Bible Believers' Newsletter 953
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; it's good to see your happy face. We are a blessed people living in the closing weeks and months of the Gentile dispensation with the Message that will take us Home before the Lord smites the earth with a curse.
The focus of our ministry is what Peter called "the present Truth" what Jesus is doing now. I was very concerned with the warning in last week's Newsletter and felt led to reinforce that warning in this week's main article, "The Ten Virgins." Our main articles and news items review both what Jesus is doing now, and what His adversary is doing now so that none of us is left wondering.
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.
US-Russia Relations: Why Donald Trump is right to look East
December 16, 2016 — Looking ahead, if Trump were to be successful in brokering a deal with Putin and embarking on a new era of détente, he would surely be doing the whole world a great favour. The economic fortunes of America, Europe and Russia would all benefit enormously from closer economic cooperation.
The Russian economy has been ringed off limits and commercial links severed at the behest of short-sighted politicians. By adopting their anti-Russian stance, America and Europe have been inflicting wounds on themselves and weakening their own economies. Their people are losing out by refraining from trading and doing business with Russia which actually represents a vast market for US and European goods and offers immense potential for investment.
Trump is likely to be proved right by seeking to break with the West's current dominant foreign policy which strikes an obsessively antagonistic posture towards Russia. He should promptly reverse economic sanctions that damage America's prosperity as well as Russia's . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: Historically, the 'hidden hand' manipulates Adam's kinsmen to kill one another in fulfilment of Genesis 3:15.
The 'Elite' Coup of 2016
December 15, 2016 — Should 37 Republican electors, put there by voters in their states to vote for Trump, be convinced to move from electing Trump to abstain or vote for someone else, Trump would miss the needed 270 votes. The whole election of the president would then be kicked up to the House of Representatives. Should the electors vote for Trump there is still a possibility that members of the House and the Senate could officially question that vote and cause delays or Congressional probes and legal challenges.
Here are the detailed general proceedings and specifics for the Electoral College as explained by the National Archives and Records Administration. . . As an alternative to legal shenanigans Trump's inauguration could be delayed by Obama's order to the intelligence community to create a formal review of Russian intervention in the election by January 20. That is not by chance the official inauguration date! Full story: moonofalabama.org
Comment: Recounting his series of spiritual dreams in which he saw Los Angeles sink beneath the Pacific one Good Friday Joe Brandt "wondered what year it was. It certainly was not 1937. I saw a newspaper on the corner with a picture of the President. It surely wasn't Mr. Roosevelt. He was bigger, heavier, big ears . . ." America's LIAR in Chief perchance?
Stop the CIA Coup: The Deep State versus Donald Trump
December 12, 2016 — The CIA is up to its old tricks: overthrowing a democratically elected government. Only this time it's our government.
As they are now legally allowed to do ever since the law against covert CIA propaganda in the United States was repealed, the Agency has leaked to the Washington Post reports—via anonymous third parties—of its alleged assessment of a Russian campaign to hand Donald Trump the White House . . . Trump represents a threat to this grand design, and therefore has to be stopped by whatever means necessary. His desire to "get along with Russia," his opposition to regime change in Syria, his critique of the Libyan misadventure, his foreign policy stance in general—all this meant that he would come to power and "drain the swamp" of the CIA and the State Department.
The irony here is that the accusation levelled at Trump—that his historic victory represents a successful attempt by a foreign power to take control of the White House—is a classic case of projection. What we are witnessing is a joint CIA-Saudi operation to overthrow the duly elected President of the United States.
In a recent speech given on his "victory tour," Trump said: "We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments. Our goal is stability not chaos."
For the whole of its existence, the CIA has been in the business of toppling regimes that didn't bow to Washington's dictates, from Guatemala to Iran to Chile and on and on. The production of chaos is their whole reason for existing. Trump would effectively put them out of business. No wonder they want to destroy him . . . Full story: antiwar.com
US Intel Vets dispute [Egregious] Russia Hacking Claims
December 12, 2016 — Since leaking requires physically removing data—on a thumb drive, for example—the only way such data can be copied and removed with no electronic trace of what has left the server is via a physical storage device . . . the NSA would know where and how any "hacked" emails from the DNC, HRC or any other servers were routed through the network . . . Given NSA's extensive trace capability, we conclude that DNC and HRC servers alleged to have been hacked were, in fact, not hacked.
