Bible Believers' Newsletter 1007
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now . . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; i'ts good to see you.
Our feature article, "Revelation Chapter 14 – Israel's Regeneration and Martyrdom," is set in the latter half of Daniel's Seventieth Week where we find the nation of Israel, all 144,000 of them, born-again and accounted seated in heavenly places in the Presence of and fellowship with the Lamb pending imminent martyrdom for the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. The battle of Armageddon is waiting in the wings. Please do not skip studying the contents of some very important links in the main article of this Newsletter.
In addition to this week's news stories which describe ongoing examples of US belligerence which confirms the apostasy of the Christian churches (so-called), we submit a wonderful testimony from Brother Boyd Reneau, and a brief article elaborating on the Rapture and body change.
This Newsletter serves those of like precious faith. Whoever will receive the truth is welcome to feed their soul from the waters of the River of Life. Everything here presented should be confirmed personally in your own Bible.
'A Strange Coincidence': US Spy Plane circled near Russian Base during Massive Drone Attack
January 9, 2018 — The Russian military in Syria thwarted a massive drone attack at the Khmeimim air base and Russian Naval point in the city of Tartus on January 6, intercepting 13 heavily armed UAVs launched by terrorists . . . noting . . . a US spy plane spotted in the area . . . during the time of the attack. Russian Ministry of Defense . . . demonstratively pointed out that the technology used in the attack was telling. Advanced training in engineering in "one of the developed countries" would be necessary to program the principal controllers and bomb-release systems of an aircraft-type combat drone, the Russian statement stressed and added that "not everyone is also able to get exact [attack] coordinates from the space surveillance data." Full story: zerohedge.com
John 16:13-15 Manifest: soon comes the Earthquake ending the Gentile Dispensation
"When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth: for He will not speak on His own account but will say whatever He hears, and He will make known to you what is to take place. He will glorify Me: for He will take what is Mine and declare it to you. Everything the Father has is Mine: therefore I said, that He will take from what is mine and declare it to you".
Monday January 8, 2018 at 18:42 I received this email from our Brother (and contributor to our Newsletter), Boyd Reneau:
> I had a strange dream about a week ago . . . I was walking by the sea side and did not realize when I had entered the sea and it had covered me, but the water was clear, clear as crystal, I could see way out to the horizon to the bottom of the sea in living colour. Other people were there and even houses or little buildings. Blissful hardly describes the heavenly feeling I experienced. I was breathing just as I normally would on land and there was no upthrust as when you are in a normal body of water. Habakkuk's words, "The Earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea" is the only thing that comes to mind. Perhaps it could signal a glorious time ahead for Christ bride, what do you think?.
I replied: Your strange dream seems to be an assurance from the Lord that whatever should transpire in Belize, you are vouchsafed.
Tuesday January 9, 2018 4:48 PM I have received this email from our Brother:
> A 7.8 earthquake just struck east of Belize City. A tsunami warning is in effect and if any waves are coming our way it will be in about an hour's time (10:30 PM local time)
> I'm calling the brethren and we are trusting the Lord to see us safely through. Keep us in prayer.
Comment: About two hours after the quake, the center said the threat had passed, withdrawing all tsunami advisories connected with the quake. The tremors were felt in Belize's capital, Belize City, but there were no immediate reports of damage.
"O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever." His grace was upon us as His people and it was extended to the countries around. I heard on the news a major hotel was cracked as a result of the quake and I am sure other buildings sustained damages that will be determined in daylight hours. An initial check shows our house intact and I have not heard anything negative from the brethren.
We had to leave home for a higher sturdier place in case possible incoming waves were higher than expected. We have never been in such a situation before and we live less than a mile from the seaside, we had to get higher to safety as many others in the city. Emergency shelters were opened sometime around 9:45pm.
The Scripture I believe I was led to read just before we prayed as a family was Psalm 89:8-9, "Who is like you, Lord God Almighty? You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you. You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them".
That was a blessing all by itself. Thank you for praying and sending the request to several of the brethren—we bless the Lord our God for all His goodness. He stilled those waves so even the 3ft to 5ft waves predicted did not lift themselves up to our shores. He is granting our requests to build much greater faith for that hour that will very soon be upon us which is the manifestation of the sons of God. Glory to His Name.
