Bible Believers' Newsletter 162
"We focus on the PRESENT Truth -- what Jesus is doing NOW . . ." ISSN 1442-8660
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Shin Bet: Physical Pressure Saves Time
Tel Aviv -- The government of Ariel Sharon, meeting for the first time, is to urge Israel's parliament to approve a law that would allow the security service to torture Arab detainees. . . Political sources said Sharon's administration, which was sworn in on Wednesday, was sympathetic to the demand and had enough support to push the measure through the Knesset. . . Shin Bet officers say physical pressure saves time . . .(Uzi Mahnaimi, Israel Correspondent)
Full story: http://globalfire.tv/nj/e2001/judaism/torturetime.htm
A Message From Hell
Haim Peretz -- a seemingly ordinary Israeli who grew up in the small town of Ofakim -- not a place overflowing with left-wing activists. Nevertheless, in clearing him for obligatory military service, Israeli officials overlooked a character flaw. This ordinary young man from an ordinary town had, unnoticed by the authorities, developed a conscience. It apparently went unnoticed while Haim Peretz spent almost three years working on F-16 aircraft as an Israeli air force technician
Five Lebanese hostages were released recently. One was 31 years old and had been in captivity -- without trial and without committing a crime -- since he was 16 -- 15 years ago. (Former Mossad case officer Victor Ostrovsky is the author of By Way of Deception and The Other Side of Deception, both of which available on audiotape through the AET Book Club http://www.middleeastbooks.com/
Full story: http://www.washington-report.org/backissues/0300/0003035.html
A Still Small Voice
I Kings 19:10-12, 18, "Elijah said, 'I have worked hard for the LORD God of heaven: but the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, thrown down your altars, and slain Your prophets; and I alone am left; and they are trying to kill me'.
God said, 'Go forth, and stand before Me on the mountain'.
And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty wind tore the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but He was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small Voice.
And the LORD said, 'Yet have I seven thousand in Israel, who have not bowed unto Baal, nor not kissed him'."
Israel types the Church. It was founded upon Abraham who is known as the father of faith and elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ (Romans 4:12; I Peter 1:2). God promised Abraham he would become a great nation and that in him all families of the earth would be blessed. Abraham waited twenty-five years but was justified in his faith by the birth of Isaac, his promised natural seed through whom would come that great nation, and Jesus Christ his promised Spiritual seed, firstborn of a chosen Spiritual lineage, a royal priesthood, a greater, holy nation, a purchased people of common understanding drawn from all the families of Adam's race (Genesis 12:1-3; I Peter 2:9).
Grace was received in Jacob who took advantage of his brother's weakness to purchase his birthright, cunningly stole Esau's blessing by deceiving their blind father, then defrauded his father-in-law in order to increase his pay. On his journey back to Canaan and afraid Esau would exact revenge by killing his whole family, Jacob sent them all across the river one night and returned. In desperation he had to contend with God Who alone could furnish deliverance by grace through the working of his faith. When his faith prevailed God gave Jacob the new name of victory, 'Israel', confirming the theocratic promise to him as the names Abraham and Sarah confirmed it to Abram and Sarai.
Your new name is a revelation. You were born to receive It which is why your name was put on the Lamb's Book of Life before the foundation of the world. "My sheep know My Voice." God's Voice is His Word, and when you recognize the Message of the hour, that's God calling your name from the Lamb's Book of Life -- you've heard from your theophany already seated in heavenly places (Revelation 5:11).
If your name was not written in the Lamb's Book of Life from the foundation of the world you will never understand this revelation no matter how long and sincerely you try. Faith is by grace, not of works. That name is your part of the Word, your position in the mystic Body of Christ. This revelation places you in the caagsone or head that God is finishing now. The head has no blood and no Mediator (which may explain why in the natural men often lose their hair) and why we must be under pre-eminence to the Word. It has the intelligence, or understanding which is the mind of Christ into which the Church matures in this last day, to manifest the Sons of God and unite in love with the Body of all Ages (Ephesians 4:15-16).
With Jacob's name change came a change in his nature also. Hereafter we have no record of any instance wherein Israel employed his wits to mere selfish and cunning purposes. Beforehand he had been afraid and was running from Esau, after receiving grace the sinews of his hip socket were paralysed and he could no longer run in his own strength. But with Abraham's promise confirmed to him in the answer to his prayer, Israel was no longer afraid and assured of victory, led his caravan to its encounter with his estranged brother (Genesis 32:13-33:4).