The evidence that should be there is absent; otherwise, it would surely be brought forward, since this could be done without any danger to sources and methods. Thus, we conclude that the emails were leaked by an insider . . . government department or agency with access to NSA databases, or perhaps someone within the DNC . . . CIA is almost totally dependent on NSA for ground truth in the communications arena . . . it beggars belief that NSA would be unable to identify anyone—Russian or not—attempting to interfere in a US election by hacking. Full story: consortiumnews.com
Comment: Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, close associate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, told the Daily Mail he flew to Washington for a clandestine handoff with one of the email sources in September. He said he received a package in a wooded area near American University. "Neither of [the leaks] came from the Russians. The source, a "disgusted" Democratic whistleblower, had legal access to the information . . . inside leaks not hacks." Former NSA official William Binney concurs.
Syrian Govt. retakes Eastern Aleppo
December 14, 2016 — The fall of eastern Aleppo to Syrian government forces, backed by Russian airpower and Shia militias aligned with Iran, marks a turning point in the more than five-year-old war for regime change that was orchestrated by Washington and its regional allies. The enclave within the northern Syrian city represented the last significant population centre under "rebel" control. It also represents a debacle for the US and the other Western powers, along with Saudi Arabia and the other reactionary Sunni oil monarchies, which poured in billions of dollars of arms and funding for the Islamist militias, while funnelling in tens of thousands of jihadist fighters from across the Middle East, Europe and beyond to ravage Syria.
This strategic setback for the US imperialist intervention in Syria has exacerbated the bitter internecine conflicts within the US ruling establishment over US foreign policy and particularly Washington's war drive against Russia in the run-up to Donald Trump's inauguration as US president next month. Trump had insisted during his presidential campaign that the US should ally itself more closely with Moscow in combating "terrorism" in Syria, a policy strongly opposed by top echelons within the Pentagon and CIA . . . This rape of Syria is not about to end. "Even if it is the end of the siege in Aleppo, it is not the end of the war in Syria. It will go on," State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters in Washington . . . the Obama administration, barely one month before it leaves office, has ordered another 200 US Special Operations troops into Syria, joining 300 on the ground there, ostensibly to prepare Kurdish and allied militias to retake Raqqa, the so-called capital of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria.
And last week, Obama ordered a waiver of the US Arms Export Control Act with relation to "foreign forces, irregular forces, groups, or individuals engaged in supporting or facilitating ongoing US military operations to counter terrorism in Syria." The presidential directive sets the stage for a major escalation of the US arms flow into Syria.
While the initial beneficiaries are the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces, the Kurdish-dominated militias that serve as the main proxy force in the US-backed offensive against Raqqa, the same ruling can be used to turn on the CIA spigot once again of US arms to Al Qaeda-linked forces fighting the Syrian government.Full story: wsws.org
Washington Post admits 'Rebels' invaded Syria
December 14, 2016 — For months as terrorists backed by the United States, Turkey, and their Persian Gulf allies lost significant ground to the Syrian Arab Army in Syria's northern city of Aleppo, the battle was characterized by the Western media and Western politicians as a brutal assault on the city's residents—the extinguishing of a 6 year-long uprising . . .
The Washington Post's first-sentence admission that Aleppo was never the scene of an uprising, but rather the host of an invasion lays bare all the lies that have been told since to justify the city's occupation by groups of terrorists including US State Department-designated foreign terrorist organization Jabhat Al Nusra—quite literally Al Qaeda in Syria and progenitor of the self-proclaimed "Islamic State" itself.
With the city of Aleppo now fully liberated, it is important for the alternative media to catch these lies and the Western media's retrospective admissions to telling them, in order to maintain momentum in favour of the Syrian people as they attempt to restore security and order across their nation.
With many terrorist groups retreating to the dysfunctional and diminutive city of Idlib in the north, or surging forth toward Palmyra in the east, pivotal battles still remain to be won by the Syrian Arab Army and their allies. Many of the same lies and intentional mischaracterizations used to sell the occupation of Aleppo and fend off the city's liberation will undoubtedly be used again. It is essential to make sure when these tools of deception are used again, they are sufficiently blunted by informing the public of the truth—a truth the West's own admissions reveals. Full story: landdestroyer.blogspot.com
Congress votes to give Jihadists Anti-aircraft Missiles
December 14, 2016 — On Thursday, the Senate passed a bill that puts every American who travels by plane at risk. It is among the stupidest pieces of legislation ever written and it explains—to a great extent—why the US Congress has a public approval rating of 13 percent and is among the most loathed institutions in America.
