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Black horse rider.


William Branham.

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Third Seal.

Oh, God, help us. We'll just stop here. God, help us to see now, my prayer, as we come now, because I don't want to keep you too late. God help us to see. I believe, maybe, the Spirit upon us to be right now that He'd help us to reveal-open up this Seal. Let's read. As we see the state the church is in, we see where it has been-seen what they did, seen where it was supposed to come-see it there, and see what they was supposed to do. They did just that. Now do you see where we're at? You do the judging. I can't judge. I am just responsible for bringing this Word. Just as it's give to me, I can give it. Until it's give to me, I can't give it. No one else can.

And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard the voice in the midst of the four beasts saying, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; but see thou hurt not the oil and ... wine.

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Now watch where we're at tonight-that other Church Age now. We're coming down to the third church age now. Just exactly. On the Third Church age is just exactly like the third horse. The first church age was what? The Nicolaitanes had a doctrine, see, just the first one. All right. And then the first thing we know this Nicolaitane doctrine, it become sanctioned and was right-went into action. And they crowned this fellow. Then this spirit, antichrist, become incarnate in a man, see? And we find out later on he becomes an incarnate devil, too. The demon goes away, and the devil comes in.

And just as that church has... that kind of antichrist church progresses, so has the Bride come along with different things-through justification, sanctification, baptism of the Holy Ghost, and moving right on, see. Just like them, only they've taken their revival first, and the Church is taking it at last. Their first three years.... The first three stages of them, that went through the Dark Age; then the third three stages comes the Church out, from justification, sanctification, baptism of the Holy Ghost, Him-incarnate God made manifest among us.

Here he comes in as the antichrist, as the false prophet, then the beast, then in Dark Age. Then the Church comes out of that Dark Age-justification, sanctification, baptism of the Holy Ghost, incarnate Word, the way now; and he goes down. He goes down; the Church goes up. It's just as perfect as it can be. Oh, it's beautiful. I just love it. This rider is the same one but another stage of his ministry. The first stage-the white horse, see. He was just a teacher, just an antichrist teacher. He was against the Word of God. How can you be an antichrist? Anybody that denies that every Word of this isn't True, to be taught just the same, is an antichrist because they deny the Word, and He is the Word.

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Now, here is the mystery of this. And now... When it revealed to me, early this morning before daylight, then I went quickly to the Scripture and begin to look-search it up. There it was. Three of them so far has been absolutely supernaturally revealed. Now here is the mystery of the black horse, according to what it was revealed to me. He has started riding him in the time of the Dark Ages. That's what the dark horse represented-the Dark Ages-for it was a time of midnight to the true believers that was left. Watch now in that church age, that middle Church Age, the dark Church Age. Watch how He says, “You just have a little strength.” It was a midnight to them, for the true believer.

Now, watch. Practically all hope had been taken from the true Church, for this fellow controlled both church and state. What are they going to do? See? Catholicism had taken over both church and state, and all that didn't agree with Catholicism was killed. That's the reason he was on a dark horse. And watch what a dark thing he done, then you'll see. If you just... If you know your history, watch it. Well, you won't have to even know it to know this.

Now watch. All hope was gone-that's his black horse. Now he rode in on his white horse, cunning; then he was give power and he took peace-slaughtered the millions. That's what he was going to do as he rode on through; and he still does it. See? Now, here he is on his black horse, now, coming forth. Dark Age-that was that time. Just about the time after the church got set up and got in power, they smothered out everything else, and went through about hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of years-is what every reader knows was the Dark Ages. How many knows that? The Dark Ages. There's your dark horse, representing that dark age.

Now, all hope's gone, no hope at all. Everything looked dark for the little believers. Now, that's the reason it's called... represented a dark horse. His balances or his scales in his hands, you see, calling out, “A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny,” see... Actually that is.... Wheat and barley is natural staff of life. That's what bread and stuff is made from. But you see, he was charging for this. What it means... that he was charging his subjects for the kind of the hope of life that he was sending out to them, by making... He started in that very time of making them pay for prayers, charging for prayer. They still do it -novenas- because... What was he doing? Capturing the wealth of the world, the scale weighing out, “a measure of wheat for a penny, three measures of barley for a penny.” The rider on a black horse, see, he was making... stripping his subjects of their money, when the Bible predicts that he holds about the wealth of the world. As we said last night about Russia and all that, they just take all the money and just strip the people for everything they've got. So there you are.

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Notice, here's the good part now. Notice, “See that thou hurt not this wine and oil.” Just a little bit of it left, brother. “Don't you touch that.” Now, oil is... symbolizes the Spirit, the Holy Spirit. I'll give you a few verses if you want to, a few scriptures: in Leviticus 8:12, where Aaron, before he went in, had to be anointed with oil, you know; and Zechariah 4:12, of oil coming, pouring through the pipes, and said, “This is my spirit.”-oil. Another thing is if you want to see in Matthew 14... 25, there was a foolish virgin (25:3). The foolish virgin had no oil-no Spirit. And Matthew 25:4, the wise virgin had oil in her lamp- Spirit-filled. Spirit-oil typifies the Spirit. Oh, glory, glory! Do you get it? All right.

Now oil typifies Spirit, and wine symbolizes stimulation of revelation. Boy, I like to run all over the place! It's a wonder I didn't wake up the neighborhood when the Lord showed me that. Stimulation of revelation, see. Oil and wine in the Bible is associated together, always. I got the concordance and looked, and there's a string of them like that, where wine and oil goes together all the time. See?

When the Truth of a promised Word of God has been truly revealed to His Saints that's filled with oil, they all get stimulated. Wine is a stimulation. Glory, I feel it right now! Stimulated with joy, shouts. And when it does, it has the same effect upon them that wine does upon a natural man; because when the revelation has been given of a truth of God, and the true believer filled with oil, and the revelation is revealed, the stimulation becomes so great that it makes him behave himself unnormally. That's right. Glory! Maybe that's what's the matter with them now. That's right. It makes them behave themselves unseemingly.

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When I see that God promised to do a certain thing in this day, when He promised to break off these Seals in this last day.... And you don't know the joy, the glory, when I seen Him reveal this. Stand there and watch it happen, and know that I'll take any person or charge him, never did say one thing to us but what it happened that way. Then to see the joy that's in my heart when I see His promise for this last day, as He promised to do it, and here I see it vindicated and made perfectly right.

If you hear me say, “I feel religious,” that's what's the matter. The stimulation is so bad, I'm just about ready to go to cutting up, you know- stimulation from revelation. All right. They become so stimulated over the revelation that they vindicated (all right) the promise. Oh, my! There it broke out, the joy of stimulation, till the people said, “They are drunk on new wine,” when God revealed His promise to them. And not only did He reveal it, but He proved it. That's what I've always said: “A man can say anything (he's just apt to say anything), but when God comes around and vindicates that....”

Now the Bible said, “If there be one among you who claims to be spiritual or a prophet, if he says these things and it don't come to pass, then don't pay no attention to him. Don't fear him at all. Don't fear that man. But if he says it and it comes to pass, that's me.” He said, “I'm in that. That proves why it's me.”

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