Kenya Mission Reports – Bro. Rolf Strommen

In Lusaka we have been preparing for meetings with Bro. Strommen, however, it seems there is much work going on in Kenya and I was glad to receive a report from Bro. Strommen today concerning souls coming to Christ (read report below). That is what suffices for us here in Lusaka and we are in prayer for Brother Rolf and sister Grace for God to use them. May the Lord bless all those who wait for His appearing. A C Phiri

Bro. Rolf Strommen

Dear Bro Phiri.

Greetings to you from us here in Nairobi. The work here has taken our time and the invitations for more meetings in this area has made us consider staying up to around December 10. I wrote a little report yesterday and this is what I told my precious friends in the Lord.

We have now completed the outdoor campaign planned here in Nairobi. Yesterday we had first the morning meeting at the venue, and I ministered from Dan. 12: 7, and Rev. 13: 11-14. It is about the Antichrist and the build-up to the end of the world community’s government here on earth. Later in the day we went to the market place which we have had meetings for the past week. The space is not very big but it still holds many souls.

About 60 souls came and surrendered to the Lord that night. There was a wonderful atmosphere in the meeting. Several came and gave their testimony of the Lord’s work in their lives. The last open-air meeting on Sundays is dedicated to some testimony so that the people can see the impact of the Gospel through these meetings. Some are asked to come forward and share what the Lord revealed in their lives through the meetings both now and in the past.

Bro. Gasper calls this a Marathon operation, and that’s probably right. The entire congregation is involved. Equipment must be moved every day. Up rigging and down rigging requires work of many friends. The speaker system should work from start to stop, there is prayer throughout the campaign. I see friends who are constantly praying during meetings. When invited for intercession, our friends are right there as counselors and make sure no one is left out.

We pray for them individually and there are many different needs; also beyond salvation. I notice that there are many who bring clothes and other things that they want us to lay our hands on, as a sign, which they bring to souls they feel need to meet the Lord in a special way. Acts 19:11.

Today it is Monday and a full meeting again at the venue. We will probably be here throughout this week also, with meetings in slightly different places. Now we have been invited to come back to a convention in Tongaren; with bro. Martin Wanyana which is to be held from December 4-9. So it looks like we’re staying here in Kenya until we have to travel directly back to South Africa after this convention. We will see what the Lord does for us. We still have Uganda and Zambia that we haven’t been able to visit yet this time. But we had to skip places last year too, because of the extension of the meetings we had then.

In any case, there is no shortage of places to travel. I also get requests to get to other places. There are friends we do not know and areas that are completely new to us. It’s not easy to say no, but we can’t be in more than one place at a time. At the same time, we must know the Lord’s leadership for what we do. If the Lord does not build the house, they work in vain who build upon it; if the Lord does not guard the city, the watchman watches in vain. Psalm 127: 1. Still remember us in your prayers.

Did apostolic ministries cease with the early church?

Question:

Brother Phiri, I have come across an article in which the author explains that apostolic and prophetic ministries ended with the early church in the Bible. I not sure if you have written about this subject but I want help on this matter. This is [an excerpt of] what he wrote:

“Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone” (Eph. 2:20). 

As seen [in Eph.2.20] above, Paul explains clearly why apostles and prophets existed; to lay a foundation for the church. Which foundation was this? It is the fundamental doctrines on which the whole church is built, to put it simply it is everything about Christ. It is clear as day to anyone who uses their common sense that a foundation can never to laid more than once, rather; once the foundation is laid the job of whoever comes next is to build on that foundation. The only reason ofcourse that would cause one to lay the foundation again would be if the first foundation was poorly built, for anyone to claim that they can lay a better foundation than that of the apostles is not only pride, but is a fundamental insult on Christ who is Himself that foundation, besides the scriptures speak better than I: 1 Corinthians 3:11 King James Version (KJV) “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

To be an Apostle in a true sense of the word, not merely a sent one (which we all are since we all carry the great commission) these are the qualifications:

You must be selected by the Lord (Mark 3:13, Acts 26:16). Some object to this and say Mathias was not selected by the Lord, but if you read carefully Acts 1:20 you will see that God had predestined for Judas to be replaced by another, He being sovereign even superintended the lot to fall on him instead of Joseph (Proverbs 16:33). 

