Bible Believers' Newsletter 1070
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; it is ever a privilege to welcome you to fellowship around God's unchanging Word.
William Branham was the greatest prophet since Enoch who testified against the sin of the world and warned of the consummation by water. Brother Branham "finished the mystery of God," introduced Christ's second or (Gk.) 'parousia' Coming in the office Son of Man and "discerned the thoughts and intents of the heart." He healed the sick, restored sight to the blind, hearing and speech to deaf mutes and raised the dead to reveal "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever." He moved among men preaching righteousness and temperance, "proclaiming the day of vengeance of our God" and warning us to escape the nuclear consummation Adam prophesied (Isaiah 61:2b; Malachi 4:1; 3:2-3; Isaiah 9;18-19; II Peter 3:10; Matthew 24:22; Revelation 10:8-11).
Like Enoch and Jesus, Brother Branham's ministry had little permanent result for no true worshippers were to be found save a tiny elect minority. Men seemed to have so prized their own wisdom and thought so little of God that their religion had dwindled to a mere hero-worship of businessmen and politicians who by their inventions brought them the comforts and necessities of life in the twenty-first century Welfare State of Satan's Eden.
A Brother attended his local Town Hall last week to hear an address by delegates in Australia's Federal Election to be conducted on May 18. The meeting was cancelled through apathy. Life is so comfortable electors don't care, and it is well nigh impossible to find a person willing to prayerfully search their Bible for understanding when they can nod off in the pew as the preacher serves out a second-hand religion free from revelation, and engage in worldly chatter and a snack after service. They know not that Jesus' prophecies of Luke 17:28-30 have reproduced the curse of the days of Lot, and of Matthew 24:37 that has wrought a repetition of the besetting sin of the days of Noah wherein "The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took women of all which they chose." Our main article is "Polygamy," a subject on which parishioners are ignorant because of pulpit delinquency, yet polygamy is legislated and commonplace nowadays among Christians (so-called).
Ephesians 5:14-17, "Awake sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you Light. Take care that you walk, not as foolish virgins, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore be not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is." Lay aside time-killing pleasures and "Study to present yourself approved of God as a workman who does not need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth . . . and love your neighbour at least as great as you love yourself" (II Timothy 2:15; Matthew 19:19).
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 Chinese Caribbean? Washington unhappy about 'New China Focus' in Cuba, Venezuela & Panama
May 9, 2019 — Trump Administration support . . . for regime change in Venezuela . . . targeting the huge financial presence of China with the Maduro government . . . major Chinese oil success in Cuban waters deepen geopolitical tensions . . . involves not only Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil . . . financial restraints have hindered any strong new Russian presence [in Cuba] . . . Panama's President . . . was in China to discuss formally joining the China BRI . . . Chinese goods are the second in volume to those of the USA going through the canal . . . China is proposing to build a $4.1 billion 243-mile high-speed rail line from Panama City to its border with Costa Rica—under the rubric of the Belt and Road . . . Mexican President . . . is considering joining Belt and Road. Full story: globalresearch.ca
SAA to Liberate Idlib. Estimated 40,000 Terrorists in Idlib
May 8, 2019 — The current residents in Idlib are a very mixed bag: almost 4,000 of them are Chinese citizens. They are Uyghers from the far West of China, which is a Turkic speaking Muslim population . . . they brought parents, wives, and children and they are well-armed . . . "White Helmets" are in Idlib . . . still receives funding from the US government . . . the group is not neutral, or humanitarian . . . They work strictly within a political framework that was developed by the US-NATO organizers of the destruction of Syria . . . Idlib residents are Americans, French, Belgian, Australian, British, North African, and Saudi Arabian. Some are Syrians. America and her western allies, including the Arab Gulf monarchies, have the policy to prevent Syria from peaceful recovery and rebuilding. They are demanding 'regime-change' prior to rebuilding, even though they lost the war. Once Idlib is retaken by the SAA, the US-NATO project for the "New Syria" made in their image will be declared dead. Full story: globalresearch.ca
Iran to even the Nuclear Score with US
May 7, 2019 — USS Abraham Lincoln is going back to the Persian Gulf in atonement—to confront the real winner of the Iraq War and US' number one enemy, Iran . . . US National Security Advisor John Bolton announced their new deployment at 9.30 pm on Sunday . . . Tehran has taken Bolton's words in its stride, dismissing them as "psywar." 8th May happens to be the first anniversary of . . . US' withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal . . . Tehran as of now does not intend to quit the nuclear deal (although discarded by Washington), it will take measured steps within the ambit of articles 26 and 36 of the 2015 agreement . . . Iran's patience is running out. It is left with two options: A gradual withdrawal from the JCPOA or an immediate departure from Non-proliferation Treaty and the JCPOA simultaneously" . . . Iran will not precipitate any military confrontation . . . Israel . . . dirty tricks . . . US-Iran conflict . . . Full story: indianpunchline.com
Islam is the Broom of Israel
February 2, 2019 — The Malbim, an acronym for Meir Lob Ben Yehiel Michal, was a 19th-century Russian-born rabbi and Bible commentator who aimed to show that the teachings of the Talmud are contained in the Torah. Full story: youtube.com
Julian Assange Tortured with Psychotropic Drug
May 8, 2019 — Retired USAF lieutenant colonel Karen Kwiatkowski writes . . . Julian Assange is receiving the same treatment as suspected terrorists while in captivity at "Her Majesty's Prison Service" at Belmarsh. The FBI, Pentagon, and CIA are "interviewing" Assange . . . Chemical Gina [Haspel] CIA Director] has her hands in this one, and we are being told that Assange is being "treated" with 3-quinuclidinyl benzilate, known as BZ.