God's covenant with Abraham was unconditional, unlike His covenant with Adam which was conditional. God said I will make of you a great nation; I will bless you, you shall be a blessing, I have made you a blessing to all nations, walk before Me and be perfect, etc., (Genesis 12:1-3; 17:1). It was all of grace, typing God's covenant with Abraham's seed, the elect Church the Lord Jesus Christ "will present to Himself without spot or wrinkle or condemnation of any sort" (Ephesians 5:27; John 5:24).
Romans 8:28-30, "All things do work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also has predestinated to be conformed to the image of their part of the Word, that Jesus Christ might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, He has also called, and has justified, and has already glorified". From the foundation of the world we have been seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6). And when Christ tore open the Seven Seals and revealed the Book of Life through His prophet in 1963, there we were in Revelation 5:8-14, rejoicing in our election and looking forward to the in gathering of the Church (Ephesians 1:10-23).
Like His promise to Abraham God has already made His sure declaration to the Church. God's promise was so sure that He named Abraham's natural seed 'Isaac', before he was in the womb (Genesis 17:19). He named his Spiritual seed 'Jesus', before He was in Mary's womb and called us His 'wife' and His 'Bride' 2,000 years before we were born (Matthew 1:21; Revelation 19:7; 21:2-3).
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob type the Church in its three stages of grace -- justification, sanctification and the baptism with the Holy Ghost. Perfection followed in Joseph, who was a perfect type of Christ, and like Christ, there is no evil recorded against him. He was loved of his father but hated by his brethren because he was Spiritual and a prophet who saw visions and could interpret dreams. Today, Christ is loved by His Father and His disciples but hated by the denominations who love the historical Jesus but want nothing to do with Christ, the anointed living Word, preferring their man-made creeds.
Joseph's father gave him a seamless coat of seven colors typing the Gift of God through Jesus Christ, the baptism with the Holy Ghost that unites and blends without seam the saints of the alpha Age of Pentecost with those of the seven Church Ages and our Omega dispensation wherein the Church is restored to the faith once delivered unto the apostolic saints.
Throughout the Book of Revelation, John represents the end-time Omega Bride who will not see death, That's us, caught up in the Spirit after the end of the Laodicean Church Age to see things that shall be thereafter (Revelation 1:19; 4:1). In Revelation four and five we see Christ seated in heaven surrounded by the twenty-four elders and the theophanies or glorified appearance of the saints of all Ages encircled by a horizontal rainbow. This covenant Sign embraces not only Christ, but also His Body the Church, this earth and the four Cherubim that represent "every living thing" (Genesis 9:8-17). The Sign of His 'parousia' Coming was a rainbow-colored Cloud that appeared above Arizona on February 28, 1963. Most clearly expressed in the Greek, He was surrounded by a Cloud and the horizontal rainbow was upon His head because the saints have crowned Him with their revelation, coming under headship or pre-eminence to the fullness of the Word through the revelation of the Seven Seals in this holy convocation (Revelation 10:1).
God told Joseph to store natural food for the coming drought. When his father Israel brought the patriarchs into Egypt, the only place in the world where there was food, they were reunited with their brother. A type of Christ's reunion with Israel. God told Brother Branham to lay up food for the Spiritual famine that is upon the whole world today (Amos 8:11). And the only place in heaven or earth where we can be reunited with our Brother Jesus today, is in this Message.
Before Joseph died he made the children of Israel swear they would bury his remains with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the Promised Land. The Land of the Covenant is the only place on earth where God's promise to natural Israel is in effect. And even today, any Israelite living outside the Land is outside the Covenant which is why the 144,000 elect will all be living in Israel. Here the blood of the Pascal lamb was shed as a temporary atonement. This is where God gave Israel rest, and the place of his resurrection.
The place of rest and resurrection for the New Testament saints is in the Word for their day, not in denominational Egypt impersonating the Word for a day gone by (Matthew 11:27-30; Revelation 18:4). Throughout the Gentile dispensation the saints have been faithful unto death in their part of the Word, the Message for their hour. And whether we be present, or absent from the body like the Church Age saints, we will all appear before the Lord to receive our reward. Our rest is not in Canaan but in the Millennium and one must have eternal Life in a glorified body to be there. Perfection.
