Bible Believers' Newsletter 923
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; it is so good to see you again.
The news items this week show once again how incurably corrupt the once Christian nations have become. The pale horse rider has an immense following yet multitudes are impatiently gathering for the one way Revelation 6:8 ride to perdition.
Our main article completes a three-part exposition on "Shadows and Types," today focusing upon Israel's historical feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and feast of Tabernacles on which learned men of God have penned volumes. Our objective was to compare the natural types with the spiritual antitypes demonstrating the simplicity of God's Word and providing a means whereby you can make faith sure by the Absolute of God's unchanging Word to confirm the present Truth".
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.
On Europe and 'the Faith'
May 1, 2016 — In September 2015 Ronald S. Lauder, the head of the World Jewish Council, said that "never in the past 2,000 years have relations between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people been so good . . . Pope Francis . . . His clear and unequivocal support for the Jewish people is critical to us." A prostrating Pontiff, overseeing millions of compliant Catholics worldwide, is indeed critical to Jewish interests.
Francis may be seen as the perfect culmination of the Second Vatican Council, which was orchestrated by Jewish converts to Catholicism and annihilated the remaining power of the Catholic Church as a force for European culture. The poisonous seeds have given rise to a truly rotten tree, or in the interpretation of Francis himself: "The Council, with the declaration Nostra Aetate, paved the way. It said yes to the rediscovery of the Jewish roots of Christianity, and no to any form of anti-Semitism and condemnation of any insult, discrimination and persecution derived from that."
Not only a traitor to the European race, Francis is either intellectually insipid or a disingenuous cretin. In January this man, who claims to be God's emissary on earth, argued that "Europe has the means to absorb refugees without sacrificing its security or culture." The Holy Father was presumably here referring to the thefts, rapes, bombs and deaths that have illustrated the remarkable success the Continent has met with thus far in preserving its culture and security in the face of mass foreign incursion . . ." Full story: theoccidentalobserver.net
Comment: Multiculturalism is the original sin and accursed from Genesis to Revelation (Genesis 1:11; 25; Matthew 24:37; Genesis 6:1-4). Christianity has NO "Jewish" roots, the Bible is NOT a Jewish Book, the modern word 'Jew' did not enter any Bible in any language until the latter part of the 19th century, and a miniscule percentage of their number are related to Jacob or even Semitic.
Who Controls Donald Trump?
May 5, 2016 — Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are Jewish. Be sure to read the comments.
Full story: thezog.info
America and NATO's Outrageous Behavior, Greatest Threat that Exists
May 20, 2016 — On May 18th, two top people at NATO, one being its current Secretary General—the very top person—laid out in preliminary form the case for war against Russia, which presumably will be presented in more detail at the NATO Summit to be held in Poland on 8-9 July this year.
As if that weren't bad enough, there's the matter reported by Bryan Cloughly at Strategic Culture, headlining on May 19th, "Surging Towards yet Another War," where he pointed out that:
America's—and NATO's—biggest danger to the world, however, is its (their) aggressions against Russia . . .
"The United States has no territorial rights of any sort, in the South China Sea which is 7,000 miles (11,000 kilometres) from its west coast. There is nothing in international law that justifies its unilateral military 'challenge' to China's presence" there, in that area which is contested between five countries: China, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Brunei. The American government, which has no authority to speak for the entire world regarding international law—of which the US itself has been perhaps the most frequent violator during the past 16 years—isn't "policeman of the world," certainly not judge and jury and executioner (well, maybe executioner) of the world, but instead it's merely an aspiring global thug: "The Pentagon declared on 10 May that China's 'excessive maritime claims are inconsistent with international law as reflected in the Law of the Sea Convention in that they purport to restrict the navigation rights that the United States and all states are entitled to exercise'." Cloughly points out the US "refuses to ratify the Law of the Sea Convention—while ordering every other country to abide by it."
Full story: globalresearch.ca
USA: How to make them give a Damn?
May 12, 2016 — In a report published in the American journal, National Security News, on May 9th, the day of the celebration of the victory of Soviet and allied forces over the fascist forces in 1945, it was stated that, "in terms of the eastern threat—which is a reference to Russia-EUCOM (the American Forces European Command) will be moving from a training to a war fighting stance."
The article continues, "this does not mean that the US is planning a war with Russia, merely that it will shift its force structure in a manner aimed at deterring Moscow and defending NATO and European partners should Russian President Vladimir Putin attempt what he has done in Ukraine" . . . What are the wars in Ukraine, in Syria, the destruction of Yugoslavia and Libya, but a part of the [US] war against Russia? . . . "The United States quite simply doesn't give a damn about the United Nations, international law or critical dissent, which it regards as impotent and irrelevant." "How to make them give a damn," [Harold Pinter] once asked me, "before they kill us all?" . . . Full story: journal-neo.org
America's Outrageous Ultimatum: Syria as the Libya of the Levant
May 7, 2016 — How the United States presumes to possess the authority to determine the fate of a sovereign nation thousands of miles from its own shores in the Middle East is never explained by [Jewish] US Secretary of State John Kerry when he recently announced a new ultimatum levelled at Damascus. Nor is it explained why Syria should capitulate to US demands to begin a political transition that has demonstrably left other nations across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) divided, destroyed, and safe-havens for state-sponsored terrorism years after "successful" US-backed regime change has been achieved–Libya most notably . . . "Kerry warns Assad to start transition by August 1 or else," the United States fully expects Damascus to concede to a "political transition" engineered by Washington, leaving the nation in the hands of verified terrorists linked directly to the political and militant forces currently laying waste to Libya and those nations that put them into power . . . America essentially demands Syria's surrender to Al Qaeda . . .
