time, the end of the–of the–at the end of this Seventh Seal… Notice, it’s the end of the church age. It’s the–the end of the Seven Seals. It’s the end of the trumpets. It’s the end of the vials, and even ends the ushering in of the millennium; that’s on the Seventh Seal. It’s just like firing a rocket into the air, and that rocket explodes here, and it goes up, then it explodes again. It puts out five stars. One of those stars explodes and blows out five stars from it; and then one of them stars explodes, blows out five stars from it (See?); it fades on out. That’s what the Seventh Seal; it just ends the time for the world. It ends the time for this. It means the time for that. It ends the time for this. It ends the time… Everything just ended up on that Seventh Seal.
5. THE SEVENTH SEAL IS THE “KING’S SWORD”
This of course refers to the sword which materialized in Brother Branham’s hand early in 1963. Brother Branham was up in the rocks of Sabino Canyon near Tucson, Arizona, praying about a tremendous vision he had a few months earlier – an earthshaking vision where a constellation of SEVEN ANGELS met him. The vision still troubled him. He didn’t understand it and wondered if it could mean his death. The SWORD appeared in his outstretched hand. “Then a Voice shook down through here that rocked that rocks! Said, ‘It’s the SWORD of the KING!’” (“The Seventh Seal” pp. 561 & 562). A VOICE spoke back again, said, ‘THE King’s Sword! Not a king, THE KING’S SWORD! See? .. Just then I thought, ‘Now, ever who that is that’s talked to me all my life since a little, bitty baby boy, is standing right here, and I can’t see Him at all.’ I said, ‘The King’s Sword?’ That would be – God is THE KING. And what is this SWORD? ‘THE WORD! IT’S BEEN PLACED IN YOUR HAND.’ Said, ‘DON’T FEAR DEATH. IT’S YOUR MINISTRY’” (“Doing God A Service Without His Will” 1965, pp. 6&7). “Something hit and said, “Don’t Fear. This is that THIRD PULL” (“The Seventh Seal” pp. 562).
Between pages 561 and 564 of the “THE SEVENTH SEAL”, Brother Branham draws a connection between the ‘King’s Sword’, the ‘Third Pull’, the ‘Tent Vision’ and ‘Revelation 10’, indicating that each of these pertain to the SEVENTH SEAL. God said to Brother Branham specifically that the ‘King’s Sword’ is. “THE WORD”. It’s been placed in your hand.” What does this mean? Brother Branham had been preaching the WORD of GOD for 30 YEARS. What then is God talking about? SOMETHING MORE. He is talking about the FULL WORD, THE COMPLETE WORD, THE FINISHED MYSTERY OF GOD, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF DESCENDING WITH A “SHOUT”, FULLY MANIFESTED – THAT WHICH IS PERFECT IS COME.
Quoting Brother Branham, I Corinthians 13 says this: “When that which is PERFECT IS COME, that which is in PART shall be done away with. And we have TODAY, by God’s help, THE PERFECT INTERPRETATION OF THE WORD WITH DIVINE VINDICATION! Then that which is in PART is DONE AWAY WITH” (Quoted from Conduct, Order and Doctrine, page 1005, Question and Answers, 9-23-64).
That which is PERFECT is HERE. The OPENING of the SEVEN SEALED BOOK was not an intellectual dissertation. It was not merely doctrine. It was a spiritual happening! THE SEVEN SEALS ARE MORE THAN DOCTRINE; THEY ARE JESUS CHRIST, THE WORD, PRESENT.
(FULL QUOTE: QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS, JEFF.IN COD 64-0823E) “I Corinthians 13 says this: “When that which is PERFECT is come, that which is in part shall be done away with.” So all these little things of jumping up-and-down like a kid, trying to talk in tongues, and all these other things, when that which is PERFECT… And we do have today, by God’s help, the perfect interpretation of the Word with Divine vindication. Then that which is in part is done away with. “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child; but when I become a man, I put away childish things.” Amen. I go to preaching and then don’t get to these things.”
Speaking of the Seven Angels which met him in Arizona desert in 1963, after they had gone skyward and formed the “CLOUD”, Brother Branham says, “…And IT’S OUR LORD UP THERE. You see? He is the ONE who opened those SEALS. HE IS THOSE SEALS! For the WHOLE WORD of God is CHRIST, and CHRIST IS THE SEALS THAT WAS OPENED. What is the OPENING of the SEALS then? REVEALING CHRIST!” (“It is the Rising of The Sun” pp. 45). This is PAROUSIA! It is a “WORD” coming and it is not mystical. IT IS REAL. IT IS LITERAL. The LORD HIMSELF has descended from heaven with a SHOUT! HE IS HERE, CALLING HIS BRIDE!