Like Israel's covenant prophet Moses, our covenant prophet William Branham had a peculiar birth. A Light came whirling through the window of the log cabin in which he was born and the Shekinah settled over him. In identifying himself with his people, Moses killed an Egyptian and was rejected. Likewise, when Brother Branham identified Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today and forever, in spiritual Egypt, His so-called people in the denominations rejected Him. Brother Branham was a man approved of God man among them by miracles and signs and wonders, which God did by him in their midst as they well knew, but because his Message killed their Trinitarian creeds and false baptisms they had used to enslave Spiritual Israel, they would not tolerate his ministry (Revelation 3:17-20).
Moses fled to Saudi Arabia. There in the desert God spoke from the Pillar of Fire in a burning bush and revealed Himself by His Name. After His baptism by John in the river Jordan, the same Pillar of Fire took residence in Jesus Christ Who declared God's Name to Israel, proving He was the Tree of Life, the Bread of eternal Life foreshadowed by the manna which sustained Israel in the wilderness, the show bread in the temple, the Alpha and the Omega. But Israel's leaders wanted their substitute of Law, animal sacrifice, and the evolving Talmud of man. A god they could control.
That Pillar of Fire and the Angel of the Lord accompanied Brother Branham's ministry, but our denominations were more zealous to speak with other tongues without the Spirit than they were to receive God's Word. They wanted a god they could control and something they could do themselves. And in his zeal to liberate the people of the circumcision Moses was in rather the same error. He was to tell Pharaoh that God required him to let Israel go so he may serve Him, and if he did not release Israel, God's first-born, God would slay his first-born. And God warned Moses that He would cause Pharaoh to be stubborn and that He would harden his heart so that those with the birthright who were uncircumcised and out from under the blood would die without mercy, this glorifying His Word and causing all nations to fear the God of Israel.
Inadvertently Moses was about to play the part of a hypocrite, having neglected to circumcise his second son, Eliezer, apparently over his wife's opposition. So it became necessary for him to learn that God is in earnest when He speaks, and will perform all that He has threatened. God met the family at the inn where they were resting overnight and sought to kill Moses by making him acutely and almost fatally ill. Seeing his life in such danger his wife Zipporah took a flint knife and circumcised her son. His point made, God then spared Moses' life.
Brother Branham had a similar experience. When God told him to do the work of an evangelist, he stayed at home to please his wife and her mother, God took the life of his wife and their daughter, his father and one brother in the space of about one week. And on another occasion, God told Brother Branham to minister in Africa and then to India but the Prophet followed the suggestions of his campaign managers and ministered first in India then when he went to Africa, the Angel of the Lord struck him down with sickness.
This is where the churches are today, materially rich and in need of nothing, yet uncircumcised by the Holy Ghost they are busy making this present world a better place to sin in rather than circumcising or separating themselves from the world to the Kingdom of God. Circumcision in the Old Testament was the seal of the promise and types the baptism with the Holy Ghost or Seal of the new birth today.
Moses was a type of church organization that failed God. Like the churches, Moses thought 'he' could do something to help God. When God told him to gather the people and speak to the rock in their sight that it bring forth water the second time, he lost his temper with them saying, "Listen you rebels, must we fetch water out of this rock?" Taking the glory of the atonement to himself when he struck the rock with God's judgment rod a second time (Numbers 20:7-14). That rock symbolised Christ. It had already been smitten, at Rephidim (Exodus 17:1-7; Hebrews 10:10; 14-15).
In type Moses was indicating the insufficiency of Christ's atonement, adding his own efforts (like the continual sacrifice of a Roman Catholic mass) foreshadowing the denominations of today who crucify Him unto themselves the second time afresh by refusing the Spoken Word of this Message for their man-made interpretations. This is blasphemy, and they will die without mercy. Their rejection of Christ's atonement caused God to send us a prophet to restore the apostolic faith, finish the mystery of God, and call His people out from Babylon so that we do not become partakers of her sins and receive not of her plagues (Malachi 4:5-6; Revelation 10:7).
Christ's end-time Bride is being called out and separated from man's religion in the third exodus (Zechariah 4:7; Matthew 25:6; Revelation 18:4) by the spoken Word or "shout" of I Thessalonians 4:16, which is Brother Branham's Message. She is now coming to maturity by the "Voice of the Archangel" which is Christ in the heart of the Bride bringing her to maturity in the unity of the faith and under pre-eminence Himself to speak the Word in the manifestation of the Sons of God, knowing she has THUS SAITH THE LORD and that He will perform His promise.
