Bible Believers' Newsletter 489
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; God bless His Brothers and Sisters.
The world seems to be speeding up. "Be sober and vigilant as Lucifer as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour." International criminal activity and the global conspiracy is so thinly disguised nowadays, I dread to think of those within the circle of this Message who will miss the first resurrection because they have been satisfied with a second-hand religion, implicitly trusting their good minister instead of "receiving his word with all readiness of mind, then searching the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so." And what of those who have taken the "letter" of the Prophet's Message without taking it back to the written Word to understand what the Spirit is saying.
If you believe your will make the rapture "by the skin of your teeth," think what that means, since the most humble and under serving saint is no less a saint than the greatest of us, and he or she is already in the "rapture"! So if you really will "make it by the skin of your teeth," that can only mean that you are not yet born-again, but that you will be before the Seventh Trump. But if you are minister, what does this mean for your flock? It surely means they are not yet born-again; otherwise they would not suffer your lack of revelation. And it means that when you are born-again you will not have time to bring many, if any of them, into the faith. Think on this, and redeem the time.
In this issue we will be looking behind the veil that hides God from the unbeliever and studying the preview Jesus has given of what Israel will see under the revelation of the Seven Vials "when it turns to the Lord, and the veil is taken away." We will also review some of what we have taught on Brother Branham's "tent vision".
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 Murder of America
August 10, 2007 — Over the years I have personally withstood a torrent of abuse and ridicule over my assertion that a small clique of traitorously evil men and women were plotting to bring down the walls of history. Still, I soldiered on, enduring the cruel arrows of ignorant and malicious critics. I refused to play along and keep quiet, and I have done my best to expose their heinous plot to shutdown the fabled American experiment in freedom and self-government.
Among the evil culprits I fingered over the years were such anti-American globalist groups as the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the Trilateral Commission, the Freemasons and the Bilderbergs. All play important roles in the on-going conspiracy. But behind them all is the satanic influence and power of Zionists. Zionists, in fact, are the real, but, so often, unheralded authors of the globalist plot. Full story: just-another-inside-job.blogspot.comComment: Educate yourself by spending a day reading all of the links associated with the above article. And refresh your memory with this interesting background on the Bush family.
Nations are breaking, Israel's not yet awakening.
The signs that the prophets foretold;
The Gentile days numbered, with horrors encumbered;
Eternity soon will unfold.
Russian Fleet worries Israel
August 7, 2007 — Russia's plans to restore its permanent naval presence in the Mediterranean Sea are causing serious concern in Israel. The Israelis think that the Syrian ports the Russians are most likely to use will turn into major centers of electronic surveillance and air defense centers and, as such, threats to Israel's national security. Russian experts say that Moscow's plans are unlikely to come to fruition any time soon. There is neither the money nor the technical capacity for it.
Commander of the Russian Navy Fleet Adm. Vladimir Masorin announced Russia's plans to return to the Mediterranean at the end of last week in Sevastopol. He did not say whether new bases would be established in the region. It is commonly known, however, that such bases could only be opened in Syria, where ports were used for the same purposes by the USSR. As Kommersant reported on June 2, 2006, Russia is already dredging the port of Tartus and has begun to build a dock in the Syrian port of Latakia. A defense Ministry source at that time revealed that Moscow plans a squadron of military vessels led by the missile cruiser Moskva to be permanently based in the Mediterranean Sea . . . Full story: kommersant.com Russia's Reawakening
Comment: Jew versus Jew. Heads they win, tails the Goyim lose.
Russia says US intercepted 2 of its Bombers over Pacific
Moscow, August 7, 2007 — Two Russian bombers flew thousands of miles across Pacific Ocean waters to the vicinity of Guam, site of a major US military base, where US jets intercepted them, the Russian air force said Thursday. The flights renewed a type of military gamesmanship that has been largely dormant in the Pacific since the Cold War ended. . .
US officials confirmed the bombers' flight but not an interception. The maneuver was Moscow's latest display of resurgent armed forces after years of decline in the 1990s. Restoring the luster of the military has been a key element of President Vladimir Putin's effort to renew Russian pride, which collapsed along with the Soviet Union . . .
Full story: truthout.org reuters.com
China threatens 'Nuclear Option' of Dollar Sales
August 8, 2007 — The Chinese government has begun a concerted campaign of economic threats against the United States, hinting that it may liquidate its vast holding of US treasuries if Washington imposes trade sanctions to force a yuan revaluation . . . such action could trigger a dollar crash at a time when the US currency is already breaking down through historic support levels. It would also cause a spike in US bond yields, hammering the US housing market and perhaps tipping the economy into recession. It is estimated that China holds over $900bn in a mix of US bonds . . . Full story: truthout.org
The Olympic Games, a Suckers' Market for the Chinese
August 8, 2007 — For the first time in the history of the Summer Olympic Games, the medals will be made of another material besides the traditional gold, silver and bronze. They will be jade, a stone that, in China, assumes a different value depending upon its color, form and use. The medals will surely be the best contribution from the Beijing 2008 organization to the Olympic Games' history.