BZ is a powerful drug that produces hallucinations . . . Assange is being chemically lobotomized prior to being extradited to the United States to stand trial on bogus computer hacking charges that—and the corporate media won't tell you this—passed the statute of limitations three years ago (see 18 US Code §371. Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States) . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
A Muslim encounters Jesus Christ
August 21, 2016 — A former muslim woman talks about how she was about to be beheaded before the Holy Spirit intervened and ultimately saved her life. Full story: youtube.com
Climate Change HOAX
The climate change hoax is a NWO tool to deindustrialise, bankrupt and depopulate earth. Unless UN Conferees find a very long stick with which to move the Sun from its natural course in the Milankovitch cycle they cannot change climate (see Newsletter 1056).
Hydro-carbons Beat Biofuels on all Counts May 9, 2019 — "Coal and oil are made from plants and animals that died millions of years ago when the atmosphere contained abundant carbon dioxide plant food. They are now very concentrated forms of energy which can be extracted from very small areas of land. Burning these natural hydro-carbons returns CO2 and fresh water to the atmosphere thus greatly assisting global plant growth. If we are lucky these extra gases in the atmosphere may also slightly delay the start of Earth's next cooling cycle, but this looks unlikely.
"Ethanol and biodiesel are made from plants growing now - sugar cane, beets, palm oil and grains. Growing these crops requires large areas of land and valuable fresh water for irrigation. Growing bio-fuel crops extracts CO2 from the atmosphere but burning them quickly puts it back. This is a zero-sum game that does nothing positive for the environment or the climate.
"Coal and oil are thus more enviro-friendly than biofuels. It is environmental desecration to lock-the-gate on coal, oil and gas while supporting policies that waste land, food crops and water for motor fuels. "Speculators should be free to make biofuels but these should not be subsidised or mandated."
Testing Green Energy May 8, 2019 — Let's carry out a real energy experiment in Australia. Insist that Victoria and South Australia become "zero emission states" with all electricity generated by wind, solar or hydro and backed up by giant batteries. Mandate electric cars and levy a climate tax on all emissions from cattle and petrol/diesel engines.
Let Queensland choose freely from unsubsidised coal, gas or green power with no climate taxes. Leave their cows, cars, and trucks alone. Stop all interstate transfer of electricity into test areas. Let's see what happens to electricity reliability and prices, industrial activity, jobs and interstate migration of climate refugees. Full story: saltbushclub.com
Warming came before Coal May 7, 2019 — "If human use of coal and oil is causing the Modern Warming, what caused the Minoan Warming, the Roman Warming and the Medieval Warming, all of which were warmer than today?
"Every warm era was followed by a mini-ice age—a time of blizzards, iced rivers, starving stock, failed crops and hungry humans. Only fools would try to kill the warmth by reducing aerial CO2 plant food. Only idiots would destroy a cheap reliable electricity supply in this futile crusade.
"Obviously Australia's parliaments are controlled by fools and idiots." Full story: saltbushclub.com
Following Foolish Forecasts May 6, 2019 — "Well-trained meteorologists with mountains of real data and massive computers cannot forecast the weather more than a few days ahead. "But make-believe academic "climatologists" using doctored data have created over 100 complicated computer models pretending to forecast global climate decades ahead.