6. THE SEVENTH SEAL IS THE “3RD PULL” OF BROTHER BRANHAM’S MINISTRY
Brother Branham says, In the very day that the Son of man is revealed, Revelation 10:1-7 … the Seventh Angels’s Message, opening up the Seals … WHAT IS IT? Not the angel is the Son of Man, but the messenger is REVEALING the SON OF MAN … Revelation 10 said, “In the days of the sounding of the seventh angel” …Notice, the very day when this messenger – not when he starts, 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 REVEALED. 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 THAT’S BEEN SEALED IN THE WORD” (“Anointed Ones at the End Time” pp. 60 & 61).
[QUOTE: ANOINTED.ONES.AT.END.TIME V-5 N-3 65-0725M]: “I wasn’t the One that appeared down on the river; I was only standing there when He appeared. I’m not the One that performs these things and foretells these things that happens as perfect as they are; I’m only one that’s near when He does it. I was only a voice that He used to say it. It wasn’t what I knew; it’s what I just surrendered myself to, that He spoke through. It isn’t me. It wasn’t the seventh angel, oh, no; it was a manifestation of the Son of man. It wasn’t the angel, his Message; it was the mystery that God unfolded. It’s not a man; it’s God. The angel was not the Son of man; he was a messenger from the Son of man. The Son of man is CHRIST. He’s the One that you’re FEEDING on. You’re NOT feeding on a man. A man, his words will fail, but you’re feeding on the unfailing BODY-WORD of the SON of MAN.”
That should establish it in our minds; THE OPENING OF THE SEVEN SEALS and the THIRD PULL are SYNONYMOUS. Notice also how Brother Branham connects the revealing of the Seven Seals with LUKE 17:30, the REVEALING of the SON of MAN. Now, watch what he says on pages 237 and 238 of the SEVEN CHURCH AGES BOOK:
“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.
SO, the SEVEN THUNDERS of Revelation 10 are the SEVEN SEALS, which is the THIRD PULL, which is the REVEALING of the SON of MAN, which is the KING’S SWORD, which is the WORD, which is JESUS CHRIST, which is PAROUSIA. Quite a clear picture unfolding.
Now, follow in “The Seventh Seal” as Brother Branham zeros in on the Seventh Seal itself as the prime constituent of the 3rd Pull. On the top of page 559, he sums up all he had previously said about the Seventh Seal by stating flatly, “IT IS THE THIRD PULL.” That in itself is really direct.
Then on page 561 he talks about the seven Angels which met him in the Arizona Desert. He lets us know that the Seventh Angel carried the Seventh Seal and had a special affinity to him (See also pages 577-578). Next he tells of the SWORD striking his hand, saying, “This is the THIRD PULL” (pp. 562-563). Then he speaks of the TENT VISION, saying, “This is the THIRD PULL” (pp. 564). His conclusion is this: “Revelation 10:1-7, at the end of the Seventh Angel’s Message, ALL the MYSTERIES of GOD WOULD BE KNOWN. WE’RE AT THE END-TIME; THE OPENING OF THE SEVENTH SEAL.”
Knowing that the Seventh Seal is the THIRD PULL opens up tremendous light on its meaning and significance, since Brother Branham spoke a great deal about the 3rd Pull, both before and after the Seven Seals were opened. It is easy to look into the THIRD PULL in depth. Let me offer just a few thoughts:
In the VISION which came to him in December of 1955, Brother Branham was fishing along with hundreds of other ministers. The Angel of the Lord told him how to catch the ‘Big Fish’ (The Bride), but admonished him to keep quiet about it. Then he explained to Brother Branham how to make a gentle pull to attract the small fish; then pull the line faster to avoid the small fish from getting the lure. This will attract the attention of the ‘Big Fish’. When the ‘Big Fish’ bites, THE THIRD PULL will bring them in.
But in the vision, Brother Branham began to explain this to all ministers around him. Ho got overly excited and pulled too hard too soon, catching a little bitty fish and getting his line all tangled up in the process. Then the Angel of the Lord explained that the first TWO PULLS were the HEALING and DISCERMENT parts of his ministry, which he made the mistake of trying to explain to the people, causing many IMPERSONATIONS to rise up. The Angel’s admonition was very clear: “DON’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE on the THIRD PULL, which is coming up. DON’T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT IT.”