The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed the House last Friday in a 375-34 vote. On Thursday, it cleared the senate with a 92 to 7 margin. The bill will now be sent to Obama where it is expected to be signed into law. According to an article on SOFREP titled "Congress authorizes anti-aircraft missiles for Syrian opposition":
"Congress for the first time authorized the Department of Defense to provide vetted-Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles . . . Under the bill, the Secretaries of Defense and State must submit a report to Congress explaining why they determined Syrian groups need man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS). You read that right, Congress just passed a bill that will provide shoulder-launched ground-to-air missiles to lunatic jihadists . . . that these Islamic militants are fully vetted is complete nonsense . . . the distinction between the "good" terrorists and the "bad" terrorists is pure bunkum. The various militias are merely the many heads of the same homicidal anti-government hydra that has killed over 400,000 Syrians and decimated a large part of the country . . . now that Obama's proxy-army is getting pulverized in Aleppo, Congress has taken off the gloves and gone into full-revenge mode . . . our Nobel Peace Prize-winning president just gave Congress's idiot plan his ringing endorsement . . . Full story: informationclearinghouse.info
'Fake News' on Aleppo Liberation, Western Media Lies and Fabrications
December 15, 2016 — For the first time since mid-2012, nearly all eastern Aleppo residents are free from captivity—held against their will as human shields by US-supported terrorists. Ain't the way Western media see it, blasting out fake news headlines and reports—supporting Obama's genocidal war, mocking the suffering of Syrians and all people devastated by US barbarism . . . [read the BIG LIES of Worldwide Jewish controlled media].
Once their withdrawal is completed, remaining eastern Aleppo residents are safe to stay in their homes. The entire city will be free at last from the scourge of US-backed terrorists—at least for now. Full story: globalresearch.ca
Report from Aleppo: a Historic Moment
December 12, 2016 — I have a bird's eye view from my hotel room. Every few seconds there are huge explosions rending the air and lighting up the sky a few kilometres away, interspersed with rapid bursts of gunfire. I can see tracer bullets, and the trail of missiles as they hit their target . . . I watch and listen with sadness and ambiguity. Sadness because as a priest I abhor violence, hate conflict, am thinking of any civilians trapped in that hell-hole and wondering how many are dying . . . bloody-minded single-mindedness of an international agenda . . . not a Government attacking its own people. I have laid out before me a whole city in the majority of which, and as in all other Government-held areas of the country, citizens from whatever faith or ethnic community, are getting on with their lives and living together.
I am standing a few kilometres away from the battle zone but am safe. The bombing is taking place . . . only in those small pockets of the city where the 'rebels' have held out. Most of the civilians that have been able to flee those areas are being looked after in Centres run by the Syrian Government and Syrian Red Crescent and with aid which the Russians are providing. They all tell of the 'rebels' shooting at those trying to leave. (Few know anything about the 'White Helmets' and those that do, have little good to say about them because they are working with the terrorists.) . . . as long as Western-backed al Qaeda-linked terrorists are able to operate, there can and will be no peace in the city or the country. Believe me; most Syrians are cheering their army on. The refusal of western governments and media to listen to the Syrian people, and to follow only their own agendas, has ensured that this brutal conflict and suffering on all sides has gone on for far too long . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
House passes Bill allowing Govt to microchip Citizens with 'Mental Disabilities'
December 4, 2016 — Kevin and Avonte's Law of 2016 H.R.4919 — 114th Congress (2015-2016), Missing Americans Alert Program Act of 2016. This Bill amends the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to revise and rename the Missing Alzheimer's Disease Patient Alert Program as the Missing Americans Alert Program and to reauthorize it . . .
It directs the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance to award grants to state and local law enforcement or public safety agencies and non-profit organizations to prevent wandering and locate missing individuals with dementia or developmental disabilities. DOJ must establish and certain grant recipients must comply with standards and best practices related to the use of tracking technology to locate missing individuals with dementia or developmental disabilities.
The bill amends the Missing Children's Assistance Act to specify that, with respect to training and technical assistance provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, cases involving missing and exploited children include cases involving children with developmental disabilities such as autism. Full story: congress.gov
Here are a few quotes from Gods prophet on The Absolute sent by Pastor Brian Kocourek subsequent to Newsletter 952:
"And let's just search back. If that isn't Scriptural, Then leave it alone. If I ever say anything in your presence, as a doctrine or a teaching, that's not in the Bible, forget it, because it's not right. And if any angel (I don't care how real he looks, and how inspired he is), if he speaks contrary to the Word of God, leave him alone. He's not of God. Galatians 1:8 said, "An angel from heaven preach any other doctrine than this is, what already taught, let him be accursed." We don't take nothing but just what God . . ." (Explaining the Ministry, #62-0129, par. 9).