You must have seen the resurrected Christ (Acts 1:22, Acts 9:1-9, 1 Corinthians 15:8). Furthermore, for anyone to claim to have seen the risen Lord after Paul or today they must regard Paul as a liar since He exclusively states that he was the “last of all” to [see] the resurrected Christ. 

You must be authenticated by signs of an apostle including miracles and mighty deeds (2 Corinthians 12:12, Hebrews 2:3-4). This means your miracles must measure up to those of the apostles, meaning obvious instantaneous healing of known diseases that cannot be disputed and not merely headaches and backaches. They must raise the dead in obvious daylight with unbiased witnesses present (Acts 3:7-10; Acts 9:36-42; Acts 19:12). I am yet to find anyone who has genuinely done these acts today. All there is are rumours here and rumours there without any clear evidence. Where there are videos and recordings they are quickly proven to be fraud and faked miracles. 

It must be noted that I am not saying that one needs just one of the above to qualify as an Apostle, I am saying he needs all the above. We have in scripture people who might have seen the risen Lord and performed miracles (Acts 6:8; Acts 8:6-8) but were not selected by the Lord to be apostles and so we never hear them being referred to as apostles.


Response:

The above article is full of false assumptions. Note the following:

#1. “Having apostles today would mean early church apostles laid a faulty foundation”

The author of the article explains that apostles and prophets  “existed to lay a foundation for the church” and then goes on to state that “the only reason of course that would cause one to lay the foundation again would be if the first foundation was poorly built. For anyone to claim that they can lay a better foundation than that of the apostles is not only pride, but is a fundamental insult on Christ who is Himself that foundation.” Well, what about the foundation of the temple that was being laid in Ezra 3:10, what happened to the one of the earlier temple? Was it faulty? Not at all but simply because the earlier foundation had been ‘lost’ to destruction that time when Jerusalem got besieged by Babylon. Now, didn’t the same thing happen to Christianity? Note: 

The first group of Apostles spoke the Word and established the Church on 12 foundational stones. All the revelations of Christ were spoken and revealed then. They were later written and laid down in the epistles. But with the departing of the Apostles, cunning and deceitful men came into the midst of the Church and began to tear away the foundational stones of the Apostles. Over time the Apostolic foundations were so displaced and broken up that the Church became nothing more than an institution of man-made religious traditions … For this reason, the Bride must separate herself from this leavening lump and get back into the Original Word — not just the “survival” tool of the Written Word but the Spoken Word that will perfect her and bring her to complete maturity in Christ for the translation. Since the Church of Christ began with, and was established by, the Apostolic Ministry, so she will end with, and established by, the same Ministry. The Endtime Apostles will hold the reins on the Word and set the Church in line with the revelation of the Word. They will put back in place the 12 Apostolic Foundations (Richard Gan, SPEAK THE WORD, P.33).

Yes, God will use the same kind of ministry to accomplish in the end-time what he had began in the early church. There is an example of this in the Bible, it is the example of the spirit or ministry of Elijah. At a time when Israel had gone into apostasy there was one man with a bold and non-compromising personality who got anointed by God to turn the hearts of the people. “Hear me, O Lord” Elijah prayed, “that these people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again” (1 Kings 18:37). Many years later when a similar situation arose in Israel God raised a man with a spirit of Elijah again to “turn the hearts” (Luke 1:17). So, did God use the same ministry more than once because at an earlier time the ministry was faulty?