Full story: journal-neo.org
From Golden Dollar to Petro Dollar to Narco Dollar
May 9, 2016 — The role as world reserve currency is something no financial hegemon in history has willingly surrendered. It took two world wars for the City of London and Bank of England to reluctantly concede hegemony of the Pound Sterling to the Dollar. As Henry Kissinger is said to have remarked decades ago, "If you control the money, you can control the entire world." Whether or not Kissinger ever said that publicly, he and his patron, David Rockefeller, certainly believed it. Now, with US government debt shooting past $19 trillion and the true state of the American economy and its infrastructure at its worst since the Great Depression, with most Americans living on the brink of financial disaster, the brilliant financial engineers of Wall Street and Washington have once again come up with a scheme to prolong the role of Dollar as King in the world economy . . . the way is clear to make the USA the new Switzerland or Panama. Drug cartels of the world are already clearly informed and a good share of the estimated $1.6 trillion of criminal funds annually are searching new safe havens in Reno and other US hot money havens. From a golden dollar to a petro dollar to now a narco dollar. It's pretty pathetic for the country that was once the world's leading industrial technology leader. Full story: journal-neo.org
Comment: In place of humiliating Russia, the "economic war" Washington and Brussels promoted was counterproductive . . . Moscow and Beijing have decided to put an end to the domination of the dollar in fixing the prices of the black gold. The petroyuan . . . promises to facilitate the transition to a multi-polar monetary system . . . that takes various currencies into account and reflects the correlation of forces in the current world order.
None dare call it Conspiracy
Jewish traitor and fascist dictator President F. D. Roosevelt said, "In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way." He was in a good position to know: he was very much behind World War II.
"When you think about it, there are only two theories of history. Either things happen by accident neither planned nor caused by anybody, or they happen because they are planned and somebody causes them to happen. In reality it is the "accidental theory of history" preached in the unhallowed Halls of Ivy which should be ridiculed . . . Why is it that virtually all "reputable" scholars and mass media columnists and commentators reject the cause and effect or conspiratorial theory of history" (Gary Allen, None Dare Call it Conspiracy, p. 8-9)?
A plan for world conquest was addressed to Giuseppe Mazzini in a letter by Albert Pike dated August 15, 1871 stating that three world wars would prepare the world for the New World Order. World Wars I and II followed the military blueprints; the ongoing World War III is unfolding the plan disclosed 145 years ago. Bible believers know that seven years after peace is restored "the greatest social cataclysm the world has ever known" will produce Armageddon and the consummation of life. Full story: Episode 6. Leon Trotsky, Father of German Nazism (IV)
Comment: Genesis 3:15, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and these links finger one entity working behind diverse fronts to establish Satan's Eden. Episode 1. The Bank of England; Episode 2. The US Federal Reserve; Episode 3. Assassination in Sarajevo? Episode 4. Who ignited the First World War? Episodes 5. Who paid for the Second World War?
Our Sick Society eagerly creates Sick Children
May 21, 2016 — It's an all out assault on future generations. There is no sense in raising decent children only to participate in a dishonorable society.
ZPG, they called it. Zero Population Growth. The argument made sense, so the movement caught on. Too many people in the world, they said. It made sense to limit the number of children we had, or not to have any at all. Trouble is, it was a Jew scam, aimed at depleting the labor pools of the high-tech countries in order to replace the absent population caused by abortion and birth control with low-tech immigrants who could be more easily trained as suitable slaves in the Jewish master plan to control the whole world.
You see the punchline today—Jews saying we need to import Muslims to compensate for our flagging birth rate.
While the program might have been a good idea in China or India, whose streets remain chronically clogged with starving beggars, that's not where it was implemented. ZPG never reached Africa or the Islamic world, whose burgeoning birth rates have now turned out to be a death sentence for the highly developed Western nations, where problematic labor shortages are about to be solved by a pre-planned influx of unskilled Third World immigrants who relish the irony of being supported by a government funded by the very people who are being exterminated.
A totalitarian government desires stupid citizens it can manipulate into carrying out its evil ends. Today, in addition to flooding developed countries with naive and exploitable immigrants, a master plan of reducing the health and intelligence of its own children is well underway.
A similar scam occurred around the turn of the century—from the 19th to the 20th, that is—when our friendly media manipulators, in the frightening form of Jewish suffrage groups . . . Full story: therebel.is
Land of Injustice, Courts absolve Criminal Politicians, murder Truthtellers
May 14, 2016 — Hillary wants the White House but should be in the Big House . . . each day a new atrocity . . . today . . . she received $100 million from several corrupt Middle Eastern regimes . . . another reason why she is ineligible to run for president . . . this image I can't get out of my mind . . . 200 little bodies neatly arranged on the floor . . . all dead . . . Who is really responsible . . . our present president and very possibly our future president Hillary Clinton . . . Ambassador Stevens sodomized and butchered by a crowd . . . paid by the US . . . probably the only man who could have testified that she . . . instructed him to send nerve gas stolen from Libya . . . to Syria so the ISIS rebels could murder all those children and attempt to blame it on Assad . . .
Hillary's role in brokering the deal giving a company named Uranium One rights . . . led to the double jeopardy jailing of the Hammonds, the peaceful Bundy protest . . . premeditated murder of Finicum . . . Full story: therebel.is
Monsanto and the Poisoning of Europe
May 18, 2016 — This week, a Standing Committee of plant scientists from 28 member states in Europe is likely to endorse the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) findings so that the European Commission (under pressure from Monsanto, Glyphosate Task Force and others) can re-authorise glyphosate for another nine years. This is despite the WHO classifying glyphosate as being "probably carcinogenic" to humans . . .
Last year, Arthur Nelson noted that as many as 31 pesticides with a value running into billions of pounds could have been banned in the EU because of potential health risks, if a blocked EU paper on hormone-mimicking chemicals had been acted upon. A study by Sebastian Stehle and Ralph Schultz found 44.7% of 1,566 cases of measured insecticide concentrations (MICs) in EU surface waters exceeded their respective regulatory acceptable concentrations. The meta-analysis challenges the efficacy of the regulatory environmental risk assessment conducted for pesticide authorisation in the EU.
Our food and agriculture system is in big trouble . . . because the global agritech/agribusiness sector is poisoning it, us and the environment with its pesticides, herbicides, GMOs and various other chemical inputs . . . made possible because of the agro-chemical industry's lavish funds, massive lobbying, slick PR, compliant politicians and scientists and its undermining and capture of regulatory and policy decision-making bodies that supposedly serve the public interest.