"And the Bible said that Jambres and Jannes would raise up in the last days and almost deceive the very elect. Be careful, brother, and Keep it right on the Word of God. Don't leave there. A whole lot of things today that's going on that's not coming from that Word. And you leave it alone. Stay with the Bible. 'Cause the Bible said it would deceive the very elect if possible" (Jehovah Jireh, #56-0429, par. 59).
"If it wasn't Written in the Word for this age, I'd walk away from it. Anything that's not in that Word, I don't believe it. Now, I wouldn't accept it. I don't say I wouldn't believe it, but I don't accept it. I don't understand it. But when it's in this Word, and a promise for this age, I understand it. Do you? May the Lord help us now. And you reach up now by faith, believe that . . . We're in His Presence, rather" Jehovah Jireh, Part I, p. 25:191).
"And I'm a fundamentalist. Everything must come from the Scripture. I wouldn't say I wouldn't believe it, but I wouldn't understand it just right if it wasn't from the Scripture. And if any time, during the time of the phenomenal part of the healing services, if any person, whatever you belong to, what church, if you ever see anything that's questioned, that we do here, and that's not in the Scripture, well, then you come to me, because I certainly want to stay right in this Book, 'cause this is the Foundation. And all Scripture and all operations of the Holy Spirit must come from the Bible, then I believe it. Now, He could do something that wasn't in the Bible. It'd still be God. But I'll understand it better if it comes right from the Bible. I kinda of like it that way, 'cause I know that it's right then" (Hidden life in Christ, #55-1110, 9).
"The only thing you can put your trust in is THUS SAITH THE LORD from the Bible. Now, Church, that is exactly where I have tried to keep you, my children. And if something happens to me and God takes me out of this earth, don't you never fail. Remember this with all your heart: stay with that Word. Don't you leave that Word. Anything contrary to It, leave it alone, no matter what it is. Then you know its right. See?" (COD. p. 995:8).
Comment: Faith, if it is faith, will be anchored in a clear understanding of the written Word of God's Bible, and revelation of the Spoken Word will be anchored on a clear understanding of the written Word.
The Ten Virgins
Hear the words of St. Paul in I Corinthians 9:27 – 10:11, "I discipline my body and make it serve me, lest after preaching to others, I myself should be disqualified. Never forget, brethren, that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and all as followers of Moses were baptized in the Cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink: for they drank from the supernatural Rock which followed them, and that Rock was Christ. Nevertheless God was not pleased with most of them: for they were destroyed in the wilderness."
"Now these things occurred as examples for us, not to not lust after evil as they also lusted, neither be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to dance." We must not indulge in immorality as some of them committed, and twenty-three thousand fell in one day . . . Now all these things happened to them as a lesson for us, and were written as a warning for us, upon whom the end of the dispensations has come".
Jude 1-7, "Jude, the servant [and foster-brother] of Jesus Christ, and brother of James [His other foster-brother], to them that are sanctified by God the Father, preserved in Jesus Christ, [for His possession as the reward for His sufferings, His glory and crown, enabling Him to say: "Yours they were and You gave them to Me; and they have kept Your Word" (John 17:6, 12; I Peter 1:5)], and called (invited or bidden to be saints]: may mercy and peace and love be multiplied unto you. Beloved, while I was making every effort to write to you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write and exhort you to earnestly contend for the [acquisition and preservation of the common] faith which was once delivered to the saints (Titus 1:4). Because there are certain men crept in unawares [like thieves and robbers (John 10:1, 7)], who were ordained to this condemnation long ago (Jude 14-16), ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ".
"I will therefore remind you, although you are fully aware of the facts, how the Lord, having saved a whole nation of people from the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels [Adam's seed] which kept not their first estate [as sons of God], but left their own lineage by miscegenation with Cain's race [which is genocide], He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness to the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the surrounding cities, in like manner, abandoned themselves in sexual immorality and indulged in homosexuality, are set before us as a warning by suffering the vengeance of eternal fire".