But all medals have two sidesBeijing 2008 also. While only a year remains before the famous 08.08.08 date (and as the opening ceremony will begin at 8:08 p.m., we easily understand that 8 is a lucky number in China), the gap is obvious between a heralded success in terms of organization and a fundamental ambiguity on every other issue: human rights, the environment, the opening up and transformation of China. . .
And in this dawning 21st century, it's the Middle Kingdom, with its 1.3 billion inhabitants and double-digit growth that imposes the rules of the game on the rest of the planet. No one would dare dispute that. . . A nice stroke of diplomaticand also political—propaganda. Chinese pride will suffocate the cries of dissidence. . . If no jarring note troubles the event, China will be able to contemplate the world, come to compete at its feet. . . Full story: truthout.org
Big Brother gets High-Tech Help in Shenzhen
Shenzhen, August 12, 2007 — At least 20,000 police surveillance cameras are being installed along streets here in southern China and will soon be guided by sophisticated computer software from a US-financed company to recognize automatically the faces of crime suspects and detect unusual activity.
Starting this month in a port neighborhood and then spreading across Shenzhen, a city of 12.4 million people, residency cards fitted with powerful computer chips programmed by the same company will be issued to most citizens.
Data on the chip will include not just the citizen's name and address but also work history, educational background, religion, ethnicity, police record, medical insurance status and landlord's phone number. Even personal reproductive history will be included, for enforcement of China's "one child" policy. Plans are being studied to add credit histories, subway travel payments and small purchases charged to the card . . .
Western security experts have suspected for several years that Chinese security agencies could track individuals based on the location of their cellphones, and the Shenzhen police tracking system confirms this.
When a police officer goes indoors and cannot receive a global positioning signal from satellites overhead, the system automatically switches to tracking the location of the officer's cellphone, based on the three nearest cellphone towers. Huang used a real-time connection to local police dispatchers' computers to show a detailed computer map of a Shenzhen district and the precise location of each of the 92 patrolling officers, represented by caricatures of officers in blue uniforms and the routes they had traveled in the previous hour. Full story: iht.com
Lawsuits may Illuminate Methods of Spy Program
August 14, 2007 — In 2003, Room 641A of a large telecommunications building in downtown San Francisco was filled with powerful data-mining equipment for a 'special job' by the National Security Agency, according to a former AT&T technician. It was fed by fiber-optic cables that siphoned copies of emails and other online traffic from one of the largest Internet hubs in the United States, the former employee says in court filings. Full story: truthout.org
Comment: Uncle Sam's anti-Christian Big Brother is reading your email and FAX, and listening to your 'phone calls.
British criticize US Air Attacks in Afghan Region
Sangin, August 9, 2007 — A senior British commander in southern Afghanistan said in recent weeks that he had asked that American Special Forces leave his area of operations because the high level of civilian casualties they had caused was making it difficult to win over local people.
Other British officers here in Helmand Province, speaking on condition of anonymity, criticized American Special Forces for causing most of the civilian deaths and injuries in their area. They also expressed concerns that the Americans' extensive use of air power was turning the people against the foreign presence as British forces were trying to solidify recent gains against the Taliban. . .
"The Americans are killing and destroying a village just in pursuit of one person," said Mahmadullah, 24, referring to Osama bin Laden. "So now we have understood that the Americans are a curse on us, and they are here just to destroy Afghanistan. They can tell the difference between men and women, children and animals, but they are just killing everyone". . . Full story: truthout.org
Comment: Silly Brits, don't understand that in order to get World War III between innocent Islam and the political Zionists to the "hot" stage it is necessary to provoke hatred in those who do not want to fight by insulting their religion, killing their wives and children, destroying their economies and their homes.
Public sees News Media as Biased, Inaccurate, Uncaring: Poll
August 9, 2007 — Poll respondents who use the Internet as their main source of news—roughly one quarter of all Americans—were even harsher with their criticism, the poll conducted by the Pew Research Center said.
More than two-thirds of the Internet users said they felt that news organizations don't care about the people they report on; 59 percent said their reporting was inaccurate; and 64 percent they were politically biased. More than half—53 percent—of Internet users also faulted the news organizations for "failing to stand up for America". . .
Full story: truthout.org
Learn from the Fall of Rome, US Warned
August 14, 2007 — The US government is on a 'burning platform' of unsustainable policies and practices with fiscal deficits, chronic healthcare underfunding, immigration and overseas military commitments threatening a crisis if action is not taken soon. . . David Walker, Comptroller General of the US, issued the unusually downbeat assessment of his country's future in a report that lays out what he called "chilling long-term simulations."