The situation in the US is possibly even worse and with TTIP on the horizon, Europeans could be in line for exposure to even more chemicals . . . 34,000 pesticides are currently registered . . . in the US. Drinking water is often contaminated by pesticides, and more babies are being born with preventable birth defects due to pesticide exposure. Chemicals show up in breast milk of mothers. Illnesses are on the rise too, including asthma, autism and learning disabilities, birth defects and reproductive dysfunction, diabetes, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases and several types of cancer. The link with pesticide exposure is becoming increasingly evident . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
China plans to become GMO Giant
May 8, 2016 — President Xi Jinping and his Prime Minister, Li Keqiang . . . have decided to make China a world leader in . . . GMO and the related highly toxic (to humans) pesticides and herbicides . . . for the world, a major blow. In November, China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) made a failed bid to buy the Swiss-based Syngenta, the world's largest crop chemical pesticide and herbicide producer with 19 percent of the world market . . . sanctioning the ChemChina bid to become a "global player" in . . . population reduction . . .
The claim that GMO seeds and their paired chemical weed-killers such as Monsanto Roundup or Chinese-produced glyphosate copies of that will ever improve crop yield on "marginal soils" is worse than an error . . . either total ignorance of documented USA and other GMO planting experience, which documents a drop in yield and an inevitable rise in required chemicals required for weed and pest control . . . Or . . . something immoral . . .
This September, Russia's government announced it had approved a total ban on planting of any GMO crops in Russia. President Putin followed the decision with a speech in which he said the GMO ban will allow Russia to become a foremost world exporter of healthy, natural food crops. And this year, two-thirds of the 28-member EU states, including Germany and France, opted for a ban of GMO planting under new Brussels "opt-out" rules . . . Full story: journal-neo.org
Shadows and Types Part III
The first of Israel's three great annual feasts spoke, in the presentation of the first sheaf, of the founding of the Church; the second, in the presentation of two leavened wave-loaves signifying the finished Church, Christ's Bride of all Ages. The third will speak, in the presentation of the fruit of the fig tree: 144,000 elect Israelites born as a nation in one day to serve as the attendants of Christ's Bride.
Leviticus 23:23-32, "And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no servile work therein: but you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.
"And on the tenth day of the seventh month there shall be a Day of Atonement: it shall be a holy convocation unto you; and you shall afflict your souls [fast], and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord. And you shall do no work in that same day: for it is a Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God. Whatever soul that shall not be afflicted in that same day, shall be cut off from among His people. And whatever soul that does any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. You shall do no manner of work: this shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. It will be a sabbath of rest to you, and you will afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, you shall celebrate your sabbath".
Indolent satisfaction with a second-hand religion induced blind apostasy upon God's servant nation Israel by Talmudic indoctrination "that makes the Word of God of none effect" (Isaiah 8:20; Matthew 15:1-9). Israel is the enemy of God and the Gospel for our sakes, so that "the blessing of Abraham might come on us Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith" (Galatians 3:14). God ceased dealing with unbelieving Israel; now He is ending His dealings with unbelieving Gentiles (Romans 11; II Timothy 4:3-4). All denominations are apostate; Christ fulfilled His Mediation as Son of God, claimed the Book and resumed the prophetic office Son of man as King of kings and Judge (John 5:27; Revelation 5).
In Revelation 3:15-20 Jesus rebuked today's laid-back careless, care-less church, "You are neither cold nor hot . . . because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. You say, 'I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,' when you are morally wretched and miserable, spiritually bankrupt, blind to the faith, naked of the Blood, and know it not." Verse 20 shows Christ put out of the churches that bear His Name.
In 1964 the Lord showed Brother Branham a vision of the true vine and the false vine. "I didn't see the person. It was just a Voice" . . . He said, "The Bride will come in view for preview."
"And I looked coming to me, and I seen the most prettiest bunch of clean-dressed women I ever seen in my life. But each one of them, looked like, was dressed different. They all had long hair, and they were . . . longer sleeves and skirts and so forth, young women . . . They looked kind of, I'd say about, maybe, twenty."
"But when this Bride . . . She was looking right at . . . (The one was talking to me, and I standing together.) Her eyes . . . She was the cleanest, sweetest looking people I ever seen in my life. Look like it could been a dozen or more, just . . . I don't know how many was abreast, but there was just a group of them. And She passed by, sweetly with a air, and her eyes up, watching as She passed by. Oh, She was beautiful. I looked at her."
"And as She passed by, he said, "That's the Bride. Now, we will review the churches." And they come. I noticed them coming up. And when they come up, each one, look like, got worse. I never seen such a filthy bunch in my life. And when he said, "Next . . ." I heard a noise. And it said, "Next," said, "here comes the American group."
"Now, I am an American, but this just made me sick. I am not eloquent enough to, in a mixed audience, to say what was taking place; you'll have to read between the lines. But when the women were coming, the leader of them was a witch. She had a great long nose and a great big mouth. And all of them was dressed with some kind of lower clothes down here, but the top just had a strap that just a little, about half inch strap that moved up and went around them like this. And each woman had something on the order . . . Many of you, years ago used to . . . Remember, when we used to cut that paper, you know, newspaper, and make an old fly-brush?"
"How many remembers it? You know. Why, I think you used it in carnivals, you know. Hanging down like that, fringed paper, lace paper. They had something holding below them, like this, holding below them. All of this part was exposed. And each one had hair cut up real short and frizzy-looking things all over it like that, real short cut hair, and full of makeup: absolutely nothing but looked like street prostitutes. And they were walking with this paper. And the vulgarity . . . Now, the paper was what was hold in front of them; but when they passed the review stand, in the back of them . . . And to see the way they were going on in their foremost and their back part, and how they were acting . . . I thought, "Is that the church?"
"And there she went. And they were singing this here twist-and-roll songs, you know, ever what you call, going down, singing like, going behind . . . I said, "Is that the church?" And I was standing there. And in my heart I was crying. And this witch . . . To my notion it's nothing else in the world, but she's that World Council of Churches leading them right straight down the road where she was going. They went off to the left and disappeared in chaos, still beating this music and making real funny sounds, and shaking their bodies one side and then the other side, and then like that, carrying on like that, walking."