When you understand this point, you can understand why Brother Branham was not more direct when he preached “The Seventh Seal.” In fact, while talking about the Seventh Seal in one place, he stops in mid-sentence, lest he say too much (pp. 561). He does the same thing on page 559, then tells us that in his notes he has it written, “Stop. Go no further than this.” Also on page 564 he says, “I’d better stop right here. I just feel checked not to say no more about it.” You see, he was specifically forbidden by the Angel of the Lord to explain the THIRD PULL (The Seventh Seal). Since he had failed to keep still on the 1st and 2nd Pull, he was not about to fail God on this all-important 3rd Pull. For this was going to catch the BRIDE, and there must not be any impersonations.
But how will the BRIDE see this SEVENTH SEAL if her prophet-messenger does not directly spell it out? A frank question; and one with a simple answer: BY REVELATION. Not a revelation of something beyond what Brother Branham said, BUT A REVELATION OF WHAT IS ALREADY LYING THERE BEFORE OUR EYES.
Some people have felt that Brother Branham must have a personal RESURRECTION and continue his ministry (RETURN MINISTRY) in order to set up a literal ‘TENT’ and to reveal the Seventh Seal. Understandable, they would quote Orland Walker’s dream, which Brother Branham re-tells in “Knoweth It Not”, August 1965, six months before he died. There and in several other sermons over the next few months, Brother Branham says, “I’ll ride this trail again,” or “There’ll be one more ride.”
I find one main FAULT with this idea: THERE ARE NO SCRIPTURES TO SUPPORT IT. How then can we explain Brother Branham’s statements that there will be “one more ride”? Read pages 32-36 of “Knoweth It Not”.
Notice that there actually are FOUR DREAMS by FOUR different PEOPLE, which Brother Branham let us know are all about the SAME SUBJECT. In the FOURTH DREAM (p.36) notice the LOCATION. It is PALESTINE. When Brother Branham said, “THERE’LL BE ONE MORE RIDE,” I believe he was referring to the SPIRIT OF ELIJAH. It had been used FOUR TIMES upon the earth and there will be ONE MORE TIME for it to manifest itself – ONE of the TWO WITNESSES to the JEWS in REVELATION 11. I am not adamant on this point, but it does FIT the SCRIPTURES.
Brother Branham said, “What was in those THUNDERS no one knows. BUT WE NEED TO KNOW. And it will take a prophet to get the revelation, because God has no other way of bringing out His Scriptural revelations except by a prophet” (The Seven Church Ages” p.324).
Concerning the SEVENTH SEAL, he said “It will be revealed in that day, in the HOUR that it’s supposed to be revealed in” (“The Seventh Seal” p. 576). If we need to know what this SEVENTH SEAL is, and the revelation can only come through a PROPHET, then the revelation of the Seventh Seal has to be LAYING in the PROPHET’S MESSAGES waiting for Christ to QUICKEN IT to His BRIDE.
7. THE SEVENTH SEAL IS THE TENT VISION
The TENT VISION is the last part of Brother Branham’s 1955 VISION of the 3 PULLS. He describes it in many places such as “The Inner Veil” pages 6-7, and in “Visions and Prophecy” pages 17-19. Since Brother Branham connects the “KING’S SWORD”, the THIRD PULL, Revelation 10, the TENT VISION and the SEVENTH SEAL, we understand that all these things are various aspects and different angles of the SELF-SAME THING (“The Seventh Seal” pp. 561-564).
Space prohibits me from going into much detail here, but let me point out just a FEW SIGNIFICANT THINGS:
Although Brother Branham most often called it a ‘TENT’, sometimes he referred to it as a ‘CATHEDRAL’. It was HUGE. In 1933, Brother Branham had a vision which casts some light on this. He said: “The morning that I dedicated the tabernacle, a vision came, which is written in the cornerstone here, when the Holy Spirit said to me, “This is NOT YOUR TABERNACLE.” And I asked WHERE MY TABERNACLE WAS, AND HE SET ME DOWN UNDER THE BRIGHT BLUE SKIES, and said, “Do the WORK of an EVANGELIST” (“Ever Present Water From The Rock” 7-24-61). Does the ‘TENT’ or ‘CATHEDRAL’ in the Tent Vision represent the WORLD? It certainly will be a WORLD-WIDE BRIDE, each with the SAME REVELATION of CHRIST.
