KACOU 4 : THE SEVEN CHURCH AGES AND THE SEVEN SEALS

(Preached on Sunday, October 20, 2002 in Locodjro, Abidjan - Ivory Coast)

1 It should be emphasized that, like the seven seals, God has made us know the seven Church ages through the ministry of William Branham in the evening time.

2 Thus, from the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 to the rapture, the Church of the nations is divided into seven periods or ages. That is to say, at such a time, the Church of the nations will look like such an assembly which is already existing in Asia and which is described in Revelation chapter 2. So, at the time of Paul, there were seven churches or seven assemblies which distinguished themselves, which had each some particular characteristics but as for Salvation, keep in mind that God has at all times dealt by generation and not by age.
3 Judaism has known and preached four ages according to Daniel 7, after which the Messiah would come. There was the age of the lion with the rise of the Babylonian empire, then the age of the bear with the Medo-Persian empire, then the age of the leopard with the World Greek empire and finally, the age of the nameless beast with the Roman empire. Does it mean that from Daniel to the end of the world, there will be only four prophets on the earth? You see? Linking an age to only one prophet, it is the work of a demon. Mankind has known ages: the Neolithic age, antiquity, the Middle ages, etc… and in an age, there can be tens of generations and each generation comes with its king. It is the same for Salvation. Each generation comes with its prophet messenger. Thus is it of the Church ages. [Ed: The congregation says, “Amen!”].

4 There was a church that was in the city of Ephesus. There was a church that was in the city of Smyrna. There was a church that was in the city of Pergamos. There was a church that was in the city of Thyatira. There was a church that was in the city of Sardis. There was a church that was in the city of Philadelphia. And finally, there was another church that was in the city of Laodicea.

5 And those seven churches had different characteristics. And from the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to the rapture, the Church of the nations would go through those seven dispensations and that’s what I wish to talk about this morning. And during each dispensation, the Lord Jesus-Christ will send one of the seven stars that He holds in his right hand on earth to fight the spirit of error. And this star, that is to say celestial angel, sent on earth, will seize a man in each generation that it will use to fight the spirit of error. And therefore, as long as this dispensation is not over, this star can use many people. You see? [Ed: The congregation says, “Amen!”].

6 The first dispensation is the Church of Ephesus: Revelation 2:1-7. And it took place on the earth from year 53 to year 170 after Jesus Christ. And the churches of the whole world had the aspect of this Church. And the first prophet of this age was the Apostle Paul. And after Paul, God raised up several prophets amongst whom Ignatius of Antioch and Polycarp of Smyrna. The Church of the nations is troubled by false servants of God. A false doctrine is born, the Nicolaitanism: man wants the place of God. The living creature that comes out is the lion. According to Revelation 4: 7, you know that there are four living creatures around the throne: The lion, the calf, the living creature with man’s face and the eagle. And for the first age, the living creature which comes out to fight that demon is the lion.

7 The second dispensation is the Church of Smyrna: Revelation 2:8-11. It goes from year 170 to year 312 after Jesus Christ. And the first messenger of this age is Irenaeus. God had raised up several messengers amongst whom Origen of Alexandria but Irenaeus is the one who is the father of the age: Pagan Rome persecuted the Church in this age. Christians were robbed of their possessions because of their faith. They ask Christians to sacrifice to some idols under death penalty. The calf comes out for the sacrifice. You see? The animal that comes out for this age is the calf, it is the sacrifice and some Christians were killed. But, also, know that in this age, the Lord Jesus-Christ raised up a second star from his right hand and this star sent some messengers on earth such as Irenaeus.

8 The third dispensation of the Church of the nations is the Church of Pergamos: Revelation 2:12-17. It is from year 312 to year 606 after Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ sent a third star on earth. And this star raised up prophets amongst whom Saint Martin, Athanasius of Alexandria and John Chrysostom. It is in this age that the Roman Catholic church which establishes Balaamism is born, that is, the love of money, luxury and idolatry. And this star, this angel raised up several messengers in this age. You see? For those who like to count the messengers of God on earth, the Bible clearly says that in this age, God will use a man faithful to Him and that this man will be put to death like Antipas. Also, the man by whom the 66 books of the bible are known to us is not called Paul, John Wesley, Martin Luther or William Branham but Eusebius, and it’s under a divine mandate that a man can do that for the humanity.