#2. “To be an apostle one must have been directly called by the Lord Jesus Christ”

The author of the article uses Mark 3:13, but  being aware that there is apostle Paul who was not among the twelve disciples of Christ he refers to Acts 26:16 to argue that Paul had actually been directly called by the Lord. That is ridiculous; can’t the author of the article see that Acts 26:16 actually indicates that men continued to be called into ministry even after the earthly ministry of the Lord? What shall we make of Barnabas who also had an apostolic ministry but was not among the twelve disciples and we don’t have a record of any supernatural encounter he had with the Lord Jesus? What do people holding such beliefs make of Revelation 2:2 which was a eulogy for Ephesian believers for having “tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars”? If there were only 12 apostles, would there have been such deceptions, considering that the only testing criteria would be to ask, “Is this man truly Peter, James, John, or Andrew?” Or was the test to ascertain if truly one had seen the resurrected Lord? That would be impractical. Or were Ephesians to look for miracles in a man’s ministry? Only a carnal person, void of the true knowledge of spiritual things would suppose such were the ways of discerning a ministry! Thankfully, there is no place for speculation over how the Ephesians were able to test and reprove false apostles. Paul had once held a meeting with the elders of the church in Ephesus and he warned them saying, “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after themTherefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears” (Acts 20:17,27-31). Yes, for three years Paul established and equipped the believers with the Word and he was admonishing them to be able to discern a man if he truly spoke the Word of truth and if he truly had a concern for people or he was merely proud, wanting to draw disciples after himself. It goes without saying that if there were false apostles there  certainly were also true ones!

#3 To be an apostle you must have seen the resurrected Christ”

1 Corinthians 15:8 is used to explain that “for anyone to claim to have seen the risen Lord after Paul or today they must regard Paul as a liar since he exclusively states that he was the ‘last of all’ to the resurrected Christ.” What an interpretation of words!

Did Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:8 really present himself as the last person to whom the Lord had decided to ever show himself again on earth? That is as far as the West is from the East. A simple look at 1 Corinthians 15:1-9 shows that the author is writing a letter to an audience whom he wants to assure that truly indeed there was once a man called Jesus Christ who had died and resurrected and this was not a made-up testimony. Paul is telling his audience that the testimony is true and there are actually living people who saw Christ alive after his death. The emphasis of the passage is on post-resurrection appearances of Jesus after his death.

Paul demonstrated the surety of the testimony of the resurrected Christ firstly by mentioning traceable names and numbers of witnesses, secondly by narrating the sequence of appearances of the resurrected Christ, and thirdly by presenting he himself also as a witness. In presenting himself as a witness Paul clarifies that his experience did not happen at around the time when Christ was resurrected as was the experience with all the other people he mentions; his experience was a little late – “Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him” (NLT).

But there is more to the phrase “Last of all”. In the sequence of known witnesses  – there could have been a few others the Lord may have revealed himself to – Paul referred to himself as “last of all”. His statement is nowhere close to suggesting that he was the last person the Lord Jesus decided to reveal himself to! Paul is simply stating a sequence of known appearances of the resurrected Lord. And to further appreciate his usage of “last of all” we should read verse 8 with verse 9. When we do that we will actually realize that Paul expressed his humility in being the least among those called into Christ – “And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God” (1 Corinthians 15:8-9). 

In looking at all this, haven’t we heard testimonies of people who have seen the Lord in our time and have experienced a healing miracle or a call into ministry? Yes, much as there are many false testimonies around there are also genuine and sincere ones. But sadly, because of so much falsehood,  someone’s mind may become so prejudiced and treating  as hogwash any testimony they may hear. But we are not discouraged for we know what we have seen and have experienced!

#4. “Signs of an apostle are miracles”

2 Corinthians 12:12 says, “Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds”. What is a sign of an apostle? Performing miracles, is that really what this verse states? Not when you read and understand it correctly.

The sign of an apostle may express itself IN patience, but that doesn’t mean patience is the vindication or litmus test of an apostle; the sign of an apostle may express itself IN signs but that does not mean signs are a decisively indicative test of an apostle. The sign of an apostle may express itself in mighty deeds but yet the deeds are not the proof for an apostolic ministry. Is it not true that water quenches thirst and this thirst-quenching power of water may express itself itself through the sweet juice of an orange or a watermelon fruit, but shall we say sweetness is the sign of water? Isn’t pure water itself without sweet? Dearly beloved, the sign of an apostle is the power of the Word (cf. 2 Timothy 3:5). The living (anointed) Word that is spoken from a man with an apostolic ministry can convict the sin in people, establish believers on the foundation of Christ, or heal physical illness. The power of the Word will only meet people at their point of need.