US Winks, Israel Bites? The Escalation Scenario. The War on Iran is 'On Hold'?
January 4, 2018 — The war on Iran project . . . on the drawing board . . . since the mid-nineties . . . "In early 2003 . . . the Army had already begun . . . an analysis for a full-scale war with Iran . . . US and British planners conducted a Caspian Sea war game . . And Bush directed the US Strategic Command to draw up a global strike war plan for an attack against [non-existent] Iranian weapons of mass destruction [Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program nor is there any evidence that they were trying to develop one. Like Saddam's fictitious Weapons of Mass Destruction, "Iran's nukes" are largely a myth created to justify nonstop US-Israeli aggression . . .
Iran has no nukes, no nuclear weapons program, and no sinister nuclear project aimed at blowing up Israel or the United States. It's all 100 percent bunkum conjured up by the same propagandists in the establishment media who concocted the mobile weapons labs, the yellowcake uranium, the aluminium tubes, curveball and the myriad other cockamamie fabrications that preceded the invasion of Iraq.
It's also worth noting that "Forty-five US military bases encircle Iran, with over 125,000 troops in close proximity" and that both Republican and Democratic presidents have repeatedly expressed their support for regime change in Tehran. Moreover, the vast majority of Senators and Congressmen have frequently expressed their contempt for Iran while supporting covert activities to destabilize the government or punish the people. Ideally, Trump and his lieutenants would like to replace the Islamic clerics who currently rule Iran, with a puppet like the Shah who privatized oil production, ruled the country with an iron fist, and faithfully followed Washington's diktats to the letter.
The Shah's reign of terror lasted a full 40 years during which time his CIA-trained secret police, the SAVAK, rounded up and tortured millions of innocent Iranians who were then systematically subjected to "whipping and beating, electric shocks, extraction of teeth and nails, boiling water pumped into the rectum, heavy weights hung on the testicles, tying the prisoner to a metal table heated to a white heat, inserting a broken bottle into the anus, and rape." This is how the United States brought freedom and democracy to the people of Iran under the Shah. Check it out] . . .
US foreign policy is to encourage America's allies "to do the dirty work on our behalf" . . . [but] Israel and the Zionist Lobby . . . Netanyahu and the Presidents of the 52 Major Jewish American Organizations are leading President Trump, like a puppy on a leash, into a major war with Iran . . . Trump has swallowed this fantasy wholesale and is pushing our nation toward war . . . (James Petras, Global Research, October 27, 2017) . . . US military controls Israel's Air Defense . . . Israel would not be able to act unilaterally against Iran . . . war on Iran, were it to occur would be a joint US-Israeli endeavour . . .
US hegemony is threatened in the broader Middle East Central Asian region. The structure of alliances and "cross-cutting coalitions" in 2018 does not favour a US-led military operation against Iran . . . While a conventional war on Iran is currently on hold, the US has indelibly opted for nonconventional warfare including destabilization, economic sanctions, infiltration, cooptation and regime change . . . its longtime strategic option of inducing its closest allies including Saudi Arabia and Israel to "wage war on its behalf" . . . a first strike tactical nuclear weapons attack is still "on the table." So are intelligence . . . recruitment of hired "jihadist" terrorists, the funding of insurgencies . . . a panoply of nonconventional weapons systems including electromagnetic, chemical and biological weapons). War is a criminal undertaking which is supported by the US media . . .
Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: Should Israel and the US attack Iran shortly before earthquakes sink Los Angeles and divide the Mount of Olives, I doubt Russia and China will need to aid Iran's. Rather Israel will be utterly defeated as Zechariah and Jesus Christ prophesied, and Russia will invade and briefly occupy mainland USA as Ezekiel, Jesus, and Brother Branham prophesied. Retired army major general and incoming Liberal senator Jim Molan has raised concerns over the US capability to help Australia in the event of a military crisis. The united States is the image unto the beast" of Revelation 13:13-18. Syrian pro-government activists viewed the visit of the [US proxy] Free Syrian Army as another attempt by Washington to destabilize the situation in Syria and reignite the war that slowed down after the de-facto defeat of ISIS.