9 The fourth dispensation of the Church of the nations is the Church which is in Thyatira:  Revelation 2:18-29: It is from year 606 to year 1520. And the father of this age, that is, the most remarkable messenger of this age is Columban. God reproaches the church for looking at the Catholic church seduce people as today we look at the Protestant, evangelical and Branhamist churches seduce mankind. For 914 years, apart from Columban, great messengers of God such as Wycliff, John Huss and so on, succeeded one another. Over those 914 years, only one angel came out of the presence of God, only one star among the seven. But this star raised up tens of messengers on earth.

10 The fifth dispensation of the Church of the nations is the Church which is in the city of Sardis. Revelation 3:1-6. It is from year 1520 to year 1750. The most remarkable messenger of this age is Martin Luther. The third living creature comes out, it's the living creature with the face of a man. There were powerful messengers on earth during this age: Martin Luther for justification by faith, John Calvin for the double predestination, meaning a predestination for eternal Life and a predestination for perdition.

11 The sixth dispensation of the Church of the nation is the Church which is in the city of Philadelphia: Revelation 3:7-13 and it is from year 1750 to year 1906. The most remarkable messenger of this age is John Wesley. It is the age of sanctification and the beginning of spiritual manifestations. It is the age of John Wesley, George Whitfield and of many other messengers.

12 The seventh and last dispensation, it is our time. And it is the age of Laodicea. Revelation 3:14-22. And it started since 1906 with William Branham and will go till the end of the time of the nations, that is, at the end of the persecution of the foolish virgins. It’s the age of the fourth animal, that is, the eagle.  And the Lord Jesus Christ finally sends the seventh star on earth. And this star is the Spirit of Elijah. Laodicea is divided into four prophetic times according to Mark 13:35. In the evening time with William Branham, it was the seventh celestial angel. At midnight with Kacou Philippe, it is the same seventh angel. And at the cock crow, it will be the same seventh angel with a terrestrial messenger and up to the rapture, it will always be the same seventh angel with different messengers on earth. And till the end of the time of the nations, we do not know how many messengers this Spirit of Elijah will raise up on earth. But remember that it is the eagle that comes out, Revelation 6:7, the Spirit of prophet and of the Word. And at the same time, the spirit of python also reveals himself on earth in the churches.

13 The four living creatures are the dispensation of the same Spirit of God in the ages. They guard the throne of God in the Heaven and they guard the living Church of God on earth, Ezekiel 1:4-12. They are the four Gospels guarding the book of the Acts of the Apostles and the cherubim guarding the tree of Life, Genesis 3:24. They are the twelve tribes, three on each side, guarding the ark of the Covenant. [Ed: The congregation says, Amen].

14 Well. Let’s see now the seven seals of Revelation chapter 6 and chapter 8. First, the First seal, Revelation 6:1-2: “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying, as a voice of thunder, Come and see. And I saw: and behold, a white horse, and he that sat upon it having a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went forth conquering and that he might conquer.”  It is the lion that calls John to come and see. Like Daniel, in Daniel 12:4, the thunders are the voice of God (Exodus 19:16 / John 12:28-29). The interpretation of these things was also given to John but he was forbidden to write them until the end of times (Revelation 10:4). The seven thunders here are God's voice explaining the seven seals at the time of the restoration of all things. The horseman moves forward with a bow but without any arrow. He scares but he cannot do anything. He is first without a crown because it’s a spirit, a doctrine (Revelation 2:6): it’s the Nicolaitanism. But he received the crown when he became the pope of Rome, the antichrist. And the Apostle John says that you have heard that an antichrist comes, and now there have come many antichrists. And understand by this that every president of churches is an antichrist. [Ed: The congregation says, “Amen!”].

15 Second seal: “And when it opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, Come and see. And another, a red horse, went forth; and to him that sat upon it, to him it was given to take peace from the earth, and that they should slay one another; and there was given to him a great sword.” Well. The four beasts of Joel 1:4 and Joel 2:25 and the four horsemen of Revelation 6 are identical. It’s one and the same horseman changing horses, ministries and aspects. Since the first seal, this horse is a church. It’s a white church like the true Church but when she started to kill the saints, she turned red. The red is the blood of the Apostles and the   Protestants. The red is the blood of the saints: 68 million Christians were put to death by the Roman Catholic church. And the pope claims himself as the faithful representative of God on earth, the sovereign pontiff between God and men, the patriarch of the Apostles. Names of blasphemy according to Revelation 13:1. He is the vicar of the heaven and the earth but in reality, he is the vicar of the heaven, of the earth and of the purgatory. [Ed: The congregation says, “Amen!”].