As I conclude let me say this: Often the human mind  can see a manifestation of God and then theorize it as the standard experience for verifying other kinds of works of God. Consider the ministry of Elijah. Elijah was known for great supernatural acts. He once called fire from heaven. He once smote Israel with a drought until he called for it to rain again. Before being taken up by the fiery chariots he smote the waters of a river and  walked on dry ground with Elisha. That was such a mighty ministry. When we read about Elisha having received the double portion of the spirit of Elijah we also read accounts of great miracles which Elisha wrought. Now, in the light of what we know of the spirit of Elijah as expressed in the life of Elijah the Tishbite himself and in the life of Elisha who received  a double portion of the spirit, consider the prophecy that was given to Zecharias stating that his son would have the spirit of Elijah – “And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17). If you were Zecharias, what would have been your expectations of John’s ministry? Many who may have come to know about the prophecy most definitely expected to see great miracles as ‘a sign‘ of the spirit and power of Elijah! But on the contrary  the scripture tells us that John performed no miracle (John 10:41). Only a spiritual mind can understand what exactly the spirit and power of Elijah actually is.

Shalom

A C Phiri

Were Seven Thunders of Rev.10:3 revealed? Are they the Seven Seals?

Question:

Brother Phiri, what do you say about the following words? The quote shows that William Branham said  Seven Thunders were revealed as Seven Seals.

“John knew what the thunders were, but was forbidden to write, because the Bible said, in the days of the VOICE of the seventh ANGEL. The seventh ANGEL is a messenger of the Seventh Church Age. When he begins to sound, that’s when the SEVEN  MYSTERIES of the SEVEN THUNDERS would be revealed. These divinely revealed ‘mystery truths’ literally turn the hearts of the children to the Pentecostal fathers. The Malachi 4 prophet precedes the second coming and  John the Baptist preceded the first coming. NOTICE that both are MISTOOK for BEING THE MESSIAH.


Response

The quote you have given is a concatenation of sentences taken from two books. The first 53 words in the quote  were taken from Conduct Order and Doctrine (Volume II, page 1161), and the rest from An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, page 327. I am stating the sources because it is important to emphasise here that the Seven Church Ages book is a heavily edited version of what William Branham actually taught on the subject. Brother Branham had sent messages he had taught on the subject to brother Lee Vayle for him to grammarise them. But when you read the original messages of the prophet and compare them with what came out of the edited book it is clear to see that not all the words in the book were of William Branham. However, I will still approach your question taking the words to have been written by William Branham.

Many people have argued over the prophecy of Seven Thunders, about whether or not it was already fulfilled. The arguments and contentions often result into more carnality and ungodliness – schisms, anger, and even breakaway churches (1 Cor.3:3). Often it’s a case of two men looking at a seed, one says it’s of an apple tree and another insists its of a lemon tree. Well, until that seed is sown, grows, and manifests itself, the two may argue forever. But shall we afford leaving the Seventh Seal to the soil? Not so. Its fulfilment holds a  promise which is very crucial for the rapture of believers. The question is, Has this promise already fulfilled? Woe to us if the blessing is already here and we cannot see it! But on the converse, What if the revelation, and its resulting power of translating our mortal bodies, is yet to happen? If the latter, then fools are treading with hob-nailed shoes where angels, with awestruck silence (Rev.8:1), fear to tread!

Now, there is so much of what Brother Branham said or what he did not say, what he meant or did not mean. What adds to the confusion is that  both the “What he said” and “What he did not say” are often retrievable from his words. Cosnider this: in the Seals book on page 52 and paragraph 384 brother Branham said the following:

“…the angel of the Lord will break them Seals forth to it. Remember, it’s [i.e. the book] sealed with them Seven mysterious Thunders.”

