Bible Believers' Newsletter 1085
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; it's good to see you. We appreciate your company around the Tree of Life.
In addition to a selection of current news items we have a question concerning "the Day of vengeance of our Lord" proclaimed by God's Prophet, William Branham, in accord with Isaiah 61:2b. Our main article, "Esau/Edom, and the Trail of the Serpent," discusses Christ's three Comings and defines His countless "appearings"; after addressing the geography of Palestine we examine Pharisaism or Judaism, the antitheses of Christianity. We explain how Esau/Edom was assimilated with Judea and now rule the world by the Babylonian fractional reserve banking swindle of the City of London.
An astute correspondent wrote, "Markets and economies are hard to predict. But politicians are panes of glass. They have two major goals—re-election and larceny. The aim of the former is merely to enable the latter." It seems political leaders worldwide irrespective of party policy owe fealty to a higher authority than electors, nation or province and that their objective is high office in Lucifer's coming world government. They are doing their utmost to destroy the world economy and bankrupt the nations. Should they persist the world will see depression before Los Angeles sinks (Amos 8:11), and when the dust settles we will have a world bifurcated between Judaeo-Communism and Judaeo-Romanism.
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.
The Successes of Russian diplomacy in the Middle East
August 20, 2019 — The political changes which have been transforming the Middle East for the last two months are not the result of the destruction of any of the protagonists, but the evolution of the Iranian, Turkish and Emirati points of view. Where the military might of the United States has failed, the subtlety of Russian diplomacy has succeeded. Refusing to comment on the crimes of one party or the other, Moscow is slowly managing to pacify the region . . . Unlike the United States, Russia is not seeking to impose its own vision on the world. It begins on the contrary with the culture of its interlocutors, which it modifies by small touches at its contact . . . with time, the objectives of each protagonist have been organised into a hierarchy and are becoming clearer.
In conformity with its tradition, Russian diplomacy, unlike that of the United States, is not attempting to redefine frontiers and alliances. It is working to untie the contradictory objectives of its partners. Thus it helped the ex-Ottoman Empire and the ex-Persian Empire distance themselves from their religious definition—(the Muslim Brotherhood for the former, and Shi-ism for the latter—and return to a post-Imperial national definition . . . clearly visible in Turkey, but supposes a change of leaders in Iran in order to become operational. Moscow is not seeking to 'change the regimes,' but to change some aspects of the mentalities. Full story: voltairenet.org
Criminal War Propaganda directed against Iraq & Syria: 'We think the Price is worth It'
August 19, 2019 — When we play their game we will always lose and they will always win. 'They' are the largely unelected 'Permanent State' . . . the 'Deep State.' 'They' are the publicly bailed-out transnational, corporate monopolies and their political fronts that destroy domestic and foreign economies with their supranational 'trade' agreements, their parasitical 'neoliberal', publicly bailed-out 'privatization' schemes, their permanent war making, and their terrorism.
A large part of their game is indoctrination. They are experts at war propaganda. They can make broad-based domestic audiences believe almost anything. And they are doing it now. They have largely succeeded in fabricating Canadian consent to support ISIS and al Qaeda and affiliated terrorists. We must break free from their words, their stories, their criminal war propaganda. Nomenclature is important.
The pre-planned NATO war of aggression against Syria is not a 'civil war.' The term 'civil war' connotes a false equivalency between both sides, an internal conflict. It is a war lie. The terrorists are Western-supported, they are al Qaeda and ISIS, the Syrian people overwhelmingly reject them. The elected Syrian government is legitimate, the terrorists are not . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Syrian Security deprive CIA Terrorists of 400,000 Captagon Pills
August 17, 2019 — Syrian security forces have deprived CIA terrorists of more than 400,000 Captagon pills. On 17 August, authorities in the suburbs of Damascus seized a truck with hidden compartments filled with a large quantity of this Amphetamine-type Stimulant (ATS) known as Captagon . . . Watch this video . . . CIA-sponsored terrorists from Al-Qaeda, FSA, ISIS, whatever names the CIA finds suitable for them, were actively working on planting, manufacturing, and cross-border trafficking of this lucrative business . . . NATO terrorists operating in Syria use it to enable them kill Syrians, maim living people and dead bodies, even blow themselves up with civilians with no remorse, committing unimaginable heinous crimes under influence . . . Full story: syrianews.cc Comment: CIA; CIA.
Hong Kong in Crosshairs of Global Power and Ideological Struggles
August 19, 2019 — Hong Kong is one of the most extreme examples of big finance, neoliberal capitalism in the world. As a result, many people in Hong Kong are suffering from great economic insecurity in a city with 93 billionaires, second-most of any city . . . Hong Kong is a centre for big finance and also a centre of financial crimes. Between 2013 and 2017, the number of suspicious transactions reported to law enforcement agencies rocketed from 32,907 to 92,115. There has been a small number of prosecutions . . . The stated cause of the recent protests is an extradition bill proposed because there is no legal way to prevent criminals from escaping charges when they flee to Hong Kong. The bill was proposed by the Hong Kong government in February 2019 to establish a mechanism to transfer fugitives in Hong Kong to Taiwan, Macau or Mainland China . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: The escalating demonstrations are linked to the US trade war, tariffs and military encirclement of China. Four hundred—half—of the 800 US overseas military bases surround China. Aircraft carriers, destroyers, nuclear submarines, jet aircraft, Terminal High Altitude Area Defence missile batteries, and satellite surveillance infrastructures are positioned in the South China Sea, close to Hong Kong. Media demonization is needed to justify and intensify this military presence . . . Funding from the NED, the Ford, Rockefeller, Soros and numerous other corporate foundations, christian [sic] churches of every denomination, and generous British funding, is behind this hostile, subversive network orchestrating the Hong Kong protests . . . (globalresearch.ca).
