Bible Believers' Newsletter 003
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
We greet you in the wonderful Name of our Lord Jesus Christ and appreciate your fellowship. This newsletter serves those of like precious faith and whosoever will receive the truth is welcome to feed their soul from the waters of the River of Life. Everything presented should be confirmed personally in your own Bible.
This letter is the transcript of a recent national radio broadcast.
Why We Are Not a Denomination
I admire those who try to preserve a Parliament and a Constitution that doesn't exist any longer, except in their hearts. But we who are in Christ have the keys of faith which unlock the conspiracies of the evil forces at work in our society.
The day belongs to those who can grasp the truth of a desperate situation. I say day, because there is no 'future' for any society on earth, until Christ returns with the saints, after destruction of all life, to establish His Millennial reign.
For many years before I became a Christian, I planned to build or buy a yacht and sail away. Today, there is nowhere to sail to, no place of escape except the bosom of Jesus. Money can insulate the very rich from much of the physical ugliness and growing violence of society as it approaches anarchy. But security guards and steel bars constitute an illusionary world, not liberty. The whole world is being gathered to the battle of the great day of God Almighty.
Alcohol, drugs, even over-eating, gambling, excessive exercise and television are pathetic, possibly subconscious, attempts to avoid facing reality. So too, music, that produces measurable responses in the body's muscular system, brainwave patterns, and hormone levels. By synchronizing muscle co-ordination and control with the basic beat, brainwave activity aligns with the rhythm, and various hormones (specifically, opiates and sex hormones) are released, as a result of electrophysiological synchronization with the rhythm. No wonder people are 'stressed out'. They state their religion as 'Christian', but where is 'that peace, that rest, which passes all understanding'?
The point of these comments is to say, 'don't throw good things after bad'. If you know you're in Christ and have a revelation of the lateness of the hour, and that this present world system will be destroyed in the next several years, don't invest your time and hopes on what you know is doomed. Invest your desire and energy in preparing yourself as a bride adorned for her husband, by learning to do that which is pleasing to Jesus.
Australia's foundations and people have been eroded by stealth and deceit. We no longer have a functional constitution and the queen can't even make a statement to clarify the situation, because the media is controlled.
The two most important bases of economic and people control, banks and the media, fell long ago into the hands of the kings of the East (Revelation 16:12). And the names presented to us as 'media barons' are only wretched pawns. They serve the bigger purse, or disappear, like Robert Maxwell. Those who wish to survive and thrive economically will need to forsake loyalties and become global in outlook. Time runs out for those who cannot act.
The NWO is of the enemy, and it's almost here. But God has a way of escape provided for those prepared to surrender all to Him. The alternative is to surrender all to the false church, and to the bankers from the East. The churches of today are like Samson, who gave his strength to god but surrendered his heart and the Seal of God to a woman. The Philistines are upon the churches today, and they have no strength, no spirit with which to defeat the enemy.
If you want to keep your finger on the pulse, you must steer clear of the media. Recognize the conditions of this day. Don't forsake your Bible study. Take everything your minister and this program says, prove it with the Bible, and obey what it says do.
I want to explain why we don't identify with any denomination. We're a group of people organized together to worship Christ, but we're not in a denomination. No one's going to dominate over us. We're just a group of Christian believers. People come to church, and it becomes their home church, as long as they wish to come.
They can disagree with everything we preach. That's perfectly all right. As long as you're a Christian, you've got fellowship and a welcome hand, the same as the rest of them. We may not be able to see eye to eye, but as long as you're a Christian brother or sister, you're perfectly welcome.
We're not a denomination, because denominationalism separates the brotherhood of believers. Christ never at any time organized any denominational church.
The oldest denomination is the Catholic church. It organized three hundred years after the death of the last apostle. That's right. You'll find that in any encyclopaedia or history book.
The Protestant churches are denominations that have pulled out of a denomination. The first reformation was Luther; after him came Zwingli, after Zwingli was Calvin, then Wesley's Revival and on to Alexander Campbell, John Smith and the Baptists, followed by the different phases of the Pentecostal age.
All this is past history. Each of these Protestant denominations represents asuccessive progressive stage in the reformation of the Roman Catholic system of worship. What concerns us is the present Truthwhat Jesus is doing now.
God has allotted a portion of revelation to each age. But did you ever notice that as soon as they denominate, they start failing. And when they fail, God never raises that church again. At no time in the history of churches has any denomination ever risen again.
God deals with individuals, not denominations. In no age has God ever dealt with a denomination. He only deals with an individual. In the Old Testament, and in the New Testament, in every age, He's always dealt individuals, and not with denominations. So, if God is not in the denominations, what's the point of us being in a denomination? I'm not talking about the people in denominations; I'm talking about the denomination itself. God's people are in all of those denominations. But according to Matthew 25, He's calling them out from all of them.
I'm against denominations, because they're not in the Word. And we can't base our faith upon some denomination;, we've got to base it upon God's Word. For the only foundation is the doctrine of the apostles and prophets. And if God's Word doesn't speak of a denomination, but speaks against denominations, we must speak with the Word. Regardless of what some bishop, or what anyone says, or what anyone thinks. If it's not according to God's Word, then it's wrong. God's Word must be our absolute.
I'm not unchristianizing anyone in denominations. There are still many precious souls in those denominations who are God's children. But denominations separate and segregate them from God. I'm against it. And God's Word's against it.