Using this quote and other similar ones many have equated Seven Seals to Seven Thunders. However, in the evening of the same day he had spoken the words above, brother Branham said the following:

The book is absolutely a sealed book until the Seven Seals is brocken. It is sealed up with Seven Seals. Now, that’s a different from the Seven Thunders. See? This is Seven Seals on the book“.

The one clear thing to notice in the second quote is the emphasis on Seven Seals being not Seven Thunders. The preacher first states “It is sealed up with Seven Seals” and then adds “that’s different from the Seven Thunders” and then emphasises further with “See? This is Seven Seals on the book“! Clearly the preacher seems to be very much aware of a possible misperception of Seven Seals being Seven Thunders!

That is not the only time when brother Branham gave dual-statements on a topic. He made contradictory statements on some other topics. For example on the subject of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel in one message he taught that it is seven years which will  remain after the Rapture but elsewhere indicated that it will be three and half years. The question is which teaching do we take of the two? Well, if one has ears to hear what the Spirit speaks through a man (and  not what the man is speaking in trying to convey the mind of God) it is easy to sift through such discrepancies. True understanding begins when one realises that words of a man may point to the Truth but yet the Truth is not to be sought in his words.  Like the old adage says, the finger pointing to the moon doesn’t make the finger the moon itself. Did not John under inspiration point out to the Lord as he declared, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (Joh.1:29)? Some people heard that, believed and followed the Lord. But at another time the great prophet doubted and questioned, “Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?” (Mat.11:3). One wonders what confusion the latter words of John may have had on some of his devout followers. Yes, he had a great ministry with the spirit and power of Elijah on him but one thing is sure, his words of doubt were not of God, it was his mind speaking. It is because of this that  people ought to be spiritual. One has to know and discern when God is speaking through a man and when a man is merely expressing his opinion. Is it not strange that way after the Lord Jesus had died, resurrected and the Holy Spirit had been poured out, there were still certain followers of John’s ministry who said, “We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost” (Act.19:2)?

This reminds me of one time when brother Branham referred to an incident in the book of Kings when God had said to Elijah, “I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal” (1 Kin. 19:18). During preaching brother Branham had said seven hundred instead of seven thousand and that made someone to ask this: “Brother Branham, did you mean to say seven thousand who had not bowed their knee to Baalim, or seven hundred?” Believe it or not, if that question had not been asked and he never had the chance to clarify, there would have been people today teaching that it was seven hundred prophets and not seven thousand! What would cause such a terrible state of mind in some people? This one simple thing: not knowing how to hear! Didn’t the Lord admonish us saying, “take heed therefore how ye hear” (Luk.8:18)? Here is what brother Branham said in asnwering the question about the seven thousand prophets:

“Forgive me…I knowed that was seven thousand. I just happened to say seven hundred…I just didn’t read it out of the Scripture. It just come to my mind while I was talking…I make them mistakes all the time…I didnt mean to do that” The Revelation of the Seven Seals, Questions and Answers on the Seals (p.441-442). 

Dear friend, when I look at these words of brother Branham I wonder: how many other things did he speak which had “just come to [his] mind while [he] was talking” but yet people presumed them to be inspired words? He said, “I make them mistakes all the time“, So how many other mistakes were in his words which he didnt have the chance to clarify? Is that a problem? No, if you understand that spoken words of a servant of God are merely a vehicle for conveying Truth. The vehicle may be faulty and incosistent but not the Truth it carries! Confusion of faces belongs to those who make the vehicle and the truth it carries to be one.

Concerning Seals, the Seven Seals of Revelation Chapter 6 can never be Seven Thunders of Revelation 10:3. One night, in Namibia, a minister told me “Seven Seals are Seven Thunders” and we talked for over 6 hours (from about 9:00 PM to 03:00 AM). The minister was loud, emotional, and so agitated. He did most of the talking and throughout the talk my words were the same, I kept repeating the question – “if Seven Seals are Seven Thunders, tell me the contents of the Seventh Thunder?” He could not give the answer. At last when he realised the meaning of my question he said something to this effect, “It’s a mystery and we may never understand these things”. I was surprised to hear him say those words after trying to defend his position for hours. He talked at great length, dodging and meandering about my question and at the end only to express his ignorance of what the Seven Thunders actually mean.