16 Now let’s consider the third seal: This is the period of indulgences. People must give gold and silver to have access to the Paradise. People must pay for the forgiveness of their sins. Barley and wheat, it’s Life. The oil is the Spirit, but God told him not to harm the elect, not to force them to recite "Hail Mary" or pray to the dead or sacrifice to idols. And it is in that time that Martin Luther came out with a Gospel: "The just shall live by faith."

17 Now let’s consider the fourth seal: the age of Laodicea starts, the eagle comes out to fight against the spirit of python, that is, the spirit of divination. The pale colour is a mixture of churches and of political, religious and economic powers. The gathering of the first three phases. Three crowns in one, three colours in one, a trinity of colours, of horses, of ministries: the ministry of the antichrist, the ministry of the false prophet and the ministry of the beast. You see?  Three ministries in only one person.

18 Now let’s consider the fifth seal: For each seal, they are the seven thunders that interpret the mysteries contained in them. I am going to put some Greek symbols on the board, three symbols. The first symbol is Ω, the second symbol is Σ, the third symbol is Ψ. But notice that for a child, these are things that are sealed. But the voice that reads or interprets these letters is the seven thunders. The seven thunders are the voice of God. John 12:28-29 says: "... And there came therefore a voice out of Heaven saying, I both have glorified and will glorify It again. And the crowd therefore, which stood there and heard it, said that it had thundered. Others said, An angel has spoken to him." You see? And Exodus 19:16-17 also says it. The people hears thunders but the prophet hears Words. What does Revelation 10:4 say? "And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write: and I heard a voice out of the Heaven saying, Seal the things which the seven thunders have spoken, and write Them not." You see? The seven thunders are the voice of God. [Ed: The congregation says, “Amen!”].

19 So when the first seal was broken, the seven thunders revealed the content. When the second seal was broken, the seven thunders explained the symbols of this seal. Same for the third seal, for the fourth seal, for the fifth seal; the same till the sixth seal. The souls underneath the altar are the Jews killed by Germany, Italy, France, the USSR, ... They don’t know anything other than the law, that is why they ask for justice instead of forgiving. The law: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. They are not saved here as Jews but as elect of nations.

20   Now, the sixth seal: The darkening of the sky announces the imminence of the redemption of the Jews like in Egypt. This seal takes place in Revelation 11 with Elijah and Moses who are the two lamps. Now speaking of the end of times, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself revealed the content of the seven seals in Matthew 24.  Matthew 24:4-5 corresponds to the first seal, Matthew 24:6 corresponds to the second seal, Matthew 24: 7 corresponds to the third seal, Matthew 24:9-13 corresponds to the fourth and the fifth seal, Matthew 24:29-30 corresponds to the sixth seal and Matthew 24: 36 corresponds to the seventh seal.

21 Now, let’s consider the seventh seal: By Matthew 24:36 and Revelation 8:1, we understand that when the seventh seal was broken, the seven thunders kept silent because there are mysteries, whose day of coming, which should not be known. It is this seal that contains the unknown tongue. It was opened in the evening time but its revelation could end with the Message of the hour which is the midnight Cry and which is nothing other than the interpretation of the unknown tongue. The unknown tongue had been left aside. And the Messenger of the evening time said that it was behind this unknown tongue that the third pull was. [Ed: The congregation says, “Amen!”].

22 Well. “The sea” or “the waters” means the peoples, the nations, the languages, the tribes according to Revelation 17:15. The beast with seven heads and ten horns is the Roman Empire which is the 4th beast of Daniel 7, that’s why we find in it, the imprint of the three other beasts that it swallowed. Daniel 7:4 is the Babylonian empire which is the lion, verse 5 is the Medo-Persian Empire which is the bear, verse 6 is the Greek world empire which is the leopard. The ten horns are ten kingdoms or ten nations. In Revelation 13:3, it is Christianity that nearly destroyed it, but this Roman empire became religious and reconquered the earth. Thus, the pagan empire became a worldwide church giving power to a man having names of blasphemy: "representative of the Son of God on earth, the vicariv's filii dei, sovereign pontiff, the forerunner of Jesus Christ, the universal patriarch, prince of the Apostles, successor of St. Peter ..." making himself infallible as God and his prophets. These names are as blasphemous as Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal, evangelical, Adventist and others. You see?

23 In Revelation 13, the beast of verse 11 rises from the earth, a country dominating the world like Rome and it’s the United States of America. Its two horns are, on the one hand, the political and economic power and on the other hand, the religious power. Like a lamb, this country is religious, swears on the Bible but imposes itself as a dragon using vetoes here, declaring embargoes there, bombing without the UN’s approval. The Bible says that it brings fire down from the sky and we see that through its bombings since Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And it’s from this nation, the United States of America that came the image of the Catholic church that is to say, the Protestant and evangelical churches.