"And I just started to bow my head, and he said, "Wait, the Bride must come again." And I looked, and here they come again. And they passed by, sweet-looking little ladies. They was all looking right at me as they passed by. And I noticed each one was dressed different. And one in the back had kinda long hair hanging down and had it rolled around like this, might been German or something like that. And I watched them. And then, as they started leaving, two or three of them in the back . . . get out of step. And I was going to holler at them, and they was trying to get back in step again. And I seen them just—the vision just fade out and change from me."
"Now, here is the interpretation thereof: . . . Now, remember. I had just got through writing . . . I hadn't finished; I hadn't wrote these notes yet. But in preaching this morning, I caught what it was right in my sermon . . . And not knowing it till just a few minutes ago . . . See? Did you notice the Bride come in view twice? The first Seed and the second Seed, both of them exactly the same one. And the reason they were dressed in different parts, she'll come from all nations; it'll make up the Bride. Each one had long hair and no makeup, and real pretty girls. And they were watching me. That represented the Bride coming out of all nations. Each one represented a nation, as they marched perfectly in line with the Word. See?
"And then, I have to watch Her. She'll get out of step with that Word if I don't watch when she's passing by, if she gets by. Maybe it'll be my time when I'm over (See?), when I'm finished, or whatever it is."
"Watch. They was getting back, trying their best. They was getting back; they was getting in line, 'cause they was looking out somewhere else, watching about that church that just went into chaos. But two . . . The front ones never. The back ones—just two or three of them, was kinda stepped out a little bit to the right-hand side, and looked like was trying to get back in line as they went by. They was just passing me, oh, far as here to the wall, passing me. I was standing there. And then I just seen them all just move out and leave."
"But you notice, the church only came into view once, each nation, the church. But the Bride come in twice. See? See what it was? Now, not knowing it, but look at it with my Message this morning, not knowing that. See?"
"The Seed fell in the ground at Nicaea. That was the original seed. And She's come through the process of these denominations which only comes in existence once. But the Bride returns back again in the last days: "I will restore." See? The Masterpiece is brought up. That's the reason She was in view—reviewed the second time. She was reviewed the first time; then she was reviewed the second time. And She's perfectly the second time like She was the first time. Oh, God, have mercy. Hurry, hurry, hurry. Life, get in the Grain right quick."
"All others never appeared no more. They went out never to come back again. But the Bride came back, 'cause She was Alpha and Omega. God, the Great Sculptor, has made Him a Masterpiece, for it is a piece of His first Masterpiece. Like He made in the Garden of Eden and took a piece from and made another piece and that was marred and fell; now He's been all this time building it up again. And He brought forth this Masterpiece, and was smitten in order—that Part that was smitten was in order to bring back again that Masterpiece again."
"So the Masterpiece and the Son of God—the Masterpiece and the Bride . . . And it's a piece of Him, which must be the fulfilling of the Word. The Word has been fulfilled, and we're ready for the Coming of the Lord" (The Masterpiece, p. 33:187-199).
Hosea 4, 5 and 6 prophesy in type how the northern Kingdom of Israel, then Judah, would apostatise from Yahweh Torah to the worship of the Babylonian trinity which non-Semitic, anti-Semitic self-styled Jews introduced into Christendom at the First Nicaea Council in AD325 where the Judaeo-Roman Catholic church organized as Jesus prophesied in Revelation 2. For their whoredom the Lord God dispersed the Kingdom of Israel, sent Nebuchadnezzar to transport the Judeans to a lifetime of captivity, destroyed His Temple, and placed Jerusalem under Gentile dominion till the consummation of life.
The trinity is "the mark of the beast." In the next few years the United States and her (once) Protestant daughters will unite church and state under Rome and force trinitarianism on pain of death (Revelation 13:15-18).
The following history shows how natural Israel and Judah type the natural or false vine church. Hosea 5:8 6:-11, "Blow the horn in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah: Sound an alarm at Bethaven, behind you, Benjamin. Ephraim will become a desert in the day of rebuke and what I declare concerning the tribes of Israel is sure".
In the Spirit God's judgment is seen as already inflicted. The arrival of the enemy is announced in the form of an injunction to blow an alarm from the lofty heights of Gibeah and Ramah in Benjamin whose allotment on Judah's northeastern border signifies the whole of the southern Kingdom. Thus Judah is already menaced and Ephraim/Israel, which adjoins Benjamin on the north, is already occupied. Ephraim is hopelessly impenitent; Israel is to be destroyed and her people exiled within the ancient Assyrian and Babylonian Empires till the Lord gathers them to the Land of the Covenant in the first half of Daniel's Seventieth Week.
"The princes of Judah are like those who move the boundary: I will pour out My wrath upon them like water. Ephraim is oppressed, crushed in judgment, because he determined to follow human statutes [in contrast to the ordinances of God, alluding to Jeroboam's commandment to worship the calves at Dan and Bethel (II Kings 10:28-33; Acts 5:29)]".
By joining with Israel in idolatry Judah broke down the barriers between Jehovah and the idols and is subject to the curse of Deuteronomy 27:17. Ahaz and his courtiers introduced an idolatrous altar from Damascus (II Kings 16:10-18); also he burnt his children in the valley of Hinnom after the abominations of the heathen (II Chronicles 28:3). God's anger will seize upon them like a full stream of water.
"Therefore I am like a moth [slowly devouring] Ephraim, [the ten tribes, as a garment], and as rottenness [which slowly consumes the body] to the house of Judah. When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah his wound, then Ephraim went to Assyria. [First, Menahem (II Kings 15:19) applied to Pul (Tiglath-pileser III); and again, Hoshea went to Shalmaneser (II Kings 17:3)], and [Judah] applied to his contender, Tiglath-pileser for aid against Syria and Israel (II Kings 16:7,8; II Chronicles 28:16-21); but Assyria could not heal you, nor cure you of your wound."
"For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, and like a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear to pieces and return to my lair; I will carry away, and there will be none to deliver him. I will go away and return to My place [and withdraw My favour] till they acknowledge their offence, and seek My face: in their affliction [the great tribulation] they will seek Me earnestly [after the midst of Daniel's Seventieth Week and the martyrdom and resurrection of their 'Moses and Elijah']".