In the TENT VISION, Brother Branham says he was standing in the air above the crowd, talking with the Angel of the Lord. He describes the TENT as having THREE PARTS — an OUTER part, then an INNER part of CANVAS, then inside that, a LITTLE SQUARE WOODEN ROOM. This immediately draws our thoughts to the children of ISRAEL’S TABERNACLE in the wilderness with its THREE PARTS: The OUTER COURT, the INNER COURT, and the HOLIEST OF HOLIES, where dwelt the Presence of GOD, and where GOD MET with MAN.
Likewise, it alludes to the THREE PULLS of Brother Branham’s ministry. In the vision, the PILLAR OF FIRE enters that little SQUARE ROOM and the Angel said, “I’LL MEET YOU IN THERE.” This was FULFILLED exactly, for in March of 1963, when the SEVEN SEALS were revealed to Brother Branham, he said he SPENT all his time in a LITTLE ROOM, and that EACH DAY the PILLAR OF FIRE appeared to him in that ROOM and opened another SEAL (See “The Seven Seals” pp.349-462; also “Souls in Prison”, p.23).
Next in the TENT VISION, a line of people were going into that LITTLE ROOM and coming out the other side, HEALED, exuberant. It was asked, “What happened in there?”, and they answered, “I don’t know.” I believe these PEOPLE are the TRUE BRIDE OF JESUS CHRIST, who are receiving the SAME REVELATION of the SEVEN SEALS which Brother Branham received; and from the SAME SOURCE – the PRESENCE of JESUS CHRIST.
[QUOTE] “Then He took me from there, and I saw a great HUGE TENT. I never seen such a TENT! .. And I looked and heard a man get up and say, ‘Call the prayer line.’ And people began to line up over on this side … and they lined all the way up (to the platform) and down the street for a prayer line. I noticed .. a little WOODEN BUILDING. And I seen that LIGHT, that they have the picture of, you know, that’s always in the meetings; I seen that LIGHT leave me, and go to that BUILDING, and a VOICE said to me, ‘I’ll meet you in there; THAT WILL BE THE THIRD PULL.’ I said, ‘Why?’ He said, ‘We’ll, IT WON’T BE A PUBLIC SHOW..” (“Inner Veil” p. 6).
CLEARLY, what transpires in that INNER ROOM of the TENT VISION is the THIRD PULL. The REVELATION grows brighter. Notice how the line going into that LITTLE ROOM stretched from the platform clear OUT of the ‘TENT’ and down the street. If the ‘TENT’ does represent the WORLD, this would fit easily, for the translation will be made up of a LIVING BRIDE and RESURRECTED BRIDE, those saints who have fallen asleep down through the SEVEN CHURCH AGES.
I am aware that in one place after the SEALS were opened, Brother Branham mentions he is still looking for a PHYSICAL TENT. Remember what the VOICE said on the Ohio River in 1933, “As John the Baptist foreran the First Coming of Christ, so you will forerun His Second Coming.” THE TYPE HOLDS TRUE. John the Baptist declared under divine inspiration, “Behold the LAMB of God that takes away the sins of the world.” Yet sometime later, he asked Jesus, “Are you the ONE, or do we look for another?” (John 1:29-36; Matthew 11:2-3).
Brother Branham said, concerning those Seven Seals, “If I ever preached anything in my life that was inspired, IT WAS THAT!” (“Souls In Prison” p.23) “… The Seven Seals … was directly the WORD OF GOD” (“Desperation” p. 6).
8. THE SEVENTH SEAL IS THE “COMING OF THE LORD”
Let me quote Brother Branham, “That Seventh Seal hasn’t opened yet, you know. THAT’S HIS COMING” (“Feast of the Trumpets” p.26). Remember the CONTEXT HERE. He is speaking of the Souls under the Altar, murdered by Hitler in the 1940’s. “Watch that SEVEN, that’s the FINISH. THAT WAS THE COMING OF THE LORD. HEAVEN WAS QUIET, SILENT” (“Souls In Prison” p.23). “The Lamb took His BOOK when the Seventh Seal … was ready to be opened — the Sixth Seal. Remember, He hid the Seventh Seal from us. He would not do it. When the Angel stood day by day telling it, but then He wouldn’t do it on that one. Said, ‘There’s silence in Heaven’. NO ONE KNEW. IT WAS THE COMING OF THE LORD” (“Souls In Prison” p.33). “We find that CHRIST, the Lamb, took the Book in His hand, AND HE OPENED THAT SEVENTH SEAL. But you see, it’s a hidden mystery. No one knows it … right along with what He said, NO ONE WOULD KNOW HIS COMING; THEY ALSO WOULD NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS SEVEN THUNDER MYSTERY. SO YOU SEE, IT’S CONNECTED TOGETHER” (“The Seventh Seal” p.576).