Three is a witness. We find three raptures in the Old Testament: Enoch (Genesis 5:24), Elijah (II Kings 2:11), and Jesus Christ who had to die and then rapture for He is the Keystone between the Old and the New Testaments (Matthew 27:45-53). The first rapture in the New Testament was Jesus Christ (Acts 1:9-11), the second will be the catching away of the Bride (I Thessalonians 4:12-18), and the third will be the two witnesses of Revelation 11:11-12.
Enoch, one man called out from the seventh generation from the first Adam and translated types Christ's end-time Bride called out from Laodicea, the seventh generation from the last Adam, and translated (Jude 14). Clearly Cain was not Adam's son else Enoch would be Adam's eighth generation.
The rapture is the threefold PROCESS as Paul expounded in I Thessalonians 4:16-17, "Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a Shout, and with the Voice of the Archangel, and with the Trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." In actual fact, represented by John the revelator, every member of Christ's end-time Bride was accounted caught up in Revelation 4.
The Lord descended from heaven upon Mount Sunset in the Coronado State Forest, forty miles north east of Tucson on March 8, 1963 with the Book of Redemption open in His left hand, "and cried with a loud Voice, as when a lion roars" (Revelation 10:1-6). The "shout" was Brother Branham's Message: "Behold the Bridegroom, come ye out [from your man-made denominational church] to meet Him [without the camp]" (Matthew 25:6; Revelation 18:4). "Jesus came from Heaven with ten thousands times ten thousands of His Saints, and the Bible says that "the Heavens was empty for the space of a half hour" (I Thessalonians 4:14; Jude 14; Revelation 8:1). Where is this big fellow, God, then? See? He's in Christ!" There is NO trinity in your Bible (The Sardisean Church Age, p. 348, 96).
The 'rapture' is a revelation that separates Christ's end-time Bride from the things of the world by unfolding the mystery of the seven unknown thunders which are the mysteries contained in the Seven Seals. It is these divinely revealed mystery truths that literally turn the hearts of the children to the faith of their Pentecostal fathers as they receive the "shout" of the Message of the Prophet of Malachi 4:5, 6b and Revelation 10:7. This is the "midnight cry" of Matthew 25:6 rousing the virgins from denominational slumber to "make themselves ready for the Wedding Supper of the Lamb in the sky, dressed in the righteous works of the saints" (Revelation 19:7-9). This Message is Christ Himself—the fullness of "the Word spoken by the mouth of ALL God's holy prophets since the world began" (Acts 3:23; I Corinthians 13:10; Revelation 10:7).
The second stage of this process is the "Voice of [Christ] the Archangel" speaking within their heart to confirm the Message from Genesis to Revelation and bring them to maturity in "the unity of the faith for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation" (Ephesians 4:13; Romans 8:19).
The third stage is the Seventh Trump that will mark the close of the Christian dispensation of grace and call the resurrection of the Church Age saints— dispensation by dispensation while "we who are alive and remain" manifest by the 'third pull' that we are the Sons of God, not as a public display, but for our necessities and to built faith for translation grace.
Jesus said "no man knows the day nor the hour," He did NOT say no man could know the year, month or week in which His coming was to be completed. Leviticus 23:4-21 informs us of the month and week, as does Matthew 27:50-53, our type. On Nisan 14 (which will be March 30 in 2018), "Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom; the earth quaked and the rocks rent; and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared to many".
Rome and her apostate (once) Protestant daughter churches will soon "crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame," ending the dispensation of grace (Hebrews 6:6). This blasphemy will be marked by "a great earthquake such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great" (Revelation 16:18) at the manifestation of the Seventh Trump, Sixth Seal and Seventh Vial, expounded at length in Newsletters 1004-1006 in which we have pointed to what we understand will be the year. Three days later, that is, on Nisan 16 (which in 2018 will be April 1, the first day of the antitype of Israel's Pentecostal Feast), the resurrection of the Church Age saints will commence.
Christ's end-time Bride will quickly become a hunted and persecuted little group warning friends and loved ones to renounce and refuse "the mark of the beast" which is trinitarianism. However at this time, "there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken" (Luke 21:25-26). The churches being organised and experienced in crisis and emergency relief but oblivious to spiritual realities, and the nations under martial law, we will be reported to civil authorities. In our type, "many of the saints which slept will arise . . . and appear to many" (Matthew 27:53).