God states emphatically that they can as little defend themselves from His judgments as they can from an attack by lions. And as the lion, without fear of being attacked, withdraws into his lair so the Lord withdraws into heaven; none can or dare call Him to account until they make expiation. 2,700 years of suffering will drive an election of 144,000 to God.
Hosea 6:1-3 prophesies the happy termination of Israel's punishment for unbelief under the Seven Trumpet Judgments through 2,000 years of the Gentile dispensation to the Sixth Seal and Seventh Trumpet in Daniel's Seventieth Week.
"Come, and let us return to the Lord: for He has torn, and He will heal us; He has smitten, and He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight. Then shall we know if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He will come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth".
We know from Psalm 90:4 and II Peter 3:8 that "one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." Hosea was prophesying in about 780BC, and we are speaking and listening in AD2016. As 780 + 2016 = 2,796 — well "after two days," we live in "the third day wherein the Lord will raise up 144,000 elect Israelites to live in His sight," favour and Presence with eternal Life (Revelation 14:1-5).
Like a lion the Lord tore and scattered apostate Israel but now the Gentiles are apostate. His Prophet has called the wise and foolish virgins OUT from Rome and her daughter churches that cannot see that God's Name is Lord Jesus Christ, and He is now poised to revive Israel. But He cannot deal simultaneously with His servants holding to the Old Covenant and His Wife under the New Covenant. So as Joseph dismissed his servants and sent his wife and children into the Palace before he revealed himself to his brethren, His Bride of all Ages must be resurrected and translated to the Palace for the Wedding Supper in the Air before His two prophets can introduce Christ's second or (Gk.) 'parousia' Coming to Israel.
Hosea 4:6 prophesied, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shall be no priest to Me. As you have forgotten the Law of your God, I will also forget your children." Thus the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel became an unknown and strange God to the pagan Israelite idolaters twisted by Talmudic and Jewish fables. But if they press on He will bring Spiritual Light by the rain of the Holy Spirit quickening understanding through the ministration of the two Hebrew prophets (Zechariah 4; Matthew 17:1-8; 24:31; Acts 1:10-11; Revelation 11). Then "the eyes of their understanding being enlightened they will know what is the hope of His calling, and the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints [and] receive the Gift of the Spirit" (Acts 2:38-39; Ephesians 1:18).
Contrary to popular belief the Israelites have not yet returned to the Promised Land (Psalm 17:7; Isaiah 6:10-13; 11:11-16; 13:14; 27:12-13; 49:17; Jeremiah 3:12-18; 16:15; 23:8; 31:8; Ezekiel 37:1-28; 39:27-28; Micah 5:3; 2:12-13; Zechariah 10:9-12; Matthew 24:29-31). "For fear of the Jews" they dare not return until Israel's defeat in the 'hot stage' of World War III triggers the exodus of Edomite and Khazar self-styled Jews (Zechariah 14:2). God cannot deal with Israel until the Church goes Home, and in order to "return to the Lord" the Israelites must return to Israel for their Covenant is of no effect outside the land of the Covenant.
Their resolve to return to Zion with penitent weeping will strengthen under the exigence of unprecedented convulsions of nature during the manifestation of the Sixth Seal and Seventh Trumpet, exhausting their welcome after millennia of exile among the now Muslim peoples of the ancient Assyrian and Babylonian Empires. The Lord's chastisement will lead them to faith in the promise of the Covenant God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to "heal, revive and raise them up in His sight in the third day" (Deuteronomy 32:39).
Revelation 15:4 foretold the 144,000 elect Israelites will acknowledge the justice of God's judgments and not ascribe their plight to man or seek man to heal their wickedness and the wickedness of their forefathers but mourn their atonement in Zechariah 12.
Hosea 6:3, "Then we shall know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is as fixed and certain as each day dawn separates darkness from Light; and He will come to us as [refreshing and reviving] as the latter and former rains invigorate the earth".
This reflects the goodness, permanence and reliability of God's providence in accordance with His promise to Noah "I will not curse the ground again anymore for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite anymore every living thing [with water], as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease" (Genesis 8:21-22). In contrast, Judah's "goodness is as [ephemeral] as a morning cloud [that rapidly dissolves], and as the early dew it goes away" (Hosea 6:4).
At the blast of the priests' trumpets Israel assembled, as it were under the banner and before the throne of their God. The voice of the trumpets imaged the Voice and Word of the Lord (Exodus 19:13-19; Isaiah 58:1; Revelation 1:10; 4:1), reminding them of their Covenant (Malachi 4:4), acknowledging God as King and reminding Him of His promises (Leviticus 23:23-25; Numbers 10:9; Isaiah 43:26). The feast of Trumpets on Tishri (October) 1 which commenced the sabbatical and civil year, also prepared for the Day of Atonement on Tishri 10, at the close of which the blast of the Jubilee trumpets proclaimed liberty throughout the land, after guilt had been removed through the typically atoning blood of victims. Joel 2:15-17, "Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the Bridegroom go forth of His chamber, and the Bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare Your people, O Lord, and give not your heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: why should they among the peoples say, Where is their God?" This was the month for ingathering the last ripe fruits, as well as sowing. When the Great or Seventh Trumpet sounds, "Loud voices in heaven will pronounce, The kingdom of this world has become the Kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever" (Revelation 11:15).
The Great Trumpet will mark the end of the Gentile dispensation and our Jubilee. It will call the first resurrection of the sleeping saints commencing on the third day, and the manifestation of the Token of the Life of Christ in living Sons of God waved as leavened loaves will consecrate the whole harvest of Christ's Bride prior to our body change and translation. All those in denominational walled cities will enter the tribulation as they cannot come out in the Jubilee (Leviticus 25:29-30).
The Sixth Seal will manifest from the sinking of Los Angeles at the Great or Seventh Trump marking the end of the Gentile dispensation. At this time the Pillar of Cloud will be raised as an "ensign" or signal over the Mount of Olives which will cleave in the midst toward the east and the west, demolishing es Sakhra, the Dome of the Rock, and the al Aqsa Mosque, thus igniting the 'hot stage' of the present World War III (Isaiah 29:6; Zechariah 14:4-5; Revelation 16:19). And as Israel failed to recognize the fulfilment of Zechariah 9:9 speaking of Messiah's first Coming, they will also not recognize Zechariah 14:4-5 speaking of His second or (Gk.) 'parousia' Coming.