Australian Investigative Journalist exposes Guardian/New York Times betrayal of Assange
August 10, 2019 — Australian journalist Mark Davis revealed new first-hand information exposing the extent of the betrayal of Julian Assange by the Guardian and the New York Times, and refuting the lies both publications have used to smear the WikiLeaks founder . . . he was present when WikiLeaks worked closely with media partners . . . in the publication of the Afghan War logs . . . leaked by the courageous whistleblower Chelsea Manning, comprised 90,000 incident and intelligence reports from the US military . . . at least 200 civilian deaths at the hands of US and allied forces that had previously been hidden from the public, along with clear evidence of war crimes, including the existence of a secret "black unit" within the US military, tasked with carrying out illegal assassinations . . . David Leigh and Nick Davies, senior Guardian journalists, who worked closely with Assange in the publication of the logs . . . played a key role in the attempts by the corporate media to smear Assange, and dovetail with US government claims that the 2010 publications "aided the enemy." In reality, the US and Australian militaries have been compelled to admit that release of the Afghan war logs did not result in a single individual coming to physical harm . . . The Guardian journalists . . . frequently engaged in "gallows humour" . . . Assange had not . . . "Julian removed 10,000 names by himself, not the Guardian" . . . Full story: wsws.org
A Question from a Subscriber
Question: Concerning Isaiah 61, when is the Day of Vengeance of our Lord? Is it now or when He comes to take us Home?
Response: The Day of vengeance of our God is not a solar day, it is "the Day of the Lord" which follows the present day of man, ending the Gentile dispensation of grace as the Lord turns His heart to the remnant of His servant nation Israel to fulfil Daniel's Seventieth Week. Israel's Seventh Trumpet will herald the first resurrection and signal blood Israelites—not non-Semitic self-styled Jews who are exempt from the Sinai Covenant—to return to the Land of their Covenant for redemption by the revelation of their Feast of Trumpets expounded by two Hebrew prophets anointed with the Spirit that endued Moses and Elijah (Zechariah 4:11-14; Matthew 24:31; Revelation 11:3-12). At this time the Sixth Seal will manifest sinking Los Angeles and a huge segment of earth's crust one Nisan 14 (Good Friday) in the near future, and the Seventh Vial will be poured upon nominal Christian make-believers and un-believers to distinguish them to 144,000 elect Israelites from the Sons of God.
All of the churches, denominational and independent, have been apostate since Jesus opened the Seven Seals after His priestly ministry of intercession as the Son of God. Their priests, ministers and congregations have been blinded just as Israel was blinded and they know it not (Isaiah 6:9-13; Luke 18:8; Romans 11:7-32; II Timothy 4:3-4; Revelation 3:17-20). "The days (plural) of vengeance" upon Israel commenced with the sounding of the First Trumpet when the legions of Roman General Titus invested Jerusalem (Luke 21:22; Revelation 8:7).
Brother Branham was the greatest prophet since Enoch who foretold the Great Flood and revealed God's one provided way to escape. William Branham warned of the consummation by fire when he "proclaimed the Day of vengeance of our God" and revealed God's one provided way of escape (Isaiah 2:12; 13:6; 34:2, 8; 35:4; 47:3; 59:16-21; 63:4; Malachi 4:5; Revelation 18:4). Compare Exodus 20:5-6 with Mark 16:16 "he that believes not shall be damned," and the vengeance He will exact upon all who neglect to heed Brother Branham's warning to heart will take place in the Day of the Lord (Malachi 4:1-3; Matthew 24:21-28; II Thessalonians 1:8; Hebrews 10:26-31).
Amos 3:7 God always sends prophet with warning before judgment. Noah was a sign of the coming judgment. Moses was a sign to Egypt, Elijah was a sign to Ahab, Daniel was a sign to Babylon, John the Baptist was a sign to the Israelites, and William Branham was a sign to the churches of Laodicea. The Lord instructed Israel the precise hour, day, week, month and year in which they would slaughter Him on Calvary (Exodus 12:1-13; Daniel 9:25-26). Jesus rebuked the Jews and His disciples for not understanding the prophecies relating to His first Advent (Matthew 16:8; Luke 11:52; 24:25; John 5:39, 46). His great eschatological discourse in Matthew 24:4, 15, 24-25, 33 was delivered to be studied to forewarn the people. And by scripture and prophecy He foretold the date of His second or (Gk.) parousia Coming, which in hindsight was March 8, 1963 (Malachi 4:5, 6b; Matthew 17:11; 24:3-28; 25:6; I Thessalonians 4:14-16; 5:1-3; II Thessalonians 2:1-12; II Timothy 4:3-4; Revelation 3:14-20; 10:1-7; 16:12-16).
