William Branham preached a series of sermons in March 1963 on the Seven Seals of the book of Revelation, and said that each seal identifies a religious disturbance. This article is one in a series of studies on the Seven Seals - you are currently on the topic that is in bold:
William Branham compared Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:7 with the Third seal.
Paying for Heaven
The third seal is rider on a black horse, with balances in his hand. A voice speaks telling the rider not to hurt the oil and the wine. William Branham said the beast in this seal is the man-angel and represents intelligence.
During this sermon, William Branham identifies the Black horse rider as vicar over the trinity of earth, purgatory, and heaven. He says that this rider makes other people pay to enter heaven, pay for prayers, pray for “novenas” and “hail Mary’s”.
No Forced Conversions
William Branham calls the oil and wine the Holy Spirit, and the stimulation of Revelation. The rider is instructed not to touch these things. In other words, there will be no forced conversions or attempted conversions of true believers during this time.
But does this explanation match history, which is full of inquisitions and forced conversions by most religions? Even the 20th Century has seen significant persecution of Christians, especially those who convert from a Muslim background. But why does William Branham's explanation of the Third Seal ignore this?
Avoid other Christians
During this sermon William Branham also encourages his congregation to dis-fellowship from other Christians, saying “The Message going out right here is to “Stay away from that poison thing!” See? See? 'How can two walk together lest they be agreed’”?
Questions you should ask yourself
If William Branham discovered the errors of Denominations during the Third Seal, why did he preach “Why are we not a denomination” (also titled “The Great Harlot”) on September 27, 1958 and identify “the mark of the beast, which is Romanism; and the image of the beast, which is Protestantism” in a sermon on March 18, 1962?