After the Church Age saints have put on glorified flesh, one will appear to you; your recognition of that individual will "raise faith in you to change in the atoms and be caught up together with them in the Clouds, to meet the Lord in the air . . . when the Day of Pentecost has fully come" again.
Revelation Chapter 14 – Israel's Regeneration and Martyrdom
Revelation 13:13-14: "The united States worked great wonders, raining [nuclear] fire down from heaven [upon Hiroshima and Nagasaki] in the sight of men. By such wonders it is allowed to work in the presence of the [Papal Roman] beast, transcending the common course of nature, it deceives those who dwell on the earth, bidding them to make a [Protestant] image to the beast which had the wound by a sword, and yet lived".
This development will unite the nations behind a Vatican-led federation to rescue the capitalist system from takeover by the Eastern Bloc following the failure of the USD upon the sinking of Los Angeles, much of California, offshore devastation, the brief 'hot stage' of World War III, Israel's utter defeat, the invasion of mainland USA and collapse of the global economy. as prophesied by Moses, Daniel and Jesus, Rome in covenant with the Jewish international banksters will very soon refinance the USD with gold backing and rule one totalitarian world government unto the consummation.
"When the Bride is translated to glory the tribulation period sets in upon the sleeping virgin for three and a half years while Israel is getting its prophecy; then [in the second half of Daniel's Seventieth Week] tribulation sets in upon Israel: the battle of Armageddon destroys all things. Then the Bride returns with the Groom for the millennium reign of a thousand years; after that comes the White Throne Judgment followed by the new heavens and new earth and the New City comes down from God out of heaven. Eternity and time blend together" (COD, p. 1,160:Q392).
Revelation 14 follows Revelation 13:15-18: "And [the united States] had power to give life to this World Council of Churches, so that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause those who would not make obeisance to the image of the beast to be killed. And it causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to be marked in their right hand [indicating servitude], or in their foreheads [signifying receipt of trinitarian dogma]: so that no man might buy or sell unless he has the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name [VICARIVS FILII DEI, which means substitute for Christ, or in place of the Holy Spirit]. Here is wisdom. Let he who has understanding count the number of the beast [5 + 1 + 100 + 1 + 5 + 1 + 50 + 1 + 1 + 500 + 1 = 666] for it is the number of a man [the Pope]; and his number is six hundred threescore and six".
"At this very time, the antichrist covenant that the Jews have made with Rome will be broken (Isaiah 28:18; Daniel 9:27; 7:25; 12:7; Revelation 17:11-17). Rome and her allies then send their troops [NATO and the Black Nobility's 'coalition of the willing'] to destroy all the God-fearing, Word-abiding
JewsIsraelites. But as they come against the city to destroy it, there will appear in the heavens the sign of the Coming of the Son of man with His mighty armies to destroy them who have been destroying the earth [(Zechariah 12:1-8; Revelation 11:18)]. With the enemy repulsed, Jesus then comes and presents Himself to the 144,000 (Zechariah 12:9 – 13:9). Having seen His mighty acts of salvation, they have come to know His power. But also seeing His wounds and knowing that they had rejected Him even to that moment, causes them to cry out in the agony of terror and fear, even as did their brethren of old when they stood before Joseph, being sore afraid that they would be killed. But as Joseph said, "Don't be angry with yourselves. It is all right. God was in it all. He did it to preserve life" (Genesis 45:5). Even so will Jesus speak peace and love to them" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 41).
Throughout the Book of Revelation John represent's Christ's end-time Bride receiving the revelation of the unsealed Book from William Branham, "the seventh angel" and prophet of Revelation 10:7, the sole person to whom Jesus revealed the mystery of the Sealed Book (Revelation 1:1). So wherever you read "I," replace it with your name as a member of Christ's end-time Bride who will not see death.
Revelation 14:1, (your name here . . . . . "turned away from the beast and his image (in Revelation 13:14-18); my attention was drawn to a new vision. And, lo, the Lamb standing on the Mount Zion, and with Him a hundred and forty-four thousand chosen [blood Israelites (Revelation 7:4)—not a self-styled Jew among them] having His Father's Name [singular] written in their foreheads" signifying adoption (Revelation 7:3-4). As in Matthew 28:19, Luke 24:47, Acts 2:38-39, His Name is "LORD JESUS CHRIST." God is One Person, there is no trinity.