In several places the Bible and Brother Branham directed our attention to a period of "one year." Deuteronomy 24:5, "When a man has taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he has taken." Brother Branham told a parable of the little Armour girl who was a type of Christ's end-time Bride; she made herself ready and waited one year from her betrothal for her Bridegroom to carry her home.
Revelation 19:7-9 speaks of Christ's "new Wife," the elect Church of all Ages. "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb came to pass [on March 8, 1963 when Laodicea, Christ's mediation and redemption were over] and His Wife has made Herself ready. [The marriage is the new birth or invisible union of Christ the Head with His Body the Church; it has been over for fifty-six years. Christ's end-time Bride was redeemed and married in Christ on Calvary, we are just waiting for the last member of the Body to recognize who they are]. And to Her was granted that She should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for fine linen signifies the righteous works of the saints. And Brother Branham [the angel of Revelation 1:1, 3:14 and 10:7] told me, Write, Blessed are they who are called to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. [We are not going to the Wedding which is PAST, we are going to the Sky Lounge for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb]. And the Prophet assured me, This is THUS SAITH THE LORD".
Customarily there was one year of preparation for women entering a harem, and the usual length of a betrothal was one year [which we have emphasised as the last year before the end of the Christian dispensation]. Brother Branham said, "Oh, brother, give me a church full of the Holy Ghost. God will do in one year what all theology's failed to do in two thousand years. You wait till the anointing of the church really strikes home to that faithful the little remnant. After the doors of the Gentiles is closed, oh, God will anoint a church then. "He who's filthy, let him be filthy still. He who's righteous let him be righteous still, and he who's holy let him be holy still." And God will anoint the church with the power of God, and things will be taken place [Romans 8:19]. Not only that then, but He's doing it now. During this time she was considered married to her new baal (or master), and infidelity was adultery and punishable by death (Revelation 16:19). She could not be freed without a formal writ of divorcement, and if the husband died, she automatically became betrothed to his oldest brother.
In 1964 Brother Branham was again hunting javelina on Sunset Mountain in the Coronado Forest, Arizona, where He had been caught up into the Pillar of Cloud one year ago in March 1963, and told to return to his Church at Jeffersonville and preach the Seven Seals which would be revealed to him. The Lord said, tell Brother Wood to throw up a rock (as in Jeremiah 51:63-64 and Revelation 18:21). When it came down he said, "Within a day and a night you're going to see the glory of God." And the next day a whirlwind came out of the skies. When it went up "It spoke three words in three great blasts." The men only heard the blasting. I understood what it said, and said, "Judgment striking West Coast!" Two days after that Alaska almost sunk. The magnitude 9.2 earthquake that struck Alaska on March 27, 1964 was the second-largest earthquake recorded in modern times and the largest in the written history of North America. It released 100 times as much energy as the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and was followed by tsunamis.
"Since that earthquake, there is a two- or three-inch crack that come in the earth, starting in Alaska . . ." the 'third pull' has been spoken, even to the destruction of California, coming up now, and all these other things. How many days it would be where this big earthquake happened in Alaska, and that would be the beginning of the sign of time, and what would take place." Two or three is a witness, the Alaska earthquake was an evidence Los Angeles will sink.
Israel was given rest on the Day of Pentecost under the Law en-route to Canaan (Exodus 19). Israel should have journeyed to the border of the Promised Land from Mount Sinai in 11 days (Deuteronomy 1:2), a precise number; they failed because of unbelief. They left Sinai on the twentieth day of the second month and God intended them to arrive at the border on the first day of the third month, Sivan, which was the anniversary of their arrival at Sinai exactly one year earlier (Numbers 10:11). This leads us to speculate that after three days' sanctification, as they cleansed themselves at Sinai (Exodus 19:14-16; 24:4, and ultimately Joshua 3:1-5; 4:19), they would then have crossed the Jordan to Jericho and the feast of Pentecost, typing the three Church Ages of the Reformation before the Seventh Seal introduced Christ, and we crossed over our Jordan into the fullness of the Word and our Holy Convocation (The Restoration of the Bride Tree, p. 75:6 - 76:2). Pentecost is the sixty-fifth day of the year, the fifth day of the third month. Seven-weeks will be counted from Nisan 16 to the holy convocation of the fiftieth day and the antitypical resurrection.
When the final one year of our Christian sojourn expires with the sinking of Los Angeles one Good Friday, the resurrection of the sleeping Church Age saints in their glorified bodies will commence after three days "when the Day of Pentecost has full come [again]" (Matthew 27:50-50; Acts 2:1).
Brother Branham said, "And though many may feel that this is an irresponsible statement in view of the fact that Jesus said that "no man knoweth the day nor the hour." I still maintain this prediction after thirty years because, Jesus did NOT say no man could know the year, month or week in which His coming was to be completed" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 322:4).