Jude wrote on doctrine to the church of his day and subsequent generations to lay hold on the unchanging revelation of God's Word and exhorted the wise and foolish virgins to beware of brethren and false teachers. Salvation is not new birth. Judas Iscariot was the most trusted disciple; he preached salvation and deliverance through the power of God with a ministry imparted by Christ, but motivated by a wrong spirit and lost. And Balaam caused Israel to commit natural and physical fornication with the Moabite girls. Physical fornication is the spirit that lies in organized religion and all fornicators will have their place in the lake of fire (Revelation 2:20-24; 19:20-21).
Addressing the church of the end-time Jude pointed to the sinful characteristics of the days of Noah and Lot which Jesus prophesied would repeat in this our day. Since the unchanging God is just and holy, all who sin after the manner of these men, typified by the physical and spiritual Serpent's seed who lived in the days of Noah and the abominable people of the days of Lot, cannot plead ignorance in consequence of their sin and will receive vengeance. You, too, if you are deceived by them, are without excuse. Some men heard the gracious calling offered by the revelation of Jesus Christ and what He accomplished as our KINSMAN Redeemer with repentance and water baptism in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of past unbelief and the promise of regeneration to those who press into Christ. But taking hold of the call they turn grace into disgrace and moral wantonness, and use liberty in Christ as "a cloak for maliciousness" (I Peter 2:16).
In II Peter 2:4-6, the reference is not to doctrines but to historical facts: "For if God spared not the angels that sinned, [Adam's race (Genesis 6:1-4)] but cast them down to tartarus, and committed them to chains of darkness to be reserved until judgment; and spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; and if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes He condemned them to extinction, and made them an example to those who were to be ungodly . . ."
These scriptures typically describe the depths to which today's antitypical world has fallen pending the close of the Gentile dispensation, Daniel's Seventieth Week and Armageddon as Jesus prophesied in Matthew 24:3, 32-51 and Luke 17:22-37.
I Peter 3:18-22, "For Christ also died [as a sacrifice] for sins once for all, the just on behalf of the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in His Theophany in which he went and preached to the souls in prison; who were disobedient when God's patience waited in the days of Noah during the building of the ark, wherein eight souls were saved by water."
"Its counterpart, baptism, saves you now, not by washing physical filth from the flesh, but by an intense desire for a clear conscience in God's Presence through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities and powers subject to Him".
This scripture speaks of our ministry to those who are without in this hour. When Israel rejected and murdered their Messiah, the Law of Moses and God's dealing with the nation was terminated for two thousand years, but Jesus continued ministering. Entering His theophany He preached to the souls of sinners captive by death and justified the Old Testament saints in Paradise but condemned the sinners in tartarus on the other side of the chasm who had come to the place of no more repentance.
As the Hebrew dispensation of Law ended and Israel has still not recognized this reality, so the seven Gentile Church Ages have ended; the world church system is materially "rich and increased with goods and has need of nothing; but spiritually it is wretched and miserable, bankrupt of faith, and naked of the Blood and blind to its state." Christ's mediation for ignorance of the fullness of the Word is fulfilled. Indeed, redemption is over, Christ is waiting for the last Member of His end-time Bride to recognize her day and it's Message. Thus our ministry without the Body is predominantly to souls who are imprisoned now in the breach between the Church Ages and the Seals.
This diagram explains how the Body of Christ was built of lively stones formed of the saints baptized into Christ as written epistles of the Message spoken by the angel sent to each Church in their day (Revelation 1 – 3). It shows Pentecost, each of seven Church Ages, the prominent virtue displayed by the token for their Age, and names the seven earthly angels. The Laodicea Church Age ended in 1963 when Christ fulfilled Revelation 4, 5, and 10:1-4, claiming the Title Deed to all He has redeemed, breaking the Seven Seals then revealing their mystery through His Prophet, William Branham. As you will be aware, the Capstone was never placed on the Great Pyramid of Giza which was God's second Bible. It represents Jesus Christ, the Headstone who was rejected by Israel (Matthew 21:42; Ephesians 2:20-22; I Peter 2:4-9). The Body was made up in 1963; today the unregenerate world is in the Breach between the Church Ages and the Seals; one can only cross the Breach into Christ the Capstone made up of His end-time Bride by a clear revelation of the "Shout" of I Thessalonians 4:16 which is the Message of the seventh angel, the "midnight Cry" of Matthew 25:6 calling "Behold the Bridegroom".