Speaking of the Seven Seals again, Brother Branham says, “Come back here and see those great mysteries hidden in the Bible opened up to us on a new field that we never knowed before, and PERFECTLY BLENDS IN TO THE COMING OF THE LORD JESUS” (“Desperation” p.12).
To understand these astonishing, unexpected statements, we must first rid ourselves of any lingering denominational traditions concerning the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Yet this is not so hard to so, if we compare the First Coming of Christ with His second, bearing in mind that GOD INTERPRETS HIS WORD BY BRINGING IT TO PASS.
The First Coming of Jesus Christ was NOT an INSTANTANEOUS EVENT. It lasted 33 years; even longer if you count the Pillar of Fire appearing to Apostle Paul, producing the New Testament Word. Is it any surprise that the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus is NOT a single, instantaneous event, but rather a SPAN of TIME composed of many interrelated events; including:
1. An ELIJAH MINISTRY forerunning (Brother Branham’s Ministry)
2. ELIJAH introducing CHRIST (Opening of the Seven Seals)
3. PAROUSIA (Christ, the Full Word, Here amongst Us, calling His Bride)
4. The TRANSLATION itself ( Living Bride changed, past saints resurrected)
5. Meeting HIM in the AIR (The Bride at last MEETS her Bridegroom physically)
6. MARRIAGE SUPPER (Three-and-a-half Years)
7. CHRIST, in a physical body, RETURNING to this Earth WITH HIS BRIDE, His feet once more touching the Mount of Olives (Reveals Himself to the 144,000 Jewish remnant)
“…Because the Seventh Seal, there was silence. NO ONE KNEW. THAT WAS THE MINUTE OR HOUR THAT CHRIST WOULD COME, AS HE REVEALED IT TO US” (“Feast of the Trumpets” p.22).
Brother Branham said, “I draw this text: God Hiding Himself in Simplicity, Then Revealing Himself in The Same… I thought it made a text that we might study this before we go into the great teachings of the Seven Seals. Many miss Him by the way He reveals Himself. Now, man has their own ideas of what God ought to be and what God is going to do; and as I have made the old statement many times that man still remains man. Man is always giving God praise for what He did do, and always looking forward to what he will do, and IGNORING WHAT HE IS DOING. THAT’S THE WAY THEY MISS IT. They look back and see what a great thing He done, but they FAIL to see what a simple thing He used to do it with. And then they look forward and see a great thing coming that’s going to happen, and nine times out of ten, it’s ALREADY HAPPENING RIGHT AROUND THEM, and it’s so simple that they DON’T KNOW IT” (“God in Simplicity” pp. 20-21).
9. THE SEVENTH SEAL IS THE HEADSTONE CAPPING THE PYRAMID
It is contained in the Scriptures, “Behold I lay in Zion a Chief Cornerstone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on HIM shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe, he is precious: but onto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the corner, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble AT THE WORD” (1 Peter 2:6-8).
“And we know that the Scripture says that JESUS is the Chief Cornerstone, and He’s also the HEADSTONE” (“Message of Grace” p. 8).
In 1960, three years before the Seven Seals were opened, Brother Branham said, “God made THREE BIBLES. The first one He put in the sky, the ZODIAC. He made the next one in the PYRAMID, back in the days of Enoch … The CAPSTONE never was found. They never did put a cap on top of the pyramid … Why? The Capstone was rejected — CHRIST, The Headstone, see, was rejected” (“Manifested Sons of God” pp. 7-8). “The pyramid was never capped. Why wasn’t the Capstone put on it, the headstone, the top of it? Because He was rejected when He come. He was the rejected Stone. That’s right. But it will be capped … then the coming of the Lord Jesus is so close at hand that the Spirit from way down in here …justification, sanctification, Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and now right into the TIME of the coming of the HEADSTONE … we got a ministry coming that’s just EXACTLY LIKE THE LIFE OF CHRIST. What does that MINISTRY IDENTIFY? THE COMING OF THE LORD. Look at the age coming now right up to the Headstone. See what I mean? THE COMING OF THE LORD, THE MADE KNOWN” (“Predestinated Mystery of His Will” pp. 6-7).