You may wonder what exactly my question to the minister in Namibia meant, well, here was the question in full:

  • If “Seven Seals” = “Seven Thunders” then,
  • First Seal = First Thunder = White horse revelation
  • Second Seal = Second Thunder = Red horse revelation
  • Third Seal = Third Thunder = Black horse revelation
  • Fourth Seal = Fourth Thunder = Pale horse revelation
  • Fifth Seal = Fifth Thunder = Souls under the altar
  • Sixth Seal = Sixth Thunder = revelation of  the travail to fall upon the earth
  • Seventh Seal = Seventh Thunder = Uttering of the Seven Thunders

Pay attention to the last line, it takes us back to the question: What are the utterances of Seven Thunders? And how can the Seventh Thunder be the one uttering them? That is the question which kept the man iterating in his explanations until I think he saw the confusion of his own words. I further asked this:

If in Revelation Chapter 6 the seals or thunders were already written, why should the angel treat them as a secret and forbid John to write anything about them in chapter 10?

Well, until God opens someone’s eyes no amount of logical arguments can do anything. When one reads the Seals book and other messages the prophet preached in 1963, 1964, and 1965 (the year he died), it is very clear to see that the mystery of Seven Thunders contained in the Seventh Seal was never revealed to brother Branham and he actually was waiting for the revelation even in the year that he died.  He rightly explained that even the apostle John was forbidden to write what the Thunders uttered because God has kept it a secret which will only be revealed at the time of the coming of Christ. Here is what he said:

“As certain as I stand in the platform tonight, I had the revelation that revealed…Those Seven Thunders that he heard thunder and was frobidden to write; thats what the mystery is, laying behind those Seven consecutive Thunders rolling out.”

“Now, what this great secret is that lays beneath this Seal, I do not know it. I don’t know it. I couldn’t make it out. I couldn’t tell it, just what it – what it said, but I know that it was them Seven Thunders uttering themselves right close together, just banging seven different times. And it unfolded into something else that I seen. Then, when I seen that, I looked for the interpretation. It flew across there, and I couldnt make it out. That’s exactly right…the thing for you to do is to remember that I speak to you in the Name of the Lord. Be prepared , for you don’t know what time  something can happen.”

“Now, we have in the completion here now, by the grace of God, all the mysteries of the six Seals that’s been sealed up, and we understand and know here that the Seventh Seal is not to be known to the public…It is a complete mystery, therefore, we’re this far, and the rest of it will be known right around about the time that Jesus appears on earth again, for His Bride…until that time, let’s just all pray, live good, straight, Christian lives, looking forward for His coming.” (Revelation of the Seven Seals, The Seventh Seal, Paragraphs 248,  323-324, 397-400)

Yes, the prophet admonished us to remember that he spoke in the name of the Lord but how many people have kept the instruction to remember? Many are playing with quotes and have gone into territories that angels wouldnt go.

Now here is a question you may want to consider:

Could William Branham have changed his view on Thunders after 1963?

On August 30 of 1964 somoene asked brother Branham this question (find it in COD Vol.II, Page 1161):

“Have the Seven Thunders which equals seven mysteries already been revealed? Were they revealed in the Seven Seals, but are ye- but are yet not known to us as the Thunders yet?”

And this is what brother Branham answered:

No, they were revealed in the Seven Seals; that’s what the Thunders was about…The Seven Thunders that had uttered their voices and no one could make out what it was…John knew what it was , but he was forbidden to write it. He said, “But the seventh angel, in the days of his sounding, the seven mysteries of the Seven Thunders would be revealed’. And the seventh angel is a messenger of the Seventh Church Age. See?”