These include "dramatic" tax rises, slashed government services and the large-scale dumping by foreign governments of holdings of US debt. Drawing parallels with the end of the Roman empire, Mr. Walker warned there were "striking similarities" between America's current situation and the factors that brought down Rome, including "declining moral values and political civility at home, an over-confident and over-extended military in foreign lands and fiscal irresponsibility by the central government". . .
Full story: truthout.org
As it was in the Days of Lot
Randy Engel's book The Rite of Sodomy: Homosexuality and the Roman Catholic Church, lays out the invasion, colonization, and the metastasization of the priesthood and religious life by homosexuals in the Catholic Church. Published in July 2006 and has 1,174 pages containing 4,523 endnotes, and a detailed Index.
Engel says, "Pope Paul VI was a homosexual who played a decisive role in the selection and advancement of many homosexual members of the American hierarchy . . ."
Regarding the recent Vatican document on homosexuals in the seminary, Engel says: "In a Vatican Radio interview on November 29, 2005, Cardinal Grocholewski [Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, which is charged with implementing the document] stated this might include a person who engaged in homosexual acts out of adolescent curiosity; or while intoxicated; or where he prostituted his body to obtain favors. High standards, indeed, for the most sublime of all vocations! The cardinal went out of his way to state that the norms expressed in the document do not apply to already ordained homosexual priests . . . acknowledging that Pope Benedict XVI, like his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, has no plans to clean house and mount a serious attack on the Homosexual Collective within the Roman Catholic priesthood and religious life." Full story: riteofsodomy.com
Spreading God's Tent
John 1:1, 11-14, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . He came to His own, and His own received Him not. But those who received Him He empowered to become the sons of God, that is, those who believed in His Name: who owe their birth neither to human blood, nor to fleshly desire, nor to human design, but to God. And the Word became flesh, and pitched His tent among us, and we beheld His glory (the real Shekinah), such glory as of an only begotten Son from the Father, full of grace and truth".
Do you remember Brother Branham's prophecy of the "tent vision?" God told Noah He would convert Japheth so he could dwell in the tents of Shem, or come under the covering of His revealed Word (Genesis 9:27). You might question, why is Ham not mentioned? Are his children excluded from God's elect? By no means, but Ham's incest with his father's wife, who was in Cain's lineage, reproduced the Serpent's seed this side of the Flood, and his blessing was marred as God cursed their offspring, his firstborn, Canaan (Genesis 9:18-25). Ham's other sons, Mizraim (Egypt), Phut (Libya), and Cush (Ethiopia), were not cursed, and many of their descendants are among the saints of God.
God has continued unveiling this prophecy to the present day. When mercy ends at the close of the Gentile dispensation, He will finish His tent in the first resurrection, which will embrace the 144,000 elect Israelites although their "awakening to eternal Life" will follow seven years after the resurrection and body change of Christ's Bride of all Ages (Daniel 12:2). God promised Abram that in his Seed, Jesus Messiah, all families of Adam's race shall be blessed, and changed his name to Abraham, which means "father of the Gentiles" or non-Israelite nations of Adam's race (Genesis 12:3; Genesis 17:5).
God further unveiled this prophecy in Isaiah 49:21-23, where Zion ponders in her heart: "Who has born me these? I was bereaved and barren, exiled and put away; who has raised these grown-up children for me? Behold, I was left alone by my Husband; whence have these come?"
"Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will lift up My hand to the Gentiles, and raise My standard to the peoples: and they shall bring your sons in their arms, and your daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. And kings shall be your nursing fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers: they shall bow down to you with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of your feet; and you shall know that I am the Lord: for they shall not be ashamed who wait for Me".
Zion is forsaken of God, her Husband, from five years before the Desolations, which began in 589BC, to the consummation of life on earth. That is, throughout "the times of the Gentiles" as Ezekiel 10:18, 43:2, and Revelation 7:2 confirm. Daniel (9:27) and Jesus (Luke 21:24) said Israel will be ruled unto the consummation by non-Semitic Gentiles, as it is at this day. And she will learn it was "Jerusalem that is above" who bore her children begotten by the spoken Word from every nation, tribe and tongue of Adam's race, while she was forsaken and childless.
These are not children Jerusalem had lost but children she had never known before. If they were the returning Israelites she would have recognized them, but they are Gentile Spiritual Israelites. In Revelation 7:1-8 the Israelite apostle John immediately recognized the 144,000 elect Israelites by their tribal dress, but when he saw the Bride of all seven Church Ages in Revelation 7:9-17, which was the same vision Zion had seen, he was as confused as she by the strange dress and foreign appearance of the Gentile saints.
Through twenty centuries Gentile kings and queens nurtured Zion's unknown children in loving reverence. Their wealth and power watched over them with protective care and encouraged the propagation of the faith.
Isaiah 54:1-3, "Sing, O barren woman, you who did not bear; break forth into a loud and joyful song, Jerusalem, you who did not travail with child: for more are the children of the deserted woman than the children of she who has a husband, says the Lord. Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of your habitations: spare not, lengthen your tent cords, and strengthen your stakes; for you shall break forth on the right hand and on the left; and your seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited".