“Like the pyramid … Go into the prophet’s chamber and watch them SEVEN STEPS. Where did the GUARD meet the challenge to bring the comer into the PRESENCE OF THE KING at the top of the steps? WAS IN THE SEVENTH STEP. There shows what we’ve got to come again with that same Spirit that was on John. HE INTRODUCED THE MESSIAH; … And we’ve got to come to a place again, to something that’s going to introduce the Messiah .. to bring the people back to the WORD, SO THAT THE BRIDE WILL KNOW HER HUSBAND, KNOW HER MATE, THE REVEALED WORD … That is His PROMISE for this AGE” (“Feats of the Trumpets” pp.17-18).
In 1961, Brother Branham said, “He’s the Holy Spirit. AND THE CAP OF THE PYRAMID will be CHRIST COMING. Do you see it? … CHRIST, THE HEADSTONE, THE REJECTED STONE, THE ALL-SEEING EYE, COMING EXACTLY LIKE THE BIBLE SAID” (“The Seventy Weeks of Daniel” p. 30).
In December of 1962, Brother Branham experienced one of the most powerful visions he had ever had, which he describes in “Sirs, Is this the Time?” on pages 25-27. In the vision he is in the desert near Tucson, Arizona, when a TREMENDOUS BLAST shook the earth and he was caught up into a CONSTELLATION of SEVEN ANGELS in the FORM OF A PYRAMID. After the vision left him, Brother Branham prayed, “Lord, if it is then that I am going to be killed, and You are finished with me on earth .. send your power back one me again… and nothing happened. I waited awhile. Then I said, ‘Lord Jesus, if it did not mean that, and it means that You’ve got something for me to do and it is to be revealed to me later, then send Your power. AND IT ALMOST TOOK ME FROM THE ROOM! I found myself somewhere in the corner … And I had my bible open, and I was reading … ROMANS, The 9th Chapter, last verse: BEHOLD, I LAY IN SION, A CORNERSTONE, A STUMBLINGSTONE, A PRECIOUS CORNERSTONE, AND WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH ON HIM SHALL NOT BE ASHAMED” (“Sirs, is This The Time?” p. 27).
A few months later, when the vision was literally fulfilled, when those Seven Angels met him in Arizona Desert, they told him to return to Jeffersonville, Indiana, for “THUS SAITH THE LORD, the SEVEN MYSTERIES that’s been hid in the Bible all these years … God is going to open those seven mysteries to us in the SEVEN SEALS” (“What is the Attraction on the Mountain?” p.22).
IT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MUCH PLAINER. God has interpreted the vision and the event by His own prophetic Word, Romans 9:33 – the HEADSTONE capping the PYRAMID. It is no coincidence that those Seven Angels which met him in the Arizona Desert formed a PYRAMID, because that is the CAPSTONE’S SHAPE.
Referring to the CLOUD PICTURE in Life Magazine of that PYRAMID of ANGELS, Brother Branham said, “And it’s our LORD UP THERE.” (“It is the Rising of the Sun” p. 45).
“What happened at that time, the COMING of that STONE? Up went the Church into glory at the Rapture, ‘cause it ended the Gentile Dispensation.” (“The Seventy Weeks of Daniel” p. 30). This statement would have been HARD to UNDERSTAND, except that God has revealed REVELATION 5 (change in dispensation) and REVELATION 8 (Rapture is a SPAN of TIME, about one-half HOUR silence in heaven, and a SHOUT on earth the same).
Four months after the opening of the Seven Seals, Brother Branham said, “God’s a-vindicated Himself. God’s proved Himself to His Promise in this day. Halleluiah, THE HEADSHIP IS HERE. AMEN! CHRIST, THE RISEN LORD” (“Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed” p. 85).
Later, he said, “We’re at the HEAD NOW. THIS IS CHRIST. NOT the ARM’S TIME BACK IN LUTHER; NO. THIS IS THE HEAD TIME. CHRIST, THE HEADSTONE, COMES TO THE BODY” (“The Future Home of the Heavenly Bridegroom” p. 69).