Under the Law "a man living in a walled city had one year in which to redeem his non-Levitical dwelling house, after which it shall be established forever to him that bought it throughout his generations; it shall not go out in the jubilee" (Leviticus 25:23-30). Walled cities type denominations which will not go out in the jubilee; those who ignore the "midnight cry" of Matthew 25:6 which was the "shout" of the Prophet's Message (I Thessalonians 4:16) waking the sleeping virgins and introducing Christ's second or (Gk.) 'parousia' Coming will never hear the revelation again. Their ear having been "pierced through with an aul" (Exodus 21:6; Deuteronomy 15:17; Titus 3:10-11). His Message was echoed by the heavenly Voice of Revelation 18:4 calling them OUT from Rome and her apostate (once) Protestant daughter churches "into the unity of the faith for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation" (Ephesians 4:13; Romans 8:19; I Corinthians 15:50-58).
"Modern Events are Made Clear by Prophecy" instructs us to keep abreast of current affairs in order that we can identify Scripture being transformed into history and recognize "the present Truth" of God's Word. God told Abraham tell Sarah, "Our bodies will be renewed, and in one year from now you will embrace your promised son Isaac" (Genesis 18:9-14; Desperation p. 24:105; Respects p. 22:142). Old Testament shadows and types assure us of God's unequivocal promise to Christ's end-time Bride. One of these days we will be able to say within ourselves, "within one year our bodies will be renewed and we will embrace our Promised Son".
Omar, Tlaib, & the United States of Israel
August 21, 2019 — I'm trying to remember when Israel wasn't the fifty-first state. It receives my tax money and a blank check by the United States government to torture, ethnically cleanse, and murder Palestinians. I'm not fond of the identity politics pushed by Rep. Omar and Tlaib. However, they are one hundred percent spot on about Israel.
Israelis are apparently more important and cherished than Americans, who are here just to pay the bills and donate their children for the next war cooked up by the Israel-first neocons and their Demopublican allies in Congress. It is now approaching a time when criticizing Israel for its abhorrent behaviour will be illegal, a punishable crime . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Esau/Edom, and the Trail of the Serpent – VII
God bless you Brethren, today we'll have a lesson in geography and history as well as some revelation of what Jesus is doing now.
Acts 1:9-13, "While they beheld, Jesus was taken up; and a Cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, two men dressed in white stood by and said, You men of Galilee, [the disciples were men of Galilee, NOT Jews], why stand gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, Who is taken up from you into heaven, will return in like manner as you have seen Him go into heaven."
Christ's second or unseen (Gk.) parousia Coming was not Jesus the Man but the fullness of the anointed W_O_R_D preceded by the public appearance of this heavenly sign over Arizona on February 28, 1963 (Psalm 19:1-7). Because the Bible was sealed from the foundation of the world Christ's second or (Gk.) 'parousia' Coming could not take place until He claimed the Book of Redemption and loosed the Seals to open the fullness of the Word (Revelation 4, 5, 6, and 10:1-6). He descended upon Mount Sunset in the Coronado Forest on March 8, 1963 "With the little Book open in His left hand," and caught Brother Branham up into a Supernatural Cloud of glory like that which received Him up into heaven (Daniel 7:9; Matthew 26:64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:14; Jude 14; Revelation 1:7, 14; 4; 5; 6; 10:1-4]. His parousia Coming to Israel will be marked by a similar manifestation over the Mount of Olives, and a further manifestation will announce the consummation at the close of Daniel's Seventieth Week (Daniel 7:13; Zechariah 12:9-14; Matthew 16:27 – 17:8; 24:30; 26:64; Revelation 1:7; 10:1-4).
Christ comes only three times. First He came through the womb of a virgin, a physical (Gk.) 'erchomai' Coming to redeem His elect. Second, He came in W_O_R_D form through the mouth of His Prophet who revealed the mysteries of the Seven Thunders which were the revelations contained in the Seven Seals. Christ has been present with us gathering His elect into the rapture for the past fifty-six years (I Corinthians 13:10). This was a (Gk.) parousia Coming; after the close of the Gentile dispensation and the resurrection and translation of the Church, Christ's parousia Coming to Israel will be in the Pillar of Cloud (Matthew 17:1-9; 24:30; Revelation 1:7), and before the consummation "every eye shall see His parousia Coming" (Revelation 19:11-21). Christ's third Coming with be His second physical (Gk.) erchomai return with the glorified saints of all Ages to step out on the nuclear ashes of the wicked for a thousand years of peace (Isaiah 13:9; Malachi 4:1-3; Revelation 20:1-5).
The Greek word 'epiphanaea' which means appearing, or shining forth, was often used of the glorious manifestation of the—'gods'—and especially of their advent to help as in the continuous manifestation of the Supernatural signs and wonders in Brother Branham's ministry revealing the Son of man as prophesied in Luke 17:28-30 by Hebrews 4:12 and 13:8. Also in your own blessed experiences, and by the shining forth of Christ's Presence and power in the appearings of the Pillar of Cloud in the days of His parousia to us now, then to Israel, and finally to "every eye." Here are three illustrations.