That staff in Moses' hand was God's judgment rod. So long as Moses held it by faith, God honored his words, even when it was not His perfect will as when he smote the cliff a second time at Kadesh-Barnea. We must hold the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ in the strong hand of faith but employ It only in His perfect will.
After forty years absence, Moses returned to Egypt to call out Israel by the mighty hand of God Who gave him two signs. The first wherein he cast his rod onto the ground where it became a snake was impersonated by the Egyptian magicians. But Moses' snake devoured their snakes, so when he retrieved it, it became a rod in his hand once more. Judgment had been taken from their hands.
The second sign was wherein Moses placed his right hand into his garment over his bosom. Withdrawn it was white with leprosy, indicating the deceitfulness of sin in the unsanctified heart. When he did this the second time, it was made whole showing God's cleansing power in divine healing to sanctify the heart that guides the hand that holds the rod, or serves its desires.
God told Moses, 'If they will not obey the Voice of these two signs neither heed your prophetic THUS SAITH THE LORD, national judgment will follow'. Moses spoke with Pharaoh offering God's grace if he let His people go and prophesying a specific plague should he refuse. With each approach God hardened Pharaoh's heart, so when Moses stretched forth God's judgment rod his prophecy was vindicated throughout the kingdom.
The rod of God (Exodus 4:20) represented God's judgment in the hands of Moses like 'the King's Sword' that materialised in Brother Branham's hand as he prayed in Sabino Canyon before the opening of the Seals represented his authority with the fullness of God's Word as the was the firstfruits of those who are Christ's at His parousia. The Name of the Lord Jesus Christ in the hands of the end-time Bride is God's judgment rod today (Ephesians 2:21). The 'third pull'. When Moses held the rod of God over the waters, the rivers and streams turned to blood, representing the blood of that nation. Egypt was finished. When he put forth his rod a second time they became infested with frogs, when he smote the dust with his rod, it became lice. He held his rod over the Red Sea and it parted, granting Israel a route of escape but when he stretched forth his rod from the farther shore the waters came together, destroying the Egyptians.
The Pillar of Fire that spoke to Moses, has spoken again and appeared before thousands in these last days. It was not Moses who did anything; it was the Angel Who went before him. That Angel went before Brother Branham who also received two signs and the prophetic spoken Word. He called them 'three pulls'. His first sign was a manifestation in the back of his hand which diagnosed the illness of the believer whose hand he was holding. His second 'pull' fulfilled Luke 17:28-30, revealing Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever, by discerning the thoughts and intents of people's hearts. This was the last sign Jesus promised we Gentiles before the end of our dispensation.
The third 'pull' was the prophetic spoken Word. Under inspiration Brother Branham spoke squirrels into existence on two occasions, shot and ate them; he spoke a dead fish back to life; spoke a tumour from his wife's side; and spoke the salvation of two young boys. God performed these signs as examples for us who will speak the Word after the "seventh Trump".
Brother Branham's 'third pull' was God's judgment upon the American nation and will bring spiritual death upon the whole world who refuse the call to "come out of Babylon" (Revelation 18:4). Since the revelation of the Seven Seals brought that which is perfect -- Christ, the fullness of the Word -- PART-Word and mediation for ignorance of the fullness is done away; judgment can no longer be delayed (I Corinthians 13:10; Revelation 10:6). The day the full Word came into effect the man-made religious systems of Rome and her (once) Protestant harlot daughters became guilty of the second crucifixion of the Word of God.
In his Message, 'The Indictment' Brother Branham said, ". . . the time for repentance, for a nation, it's gone. I believe that this nation cannot repent. I believe that it's crossed the line between mercy and judgment . . . We are guilty of the same sins that God destroyed the world by in the antediluvian world. (Ed. Multiculturalism or miscegenation between Adam's race and the race of Cain). We're guilty of the same sins that He destroyed the world in Sodom and Gomorrah. . . . And we got all the same spiritual evidence laying here before us, all the same spiritual evidence, worldwide known, that brought down the mercies of God upon those generations, that also to reject brought judgment. So if this generation has rejected the same mercy that was spurned in them days, God would be unjust to let them get by without judgment" (William Branham, The Indictment, 11:72-74).