Revelation 14 is set after the midst of Daniel's Seventieth Week and the sealing of the 144,000 elect Israelites. Jeremiah 31:33-34, "This shall be the [New] Covenant that I will make with the house of Israel . . . says the Lord, I will put My law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be My people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they will all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, said the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more".
Isaiah 66:1-10 implies that God will disregard Israel's third temple (Hebrews 10:11-25). Israel's non-Semitic first Prime Minister David ben Gurion proposed would be a "UN shrine of the prophets [presumably including Mohammed, Joseph Smith, Herbert W. Armstrong, Benjamin Creme, Menachem Mendel Schneerson] to serve the federated union of all continents" the same abomination as that planned by Vatican II (Look Magazine, January 16, 1962; Amos 3:3). For "The heaven is His throne, and the earth is His footstool [on which I set My feet overruling all of its affairs according to My will, and the place of His rest]," and in the millennium the 144,000 will themselves be His Temple as is His Bride today. Likewise in the renewed heavens and renewed earth an external temple will no longer exist (Revelation 21:22-23).
I Corinthians 3:16, "Don't you know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?"
In John 4:21-24 Jesus said, "An hour is coming when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall you worship the Father . . . But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth [revelation]: for such people the Father seeks to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth." Since Calvary and the Day of Pentecost, external ritual and ceremony from persons void of faith and virtue, and destitute of true piety, was no more worthy in His sight than the material temple.
Isaiah 66:5-10, "Listen to the Message of the Lord, you who stand in awe of His Word: your brethren who hate you and spurn you for My sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified that we may see your joy, but they shall be confounded. Listen, a thunderous Voice from the city, a Voice from the temple, a Voice of the Lord rendering recompense to His enemies. Before Zion travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child [the regenerated Israel of God—all 144,000 of them]. Who ever heard of such a thing? Who ever saw its like? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? Shall a nation be born in one day? for as soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons. Shall I bring to the point of birth and not give delivery? says the Lord: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? says your God. Be joyful with Jerusalem and rejoice for her, all you who love her. Be exceedingly glad with her, all you who mourn over her" (Revelation 11:18-19).
Also in Revelation 14:1-5 we see the 144,000 sealed pending martyrdom. Verses 2-5, "And I heard a Voice from the heaven, as a Voice of many waters [multitudes], and as a Voice of great thunder," the voice or revelation of these born-again Israelites is now "the mind of Christ" (I Corinthians 2:16; Colossians 1:27). As in Revelation 4:5 God spoke to His church through seven measures of His Spirit anointing seven men whose "voices (plural), speaking with thunder and lightning" anointed the saints predestinated to their Age, the voices of the new-born Israelites speak as one "Voice which I heard as the sound of harpers harping with their harps. And they sing as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four living creatures, and the elders," [the Old Testament saints and Christ's glorified Bride of ALL Ages in heaven (Revelation 7:9-10)]. When the true anointed of God speak, it is the Voice of God, and to reject its Message is to remove the lampstand. The song is new only in comparison with Moses' song of redemption for it is, in truth, as old as God's eternal purpose. They sing in anticipation of martyrdom certain of sure victory over Satan's trinity, the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet (Revelation 13; 15:2-3; 16:13).
"And no one on earth was able to learn the song but the hundred and forty-four thousand that were bought from the earth [as only their names were written in the Lamb's Book of Life]. These are they who were not defiled with women [—Rome and her (once Protestant) harlot daughter churches]; for they are virgins [to the Word]. These are they who follow the Lamb whithersoever He may go. These were bought from among men, being a first fruit unto God and the Lamb. And no falsehood was found in their mouth: for they are blameless".
Israel is our servant nation, the 144,000 are the Bride's attendants, typed by the eunuchs who served the king's harem (Matthew 19:12). Unlike Christ's Bride they cannot pass the Life through the Body so their number is precisely 144,000. The eunuchs were the keepers of the bridal chambers. Notice that they do not sit in the throne but are before the throne. They are not in the bride but they will be in the glorious millennial reign.