Isaiah 18:3-4, "All you inhabiters of the world and dwellers upon the earth, as soon as an ensign, signal or rallying point is raised on the mountains [as when the Pillar of Cloud stands upon the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4)], you will see it; and when the [Great or Seventh] Trumpet is blown, you will hear it. For THUS SAITH THE LORD, I will take My rest, and I will consider in My dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a dew cloud in the heat of harvest".
In the shadow and type God called the Assyrians together on "the mountains" before Jerusalem to their destruction. King Hezekiah sought aid from Ethiopia's King Tirhakah, but the Lord God smote the Assyrians as they slept (Isaiah 37). In the antitype of Zechariah 14 the Lord calls on the entire world to witness the same divinely sent earthquake that swallows the foe open a way of escape to the Israelites (Ezekiel 38:20-21; Zechariah 14:4).
Isaiah 27:12-13: "In that day, the Lord will start His threshing from the channel of the River Euphrates to the Wady el-'Arish [or from the northern to the southern border of Israel], and you will be gathered one by one, O children of Israel. And it shall come to pass in that day that the Great Trumpet will be blown, and those who were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and who were scattered in the land of Egypt (Ezekiel 34:4, 16) will return to freely worship the Lord in the Holy Mount at Jerusalem [after the earthquake that divides the Mount of Olives, demolishes the Dome of the Rock generating a Muslim invasion and the exodus of Israel's enemy the non-Semitic, anti-Semitic self-styled Jews (Genesis 27:39-41)]".
God's Bible instructs us that the "children of Israel" will be gathered into the Land of the Covenant in the first half of Daniel's Seventieth Week after the Seventh or Great Trumpet.
Zechariah 14:1-9, "When the Day of the Lord comes [at the Seventh or Great Trumpet that ends mans' day] Israel's spoil will be divided in its midst. All nations will gather against Jerusalem to battle; and the City will be taken, the houses rifled and the women raped; half of the City shall go forth into captivity [as the State of Palestine], and the rest of the Israelites will not be cut off from the City [which will become a corpus separatum when peace is restored and UN Resolution 181 of November 29, 1947 honoured]" (Isaiah 13:1-16; Joel 2:1-17; Malachi 4:1). "[After the midst of Daniel's Seventieth Week] the Lord will go forth, and fight against those nations, as He fights in a day of war."
"His feet shall stand upon the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives shall cleave in the middle eastward and westward by a very great valley; half of the mountain shall move northward and half southward. And you shall flee from the valley of My mountains; for the valley of My mountains shall reach unto Azal: you shall flee as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah King of Judah: and the Lord My God shall come, and all the saints with Him" (I Corinthians 15:52; I Thessalonians 4:14-16).
The place of His departure at His ascension will be the place of His return: and "this same Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven shall return in like manner" (Acts 1:11). He will "come from the east, having the Seal of the living God" (Ezekiel 43:2; Matthew 24:27, 30; Revelation 7:2). "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Light shall not be clear, nor dark: but it shall be a unique day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be Light" (Matthew 24:27-31).
We live in the holy convocation of the fiftieth day of the antitype of Israel's Pentecost, a unique day and dispensation unrecognized by the world church system. In this dismal day of denominational confusion, of acquiring knowledge devoid of understanding, the Lord sent us a Prophet with Spiritual Light in the evening of the Gentile dispensation. After the Great Trumpet He will enlighten Israel through the ministry of the two angels of Zechariah 4 and Matthew 24:31.
"And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former [Dead] sea, and half of them toward the hinder [Mediterranean] sea: in summer [by the 'parousia' Coming of the Son of man to us Gentiles by the revelation of the Seven Seals in the present holy convocation for the Pentecostal Jubilee of Christ's Bride]; and in winter [by the 'parousia' Coming of the Son of man to Israel by the revelation of the Seven Trumpet mysteries in the antitype of their feast of Trumpets for the Atonement Day Jubilee of 144,000 elect Israelites]. And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be only one Lord and His Name the only one" (Revelation 11:15; Isaiah 66:8).
Endued with the spirit and authority of a Moses and an Elijah, two prophets will expound the feast of Trumpets in the Land of the Covenant to reveal the mystery of Seven Trumpet Judgments that chastised unbelieving Israel through the Gentile dispensation. These mysteries will be revealed under the Sixth Seal, and their purpose, as Brother Branham explained, will be "To rush the Jews [he means Israelites], from all parts of the world, back into their homeland. It must be there [to fulfil their Day of Atonement]" (Recognizing your day and its Message, p. 8:37; Isaiah 11:11-13). He also said, "Many Jews in the United States (which they won't escape from) . . ." (COD, p. 97:235). And quoting Malachi 4:1, "For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud . . . (like the Americans and so forth) . . . yea . . . all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: . . . (It's going to burn.) . . . and the day that cometh that shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts . . . it shall leave them neither root or branch" (The Revelation of the Seven Seals, p. 150:6). The plagues that preceded the deliverance of natural Israel from Egypt type the Seven Trumpet Judgments God sent to call Israel out of spiritual Egypt back into her homeland to fulfil their Day of Atonement. This was a shadow and type of the birth of the nation in one day (Isaiah 66:8), for on the Day of Atonement the sin of Israel had been removed, and its covenant relation to God restored.