II Thessalonians 2:3, 6-8 prophesy that after the first resurrection and translation "that [Devil-incarnate] man of sin, the son of perdition . . . will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the Spirit of His mouth, and shall consume with the (Gk.) epiphanaea [brightness, shining forth, appearing] of His (Gk.) parousia Coming" (Isaiah 11:4; Revelation 19:11-15).
I Timothy 6:1-14 Paul commanded, "That you keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the (Gk.) epiphanaea appearing, [brightness, shining forth] of our Lord Jesus Christ".
Titus 2:11, "For the grace of God that brings salvation has (Gk.) appeared [or shone forth, giving Spiritual Light] to all men".
Continuing our opening scripture: "Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount of Olives, which was a sabbath day's journey. And when they had entered the city they went into an upper room, where they would abide indefinitely until they received the Promise of the new birth. Peter, James, John, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James".
Galilee means "Circuit." Under Rome it applied to a large province although it was originally confined to a little "circuit" of country around Kedesh-Naphtali (north-east of the Sea of Galilee), in which were situated the twenty towns Solomon gave to Hiram king of Tyre as payment for his work in conveying timber from Lebanon to Jerusalem (I Kings 9:11).
In the time of our Lord, Palestine was divided into three provinces: Judea, Samaria and Galilee (Luke 17:11; Acts 9:31). The latter included the whole northern section of the country, including the ancient territories of Issachar, Zebulun, Asher and Naphtali. Its western boundary was the territory of Ptolemais that probably included the plain of Akka to the foot of Carmel. The southern border ran along the base of Carmel and the hills of Samaria to Mount Gilboa, then descended the valley of Jezreel to the Jordan. The river Jordan, Sea of Galilee and upper Jordan to the fountain at Dan formed the eastern border; and the northern border ran from Dan westward across the mountain ridge till it touched the territory of the Phoenicians.
Galilee was divided into two sections, "Lower" and "Upper." Lower Galilee included the great plain of Esdraelon with its offshoots, which run down to the Jordan and the Lake of Tiberias, and the hill-country adjoining it on the north to the foot of the mountain range. It was thus one of the richest and most beautiful sections of Palestine. Upper Galilee embraced the whole mountain range lying between the upper Jordan and Phoenicia. To this region the name "Galilee of the Gentiles" is given in both the Old and New Testaments (Isaiah 9:1; Matthew 4:15-16).
In 732BC Tiglath Pileser III annexed Galilee to the Assyrian province of Meggido which lends its name to the soon-coming final battle. It seems improbable the whole population of Galilee was deported, as the ancient rulers were keen to have agricultural production continue and to tax revenues.
Galilee was conquered by John Hyrcanus (175-104BC) and included in Jewish territory. Under pressure from Egyptian and Roman invaders, national patriotism developed rapidly and it became as intensively Jewish as Jerusalem itself. The Province of Galilee was actually a part of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. I'll warrant you've never considered that before now.
The greater part of Jesus' private life and public acts took place within the borders of Galilee. The first three Gospels are chiefly taken up with our Lord's ministrations in this province, while the Gospel of John dwells more upon those in Judea.
With the possible exception of Judas Iscariot (meaning Judas, a man from Kerioth, a village in southern Judah), the disciples were doubtless natives of this fertile area. At that time, Galilee was inhabited by a mixed population. There were Judeans, grafted no doubt on a substratum of Israelites, Syrians and Canaanites. There was the cultivated class inhabiting the Greek cities, and the military representatives of Rome.
Yet it was the common people who heard Jesus gladly, and doubtless these Israelites in the villages of Samaria and Galilee were more receptive to the His Message than they of Judea where Jesus feared to walk openly among the Jews (John 11:54). The Province of Judea took in Samaria, but we noted, Galilee was excluded.
In Judea, the Galileans were looked down upon. Nathanael said to Philip, "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth" (John 1:46)? The Pharisees said, "This people who know not the Law are cursed." And when Nicodemus stood up for impartial justice they said, Are you also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee comes no prophet" (John 7:49-52).
Galilaeans spoke a dialect of Aramean differing from the dialects used in Samaria and Judea which betrayed Peter when he endeavoured to deny his discipleship. "And those who stood by came to Peter and said, Surely you're also one of them; for your speech betrays you" (Matthew 26:73; Acts 2:7).
When "Jesus cast out a dumb spirit, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed, but the Pharisees accused him of casting the demon out by the prince of demons, Beelzebub," (lord of the house), a Philistine god of Ekron, 25 miles west of Jerusalem (Luke 11:14).
Like the Sadducees, the Pharisees were initially a political party but became a religious party among the Jews. The word means 'separated.' The chief sects among the Jews were the Pharisees (or Formalists), the Sadducees (or Freethinkers), and the Essenes (or Puritans).
Christ's teaching was in some respects thoroughly antagonistic to that of the Pharisees whom He denounced in the bitterest language, calling them self-righteous hypocrites who sought their own power and glory, and were in the lineage of Cain who was Serpent's seed (Matthew 23:1-32, 33-36).