The Prophet explained, "Now, remember, that was not Jesus talking to Abraham there that could discern the thoughts in Sarah's mind behind him. That was not Jesus; He had not yet been born. But it was a Man in human flesh, that Abraham called, "Elohim, the great Almighty." And Jesus said, "As it was in the days of Sodom," now watch close, "in the days of Sodom, so will it be at the Coming of the Son of man, when the Son of man is being revealed." Not no more as a church (See?), not no more; the Bride's called. See? "In that day the Son of man will be revealed." What? To join the Church to the Head, unite the marriage of the Bride.
The Bridegroom call [Matthew 25:6] will come right through this, when the Son of man will come down and come in human flesh to unite the two together. The Church has to be the Word; He is the Word, and the two unites together, and to do that it'll take the manifestation of the revealing of the Son of man. Not a clergyman. I don't know . . . Do you see what I mean?
See, it's Son of man, Jesus Christ, will come down in human flesh among us, and will make His Word so real that it'll unite the Church and Him as one, the Bride, and then she'll go Home to the Wedding Supper. Amen. She's already united (See?); we go to the wedding supper, not to the marriage. "Fill your flesh . . . self, of all the flesh of mighty men, 'cause the marriage of the Lamb has come." But the rapture is going to the wedding supper. When the Word here unites with the person, and they two become one, and then what does it do then? It manifests the Son of man again, not the church theologians, the Son of man. The Word and the Church becomes one. Whatever the Son of man done, He was the Word; the Church does the same thing" (Proving His Word, p. 44:236).
Brother Branham said: "The first thing come when He starts descending from the heaven, there's a shout. What is it? It's a Message to get the people together. A Message comes forth first. Now, "Lamp trimming time. Rise and trim your lamps." What watch was that? The seventh, not the sixth, the seventh. "Behold the Bridegroom cometh. Rise and trim your lamps." And they did. Some of them found they didn't even have any oil in their lamp. See? But its lamp trimming time. It's Malachi 4 time when you come . . . It's Luke 17. It's Isaiah . . . All those prophecies that it can perfectly set in order for this day in the Scriptures, we see it living right there . . .
See these things happen, my dear brother, sister, when God in heaven knows I could die on this platform right now, you just ought to walk around awhile . . . It's tremendous. When you see God come from the heaven, stand before groups of men, and stand there, declare Himself just as He ever did . . . And that's the Truth, and this Bible open. See? That's right. We're here.
And the denominational system is dead. It's gone. It'll never rise again. It'll be burned. That's what you do with the husk on the field. Flee from it. Get into Christ. Don't say, "I belong to the Methodist"; "I belong to the Baptists"; "I belong to the Pentecostal." You get into Christ. And if you're in Christ, there's not a Word written in here but what you believe it. I don't care what anybody else says. And then God makes that thing manifested, 'cause you . . . When He pours the Spirit upon the Word, what happens? Just like putting water on any other seed. It'll live, and it'll bring forth of its kind" (The Rapture, p. 29:141-143).
In I Corinthians 1:22 Paul said, "The Judeans require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom," so in Matthew's Gospel, which was directed primarily to Israelites, the disciples asked Jesus three questions in Matthew 24:3:
- "When will the temple be destroyed?" In verses 15 – 21 Jesus described the warning signs of the time.
"What will be the sign of Your 'parousia' [or arrival and subsequent Presence] with Israel?" In Matthew 24:30-31 Jesus described the sign of the Pillar of Cloud manifest over the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4-5).
"What will be the sign of the consummation of the age in contradistinction from the future aeon of the world to come" (Matthew 13:39; Hebrews 9:26)? This sign was the restoration of the state of Israel in the Land of the Covenant. In verses 32-35 Jesus assured the Israelites that despite "the time of Jacob's trouble" their race will continue until the antitype of the sixth day of Israel's Feast of Tabernacles is fulfilled in the harvest or birth of the nation in one day.
When Jesus spoke neither man nor angel knew "the day and hour" because the Book was sealed from the foundation of the world (Matthew 24:36; Revelation 5:3). The Prophet explained, "Jesus did NOT say no man could know the year, month or week in which His Coming was to be completed" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 322:4). His Coming will be completed with the regeneration and martyrdom of the 144,000 elect Israelites and His theophany with the saints at the battle of Armageddon when the beast and the false prophet are cast alive into the lake of Fire with their congregations and followers (Revelation 2:20-23; 19:11-21). The year will be calculated from the translation of Christ's end-time Bride, while the month and week are found in Leviticus 23:33-44.