24 A mark is a spirit. On his forehead, it is to accept and on his hand, it is the fact of working in those churches.

25 Now, what does verse 17 say?  If someone does not work in the same spirit as the U.S., he is the subject of a veto and embargo like Cuba and Libya, he can neither buy nor sell to another country. This spirit of veto and embargo dates back to the first empires. The Bible speaks of it in 2 Kings 6:24-25. Naturally, this embargo led to a famine because they could neither buy nor sell. Let’s read that: "And it came to pass after this that Ben-Hadad king of Syria gathered all his army, and went up and besieged Samaria. And there was a great famine in Samaria; and behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was worth eighty silver-pieces, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung five silver-pieces. "

26 And 2 Kings 17:4-5 says that the Assyrian Empire, world power in that time, imposed an embargo of three years on Samaria. Let’s read verse 5: "And the king of Assyria overran the whole land, and went up against Samaria, and besieged it three years". We see that again in 2 Kings 25:1-7, the embargo of the Babylonian empire against Jerusalem. No one could neither buy nor sell and verse 3 says this: "On the ninth of the [fourth] month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land". And this spirit acted through the Roman Empire up to destroying Jerusalem in the year 70 and this spirit acted through the Roman Catholic church and now it is acting through the United States.

27 First, in antiquity, they talked about siege, then they talked about ban and now they talk about embargo. It is exactly the same thing. For example, in the fourteenth century, Pope John XXII imposed a ban on Germany for insubordination and bad behaviour of Louis IV of Bavaria towards the papacy. And in 1347, Louis of Bavaria yields because Germany was weakened by 25 years of ban, not being able to buy or sell.

28 And one day, this spirit will act in the churches for to benefit from official or international favours, you must be a member of the church federation or of the world council of the Protestant and evangelical churches. According to verse 8, we see that it is "every one whose name had not been written from the founding of the world in the book of life of the Lamb" who will remain forever in those Catholic, Protestant, evangelical churches, missions and ministries including the whole of the Branhamists for before God, those churches are purgatories. [Ed: The congregation says, “Amen!”].

29 In verse 10, it is said: "If any one leads into captivity, he goes into captivity…". Look at the Baptists, Branhamists and others who evangelise. Apart from what God is doing here, all the rest leads into captivity. While we are trying to deliver people from those religious prisons, others are trying to send them there. While we burn Tob and Louis Segond bibles, others distribute them. You see?

30 And the Bible says that the nations, the churches will hate the beast and will eat its flesh. What is it? When a Protestant, an evangelical or a Branhamist evangelises a Catholic, in the eyes of God, all the conversions are the flesh of the beast. You see? In the eyes of God, those are not evangelisations. God can never lead a soul to a Protestant, an evangelical or a Branhamist church. You say: “Oh, Catholics are lost. We must try to save them.”. But in the eyes of God, you hate the Catholic church and you are trying to eat its flesh. You may see things in a certain way but the only way God gave to the earth, it is the way of the living prophet messenger. And the way of the prophet is the way of God. What you call Word of God, pure water of the Word in your Catholic, Protestant, evangelical and Branhamist churches, God sees that as sewers from the toilets of Satan. [Ed: The congregation says, “Amen!”].

31 Let’s still consider Revelation 17. Generally, in the prophetic expression, a woman represents a church. In Revelation 17:1, that woman is a prostitute, she has received seeds of several lovers. The Bible says in verse 15 that she is implanted everywhere in all the nations, languages, peoples, villages, encampments ... And the presidents and the kings of the earth, the ministers and the princes fraternise with her. She is sitting on seven mountains: Capitol, Palentina, Caelius, Esquiline, Aventine, Quirinal and Viminal, verses 9 and 12. And verse 4 reveals her wealth.

32 Verse 5 says that she is the mother of a multitude of prostitute churches: the Lutheran church, the Zwinglian church, the Calvinist church, the Presbyterian church with John Knox, the Anglican church which was the official church of England in the sixteenth century after the break of Henry VIII with Rome, a sort of compromise between the Catholicism and Calvinism. Then the puritans, then the Methodists during the Moravian revival, then, on the one hand, the church of Christ with Alexander Campbell, the Baptist church with John Smith, who rejected the baptism of children and aspersion, ... Then, on the other hand, from a series of Methodist churches, the Nazarene church came out, then the Pilgrim Holiness church, then the Pentecostal church then the church of the assemblies of gods which was a branch of the division that took place between the Pentecostals in 1906. It was first called general council then assembly of gods. Each of those churches has a multitude of branches as we can see it today with the Branhamists.