The elect of every nation tribe and tongue find Life under the covering of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. As Brother Branham explained, God will assemble this tent or tabernacle on earth during the first resurrection and complete the structure of the tent vision in the body change of the living saints after the manifestation of the Sons of God. Malachi 4:2, "For you who fear My Name the Sun of righteousness will arise with healing in his beams; and you will go forth and leap as calves from the stall".
The strengthening of Zion's tent stakes indicates the greatly enlarged dimensions of God's tabernacle since the middle wall of partition between Israelite and Gentile was broken down in Christ, and also the fact that it is no longer to be the tent of a sojourner. When Ezekiel described the Ark and the four living creatures, they were journeying on wheels (Ezekiel 1). John saw the same vision after the last of the PART-Word saints was redeemed at the close of the Laodicean Church Age when redemption was over (for Christ's end-time Bride and the 144,000 elect Israelites were fully redeemed in Christ on Calvary because we were predestinated to be reborn by the fullness of the Word. We do not need a Mediator for ignorance of the Word). In Revelation 4 and 5 the Ark is stationary. Having reached its heavenly destination, its travelling days are over. Christ's Mediation is fulfilled and the Mercy Seat has become a Judgment Seat surrounded by the redeemed of all Ages.
"The seed of Zion shall inherit the Gentiles" (Isaiah 54:3; 49:6, 12, 18 sqq). New Jerusalem shall possess all nations, and not merely control their lands by expelling the inhabitants by force and law, but she will take possession of the inhabitants themselves by grace through faith and the love of God in Christ, the Seed of Abraham. His Spiritual offspring, the elect of every nation, tribe and tongue born of the "heavenly Jerusalem" shall rule the renewed earth, for He is King of kings, and Lord or lords. (See Newsletter 412). The seed of Zion are Abraham's seed by the baptism with the Holy Ghost (Galatians 3:29), not the seed of sinful men conceived in Jerusalem now in bondage to the Law and Talmudic loopholes that enable hypocrites to claim the Law whilst evading its requirements so that Jerusalem that now is "spiritually Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified."
Thus the Bible is the story of God changing His form or unfolding Himself from the eternal Spirit alone with His thoughts—through the spoken Word, to their manifestation in the glorified flesh of His Family, of whom Jesus Messiah is first born—the beginning of God creating Himself a part of creation (Revelation 3:14). There was no light or darkness, no atoms or molecules, stars or planets, just the eternal Spirit alone with His eternal thoughts. He was lonely and longed for fellowship, but His Word, "which is forever established unchangeable in heaven" declares, "two cannot fellowship unless they agree," so in order that he might have the fellowship He yearned, His children would have to share His faith and His character (Psalm 119:89; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8; Amos 3:3).
Faith is the gift of unmerited grace. Character is not a gift; it is a victory that has to be formed within you as an individual by overcoming life's trials through faith set upon attaining His righteousness. Character is the product of right decisions and determined follow through requiring self-sacrifice and suffering. Christ wants us to share His throne in this earth on the same basis that He overcame and is seated in His Father's throne in the heavens. There are no short cuts: we too must overcome in order that we may sit with Him in His glory (Revelation 3:19-21). The temporary suffering we go through now is not worthy to be compared to the tremendous glory that will be revealed in us when He comes. What treasures are laid up for those who are willing to enter into His kingdom through much tribulation.
Jesus prayed that God might dwell in you as He dwelt in Him. John 17:20-22, "I pray not for these alone, but also for those who will believe on Me through their message; that they may all be one; as You, Father are in Me, and I in You, so they may be in Us: that the world may believe that You have sent Me".
The verb taken from the Greek word for "dwelt," or "pitched His tent," which John also uses of God's dwelling with His people on the renewed earth (Revelation 21:3), was chosen in allusion to the Shekinah—the indwelling glorious Presence of Jehovah behind the Veil in the Holy of Holies, witnessed by Israel's high priest until just before king Nebuchadnezzar defeated Judah, but not since that time. It pointed to the incarnation, confirming that the Bible is the story of God erecting His tent in Jesus Messiah of the tribe of Judah, and stretching it over all of the children of Adam who receive the Logos in His Name, thus becoming the Sons of God, His elect and chosen people (John 1:12).
Galatians 3:26-29, "For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Judahite nor Gentile, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then are you Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise".
God is an invisible Spirit who manifests Himself behind a veil. He spoke to Job veiled by a whirlwind, and first appeared to Moses veiled by the Shekinah in a burning bush. The Shekinah appeared to Israel's high priest on the Day of Atonement when the only way into the Presence was through the veil into the Holy of Holies. As that veil spoke of the virgin-born body of Christ, the only way into the Presence of God in this day is by entering His mystic Body. Hebrews 10:19-20, "We have confidence therefore, to enter into the Holy of Holies where God is by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which He opened for us, through the torn veil of His flesh".