"NOT ONE model has produced a correct forecast for 25 years. Yet we are prepared to trash our economy, inflate electricity costs and destroy heavy industry on the basis of these massaged models. Only politicians and green dreamers could believe such nonsense." Full story: saltbushclub.com
Flat Batteries May 5, 2019 — "Batteries sound great. But they have to be re-charged and replaced. That needs plastics, metals and electricity.
"After two still nights and three cloudy days how does green South Australia power their cities and industries AND re-charge/replace their batteries on intermittent wind/solar power without coal, oil, gas, diesel, petrol or nuclear? And after a week of cold cloudy weather?
"Giant flat batteries trying to re-charge small flat batteries? "Only politicians could be so stupid." Full story: saltbushclub.com
Why Big Miners turned Green May 4, 2019 — "Big miners like Rio and BHP employ many geologists, chemists and physicists who can show that natural climate cycles have been occurring for millions of years. Why then are their boards pushing the man-made climate fable?
"It's all about money. "Wind turbines, solar farms and electric cars need humungous amounts of copper, steel, rare earths, lithium, silicon and aluminium for towers, transmission lines, charging stations, generators, motors, panels and batteries. "This means higher metal prices and bigger profits, dividends and bonuses. All pretty simple.
"In a big race always back "Vested Interest"—you know he is really trying."
Navy Going Nuclear? May 2, 2019 — In the brave new zero-emissions world, oil-powered aircraft carriers and diesel-powered subs are taboo. Will the Australian navy go nuclear or back to sails? Full story: Saltbush Club
King Solomon was a man who certainly knew this subject. The king is reputed to have had one thousand wives, and he was married to each of them at the same time.
Ecclesiastes 7:25-29, "With all my heart I turned my mind to know, to investigate, and to come to a wise conclusion and an explanation of things, to know that wickedness is foolishness and that folly is madness. And I found more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, and whose hands are chains: whoever pleases God will escapes her; but the sinner will be taken by her."
"Behold, I have discovered this, says the Preacher; step by step I searched to find an explanation. What my heart sought continually, I have not found. One man among a thousand I have found; but a woman among all those [in my harem] I have not found. This alone have I found, that God made man upright; but each has sought out many inventions to follow his own downward path".
Solomon was originally bright, keen-witted, and wise, yet in his old age, he was rent to pieces by the wiles of the women with whom he had filled his harem. He bankrupted his nation, partly by the extravagance of his polygamous life, and partly in his attempt to build temples in distant places to serve the religions of his many wives (I Kings 11:1-43).
Biblical Polygamy is in reality "POLYGYNY"—a many-wived man. Its corollary "POLYANDRY" describes the condition of a woman who has many men as husband with herself. But the latter was from ancient time known among all peoples as adultery.
Polygamy, or correctly, polygyny, was permitted after the human race fell from the Covenant God had established with Adam. As father and representative of his whole race he received a law as recently as he had received a nature for himself and his seed.
Genesis 2:16-17, "And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the Garden you may freely eat: but of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, you shalt not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die."
On the one side was God, and on the other was Adam who represented the whole human race in his own person. The word covenant means to bind in solemn mutual agreement an obligation voluntarily assumed and not imposed—but binding by an oath with a curse upon disregard of the agreement.
Amongst men the covenant was primarily a blood-brotherhood in which two men became brothers by drinking each other's blood. It made them kinsmen and gave them life-fellowship. We see the same idea in Moses sprinkling the blood of the covenant upon the vessels and upon the people (Exodus 24:1-8), and in the Lord's Supper where the wine represents the blood of Christ (Matthew 26:28-29). And Christians are the blood of Christ by the baptism of the Holy Ghost, for the life is in the blood—(Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed, p. 63:1).
In the case of the Covenant between God and man, God being the superior, always takes the initiative with the promises conditional on human obedience. Signs and pledges on God's part, and promises for human obedience and penalties for disobedience.
There was NO sin in the beginning. "God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was VERY GOOD" (Genesis 1:31). On the seventh day, God FORMED (Heb. 'yatsar' or squeezed into shape) Adam, placed him in the paradise of Eden, and made a solemn Covenant with him. Next, Adam named the animals, as God 'squeezed them into shape.' But after all of the creatures had been formed, two by two, male and female, although God had declared "It is NOT GOOD that the man should be alone," there was still no suitable helper for man. Yet creation was FINISHED. So God put Adam to sleep and took from his side a rib from which he made (Heb. 'banah' extended or re-built) the woman (Genesis 2:15-25).