33 John Smith was a Congregationalist, he had left the Anglican church and had baptised himself by aspersion. He is the father of all the Baptist churches. He did not believe that there was an original sin. He declared children sinless. In fact, when John Smith died, it was his disciple Thomas Helwys who founded the first Baptist church. I don’t forget Menno Simons, this former Catholic priest who is the founder of the order of the Mennonites and restorer of the Anabaptist church.

34 You must know all these things before you join a church. When the beginning of a church is false or when its founder is false, no matter what you will do there, it’s in vain, you will go to hell. [Ed: The congregation says, “Amen!”]. It's like that woman diviner named Aimee Semple McPherson, she is a Canadian witch who settled in Los Angeles, who founded the foursquare church in 1922.  And you are members of that Foursquare church to go to which paradise? You see? How can a woman, who has her menses every month end, found a church? That exists nowhere in the Bible. Search through the Old Testament, look into all the priesthood, God never did that and God will never do that. [Ed: The congregation says, “Amen!”].

35 Well. Let’s still consider Revelation 17. It is said that that woman is sitting upon the waters. The spirit of divination tells people that a woman and waters, it’s the mermaid of waters. It is a distraction from Satan. The only book that mentions "mermaid of waters", it is some book of Enoch of which the Bible never spoke.

36 Now what does a prostitute mean? A prostitute is a woman who has not one precise husband but lovers. Those prostitute churches do not have precise pastors or priests. A pastor or a priest comes and goes. Another one comes and goes. And a bastard child is born and is named after his mom: "I'm Catholic, I’m Baptist, I’m a brother of the message, ..."  You see?

37 And in verse 6: This church was drunk with the blood of the saints, millions of Christians killed and John was astonished that a church could do that. How could a church kill some saints? How could Israel persecute and kill the prophets? And today, how can churches, having bibles in their hands, persecute me while I am the living prophet of their time?

38 And verse 8 shows that those churches rise from the abyss, through their holy spirits that rise from rivers and creeks and the depths of the sea to go to hell, and death and Hades, that is, the dwelling place of the dead, follow them. The fifth dimension, the region of nightmares, the region of demons accompany them. And all kinds of demons act there, speak in tongues and prophesy, give them visions and dreams. And they call that the Holy Spirit. Now, look at that holy spirit, being in those rivers, creeks and others, they protected some tribes, some peoples, some villages, some families in Africa... What is it? They were cherubim protectors that were cast out of Heaven in the past. And now they are the same cherubim protectors under the Name of Jesus Christ.

39 Each church, mission and ministry has a cherub at its head: church presidents, the Tommy Osborn, Benny Hinn, Yonggi Cho... And all those who preach under their ministry are the angels that their tail drew in the great battle of Armagedon in the Heaven against Michael the Archangel according to Revelation 12. All those great church leaders that you see around the earth are angels that had been seduced by Satan in the Heaven. [Ed: The congregation says, “Amen!”].

40 Well. What does verse 16 say: "And the ten horns which thou sawest, and the beast, … shall hate the harlot, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and shall burn her with fire...". And these ten kingdoms that are... England, Portugal, France, Germany, Spain, Austria, Italy, Poland, Russia and others raised some spiritual beasts which are the Lutheran church, the Nazarene church, the Baptist church, the Methodist church, the Calvinist church and the Presbyterian church which emptied the Catholic church from her members and made her desolate. When they evangelise Catholics, in the eyes of God, they do it because they hate the Catholic church. And we see that the Protestant, evangelical, and Branhamist churches, including the missions and ministries, ate the flesh of the Catholic church. You see? And now, the ten horns are the whole of Protestant, evangelical and Branhamist churches.

41 Let’s come back to verse 10, he who is there is Caesar, he who comes is Emperor Nero who had six months of cruel reign. And those who are in those churches will be surprised but as for us, we know that they will go to hell. The 8th is the succession of popes.  In verse 12: Those kings with no crowns, are on the one hand, presidents: Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini and so on. And on the other hand, the leaders of every church apart from the living prophet of the generation. They have the same purpose as the Catholic church, one killed Christians, the other killed the Jews. And in the Catholic church is the image of the Catholic church, that is the Protestant, evangelical and Branhamist churches, including the missions and ministries. And the small city that has kingship over the inhabitants of the earth, it is the city of the Vatican. Amen!