God is an invisible Spirit: "No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who as the Logos is the expressed heart thoughts of the Father, is the only and perfect expounder of the hidden Being of the godhead in all that relates to our salvation" (John 1:18). This dignity established Christianity as the absolute and therefore final religion for all mankind.
Colossians 1:15, 20-21, "Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature [in the new creation, which is God creating Himself in His Family]. He has reconciled us to God in the body of His flesh through death, to present us holy and unblameable and unreproveable in God's sight".
The Jewish leaders could not see God veiled behind the flesh of Messiah because they were veiled from Messiah by "the tradition of the elders" or Babylonian Talmud (Matthew 15:1-9). He was sent only to Israel but when certain Greeks desired to see God, Jesus said, "When the corn of wheat falls into the ground, the veil will be torn open and God will be seen by the elect of all nations." When the veil was crucified, the Spirit returned to theophany and preached to the souls in prison, and on the day of Pentecost "devout men out of every nation under heaven" saw God (Acts 2:5).
Jesus told His disciples, "Yet a little while, the world [and Israel] will see Me no more; but you will see Me: because I live, you shall live also" (John 14:19). To see is to perceive or understand. He told Israel as a nation, "You will not see Me, until you say, Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord" (Matthew 23:39). That is, not for 2,000 years, then He will be seen by the eye of faith.
Matthew 5:8 "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." I John 4:12 "Although we have never seen God, when we love the Brethren, God dwells in us, and His love within us grows ever stronger." III John 1:11 "Beloved, do not imitate evil, but good. He that does good is of God: but he that does evil has not seen God".
As John the Baptist introduced Christ's first Coming, Brother Branham introduced His second Coming veiled in His Word. The revelation of the Seven Seals brought Christ back to earth in WORD form (I Corinthians 13:10). The unbeliever cannot see Him, and though the wise and foolish virgin both feed on the same Manna of the Message, one has entered within the Veil, while the other is outside the Body of Christ.
The blood of bulls and goats was only a temporary covering, not an atonement; therefore Israel's high priest alone could enter the veil that hid God's Presence from the unbeliever. The believers outside could not see Him, but by faith they knew He was there. Then, when the veil of Christ's flesh was rent on Calvary, that real Day of Atonement, the real Mercy Seat came into full view and the veil of the Holy of Holies was rent from top to the bottom, showing the nation there was no mercy seat in the Holy of Holies, but a rock. Likewise, when Christ tore open the Seven Seals, the veil, the mystery of God spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began came into full view showing the world that PART-Word and Mediation was done away (Acts 3:21; Revelation 10:7).
II Corinthians 5:19, "God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them; and has committed unto us the Word of reconciliation." Jesus' humanity veiled God from the unbeliever. Now God is veiled from the unbeliever behind my humanity and your humanity.
Since the veil was rent on Calvary, only unbelief hides God from the people. When the Seventh Trumpet signals the end of the Gentile dispensation, "the sanctuary of God in heaven is seen to be open; there being no veil before the Holy of Holies; the ark of His covenant is in plain view. . ." (Revelation 11:19). This vision signifies God's favour toward Israel, but they will not see the Presence until God removes their veil of unbelief in the midst of Daniel's Seventieth Week by "turning away ungodliness from Jacob" to "finish the transgression" (Romans 11:26; Daniel 9:24).
When the seven "temporary judgments" upon the non-elect mixed multitude in the church are understood by Israel in the revelation of the Seven Vials they will distinguish the righteous and unrighteous sinners from the saints, and recognize that "the Holy of Holies of the tabernacle of witness in heaven was opened," and has remained open since the veil in earthly temple was rent on that day on Calvary.
Revelation 15:1, "I . . . (place your name here if you are Christ's end-time Bride, because John represented you throughout this Book which was sealed until the days of the Voice of the angel to the seventh Church Age, William Branham, whom John saw in visions revealing the Seven Seals) . . . saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them the wrath of God is consummated." This verse is a summary of the vision that follows in Revelation 15:7 – 16:21, and will be revealed to the 144,000 elect Israelites.
Revelation 15:2-4 is in parenthesis as it explains what transpires in Revelation 14 at the close of the Gentile dispensation, which ends with the simultaneous opening of the Sixth Seal, the sounding of the Seventh Trump, and pouring out of the Seventh Vial; and in particular what takes place after Rome breaks her covenant with the International Banksters in the midst of Daniel's Seventieth Week and forces her Trinitarian mark (Revelation 11:1-13; 12:7-17; 13:15-18).