Unlike Adam and the rest of God's creatures, woman is not a spoken Word of God. She was not in the original creation but is a by-product taken from man. In the rest of nature the male is the most beautiful; but in the human race it is the woman who is beautiful and the man plain. Other than woman no female animal can be immoral. Animals have sex only for reproduction. But woman is designed for sex any time she desires. She is designed so she can deceive and be deceived. God placed her on free moral agency so she can be the most exalted creation co-ruling throughout eternity with Jesus Christ as His Bride. Or she can be the great Harlot and her protestant daughters and cast into the Lake of Fire.
God is looking for the inner beauty of character reflecting His Glory. Thus man is made in the image of God to reflect His glory, while woman is of and created for the man as his glory. A woman is to reflect her husband's character, hence she is to learn from, not instruct him; to be submissive, not authoritative. Here we see the close connection between male and female, and the responsibilities of mutual love which it involves: the protection due on one part, the subjection due on the other.
God made only one woman for Adam, and Eve shared his lordship over creation—not in her own right—but being bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh. In the antitype, all things will belong to Christ's Bride, however she will possess them through no merit or right of her own, but as the Bride of Jesus Christ who is heir of all things (I Corinthians 3:21-23; Hebrews 1:2). Do you see the perfect type of Christ and His Bride? Saint Paul saw it clearly (Ephesians 5:22-33).
Satan knew there was no way he could deceive Adam, because he was the son of God. His only son made in His image. As the manifested Word of God Adam could not be deceived on the Word of God, "but the woman being deceived was in the transgression" (I Timothy 2:14). Eve was deceived by pride and lust for forbidden knowledge from the Tree "full of wisdom and perfect in beauty" standing beside Christ the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden. She saw herself independently initiating God's command to "be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth," teaching Adam the Devil's wisdom and giving birth to Jesus, "the beginning of the creation of God." Eve brought forth DEATH by Satan's wisdom, not Life by God's Word.
Satan has been working on woman for six thousand years. He was busy at the 1995 Beijing Conference on Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality, each of those women was an unregenerate sinner. Amos said, "How can two meet together except they be agreed on the Word." That Scripture proves the UN is not of God and without knowing the parties behind the Conference, it's Charter is nothing but stage two of the plan for world socialism presented at the Communist Internationale and Joseph Stalin's 1936 Constitution for Soviet Russia—which are contrary to God's Word.
One woman can send more souls to hell by lust and unclean living than all the pubs in the country. God has placed her on the basis of free moral agency, and like the natural woman the spiritual woman, the church is given a sacred trust—to bring forth life. It's her choice whether she realizes or falls short of God's exalted plan for her.
God's Covenant with Adam was one of obedience by works, which was possible so long as man was in harmony with the mind of God. However, at the fall, Adam forfeited man's dominion over the earth to Satan who became the god of this evil age. Every child born of woman is born to die, born with the nature of this world and a desire for the things of this world which is now ruled by Satan and contrary to God.
After the fall, God introduced polygamy in both man and beast. Speaking on the matter of divorce, Jesus told the Pharisees, "From the beginning it was NOT so" (Matthew 19:7-8). Now there's one covenant for the man, and one for the woman. He is to care and provide for her by the sweat of his brow and she is to serve and obey him who is now to be her ruler.
Romans 5:12, "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death is the result of sin; so death passed upon all men; none being able to avoid it because all have sinned".
Sin entered the world by the action of one man who redeemed his wife Eve who should have been burnt as the Law says along with the evil monster in her womb (Leviticus 21:9; Psalm 119:89). Taking her quickly to himself Adam did not put an end to sin, he entered time and mortality, forfeited his dominion and ours to Satan, and death spread to all creatures.
Let's read I Corinthians 15:21-22, "For since by a man came death, by a man came also the resurrection of the dead. For through our natural union in Adam all die, even so through our Spiritual union in Christ, or new birth, shall the elect be made alive".