In “Sirs, Is This The Time?” on page28, Brother Branham has just finished telling about the mighty VISION of the CONSTELLATION of angels, and of how God explained the vision with Romans 9:33. “Now, I am going to take the Scriptures for a moment. If you notice, in revelation the 10th chapter … (Here, Brother Branham pauses) Now, let me say this: IF THE VISION IS SCRIPTURAL, IT CAN ONLY BE INTERPRETED BY THE SCRIPTURE.” In that line, Brother Branham has directly connected for us, the coming of the HEADSTONE, Romans 9:33 and Revelation 10.
10. THE SEVENTH SEAL IS REVELATION 10 FULFILLED
In “Feast of the Trumpets”, Brother Branham said:
“Notice Revelations 10:1 to 7, all the mysteries are to be REVEALED to the BRIDE by the MESSENGER of the Laodicea Church. Has anybody got a Revised Version Bible? If you have, you’ll notice there where it said, THE ANGEL, it’s in parenthesis, it says, THE EAGLE (See?) the messenger to the Laodicea Church, see, revelations 10:1-7 … In that day that we see Him come down … SEVEN THUNDERS uttered their voices … What it is, is a REVELATION on what has been MISSED BACK THERE … It’s ALREADY WROTE HERE; it’s in here; it’s to REVEAL what already’s been WRITTEN” (pp. 19-20). “Revelations 10 (listen close now), BRIDE CALLED OUT BY THE WORD, CHRIST HIMSELF CALLING OUT THE BRIDE, making plain Hebrews 13:8, Luke 22, Luke 17:30, and also Malachi 4, Hebrews 4, all these Scriptures that’s promised” (p. 36). “ Look! I want to say one more thing. Closely now, DON’T MISS THIS. HOW STRIKING! From the SEVENTH ANGEL’S (messenger of the Seventh Seal) MESSAGE, and REVELATIONS 10 WAS THE SEVENTH SEAL” (P.39). Then a little farther down the page he says, “This is not just makeup, friends. This is THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE SCRIPTURE.”
STOP. Carefully re-read what Brother Branham said in the preceding paragraph. He said that REVELATION 10 IS WHAT MAKES PLAIN (reveals and completes) HEBREWS 13:8, LUKE 17:30, MALACHI 4, etc. He said that he is the MESSENGER of the SEVENTH SEAL. He said that the SEVENTH SEAL IS HIS MESSAGE. (Remember — Third Pull, Tent Vision, Little Room) HE SAID THAT THE SEVENTH SEAL IS REVELATION 10. He said that HIS MESSAGE is REVELATION 10.
He does not just mean the seventh verse of Revelation 10. He means VERSES 1 to 6 AS WELL. On this point, he is very emphatic. “REVELATION 10: 1 through 7 – 1 through 7, Chapter 10:1 through 7 — at the the END of the Seventh Angel’s Message, ALL THE MYSTERIES OF GOD WOULD BE KNOWN. We’re at the end time – the OPENING of the SEVENTH SEAL” (“The Seventh Seal p. 564).
“Now, we’re into the AGE of the EAGLE – the revelation to be revealed — the WHOLE THING. Now, compare this with Revelation the 10th Chapter, verse 1 to 7, and we’ll see here in this Revelation … the Revelation here, 10:1-7, that in the days of the SOUNDING of the SEVENTH ANGEL’S MESSAGE was to FINISH UP all the mysteries of God” (“The Seventh Seal” p. 574). “What’s happened on Sunset Mountain? … It’s God fulfilling His promised WORD again, of REVELATION 10:1-7 .. THE HIDDEN MYSTERY OF REVELATION 10:1 to 7 (“What is the Attraction on the Mountain” p. 23)
WE are Living in the Last Hour even in the Last Minute. So Repent your Sins asap because there would never come again the Second Chance So Repent and go Back to Prayer again, Down unto your Knees and start repentence.
O Heavenly Father forgive our Sins whatever we have done by Mistake. Have Mercy on Us. Take us to the Everlasting Glory of Jesus.
3 thoughts on “Rapture in the Bible – When will Rapture Come for the Bride of Christ?”
Wonderful article but carefully check the picture of the rapture. I dont believe painted face Jezebels, women wearing trousers and all this boobed hair will go in the rapture and such people are on the picture. I know you knew about that too but may be is you are not aware of such on the picture so take heed.
This make me no more about the end time that the lord jesus we come back and take is people.
I would like to receive more on the rapture.