Revelation 14:1-5 shows the 144,000 born-again, but not yet martyred. "Then I looked and saw the Lamb standing on the Mount Zion, and with Him a hundred forty and four thousand, who had His Name and His Father's Name written in their foreheads. (Romans 11:26-27, "And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, The Deliverer will come from Mount Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob: this is My covenant with them, when I shall take away their sins"—Isaiah 27:9; 59:20-21; Daniel 9:24). And I heard a voice from heaven like the sound of many waters, and like the sound of a great thunder. It was the song of a choir accompanied by harps. They were singing a new song before the throne, and in the presence of the four living creatures, and the twenty-four elders: and none was able to sing that song but the hundred and forty four thousand, who were redeemed from earth. [Certainly not, it is a revelation of the New Testament. It is "the song of the Lamb," the antitype to the triumphant Old Testament "song of Moses" and the Israelites]. These are they who have not defiled themselves with women [i.e. the apostate churches of Revelation 17:1-5]; for they are virgins [to the Word]. These are they who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from mankind as the first fruits for God and for the Lamb. No lie was ever found on their lips; they are faultless". These Israelites will not believe in any of the many holocausts claimed by "those who say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie" (Revelation 3:9).
Revelation 5:8-10 shows the elect Church. Jesus Messiah claimed the Book of Redemption, and "twenty-four elders," representing the chiefs of the twenty-four courses of the priesthood, "fell down before the Lamb, each one having a harp and golden vial full of the fragrance of the prayers of the saints of all seven Church Ages. And they sang a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the Book and to open its Seals because You were sacrificed and Your blood has ransomed men as gifts for God out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and gathered them into a Kingdom and made them priests to our God: and they shall reign over the earth".
The Kingdom was made up when the last of the PART-Word saints was baptized into the Laodicean part of the Body. Redemption was over and Christ's Mediation for ignorance of the fullness of the Word was fulfilled. His end-time Bride and the 144,000 elect Israelites were fully redeemed in Christ on Calvary because we are predestinated to receive the Word in its fullness. We just need to "hear His Voice" and recognize our day and its Message to be baptized into our place in the Body; likewise God's servant nation, yet "Israel is blind to the faith, until the last member of Christ's Bride is born-again" (Romans 11:25).
In Revelation 14 the redeemed nation of Israel, all 144,000 of them, appear with Jesus Messiah on Mount Zion. This is pure symbolism and not literal, just as Revelation 10:1-4 and Zechariah 14:4 are symbolic; His precious feet will not touch this earth until after the consummation. Then He will return with the glorified saints of all Ages for a thousand years of peace.
In Revelation 5:8-10 and 14:2-3 there appears to be an analogy with the Temple service when the music began just as the joyous drink-offering was poured out. And in Revelation 15:2-4 there is yet a third reference to "the harps of God"—"I saw a sea of glass mingled with Fire: and those who had gotten the victory as martyrs (Revelation 6:11) over the [Roman] beast, and his [once Protestant] image, and over his mark, which is the number of his name, standing beside the sea of glass, holding the harps of God. And they sang the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb: Great and marvelous are Your undertakings, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Your decisions, You King of the Gentiles. (The point at issue in the Lord's controversy with the earth is, whether He, or Satan's minion, the beast, is "the King of the nations"; here at the eve of the judgments descending on the kingdom of the beast, the Israelite saints hail Jesus Messiah "the King of the nations"—Ezekiel 21:27). Which of your enemies shall not fear You, O Lord, (compare Moses' song, Exodus 15:14-16, on the fear which God's judgments strike into the foe, and contrast this with the fear of the beast—Revelation 13:4) and glorify Your Name? For You alone are holy: for all nations shall come and worship before You (Jeremiah 16:19); because the righteousnesses of Your [Trumpet, Seal and Vial] judgments are clearly understood by which You distinguished the foolish virgin from the false church".
This alludes, not to the ordinary, but to the sabbath services in the Temple. Besides the Psalm for the day, they sung Moses' song from Exodus 15:1-22 in the evening at the additional sabbatic sacrifice (Numbers 28:9-10), so the victorious 144,000 "harpers" celebrate their true sabbath or rest by singing this same "Song of Moses and of the Lamb" which Israel sang after crossing the Red Sea.
"The sea of glass" is so named after the original laver fashioned from the copper looking glasses (or mirrors) of the Israelite women. It stood before the sanctuary for the purification of the priests, typifying the baptism of water and of the Spirit of all who are made kings and priests to God (John 3:5). In Revelation 4:6 the sea within the laver was clear as crystal, because Laodicea having ended, the Church Age saints have all been redeemed. Here the sea is mingled with Fire and the 144,000, "born of water and of the Spirit," are passing over the sea in martyrdom as foretold in Revelation 6:11 and described in Revelation 14, "having gotten the victory over the beast, and his image, and his mark, which is the number of his name, they stand on the other side [or shore] of the sea of glass, having the harps of God," singing songs of victory and deliverance like their forefathers (I Corinthians 10:1-2).