Verses 6-11 form a parenthesis wherein we encounter the three angels to the Reformation of the Judaeo-Roman Catholic system of false worship. "And I saw another angel flying in the mid-heaven, having the everlasting Gospel, to declare glad tidings unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and tribe, and tongue, and people, saying with a great voice, Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship Him who made the heaven, and the earth, and the sea, and fountains of waters." This was Martin Luther announcing the final judgment by the eternal Gospel: the just shall live by faith alone.
"And another, second angel followed saying, Babylon the Great is fallen, is fallen, that great city, who gave all nations to drink of the wine of the rage of her fornication [idolatry]." This was the angel John Wesley who restored scriptural holiness in the Church, which requires separation from the things of the world unto Christ the Word without distraction (I Corinthians 7:34-35).
"And another, third angel followed them, saying with a great voice, If anyone worships the wild beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead, or in his hand, he also shall drink of the wine of the anger of God, which is poured out undiluted [by grace and hope] into the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever: and those who worship the wild beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name have no rest day or night. Here is the endurance of the [Israelite] saints who keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."
The third angel was William Branham (1909-1965) whose ministry "restored the faith once delivered to the saints" (Malachi 4:5, 6b; Matthew 17:11; Jude 3), "finished the mystery of God" (Amos 3:7; Romans 16:25; Revelation 10:7), and introduced Christ's second or (Gk.) 'parousia' Coming "as a thief" (Matthew 24:3b, 27, 30, 37, 39; Revelation 3:3; 10:1-4; 16:15). He revealed the mysteries of the Seven Thunders in Revelation 10 which are the revelations contained in the Seven Seals. It is these divinely revealed 'mystery-truths' that literally turn the hearts of the children to the apostolic faith. His Message warned the wise and foolish virgins to come out of Babylon, and be filled with the Spirit to escape the mark of the beast.
Justification by grace through faith, sanctification, and the baptism with the Holy Ghost will transform the 144,000 into "written epistles" of the Word for their day atone with the faith of Jesus Christ.
Throughout seven Church Ages the Bible was sealed with Seven Seals: in consequence "our knowledge was fragmentary and our ministry imperfect" (I Corinthians 13:9). As mediator, Christ the Son of God received the Word for the Age and "winked at this ignorance" of the fullness so that an election could be born-again. The Reformation of the Judaeo-Roman Catholic system of false worship ended in 1963 when Christ fulfilled Revelation 4, 5, and 10:1-7, "loosed the Seven Seals" and revealed their mystery through His prophet, William Branham. The revelation of the Seven Seals brought Christ back to earth in W_O_R_D form in the prophetic office Son of man as King of kings and Judge (John 5:27). "Since that which is compete, the fullness of the Word has come, that which was fragmentary—PART-Word and Christ's mediation—was done away" (I Corinthians 13:10), and Redemption is over. Christ's end-time Bride and the 144,000 elect Israelites, being predestinated to receive the fullness of the Word by revelation of the Seven Seals or revelation of the Seven Trumpet mysteries have no need of mediation and were fully redeemed in Christ on Calvary.
When the last Trumpet sounds the harvest will be complete, the Day of the Lord will commence the vintage to try, sift and purge 144,000 elect Israelites in "the time of Jacob's trouble" (Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 12:10; Zechariah 13:7b-9; Malachi 3:2-6; Revelation 6:11; 12:12-17), thereafter judgment will smite His enemies and theirs (Revelation 13:8; 19:19-21).
Verses 12-13 follow verse 5, as verses 6-11 are in parenthesis and describe how the elect 144,000 must persevere to endure martyrdom and not yield to the mark of the beast. "Here is the perseverance of the Israelite saints, who keep the Commandments of God [not the Talmudic traditions of men that make the Word of God of none effect (Matthew 15:1-9)], and the faith of Jesus".
Revelation 13:7-13, "And the [Satan-incarnate] Papal beast was allowed to make war with the Israelite saints and to conquer them: and authority was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all who dwell on earth, whose names are not written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, will worship him. If any man has an ear, let him hear. He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity: he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints".