To understand the Pharisees is by contrast an aid to understanding the spirit of uncorrupted Christianity:
1. The fundamental principle of Pharisaism common among all modern orthodox Jews, is that alongside the written Law, an oral law was given to Moses on Mount Sinai that explains it, and Moses transmitted this by word of mouth. The first portion of the Talmud, called the Mishna or "second Law," and codified by about AD200, contains this oral law. It is a digest of the Jewish traditions and a compendium of the whole ritual law that was completed about AD500, and which came at length to be esteemed far above the sacred text although it must be the most lewd literature in print.
This tradition, Talmudic Judaism, was very different to the true religion of the Old Testament (Matthew 15:1-9). The late Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, who was chief Rabbi of the United States, stated clearly. "The return from Babylon, and the adoption of the Babylonian Talmud, marks the end of Hebrewism, and the beginning of Judaism".
2. While it was Jesus' aim to call men to the Law of God itself as life's supreme guide, the Pharisees on pretence of maintaining it intact, multiplied minute precepts and distinctions to the extent that the whole life of the Israelite was hemmed in and burdened on every side by instructions so numerous and trifling that the Law was itself lost sight of.
Innumerable instances of these "traditions of men" may be found in the Mishna. Such as the washings before they could eat bread, and the special minuteness with which the forms of this washing were prescribed; their bathing upon returning from market; washings of cups, pots, or brazen vessels; their twice weekly fastings (Luke 18:12); their tithings; and, finally the minute and vexatious extensions to the law of the Sabbath, converting God's gracious ordinance of rest into a burden (Matthew 12:1-13).
3. It was a leading aim of Christ to teach that true piety consisted not of forms, but in substance, not in outward observances, but in an inward spirit. The whole system of the Pharisaic piety led to exactly the opposite conclusions. The Pharisees sought mainly to attract attention and excite the admiration of men (Matthew 6) and the whole spirit of their religion is summed up, not in confession of sin and in humility, but in a proud self-righteousness at variance with any true conception of man's relation to either God or his fellow creatures.
4. With all their pretences to piety, they were in reality sensual, avaricious and dissolute (Matthew 23:25; John 8:7). They looked with contempt upon every nation but their own although Israel was charged to be a vessel of God's grace, "a Light to the Gentiles" (Luke 10:29; John 7:49). Finally, instead of endeavouring to fulfil the great end of the dispensation whose truths they professed to teach, thus bringing men to the Hope of Israel, they devoted their energies to making converts to their own denominational views, who with all the zeal of proselytes were more exclusive and bitterly opposed to the truth than they were themselves (Matthew 22:15).
5. Under Rome the Pharisees secured popular favour and political influence, obtaining a majority in the Sanhedrin under the Herods. In the time of Jesus they were themselves divided by doctrine into several schools, among which those of Hillel and Shammai were the most noted.
6. They believed in a future state and in "a divine Providence acting side by side with the free will of man" (Schaff).
7. It would be a great mistake to suppose that the Pharisees were wealthy and luxurious rather than that they had degenerated into the vices which were imputed to some of the Roman popes and cardinals preceding the Reformation. Josephus compared the Pharisees to the sect of the Stoics. He says that they lived frugally, in no respect giving in to luxury. We are not to suppose that there were not many individuals among them who were upright and pure, for there were such men as Nicodemus, Gamaliel, Joseph of Arimathea and Paul.
In the Gospel accounts it is clear that among these claiming to be true Israel, who continually set themselves against the Lord, were the rejected Edomite line. Their king was an Edomite and the land was called Idumea. The remnant of Judah, Benjamin and Levi which returned from Babylonian captivity had sometimes married among the Canaanites with whom Esau intermarried, and according to the Jewish Encyclopaedia (1905 Edition), "Henceforth Jewish life was regulated by the teachings of the Pharisees and the whole history of Judaism was reconstructed from the Pharisaic point of view."
Small wonder our Lord said "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you compass sea and land to make one proselyte and when he is made, you make him twofold more the child of hell than yourself" (Matthew 23:15). Esau/Edom well knew what they purposed when they plotted Jesus' murder for He had exposed their fraudulent claims to Jacob/Israel's blessing.
No study of the "end times" is complete without considering these people, for throughout history Esau has conspired to undermine all institutions that stand as pillars of stability and truth. They have undermined the Bible, fomented unrest and revolution, encouraged drug-taking and sponsored miscegenation, debased the curricula for education, perverted history, destroyed culture and the morals of entire generations striving for world dominion. By their insidious ways they would fain be victims of injustice and persecution, and multitudes are deceived by their propaganda when in fact they are the perpetrators of these evils. Yes, upon their own kind for the end justifies the means.
Examples of this duplicity and plotting are seen clearly in their apparent opposition to Communism; to Nazism, to Islam and the Roman Catholic Church, all of which Scripture says, is Esau at work, striving to destroy Jacob to obtain world dominion. Esau is committed to world tyranny and enslavement while Jacob-Israel, is ordained to bring the true Light of God in Christ to whosoever will receive it among all nations of Adam's fallen sons.
Esau and his family left Canaan and went to live in Seir among the Horites whose name vanished to be replaced by that of Edomite. The Horites were kinsmen of the Amalekites after whom Eliphaz, the son of Esau, named his son. The Amalekites were the cause of the first war waged by Israel and it is of singular importance to note that the Lord God Almighty swore that "Because theirs is a hand against the throne of the Lord. He will war with Amalek from generation to generation" (Exodus 17:16). Or until Esau ends the days of man and the day of the Lord ushers in the age of Jacob-Israel, which will be the Millennium.