Revelation 11:1-4 explains how the three and a half (prophetic) year ministry of Israel's prophets will be directed solely to a sanctified election of blood Israelites descended from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. "Rise, and measure the Temple of God, and the altar [that belongs to the Holy of Holies (Exodus 30:6; I Kings 6:22), and them that worship therein." Their 'Moses' will bring to mind the Law with its statutes and judgments for all Israel which is the pattern consecrated by the created Blood of God; the shadow and type after which Paul wrote the New Testament (Hebrews 9:1-23; Revelation 1:5; Malachi 4:4). The rending of the veil by Christ has brought the human antitypes of the altar, lampstand, and showbread of the Holy Place into the Most Holy Place, heaven. With this foundational understanding restored, the Israelites will recognize and renounce the blasphemous hypocrisy of Talmudism whereby Jews "made the commandments of God of none effect" (Matthew 15:1-9). Henceforth their 'Elijah' will be able to explain, perhaps by the example of Joseph who was a type of Jesus Messiah and by the history and revelation of the past 2,000 years, how the nation was chastised by the God of Israel according to the Law of Moses. Their rejection of the Gospel Trumpets which delivered the Voice and Word of God in seven successive Church Ages emulates the blasphemy of those who believed the spies at Kadesh-barnea and disbelieved God's promise. As their names were removed from the Book of Life, so are the names of those who received the Talmud in place of the vindicated Word of Moses, the prophets, and Christ's seven angel forerunners, thus "crucifying to themselves the Son of God afresh" (Hebrews 6:6; Revelation 2-3).
Like Jesus Messiah, Joseph was loved of his father but despised by his brothers because he was a prophet with whom God spoke in spiritual dreams and visions. Thrown into a pit and supposedly killed by wild beasts, he was raised and sold for twenty pieces of silver. His brothers slew a young goat and dipped his coat of many colours in its blood. Jesus was sold for thirty pieces of silver and murdered by His brothers, then buried; but in three days He rose from the tomb, and "when the Day of Pentecost was full come" the rainbow crowning His head came back upon an election of believing men and women of diverse nations, tongues and colours of Adam's race.
Joseph was sold as a slave to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh; the Lord was with him and prospered everything he did. Potiphar's wife falsely accused Joseph and he was imprisoned, but God prospered him in the prison. Pharaoh's butler and baker were also imprisoned; each dreamed a dream, and according to Joseph's interpretation the baker was hanged and the butler was restored. Jesus was impaled on the Cross between two felons, the impenitent on the left was lost, and the elect penitent on the right was saved.
Do you see the shadows and types and the simplicity of the Gospel? Israel will recognize the substance by the shadow.
After two years Pharaoh dreamed complimentary dreams and his butler referred him to Joseph who interpreted the seven good years and the seven lean years and advised Pharaoh as to what he must do to preserve his people. And Pharaoh set Joseph over the land saying, "only in the throne will I be greater than you . . . and made him to ride in the second chariot which he had [I think it was a Chrysler]; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt." Likewise Jesus Messiah declared, "All things are delivered unto Me of My Father: and no man knows the Son, but the Father; neither knows any man the Father, save the Son, and He to whom the Son will reveal Him" (Isaiah 45:23; Matthew 11:27; Philippians 2:10).
Throughout the Church Ages God sent seven angels named Paul, Irenaeus, Martin, Columba, Martin Luther, John Wesley, and William Branham, crying "Bow the knee, our Joseph, Jesus Christ, is Coming." In each dispensation the elect received the Gospel Trumpet for their day, "bowed the knee" and were born-again. At war with the God of Abraham, Israel rejected the Trumpet of Gospel grace and received the Trumpet of judgment.
We have had seven good years or Church Ages. Soon the Lamb will take His Bride to be ever at His side—so FEW we will not be missed in the unprecedented convulsion of nature that introduces seven years of "the time of Jacob's trouble" and Edomite and Khazar Jews who are not Jacob's seed will not "be saved out of it" (Jeremiah 30:7). If they are in Adam's race their time of redemption is now, before God returns to Israel.
Amos 8:11 prophesied, "The days come when I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the Words of the Lord." This famine is now; few can find a Church serving "Spiritual food in due season" anywhere on the face of this earth.
Matthew 24:21-22 spoke of persecution that would come upon the Church from the natural and spiritual Serpent seed with increasing intensity such that unless God shortened the days by the Message of His prophet William Branham there would be no flesh saved for the translation. According to Ezekiel, Gog will re-communise Russia; to this end he has invaded the Ukraine from the USA. Toward the end of the seven years' tribulation Gog will exercise his "Samson Option" to annihilate Vatican City State and the United States, leading to Armageddon and the consummation. And as Joseph dismissed his servants and sent his Gentile wife and children into the palace before he revealed Himself to his brethren, our Joseph will steal His Gentile Bride into the Palace before the "seven lean years" at the end of which He will reveal Himself to His brethren.
The ordinance of the Day of Atonement was delivered after the death of Aaron's two sons, when they drew near before the Lord with strange fire in their censers and died (Leviticus 10). This ordinance of the Day of Atonement is the culmination of the Mosaic sacrificial worship. Israel rejected its Atonement—Jesus Messiah—and will soon restore animal sacrifices.
From Numbers 29:7-11 it appears that the offerings on the Day of Atonement were of a threefold kind—"the continual burnt-offering" of the daily morning and evening sacrifices, with their meat-and drink-offerings; the festive sacrifices of the day, consisting of "a ram for a burnt-offering" for the high-priest and the priesthood, and for the people one young bullock, one ram, and seven lambs of the first year (with their meat-offerings) for a burnt-sacrifice, and one kid of the goats for a sin-offering; and, thirdly, and chiefly, the peculiar expiatory sacrifices of the day, which were a young bullock as a sin-offering for the high-priest, his house, and the sons of Aaron, and another sin-offering for the people, consisting of two goats, one "for the Lord" was "made sin" and sacrificed and its blood sprinkled as directed, while one "for Azazel," meaning separation, was the escaped goat sent away to a land of forgetfulness bearing "all the atoned for iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins" which had been confessed over and laid upon him by the high-priest. These fifteen sacrificial animals, including both goats, represented Jesus Christ "who has by one offering perfected forever those that are sanctified . . . and where there is remission, there is no longer any offering for sin" (Hebrews 10:14, 18).
Therefore, when the 144,000 elect Israelites fulfil their Day of Atonement—receiving the revelation of Jesus Christ and new birth—they will not kill a sacrifice but mourn for their unbelief and the unbelief of their forefathers.
Zechariah 12:10 – 13:1, "I will pour upon the House of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon [when godly King Josiah was slain]."