"And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth [the American buffalo signifying the united States]; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke like the dragon. He exercises the full authority of the first beast in his presence, whose deadly wound was healed. He works great miracles, makes atomic fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and forces the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast".
Revelation 14:13, "I heard a voice from the heaven say, Write, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth: Yea, said the Spirit, they are indeed blessed in dying as martyrs "for the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus Christ" they shall enter their rest" (Matthew 27:25; Revelation 6:11).
Verses 14-20 describe the martyrdom of the 144,000 elect Israelites. Brother Branham helps us to place these events chronologically.
"And I saw, and beheld a white cloud, and sitting upon the cloud was one like [Messiah Jesus] the Son of man, having upon His head a golden crown of victory [the hour of conquest is at hand] (Psalm 21:3; Daniel 7:13-14; Matthew 26:64; Revelation 19:11-21). As the Lamb on Mount Zion in verse 1 Christ was standing; here as the Warrior King He appears seated on the white cloud to execute judgment on the world, and in His hand a sharp sickle to harvest the vintage".
Joel 3:12-14, "Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: go in and tread, for the wine press is full, the vats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near, in the valley of decision".
Revelation 1:7, "Behold, He comes with clouds; and EVERY eye shall see Him, and they also who pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen."
"He is coming. Jesus is coming. God is coming. The Prophet is coming. The Priest and King is coming. The ALL in ALL is coming. Even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly. Amen. He is coming. He is coming in clouds, Clouds of glory as when He was seen upon the Mount of Transfiguration, and His garments were shining as the power of God enfolded Him."
Matthew 17:1-8, "After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them up into a high mountain by themselves, and He was transfigured before them: and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them talking with Him".
Three is a witness: Peter, James and John represent the 144,000 elect Israelites while "Moses and Elijah" type two Hebrew prophets with the same enduement (Zechariah 4:12-14; Matthew 24:31; Revelation 11:3-12) who will separate them from among their brethren who return to the Land of the Covenant in the first half of Daniel's Seventieth Week after the mass exodus of Jews to their homelands of Khazaria, Lower Mongolia, etc., following Israel's utter defeat in the brief 'hot stage' of the ongoing World War III.
"Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles; one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah. [Three denominations]? While he was speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a Voice out of the cloud, said, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased; hear Him. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces, and were much afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus alone".
Israel's two prophets will be martyred by the Judaeo-Roman Catholic church after she abrogates the covenant with the Jewish banksters in the midst of Daniel's Seventieth Week (Daniel 9:27; 12:7; Revelation 11:3-12).
"And EVERY eye shall see Him. That means this is not the Rapture." [The rapture is the threefold PROCESS explained by Paul in I Thessalonians 4:16. It commenced after the Lord opened the Seven Seals, descended with the Book open in His hand on March 8, 1963, and revealed its mystery through His Prophet between March 17 and 24, 1963 (Revelation 10:1-7). The "Shout" was the Prophet's Message (Matthew 25:6; Revelation 18:4). The "Voice of the Archangel" is Christ whispering His amours in the heart of His Bride and placing the Message from Genesis to Revelation to bring her to maturity in the unity of the faith for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation (Ephesians 4:13; Romans 8:19; I Corinthians 15:52). This is where Christ's Bride is today, fifty-five years after the commencement of "the silence in heaven about the space of half an hour" (Revelation 8:1). The "Trump" will sound the close of the Gentile dispensation, herald the first resurrection and call Israel to their feast of Trumpets]. This is when Christ comes to take over His rightful place as World Ruler. This is when those who have pierced Him with their creeds and denominational doctrines shall mourn, and all the people shall wail in terror because of Him Who is the Word. Christ's Bride will have been resurrected and translated to the Wedding Supper for almost seven years when EVERY Eye sees Him. At this time the rapture will be past history.
"This is the revelation story of Zechariah 12:9-14. Zechariah prophesied this about 2,500 years ago. It is just about to take place. Listen. "And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me Whom they have pierced . . ."
This will be Israel's belated recognition of Christ's second or (Gk.) 'parousia' Coming toward the end of the second half of Daniel's Seventieth Week shortly before Armageddon. "What we have read in Revelation and in Zechariah come right after the tribulation. The Church of the first-born does not go through the tribulation."