The Edomite Jews are intent on exterminating Israel. According to Matthew 24:9-13 and Revelation 6:11; 14; 15 many will become Roman Catholic and be complicit in the murder of the 144,000 Israelites. We're going study some prophecy that's about to be fulfilled.
In Genesis 32:3 Jacob sent messengers to Esau his brother ". . . unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom." Deuteronomy 2:5 confirms Mount Seir was given to Esau for a possession, and Scripture says, "Esau is Edom."
Edom bordered Palestine and in Ezekiel 35, God says, "Son of man, set your face against Mount Seir, and prophesy against it, saying, Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, O mount Seir, I am against you, and I will stretch out My hand against you, and make you most desolate and flatten your cities . . ."
The reason is in verse 5: "Because you have had perpetual enmity for Jacob/Israel, and delivered them to the sword when Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem" (Ezekiel 25:12-14; 36:5). God said in Genesis 3:15 that He would put "enmity between the seed of the Serpent and the seed of Adam." That enmity motivated Edom in Ezekiel's day, it drove them to Calvary in the days of our Lord, and it is their obsession today.
As Edom was intent on putting Israel to the sword, God will have his blood (Genesis 27:41). "As I live, I will prepare you for slaughter, and since you could not bear to live without bloodshed, bloodshed shall pursue you. I will make mount Seir desolate, killing all who escape and those who return. I will fill his mountains, hills, valleys, and all his rivers with Edomites slain with the sword. I will make Edom perpetual desolations, your cities shall never be rebuilt and you shall know that I am the Lord." The Sovereign Ruler calling forth loyalty and obedient service.
This chapter does not relate entirely to the days of Jerusalem's defeat by Nebuchadnezzar and later Titus. It speaks of the coming destruction of this world in Armageddon, for Edom rules the world today. See Ezekiel 35-36 and Isaiah 63:1-6:
"Who is this coming from Edom, in crimson-stained garments from the city of Bozrah? Glorious in His apparel, striding triumphantly in the greatness of his strength" (Revelation 19:13)?
"It is I Who speaks in righteousness, mighty to save, vindicating My Own Word".
"Why are your clothes red like one who treads out grapes?"
"I have trodden the winepress alone. No one was there to help Me. In My wrath I have trodden My foe like grapes; in My fury I have trampled My foes. It is their blood you see on My clothes, and I will stain all My raiment. For the time of vengeance is in My heart, [which Brother Branham proclaimed (Isaiah 61:2b; 34:5-8)] and the year of My redeemed has come. I looked but no one came to help them; I was amazed and appalled that no one should support truth and right. So My Own arm brought victory, and My wrath sustained Me. I trod down the heathen in My anger, and made them drink the cup of My wrath until intoxicated, and I spilled their lifeblood on the ground."
There will be a sacrifice of slaughter upon the earth in the last days. Symbolically, Christ will be sprinkled with the blood of the guilty as Aaron and his sons were sprinkled with the blood of the innocent victims (Exodus 29:21; 40:15). This will be a sacrifice of sinful men for the animals, "Fill yourself of all the flesh of mighty men" (Proving His Word, p. 44:236; Ezekiel 39:17-20).
The same image is found in Revelation 14:14-20 and 19:11-21, "and His Name is called The Word of God."
Ezekiel 35:10, "Because you've said, Israel and Judah and their countries shall be mine, and we will take possession. We care not that the Lord is there."
Godless Esau/Edom cares nought for the faithfulness of God and His Covenant with Jacob/Israel. He's determined to enslave the people and steal their possessions.
Ezekiel 35:11, "Therefore as I live, says the Lord God, I will repay the anger and envy expressed by your enmity for Israel; and honour My Name among the elect of Israel by My punishment of Edom."
Esau/Edom recognized that the desolation of the land was due to Jacob/Israel's sin, calling to remembrance Jacob's injury to Esau, but forgetting God's Covenant and His grace. He will punish Israel but He will also punish Edom, and reveal Himself to Israel through their judgment. Now I don't want you casting your mind back into history when God destroyed Edom, because Ezekiel is looking forward to the time when God will bring the 144,000 to the new birth (chapter 36), and when He'll slay the multitude of Edom who attack Israel – chapter 38.
Ezekiel 35:12, "Then Edom shall know that I am Sovereign, and that I have heard the blasphemies they have spoken against the mountains of Israel [contrasted with the mountains of Seir], saying, Israel is desolate, they are given us to consume. In so-saying you have boasted against Me, and I have heard every Word. Thus saith the Lord God; when the whole earth rejoices, I will make Esau/Edom desolate. As you rejoiced when the inheritance of Israel was made desolate, so will I rejoice at your destruction, O mount Seir, and all Edom. Then you shall know that I am the Lord".
When God returns to Israel in the Day of vengeance, the first resurrection and the manifestation of the Sons of God will have passed.