All of Adam's seed must die like Adam died because we were all in Adam and limited by his fallen nature. Likewise all of Christ's Seed died in Jesus on Calvary because He was the Fullness of the Word manifest in flesh, and the members of His Bride are attributes of the Logos. We were judged in Christ on Calvary and left His side after He died in the form of the Holy Ghost from which the Church is made. We paid the supreme penalty for our sins in Christ on Calvary (Romans 6:23), and when God pronounced Jesus innocent we too were acquitted and He was raised for our justification (Romans 4:25). We are His sinless, blood-washed Bride and can never come to condemnation. There is no double jeopardy "for it is given to a man once to die and then the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). We are now seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus—elect, precious, predestinated: "Who can lay anything to the charge of God's elect" (Romans 8:1, 33)?
Romans 5:13-14, "Before the Law or Covenant with Israel, sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law." Because there can be no penalty for breach of a nonexistent Covenant (Romans 4:15). "Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses [the Lawgiver], even over them that had not personally transgressed a Law of God as did Adam [when as a type of Christ, he bore Eve's sin on his own shoulders and paid its awful penalty that she might be saved when God redeemed him]. He was the figure of Him that was to come." But whereas Adam's sacrifice brought DEATH on all creation, Christ's sacrifice brought LIFE.
"One who is born of God cannot sin" (I John 3:9). Adam did NOT sin but when he chose to redeem the woman he loved he took Eve's sin upon himself; thus when the last Adam chose to do God's will and bear our sins He became sin and the Spirit left Him in the Garden of Gethsemane and He had to die a man. Although Adam was in God's image and the god of this world he forfeited his godhood when he crossed the time-line and the Life-line and brought this innocent world and himself subject to sin's curse.
How could Adam fall when he was in God's image? Eve sinned when she was deceived and broke God's covenant by UNBELIEF in His Word. Adam did NOT sin and was not deceived but with eyes wide open he broke God's Covenant in BELIEF and by faith: as a Son of God he knew he could no more be lost than God can be lost and since he and his wife were one flesh by marriage, he knew that when God redeemed Him He would redeem Eve.
Adam took God's "permissive will"—what He permits to an election predestinated by grace through faith "according to His foreknowledge through sanctification by the Spirit unto obedience and sprinkling of the Blood of Jesus Christ" (I Peter 1:2) to accomplish the sovereign plan and eternal Life of His "perfect will." Adam and Eve and all of their offspring were to exercise free moral agency, and through fellowship with Christ the Tree of Life, mature to glorification without sickness, sadness or death. "But the woman being deceived by Lucifer, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil incarnate in the Serpent, was in the transgression that disrupted God's "perfect will" (I Timothy 2:14; Romans 12:2).
Romans 8:28-31, "But we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren, and whom He predestinated, these He also called: and whom He called, these He also justified: and whom He justified, these He also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?"
Eve, and subsequently Adam, crossed over the Word into time in conjunction with a sexual experience. Eve through adultery, Adam through compassion for his wife. Whereas prior to the knowledge Eve received from the incarnate Serpent they were naked and were not ashamed. Now they were conscious of the physiological differences and functions of their bodies, they were ashamed of their nakedness, and knew they had fallen short of the glory and Covenant of God.
When they transgressed the Covenant and lost their innocence through carnal knowledge Adam forfeited his dominion to Satan, and not until after the judgment will the heavens and earth be renewed. By Satan's knowledge women will bear children in pain and sorrow, and by lust instead faith in God's Word. We are born Spiritually dead, shaped in sin and conceived in iniquity, and the nature of the world of which we are part rules the desires of our mortal spirit and flesh. If God can get us to sit still long enough under "the present Truth" He will even quicken our soul in a second birth.
Outside union with the Holy Spirit people tend to serve their carnal senses so God introduced the polygamy law for males—"the woman being deceived was in the transgression . . . and must obey their own husband in every thing" (I Timothy 2:14; Genesis 3:16; Ephesians 5:23). This explains why God permitted men to have many wives. Outside the New Covenant their unregenerate souls could not always bring their body and spirit subject. But no woman could have more than one living husband.
Some with no knowledge of the Bible or understanding by the Spirit may invoke moral outrage at the thought of God introducing polygamy in all nature following the Fall. Let us repair to His unchanging Word as our authority, rather than self-righteous indignation. "If they cannot contain their passions, and to avoid fornication, it is better for the unmarried and widows to marry than to burn with lust" (I Corinthians 7:2, 9).