"At that time it says that God is going to pour out His Spirit upon the house of Israel. It is the same Spirit that was poured upon the Gentiles in their day. "And they shall look upon Me Whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for his only son, and they shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his first-born. In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadad-rimmon in the valley of Megiddon. And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart . . ." and each one of the houses apart when He comes in clouds of glory at His Second Coming. Those Jews that pierced Him shall see Him as it says in another Scripture, "Whence did You get those wounds?" and He will say, "In the house of My friends." Not only will it be a mournful time for the Jews who rejected Him as Messiah, but it will be a mournful time for those left of the Gentiles who have rejected Him as the Saviour of this day."
"There'll be weeping and wailing. The sleeping virgins will be wailing. They represent the church that refused to get oil (symbol of the Holy Spirit) in their lamps (symbol of the body or holder of the oil) until it was too late. It wasn't that they were not good people. They were virgins and that signifies a high moral order. But they didn't have oil in their lamps so they were cast out where there was wailing and gnashing of teeth . . ."
"The Bride will be taken off the earth. She will be caught up before the great tribulation to meet her Lord in the air. For three and one-half years while the retributive wrath of God is poured out, she will be in the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Then will He return, leaving His Bride in "His Father's house," while He makes Himself known to His brethren" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 36–42).
Verse 15-16, "And another angel forth came out of the temple (Revelation 10:1-2; 11:1, 18-19), crying with a great voice to Him who sat upon the cloud, Send forth Your sickle, and reap: for the hour is come to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And He who sat on the Cloud cast His sickle over the earth; and the earth was reaped".
There is a difference between the vintage and the harvest. There is an autumn gladness about the harvest: there are tokens of judgment in the vintage. It is not the sharp sickle alone which is required: the winepress, the winepress of God's wrath, is called into use. "An angel from the (Gk.) 'naos' or sanctuary calls to the Son of man [it is time] to reap the harvest. Then another angel came from the sanctuary (Revelation 11:18-19) which is in the heaven, he also having a sharp sickle".
"And another angel, who has authority over fire; came out [NOT from the sanctuary but from the altar], where the blood of the sacrifice was poured, beneath which covering "the souls of non-elect Israelites martyred under the Fifth Seal for the Word of God and the testimony which they held cried with loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true do you not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth" (Revelation 6:9-10). "The vintage, the hour of vengeance, has come!" Significantly the angel to whom this cry is addressed comes forth from the Temple, for "judgment must begin at the house of God" (I Peter 4:17), and it is fit "to recompense tribulation to the troublers of Israel" whose blood is now to cover the earth (Exodus 23:22; II Thessalonians 1:6; Revelation 14:20).
"And he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, Send forth your sharp sickle, and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, for her grapes are ripe [for punishment] (Joel 3:13; Matthew 13:39-41). And the angel swung his sickle into the earth, and gathered the clusters of the vine of the earth [of wicked and earthly men, whose vine is the vine of Sodom, for her grapes are fully ripe; their wickedness very great, their iniquity full, the measure of their sins filled up; they are fitted for destruction and ripe for ruin] (Deuteronomy 32:32-43; Ezekiel 15:2-5; Joel 3:13).
Verses 19-20, "And the angel cast in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God because its grapes are not what God looked for considering its careful culture, but "wild grapes" (Isaiah 5:1-30). And the winepress was trodden [in the vineyard] without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs".
"How striking it must've been. Think of it. The Messiah. Why did they fail to see Him? Because their very leaders that ought to have knowed Him, that ought to have been versed in the Scriptures, that ought to have been understanding of the Scriptures, they belittled this Man and said, "He's an illegitimate child to begin with." We wouldn't believe that. Years later we don't believe that; we would die for the purpose to say that He was a virgin born Son. And it'll come to pass someday that the very things that we see Jehovah doing today, men in the ages to come, if there is, will die for the thing that we're talking about today. You'll have to do it when the mark of the beast comes on, and they're not allowed to preach the Gospel this way" (This Day this Scripture is Fulfilled, p. 8:65). nl1007.htm
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Brother Grigor-Scott is a non-denominational minister who has ministered full-time since 1981, primarily to other ministers and their congregations overseas. He pastors Bible Believers' tiny congregation, and is available to teach in your church.