In Matthew 24:37-44 the Lord foretold the moral, political and intellectual state of the world in the days of His 'parousia' Coming or Presence with His Bride of all Ages following His descent on March 8, 1963 at the close of the Laodicean Church Age (I Thessalonians 4:16; Jude 14; Revelation 8:1; 10:1-4). The world church system is oblivious to the repetition of the conditions and besetting sins of "the days of Noah" (Genesis 6:1-13) and "the days of Lot" (Genesis 18-19; Luke 17:28-30). Christ's unseen parousia Coming "as a thief" (I Thessalonians 5:4; Revelation 3:3; 16:15) is unknown to their clergy and congregations for "since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation" (II Peter 3:4; Matthew 24:38-44).
Jesus has come, "One of two men working in the field received the revelation of His end-time Message and was caught up in the spirit while his companion remained in unbelief. Two women were grinding at the mill; one was caught up into the revelation while her fellow worker was left in unbelief." Since 1963 God has been catching up His elect in the simplicity of faith before the unseeing eyes and unhearing ears of unlearned men anticipating a spectacular public show.
The 'rapture' is a revelation. As stewards over Christ's household ministers are ordained to feed them meat in due season—"the present Truth," what Jesus is doing now" (II Peter 1:12; I John 1:7), not denominational traditions or the Word for a day gone by. Verses 45-49 outline the responsibilities of a "faithful and wise" minister who will be rewarded in the Kingdom whereas verses 50-51 declare Christ's 'parousia' will cut off and separate the "evil servant," appointing him to tribulation with the hypocrites, who, like Esau, "find no place of repentance" (Hebrews 12:17).
Matthew 25:1, "Then" in the dispensation of the antitype of the holy convocation of the fiftieth day of Israel's Pentecostal feast following the typical forty-nine days of the antitypical seven Church Ages (Leviticus 23:15-21) the 'third pull' or revelation of the unwritten Seven Thunders will be the sharp two-edged sword of faith that divides wheat from tares and wise from foolish virgins as Jesus expounded the parable of the sower to His disciples.
We live in the silence the space of about half an hour under the Seventh Seal in which Christ has come as Son of Man, King of Kings and Judge to appoint wicked ministers and priests, along with their congregations to tribulation in His final call before the end of the Gentile dispensation "Come out of Babylon and be filled with the Spirit" (Revelation 8:1; 18:4).
"He who sows the good seed is the Son of man; the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the Kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the Devil; the harvest is the end of the world or consummation of the age; and the reapers are the angels." Each angel delivered a portion of the sevenfold Spirit of God in W_O_R_D form by the revelation for his Age. However, as signified by the catching up of God's prophet from Sunset Mountain into the Pillar of Cloud formed by the theophanies of the previous six angels thus completing the constellation of seven stars, the fullness of the Spirit was required to reveal the fullness of the Word. YOU and the saints redeemed by their Messages were gathered with them in theophany (Revelation 5:8-14), because redemption was over before Christ claimed the Book and opened the Seven Seals.
Brother Branham explained, "An Angel is coming to bring the separation, the segregation between the right and the wrong. And no one can do that but the Angel of the Lord. He's the One that's going to tell which is right and which is wrong. God said He will send His angels at the last times. Not angels down through here, but angels at the last time, and would gather together. We know that this is the coming harvest time now. Now, and angel is actually interpreted a "messenger." And we see that there is seven angels of the seven Churches, and now . . . No, through the Church Ages."
"Notice who He said that the sowers were, and also what the seed was. One, the sower was He, the Son of God, Who went forth sowing Seed. And an enemy came behind Him, which was the Devil, and sowed the seed of discrepancy, behind the sowing of the right Seed. Now, friends that has happened through every age since we've had a world. Exactly. All the way from the beginning, it started the very same thing."
"Now, He said, "The Seed of God, the Word of God . . ." Jesus said in a certain place, that the Word is a Seed. And every seed will bring forth of its kind. And now, if the Christian, the children of God, the children of the Kingdom has become the Seed of God, then they must be the Word of God, the Word of God manifested in the Age that they're living in, for the promised Seed of that Age. God gave His Word at the beginning, and each age has had its Seed, its time, its promises" (The Seed of Discrepancy, p. 5:19-21).