Romans 8:19, 22-25, "The earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of God . . . For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the full adoption which is the redemption of our body. For we are saved with this hope: but hope, the object of which is seen, is not hope: for how can one hope for what he already sees? But we hope for what is yet unseen, and patiently await it with confidence."
The whole world of creation rejoices therefore at the prospect of the Feast of Tabernacles after the 144,000 Israelites receive the revelation of their Atonement, prior to their martyrdom for this will be a rejoicing of the whole earth returning to Eden.
These things take place at the sounding of the Seventh Trumpet at the dispensation change. Revelation 12:12, "Therefore rejoice, you heavens, and you who dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the Devil is come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time".
Revelation 18:20, "Rejoice over Rome heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets; for God has avenged you on her".
Revelation 19:7, "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb is come, and His wife has made herself ready".
Deuteronomy 32:43, "Rejoice with His people you Gentile saints, for He will avenge the blood of His servant nation, and inflict vengeance on His enemies, and will be merciful to His land, and to His people".
When all that bears the name of Edom is subjected to "Cherem"—or utter destruction for the glory of God's holiness—the world shall rejoice as Edom rejoiced at Israel's fall when they imagined they saw an opportunity whereby they might steal the birthright or inheritance of Israel. This new rejoicing has to do with Israel's restoration and Edom's destruction.
Because Edom was included in the Jewish community Idumeans formed most of the nation, and in Jesus' day, Judah's kings were Idumean. But Edom is a symbolic type—Edom today controls the world by the Judaeo-Roman church, the money power, Judaeo-Communism and their United Nations.
When the Gentile dispensation ends, "He who is filthy shall be filthy still." Russia will invade mainland USA and the nations will be made to choose between a Judaeo-Communist or a Judaeo-Roman Catholic one world government. As explained in Newsletter 1082 the decision will favour Rome because her incarnate pope will confirm the covenant Jesuit Jewish President Shimon Peres has made with the modern Israel state as informed by our correspondent, the late Barry Chamish in previous issues of this Newsletter (Daniel 9:27; UN Resolution 181 of November 29, 1947). Born in Poland Szymon Perski—Peres or Perez is a Spanish name meaning "son of Pero or Pedro (Peter)" and a surname popular among Sephardim (Moorish Berber, Bedouin, Canaanite) self-styled Jews. The Hebrew Pharez means "breach." True to his name Shimon Peres' duplicitous diplomacy has temporarily cemented the breach between Judaism, Judaeo-Islam and Judaeo-Romanism as Vatican II regathered the apostate (once) Protestant daughters and the heathens. The incarnate pope will refinance the US dollar with gold backing, thus preserving the wealth of the Jewish banksters, and enabling the world economy to recover. The United Nations in New York City will acclaim the pope inaugural President of the world government headquartered in Jerusalem Jesus declined (Acts of the Holy Spirit, p. 12:87; Matthew 4:8-9). This will place the Catholic church in full control of the United States before the bomb comes that explodes her (Hybrid Religion, p. 160:6; Church Ages, p. 322:3). UN Resolution 181 will be enforced granting Palestinian Statehood with Jerusalem a "corpus separatum," and the diminution of self-styled Jews will allow blood Israelites and Semitic Palestinians to co-exist peacefully as they did for thousands of years prior to Rothschild's colonisation of Palestine.
Esau/Edom will abandon the Land of Palestine and the self-styled Jews will be doomed along with all whose names are not in the Book of Life, because God will only be dealing with an election of the blood of Jacob/Israel, and only in the Promised Land. In the midst of Daniel's Seventieth Week Rome and her apostate daughter churches will force her mark of the beast which is trinitarianism (Revelation 13:15-18; 14:9-10; 19:20). The so-called Jews and the Black Nobility will abrogate their covenant with Rome, align with re-communised Russia and blast Vatican City State and the United States from the face of the earth (Revelation 17:12 - 18:20). Then the whole apostate world will be Edom. Edom means red, and red signifies Judaeo-Communism.
Brother Branham said red signifies bloodshed, royalty, sin, prostitution and danger. According to the Cabala, red signifies justice for the Jew (The Jewish Encyclopedia (1905), Vol. IV, p. 178). The name "Rothschild" means "red shield," hence the Communists have a red flag and "Gog" is associated with Jewry. The giants Gog and Magog, with the Russian Bear are the 'in your face' guardians of the City of London which lays claim to every asset on Earth including the bodies of animals and humans. Worldwide US$217 trillion was owed to the City of London in 2017. Like Vatican City and Washington DC, it is a Tax Free, Sovereign Territory not beholden to laws of any nation.
Christ's parousia to Israel will be the dissolution of the Jewish nation, represented in Ezekiel 35 and 36 by Edom and Seir. As we have stated above, Rome will break her Agreement with the Jews, forcing the mark of the beast, and most Jews in Israel will become Catholic. God raised Communism to destroy the false church as He raised Nebuchadnezzar to destroy Israel. After the midst of Daniel's Seventieth Week when Rome breaks the agreement she will make with the Jews, their Communism will blow the Vatican off the map.
Now prove these things in your own Bibles. By God's grace, we'll follow the trail of the Serpent a little further next week. Please pray for me and for each other. nl1085.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.