"And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the [royal] House of David alone, and their wives alone; the family of the house of Nathan [David's son] alone, and their wives alone; the family of the house of Levi [the priesthood] apart, and their wives apart; the family of [Levi's grandson] Shimei apart, and their wives apart; all the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart. In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the House of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness".
Brother Branham said, "In this place it's called Israel to mourn for their sins. How perfect it is today. It's not the rekilling of it (which Moses symbolized in striking the rock the second time; it didn't work), not a killing of a beast, but a mourning of rejecting the Atonement. Oh, my."
"This will be the trumpet, the feast be a rejected, then their Messiah made known. Notice. They'll know their Messiah when they see Him. He's coming in power this time, the One they looked for. He's coming in power for the Gentile Bride, and the Jews are going to recognize Him . . . and when they do see the Atonement appear, the Bible said they'd separate one home from another and weep for days, like a family that's lost their only son. "Where did You get those wounds?"
He said, "In the house of My friend."
"Remember, the Bride's already in heaven. Joseph's wife was in the palace, and Joseph dismissed everything from around him, and he made himself known to his brothers. You see? His Wife, and children, and them was in the palace when He returns back to make Himself known to the Jews. There's the Atonement, there's your sound trumpet. There's where they say, "Where was them wounds come from? . . ."
"Remember what Joseph's brother said? Why, they said, "Now, we'll be killed sure enough. We did that; we did the evil"—like that."
He said, "No, God did this to save life." You remember the story in Genesis? See, see? So did He do it this way to save the life of the Gentile, the Bride. Said, "I got them in the house of My friend, but don't be angry, see, don't be afraid of yourself" . . . (The Feast of the Trumpets, p. 33:252-259).
Israel will "see" and "recognize" Jesus by faith through the ministry of their prophets, following their death, resurrection, glorification and ascension witnessed worldwide (Revelation 11:7-13). This will be the revelation of Christ's unseen second or 'parousia' Coming after the tribulation. After the nation is born-again in one day, the false church will hunt them down like dogs, "And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem" (Zechariah 12:9).
Brother Branham explained that in the midst of the Daniel's Seventieth Week, "the antichrist covenant that the Jews have made with Rome will be broken. Rome and her allies then send their troops to destroy all the God-fearing, Word-abiding Jews."
"But as they come against the city to destroy it, there will appear in the heavens the sign of the Coming of the Son of Man with His mighty armies to destroy them who have been destroying the earth. With the enemy repulsed, Jesus then comes and presents Himself to the 144,000. [Not the physical return of the glorified Man; His precious feet will not touch this earth until He returns with the glorified saints of all ages, including the 144,000 Israelites "to tread down the wicked who will be nuclear ashes under the soles of their feet" (Malachi 4:1-3)]. Having seen His mighty acts of salvation, they have come to know His power. But also seeing His wounds and knowing that they had rejected Him even to that moment, causes them to cry out in the agony of terror and fear, even as did their brethren of old when they stood before Joseph, being sore afraid that they would be killed. But as Joseph said, "Don't be angry with yourselves. It is all right. God was in it all. He did it to preserve life." Even so will Jesus speak peace and love to them [as the Voice of the Archangel is speaking to your heart at this moment] (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 41).
Revelation 1:7, "Behold, He comes with clouds [of glory, the Shekinah or Pillar of Cloud]; and every eye shall see Him, and they also who pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen." As when He was seen upon the Mount of Transfiguration, He will be preceded by the two witnesses. And EVERY eye shall see Him. That means this is not the Rapture. This is when He comes to take over His rightful place as World Ruler. This is when those who have pierced Him with their creeds and denominational doctrines shall mourn, and all the people shall wail in terror because of Him who is the Word.
The seventh or sabbatical month closed the festive cycle, the Feast of Tabernacles on Tishri 15 being the last in the year. But before that grand festival of harvesting and thanksgiving Israel must, as a nation, be reconciled unto God, for only a people at peace with God might rejoice before Him in the blessing with which He had crowned the year. The import of the Day of Atonement, as preceding the Feast of Tabernacles, becomes more striking, when we remember that feast of harvest prefigured the final ingathering of all nations. In connection with this point it may also be well to remember that the Jubilee Year was always proclaimed on the Day of Atonement.
The feast of Tabernacles, or ingathering, commenced on Tishri 15 and extended for seven days followed by an eighth day which was a holy convocation. For the Israelites it commemorated the wilderness journey when they lived in tents. For Adam's race the first six days are a shadow and type of the six thousand years in which man has laboured against sin; the seventh day points to the millennium wherein the Kingdom is restored to Israel, ruled by David's greater Son, Jesus Christ. The millennium will be followed by the general resurrection and White Throne Judgment. The eighth day was not intended to conclude the feast but only to bring the annual cycle of feasts and time to a close, for it is a shadow of eternity in the renewed heavens and renewed earth hence joy was the prominent feature (Leviticus 23:33-44).
In John 7:2 and 37-39, Jesus alludes to the custom of drawing water from Siloam in a gold goblet "in the last day, that great day of the feast," the eighth day of the feast and pouring it mingled with wine on the sacrifice on the altar with great rejoicing. It was to the Words of Isaiah 12:3, which were repeated in commemoration of the water drawn from the rock in the desert that Jesus said, "If any one thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. I am the living Rock of living water. For Scripture declares that rivers of living water shall flow from the innermost being of he who believes in Me." He spoke concerning the baptism with the Holy Spirit which was to come.
Coming at daybreak the next day as they were extinguishing the artificial lights, two colossal golden candlesticks in the centre of the temple court, recalling the pillar of fire in the wilderness, Jesus said, "I am the Light of the world" (John 8:1-2, 13). As natural sunlight was eclipsing the artificial lights, Jesus implied, "I, the Sun of righteousness, am superseding your typical light." The Shekinah has shadowed believers in their wanderings through 6,000 years; it will be with us through the millennium and overshadow New Jerusalem throughout eternity.
"Behold, the day is coming, burning as a furnace; and all the arrogant and evildoers will be chaff: and the day is coming that will set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But to you who fear My Name the Sun of righteousness will arise with healing in its wings and you shall go forth [in the millennium], and grow up as calves of the stall" (Malachi 4:1-2; Matthew 3:12).
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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.