After this preview of Israel's regeneration, the vision takes us back under the First Seal. Revelation 15:5, "Then . . . (your name here) . . . looked and saw that the Holy of Holies of the tent of witness in heaven was wide open." But only to those with anointed eyes who view and enter through the riven veil of Jesus' flesh; to the world it remains veiled by traditions and unbelief. Israel will see the ark of God's Testament by revelation in the midst of "Jacob's trouble" they will see Jesus Messiah, the antitype after which Moses fashioned a box of shittim wood veiling the Word of God, crowned with gold and overshadowed by cherubim.
The Ark of witness in the unveiled Holy of Holies in Revelation 11:19 and Revelation 16:17 signify the restoration of God's favour toward Israel, avenging His people with judgments on their foes, who include Christ-rejecting Gentiles.
The Seven Vials are the antitype of the Ordeal of Jealousy imposed upon non-elect make-believers and un-believers in the Message for their hour by their espoused husband, Christ, who suspects infidelity and flirtation with the "commandments of men" (Numbers 5:11-21). The seven angels are the Church Age Messengers and the curse is the two-edged Sword of the Message to their dispensation. The living creature with the face of a lion gives the vials of wrath to the seven angels, and the trial proceeds from the close of each Age, when dressed as a judge, each angel pours out his curse. "And the Holy of Holies of God in heaven was filled with smoke from the manifested glory and power of God throughout the execution of these judgments; and no one is able to enter the Holy Place or the Holy of Holies until the seven plagues of the seven angels are accomplished" (Revelation 15:8-6:17).
After Brother Branham has poured out the Seventh Vial into Satan's principality of the air or atmospheric heavens, where we "shall be caught up together with the Church Age saints in the Shekinah, to meet the Lord," he declares, "It is done." The plagues of God's wrath in the ordeal of jealousy have all been poured out upon the non-elect church. The mystery of the Seven Vials of Revelation 15:8-16:21 revealed retrospectively to the 144,000 by the two witnesses will distinguish the "saved" foolish virgin from the "lost" false church, and from Christ's Bride whom they will recognize in His 'parousia,' Coming "after He has destroyed the great whore which defiled the earth with her idolatry, and has avenged the blood of His servants at her hand" (Revelation 19:2-3).
Brother Branham said, "We're hoping soon as possible to make a way where we can bring all of us together, maybe under a big tent, where I'm feeling real definitely led to preach on the seven last Vials in the Bible" (65-0725M, Anointed Ones at the End Time, par. 7-15). Scripturally, he was saying, "When God has stretched His tent over the last member of Christ's end-time Bride, the Sixth Seal will manifest, the Seventh Trumpet will sound, and my Seventh Vial will be poured out; he has already indicted the church, the first resurrection, manifestation of the Sons of God and translation will come to pass, and the mystery of the Seven Trumpets and Seven Vials will be preached to the elect Israelites".
He mentioned his prophecy regarding the Californian earthquake that takes place at this time, then read Jesus' prophecies of Matthew 24:15-28, warning the primitive Church to flee Jerusalem when they saw the Roman ensigns on the Mount of Olives, and explaining how the tribulation, begun with Rome's invasion, would become so dire under the Sixth Seal, that if He did not "shorten the days" under the Fourth Seal, "there would be no flesh saved" for the translation. Jesus warned that in the "shortening of days," which is the "silence in heaven about the space of half an hour" following the opening of the Seventh Seal, falsely anointed ministers will arise within the circle of this end-time Message. They will show great signs and wonders like pillars of fire and clouds; purchase a physical tent and trucking to transport it so they can bring to pass their understanding of the "tent vision;" purchase an aeroplane and engage a pilot (long since deceased) to gather the Bride for a low altitude "rapture;" appoint apostles and prophets, and divide the world among men as Papal Rome once divided the "new world." Some sought to worship the Prophet and baptize in his name as foretold in Revelation 22:8-10. Others prophesy a "return ministry" for Brother Branham and a "prophetic ministry" for his son Joseph, while millions of dollars and countless man-hours are spent to evangelize the seed of the Serpent. Some ministers look for the physical return of the glorified Messiah, when this cannot take place before the Millennium (Malachi 4:1-3). Jesus warned of this delusion, telling His eagle Bride to clothe Herself in the Light that shone in Jerusalem when it is restored in the evening time (Zechariah 14:7; Matthew 24:27-28).
We all make mistakes. God surely has a magnanimous sense of humour, and is longsuffering as He watches over "the greatest show on earth." It is the process of growing from enthusiastic "babes in Christ," to "those who are mature, having their judgment trained by experience to discern both good and evil." While in hindsight these things can be a source of good-natured amusement, they betray a lack of revelation because of poor teaching. Brother Branham said, "Preaching usually catches the sinner, brings him under condemnation by the Word. But teaching places a man positionally what he is. And we can never rightly be able to have faith until positionally we know what we are" (Ephesians Parallels Joshua, p. 2:6).