As God used Moses to call Israel out of Egypt in the first Exodus, He used Paul to call the Church out of Israel in the second, and He's used Brother Branham to call the Bride out of the Church in the third exodus. Because of Israel's unbelief, God could not give them rest in the Promised Land for the promise was of faith, not self-works, so He caused them to wander in the wilderness for forty years until the generation of unbelievers perished. Because he smote the rock a second time, even Moses could not enter the Land. And nobody in the church organizations today will cross over into the Millennium. Those born-again in Laodicea will enter by way of the grave. Joshua and Caleb were the only adults who survived the Exodus and entered the Promised Land.
Joshua means Jesus or "Jehovah Savior" and types the Son of Man Who is leading the Bride into the Millennium today following the death of the Prophet and the close of the Church Ages. He was with Moses throughout the journey as the Angel of the Covenant was with the PART-Word church throughout its pilgrimage in the Office of Son of God. Caleb, who stood by Joshua and was faithful to his commands, types the end-time Bride Age under pre-eminence today.
Like Moses, Brother Branham called the people out of 'her' but he was unable to bring them all in to 'Him'. Many are called but few are chosen. Brother Branham was not our Messenger, he was the earthly angel to the Laodicean Age who introduced our Messenger, Who is the Lord Himself. He came down from heaven clothed with a cloud with a horizontal rainbow over his head (Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 1:7; 10:1-4). Thousands around the world heard the midnight cry or "Shout" of Brother Branham's Message and have come out of all denominations, but very few have oil in their vessels with their lamps. These impersonators of the Laodicean or Pentecostal Church Age who believe the letter of the Message, are without the Spirit and have been wandering in a Spiritual wilderness for almost forty years since the Call went forth by the revelation of the Seven Seals in 1963. Like those who came out with Moses, they will perish in the wilderness. The foolish virgin are within Message circles.
When the last of Abraham's Royal Seed has answered the call, God will part the Pacific Ocean as once He parted the Red Sea. And the sorcerers who claim to follow Moses but withstand him with their Talmud, and have perverted the whole world with their Hollywood filth, will be swallowed up. The sinking of Los Angeles will destroy this propaganda center of the Babylonian self-styled Jews "in her will be found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth" (Matthew 23:35; Revelation 18:21-24). These impersonate, brainwash and manipulate for their own ends genuine Israelites wanting to obey Moses.
The earthquakes in California and Palestine will end the Gentile dispensation and begin the physical ushering-in of the millennium with the first resurrection, and the manifestation of the Sons of God preceding Messiah's His return to Israel.
Church people are looking for a great calling-out with thunder and lightning, and voices; healings and miracles, speaking with other tongues, and heaven opening to reveal the visible, physical return of the glorified Christ to Southern Baptist Headquarters, Vatican City, the Missouri Synod, or perhaps the Archbishop of Canterbury. The circumcision is a still small Voice. Like Israel's deliverance from Egypt, the days of grace publicly vindicated by miracles have passed. Those believers were circumcised and under the blood with their shoes on their feet and their garments shortened under their belts ready for the journey. They recognized God's the signs. They heard His still small voice. They knew the day and the hour.
Egypt's last plague was death without mercy to the first-born man and beast whose house was not under the blood of atonement. That was Moses' 'third pull'. Today the last plague is Spiritual death to all out from under the Token Life of the fullness of the Word. The Bride is circumcised in heart and ears by that still small Voice. His wife has made herself ready: she is is 'speaking conditions'. She is holding her Token over her family and loved ones, keeping them sanctified by her presence. But the death angel is also in the land, and as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, false anointed men are impersonating the Message of God's prophet Brother Branham, having failed to take It back to the Bible to see what he meant. The uncircumcised will perish without mercy in their denominations today because they heard but did not heed the Message, adding to or taking from It . Receive His grace. God has delivered not a mouthfull but a heart full of manna.
You may think you are alone, as friends in Message circles forsake you because of the faith, but be of good cheer for that still small Voice you follow has a certain number who have not bowed the knee to Baal, nor kissed him. nl162.htm
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Brother Anthony Grigor-Scott is a non-denominational minister. He has ministered full-time since 1981, primarily to other ministers and their congregations in various countries. He pastors Bible Believers' tiny congregation, and is available to minister in your church.
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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.