Abraham's father Terah had two wives. Abraham married his half sister. And the law forbidding woman from more than one living husband was universal for when Abimalech found that Sarah was Abraham's wife as well as his sister he knew he must not marry her. Yet Abraham had several concubines (Genesis 25:6; I Chronicles 1:32), and Jacob bore the Patriarchs by his wives Rachel and Leah, and their handmaids Bilhah and Zilah.
Judge Gideon's many wives and his concubine bore him over seventy sons, and presumably many daughters (Judges 8:30-31). A certain Levite had a concubine (Judges 20:10). Elkanah, the father of Samuel the prophet had two wives (I Samuel 1:1-2), Saul had a concubine (II Samuel 3:7). David, a man after God's Own heart had five hundred wives and Solomon, a type of Christ, had 1,000 wives. How about you?
Paul taught that the Law and the history in the Old Testament were shadows and types of things to come under the New Testament, and the natural types the Spiritual. So natural polygamy before Pentecost established a pattern for the Spiritual Marriage Union between Christ and His many-membered Bride (singular). Were there no polygamy there could be no election and no new birth.
Likewise, were there no natural divorce, there could be no remission for past sins and justification by grace through faith according to Acts 2:38. Because of the Fall we were each born in fornication with a worldly nature, and Satan is the god of this world. We had to confess spiritual uncleanliness before we can accept Christ's proposal of marriage (Acts 2:38-39). Our espousal is justification by grace through faith.
Spiritual romance with our heavenly Bridegroom intensifies passion as faith exposes our hidden life to the sharp Sword of His revealed Word: recognizing and renouncing our shortcomings we turn from the world and separate from the things of the world, drawing ever closer in conformation to His will and good pleasure, which is His Word. Sanctification is the outworking of faith: "without holiness no man will see the Lord" (Hebrews 12:14).
The natural types the Spiritual. As an espoused maid seeks to identify with those things that will please her man, and separate from anyone or anything that might not meet his approval, Christians cleanse themselves from habits and desires, thoughts and associations that displease our Lord.
Finally, comes the marriage. But before they can wed, that first husband, the worldly nature on the soul whose god is Satan must die, not just divorced or "put away" by justification and sanctification of the mortal senses. He must die by the Holy Ghost and Fire (Matthew 3:12; Romans 7:1-6). The union consummated and Christ and His Bride are united by faith in "the present Truth" Living through her. She is a written epistle of the Word God promised to fulfil in her day. She and the Word are One: she cannot be deceived on the Word for her day. Not even a flirt! Like the natural marriage of a man and woman—if they're truly joined together by God and not some backslidden preacher or half-drunk magistrate, nothing can take them apart.
Now, Christians—those truly born-again by the Word for their day are united with their new Husband, Christ, through the New Covenant of grace by faith alone, a Covenant. It cannot be disannulled and although Jesus reaffirmed the indissolubility of the family and monogamy, the shadows of the old Order are still present: man and woman are still under separate Covenants. She can only have one living husband. He can put her away for unconfessed fornication any time and marry another. However, men who are Christians no longer need several wives. By the grace of God and the Holy Spirit in our heart we are able to bring our passions and prejudices within due bounds.
Of course, if a man has several wives and is subsequently born-again, and they too are born-again, or pleased to dwell with him, he is not to put them away. However he would be disqualified from the (lay) office of Deacon or Bishop:
I Timothy 3:1-3, "This is a true saying, If a man desires the office of a bishop, he desires a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, NOT A POLYGAMIST, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;"
I Timothy 3:12, "Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, [NOT A POLYGAMIST] ruling their children and their own houses well".
Titus 1:5-6, "For this cause left I you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed you: If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, [NOT A POLYGAMIST] having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly."
In this day of grace, we see the shadow of the old polygamy covenant in the (many-membered) Bride of (one) Lord Jesus Christ. It is evident in the separate covenants wherein God deals with the man and the woman, and in the matter of marriage and divorce. If anyone doubts that God established separate covenants with man and woman following the Fall, ask yourself these three questions:
- Does the Serpent which once stood upright on two legs now move upon his belly?
- Must man still toil against nature to produce his daily bread?
- Does woman still conceive in sorrow?
If the answer to these questions is yes, then man and woman are not co-equal in nature as it was in the beginning, and the woman serves God as she obeys her husband.
God Bless you Brethren, we live in the LAST times. Do not become involved with unscriptural movements seeking equality for women. Seek to know the mind of Christ that His will may be seen in your life. And once you have a revelation of this Message, PASS the Life through the Body.
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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.