A generation after the death of the prophet, serious misgivings linger within the circle of this Message. Ministers continue to prophesy falsely, quoting the "letter" of THUS SAITH THE LORD without the Spirit. Having neglected to take the Message back to the written Word of God from Genesis to Revelation, they are deceived and deceivers of all but the very elected. One notable example of heresy is called "two souls," whose source is the Babylonian Talmud, the Jews' most holy book, which Jesus said, "makes void the Word of God" (Matthew 15:1-9). This is surely the most lewd wickedness in print and hatefully antichrist, yet ministers claiming this Message invite unregenerate non-Semitic, anti-Semitic self-styled Jews into their pulpits, and so-called "elders" partake of their sin. Jesus called them Serpent's seed, Paul rebuked Judaizing Peter to his face, and Brother Branham taught that unless a man has met God on the backside of the desert like Moses and Paul, he has no right to stand behind the sacred desk.
The celebrated Rabbi Louis Finkelstein, head of The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, in the Foreword to his great classic, "The Pharisees, The Sociological Background of Their Faith," traces the origin of the form of religious worship practiced today under the present name "Judaism," to its origin as "Pharisaism" in Judea in the time of Jesus. Jesus called the Pharisees, "hypocrites! You compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, you make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves" (Matthew 23:15).
These men despise your Jesus. Their holy book claims He was born of fornication between a Roman soldier and a prostitute hairdresser in menstruation, and is presently in hell boiling in excrement! The Talmud says Gentiles are animals on two legs God created in human form to serve the Jews (Yebamoth 98a), and the best of the Gentiles should be killed (Kiddushin 66c; Soferim 15, Rule 10).
Where is your discernment of spirits? Where is the Holy Spirit? Is there reason to believe you are born-again? Brother Branham said, "If a person cannot receive the revelation of the true Oneness of the godhead, Scriptural water baptism and the 'original sin,' you know the election is off. Just walk away from him." God placed "enmity" between the forefathers of most of these people, and commanded Moses and the Israelites to utterly slay them wherever they were found in the Promised Land (Genesis 3:15; Deuteronomy 7:1-2). Jesus called them liars and traced their lineage to Cain, yet ministers invite them into their pulpits (John 8:44; Matthew 23:33-35). Brother Branham commanded us not to enter into agreements with them; as they lied to Joshua (Joshua 9), they "will skin you alive." Do these men seriously believe either they or their congregations are Christ's Bride?
"Concerning the Gospel, the Israelites are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes" (Romans 11:28). The Old and New Testaments, historians, rabbis, Jewish and other encyclopedia all clearly teach that the vast majority of so-called Jews are the non-Semitic sworn enemy and impersonator of Israel. If by the grace of God, the Israelites are temporarily enemies for our blessing, the Jews who impersonate the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob for evil are surely a curse to Spiritual Israelites as they are to natural Israelites (Genesis 12:3)!
Brother Branham often rehearsed the song:
"We let down the bars, we let down the bars, and we compromised with sin.
We let down the bars; the sheep got out, but how did the goats get in?
We let down the bars. That's what happened; we compromised. And we have to get away from that. The old Azusa Street meetings, the old fashion Pentecostal religion, backwoods, sky blue, gun-barrel straight, sin-killing religion, brother, they didn't whitewash you; it washed white. It done something to people".
Backslidden ministers have allowed their churches to be invaded by Judaizers! You call yourselves Christians yet you preach lies. Don't you know God's Old Covenant was with the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, not with any so-called Jew? Like their leaders who deceive them for personal and fanatical political advantage, you are guilty through ignorance of stealing their opportunity for redemption, which will end the instant God turns back to Israel, for Jews who are in Adam's race are predominantly non-Semitic Gentiles. Brother Branham said the few blood Israelites in the West will likewise suffer loss, as they will not escape to the one place on earth where God will recognize the Old Covenant.
Whatever these people believe in is their business. "His wife is making herself ready." Red heifers and temple buildings are a denial of Christ. Do you imagine 144,000 elect Israelites under the ministry of two prophets will burden their souls with that? But what is it to you if they do? "YOU are the Temple of God, IF the Spirit of God dwells in you" (I Corinthians 3:16). What is Israel to Christians but God's timepiece, or Jerusalem? Brother Branham said there are no more Jerusalems. The life is in the blood, and you are the Blood of Jesus Christ by the baptism with the Holy Ghost. God's Headquarters is in your heart. Jesus said the Jerusalem of this day is spiritually as Sodom and Egypt! According to God's Holy Bible the 144,000 will live mainly in Islamic lands and remain blind to the faith until the Gentile dispensation is over. Then God will reveal Himself through the ministry of two Hebrew prophets, not busybody Branhamites who have missed the catching away!
Minister Brother, your business is to protect your flock from the wolf at the door, and to keep them clean by a clear revelation of God's Word for this hour, so keep the Token on display, which is to spread the Tent of God's Word over the little Flock God has entrusted to your care. nl489.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.