Like I earlier pointed out, brother Branham was a kind of man who would say a word here at one time and at another explain it somewhat different. And what have some men done, they grab what I call a ‘flying’ word or sentence and build upon it a doctrine. In taking a  one or two-minutes flying Word, often they can throw away what the man taught  for over two to three hours or a whole week! On that unstable flying word they can erect a huge structure of a doctrine. How unsafe! Like I have always said, many times to undersand what brother Branham said or meant one may require to read or hear an entire message or even a combination of sermons he preached during a week or a month. When you do this regarding his words on Seven Thunders it immediately becomes easy to see that the “No” in the above answer of the prophet was in reference to the fact that Seven Thunders are not Seven Seals. Please, in the quotes that follow next observe what he said in the same month of August. The question above was asked on 30th August, 1964. The quotes I show below (under 1964) are taken from sermons preached on 19th July and 16th August. When you check what brother Branham taught in March of 1963 (when Seals were revealed), and what he kept saying about the Seventh Seal and Seven Thunders, through 1964 and also 1965, it is very clear that he still believed that Thunders were yet to be revealed.

In 1963

  • “Jesus, when He was on earth, they wanted to know when He would come. He said, ‘Even the Son Himself don’t know when it’s going to happen.’ See, God has this all to Himself. It’s a secret. And that’s the reason there was silence in heaven for a space of a half hour. And Seven Thunders uttered their voices, and John was even forbidden to write it (See?)—the coming of the Lord. That’s one thing He hasn’t revealed yet, of how He will come, and when He will come. It’s a good thing that He doesn’t. He has showed or revealed it in every type that’s in the Bible” Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed (28th July 1963).
  • “The Lamb took His Book when the Seventh Seal, just ready for it to be opened–the Sixth Seal. Remember, He hid the Seventh Seal from us. He wouldn’t 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 that are in Prison Now (11th November 1963).

In 1964

  • That Seventh Seal hasn’t opened yet, you know that’s His coming” Feast of the Trumpets (19th July, 1964).
  • “The seventh angel was to open the six-seal mystery. It’s all to be gathered up in the Son of man, His fullness of time has come to the Fullness of His Word to manifest the fullness of His Body”  Proving His Word (16th August, 1964).

In 1965

  • “Now, in doing this, I have come here for the purpose of teaching the last vials, last seven vials, and the last seven trumpets, and the last seven thunders of the Book of Revelations, tying them together in this hour that we’re now living to follow the opening of the Seven Seals, the Seven Church Ages. So we couldn’t get room to do it, so I–I hope that soon as I can, we’ll can get a place sufficient for that either here, or in Louisville, New Albany, or either put up a tent, so we can just stay as long as the Lord leads us to do” The God of this Evil Age (1st August, 1965).
  • “And to see this nervous age that we’re living in… And last week’s tapes, I think, will reveal to you the great hideous things that we’re going to speak on one of these days when we can get a place sufficient, of the opening of those last plagues to be poured out upon the earth–those Vials, rather, pouring out of the Vials, and the Seven Thunders… And those hideous sights that’s coming upon the earth…” Christ is Revealed in His own Word (22nd August, 1965).
  • “But we’ve got one of the most dreadful times to go through that ever laid before human beings. Now, I’m just waiting for the hour and when we can get–everybody can get a chance where you can get off from work and spend a few days, and we can get set up somewhere where I can speak on those plagues and things that’s to fall in the days, and throw about two or three weeks together, and bring that together, if the Lord let’s me live to do it and will inspire me to do so. See how those things will be dropped in and those thunders, then you’ll find out what that man and them people has been dreaming about and all these things there; it’ll come to pass. See? You’ll notice what them revealed, that great thunder a-coming forth out of the–out of the skies. Now… Of course, the whole bunch of you, you know that I know what that–what that means. You see? And… But let’s just wait till the time comes (You see?) for it to…?… Now… And it’ll be more in season” Christ is Revealed in His own Word (22nd August, 1965).

I hope this reply to your question is of help. If you still cant understand the explanation, lay it before the Lord to grant you the understanding.

Shalom,

A C Phiri