Matthew 13:40-43 takes us to the terminus of Matthew 24:51 and 25:10-13. "As the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so will it be in the end of this world. The Son of man . . . will gather out of His Kingdom all causes of sin and evildoers, and cast them into the fiery furnace: there men will weep and gnash their teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father's kingdom. He who has ears to hear, let him hear".
Matthew 25:1-5 portrays what we call the Bride Age wherein "the kingdom of heaven is likened to ten virgins, who took their own lamps, and went forth to meet the Bridegroom." Ten signifies the perfection of divine order and is the number of persons required to form a synagogue, and to be present at any office, ceremony, or formal benediction. As on the Day of Atonement ten is the number of closed history; and all seven Church Ages and Christ's mediation for PART-Word are closed, as illustrated by the Breach between the Church Ages and the Seals. All ten virgins were justified and sanctified. Representing the whole of the Church, they went forth to meet the Bridegroom in the Light of their personal revelation at His second or parousia Coming to reward His faithful ministers and take vengeance on the faithless ministers of Matthew 24:48-51 who did not recognize and teach the mystery of the 'third pull' which is the revelation of the "Seven Thunders".
"Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For the foolish took their own lamps but took no oil with them indicating they were thoughtless, slothful or dilatory, looking only at appearances: but the wise took oil in vessels along with their lamps. And while the Bridegroom tarried, they all nodded off and fell asleep through the Church Ages".
"And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the Bridegroom: come out to meet Him (Revelation 18:1-4). Then all those virgins arose [at the "Shout" of the Message, recognized William Branham is the prophet, came out from Rome and her apostate once Protestant daughters (I Thessalonians 4:16; Malachi 4:5-6; Revelation 10:7)], and trimmed their own lamps [of the carbon of denominational guesswork]. Then the foolish said to the wise, Give us of your oil [revelation of the end-time Message by the Holy Spirit]; for our lamps are going out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so lest there will not be enough for us and you: but go to the dealers in the Message, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the Bridegroom came; and those who were ready went in with Him to the Wedding Supper: and the door was shut [as it was in the days of Noah]!" Christians are not waiting for His Coming, but for our going.
The lighted lamp was an outward profession: the foolish virgin had memorised "what the tapes say," sung "I Love Him" and "Only Believe," but possessed the "letter" of the Message only without the Spirit. "After the close of the Gentile dispensation the virgins without the Spirit returned, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But He answered and said, Truly I know you not as Wife. Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man will depart with His Bride".
Christ's end-time Bride is commissioned to become one with the revelation of the Prophet's Message then "Prophesy again concerning many nations and tongues and kingdoms" (Revelation 10:8-11), however there are many "sleeping virgins" who have not awakened because they have not been exposed to the "shout" through our testimony. Providing they have not heard the Message they will come before the White Throne Judgment and be granted into eternal Life by the Bride; but if they have heard the Truth they will be condemned. Hebrews 10:38, "If any man draws back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him." Brother Branham added, "The mere association of kindhearted people with a true believer might well bring death in return for their kindness" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p.116:1).
I was very much moved by the previous Message, What the Tapes Say. This brought to mind Israel, his cousin Moab, King Balak and his hireling prophet Balaam, who shared the same form of worship, but Moab was bastard-born and not called of God. Today we see the Uniting Church, Pentecostals, Baptists and independents all trying to get Oil. Our denominational cousins are good people, but Scripture says they will not receive the Holy Spirit because they are not in the star Light and trying to trim their lamps by impersonating the Word for a day gone by.
I John 2:19, "They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us" (II Timothy 3:9).
Their objective is the outward display of works wherewith they will receive the approval of men because they speak with unknown tongues or fast, whereas their desire prayer should be the unseen finished work of faith that illumines the lamp within their heart. Without the Seal of God one has the mark of the beast. The two spirits are so close together the non-elect cannot distinguish the difference. The foolish virgin sit under the anointed ministry long enough to receive part of the revelation intellectually but not long enough to hear and receive all of it by faith. Whereas Eve was deceived, her husband Adam typed Christ and knew precisely the course he was taking.
When Christ returned in the office Son of Man on about March 8, 1963 His ministry was mainly to the lost. The people sure want Oil today, but they will not let go of the world. They want to be man-pleasers, maintaining worldly pursuits, friends and pastimes, but living with one foot in the world and one foot in the world is not the mark of a Christian.
God's Word requires a total separation from unbelief, taking the road of the Lord's despised few as Abraham separated from Lot, Israel separated from Egypt, and the saints separated from the world church system in every dispensation. nl953.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.