Now, you don't read God's Word like a newspaper. You read His Word by the Holy Spirit, because it's the Holy Spirit speaking. Christ thanked God that He'd hid these things from the eyes of the wise and prudent, and would reveal them to babes such as would learn. So there's only one way to get right, not by being educated, or by denominating, but to be led by the Spirit of Godyour experience must cope with His Word.
The Bible foretells everything. It describes the days we're living in. Let's read Revelation 17. It sounds mysterious but we've got to find what its symbols mean. "Come here and I'll show you the judgment of the great whore that sits upon many waters." A woman in the Bible represents a 'church.' Do you know that? And in verse 15, "he said to me, The waters which you saw, where the whore sits, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues".
If woman represents the church, (and Christ's Church is a bride, a holy Bride), then this is an unholy woman, impersonating the true Church which is Christ's Bride. And "She sits upon," or is above and governing over "many waters." In other words her power extends through all nations and tongues and people.
"With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication." How would a king commit fornication with a church? Fornication is unclean living. So this church is pretending to be Christ's Bride while she's committing fornication with the kings of the world, by her unclean profession. I just love the Word!
"With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornications, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication".
Now wine stimulates the body but the 'wine' she was giving out was a spiritual stimulation. False doctrine: "We're the church! We're the one that's got it."
"And the angel [William Branham} said to John, I will show you the judgment that's coming to this great church. So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sitting upon a scarlet coloured beast."
Scarlet, in the Bible, represents 'royal.' And beast represents a "power". Revelation 13 says that this beast came up out of the sea which means this power rose up among the people. And another beast came up out of the earth, meaning no people, the United States. This one looked like a lamb but he had two horns meaning civil and ecclesiastical powers, and eventually he received power, and spoke like the dragon did before him. So we're coming into a religious persecution like they had in pagan Rome many years ago. The Bible calls it the great tribulation.
Abraham's faithful servant, Eliezer, had been sent to find a bride for his son, Isaac. He found Rebekah in the evening time, watering a camel. And he prayed, "If the damsel that comes and waters this camel, gives me a drink, that will be the one that You've chosen, Lord, to be the bride of Your servant, Isaac." And while he was yet in prayer, Rebekah came and drew water, gave him a drink, then watered the camel. Notice, the camel was a beast. And the same beast that she was watering carried her to her bridegroom, Isaac. Isaac had come out from his father's house, and was in the field when he saw Rebekah coming on the camel. She loved him at first sight, jumped off the camel and ran to meet him. The very camel that she watered, took her to her husband.
The Holy Spirit is seeking a Bride for God's Son in the evening time. Jesus leaves His Father's house, and the very power the church is watering and worshipping, the Holy Spirit, that the world calls fanaticism, will take Her up to meet Him in the air.
Now Rebekah was a virgin. This woman is a prostitute and the beast she was on is scarlet. That would be a "rich power." She'll be a rich church, and a great and powerful church, with influence over multitudes. And the kings of the earth, that's the great men, have committed spiritual fornications with her.
"And the woman was arrayed in purple (kingly) and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand, full of the abomination and filthiness of her fornication".
What was in her hand is what she was offering to the people. It's her doctrine. And she's made the kings of the earth become drunk with it. "We are the great power! We rule every nation! We're the greatest church there is. Come on, drink." There it is, "she had in her hand a cup".
Friends, we're not reading a newspaper; we're reading God's Word. Heavens and earth will change, but that Word will remain!
"And upon her head was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH".
Every religion and "ism" in the world today began in Genesis. If you want to follow it through history, read any encyclopaedia, or Hislop's Two Babylons. Genesis means "the beginning." And everything had to have a beginning.
Now Babylon appears in the beginning of the Bible;. it appears in the middle of the Bible, and in the end of the Bible. Nimrod founded Babylon and the Euphrates passed through it. Every road in the country led to her gigantic gates of brass. And inside the city, every street led straight to the throne.
Today if you go to Rome, there's a little Virgin Mary sitting on every corner with a Christ child in her hand, pointing the way towards Rome. It appears in the start of the Bible, it appears in the middle of the Bible, and here it is in the end of the Bible. I want to read on for a few minutes, so you get the background.
"And I saw the woman, (now when you read woman it means "church"), I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints (or "sanctified ones"), and with the blood of the Martyrs of Jesus".
Now, if this woman is a church, she's persecuting the saints. And she's the greatest church, she has power all over the earth. She's over many waters, and the kings of the earth commit fornications with her. Well, who is she? The Spirit will have to reveal that to you because there's supposed to be nine spiritual gifts in the church, the gift of wisdom, and one of understanding, and one for healing, and so forth.
Looks like they didn't care much for what Jesus said it was what the church said. Let's read on, "and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration".
Now let's take John's place and try to open this up a little bit. John said, "There she sits, pretending to be the Christian church. She has access to the money of the world. She has the kings of the earth at her feet. She's rich and colourful. How can she be drunk with the martyrs of Jesus? How can she persecute the saints? How can she kill the martyrs of Christ, yet claim to be Christian herself, a Christian church?" Now watch.
"And the angel said unto me, Wherefore did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carries her, and which has seven heads and ten horns".
This'll be very easy.
"The beast which you saw was, and is not, and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and shall go into perdition: and they that dwell upon the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast which was, which is not, and yet is".
Notice Jesus said that all, not just a few but all that dwell upon the earth shall wonder, all of them will wonder. The whole world will wonder about this woman. There's just one group that won't be wonderingthose whose names are on the Lamb's Book of Life.
When were their names put on the Lamb's Book of Life? Was it the last Billy Graham revival they went to? The night they went to the altar? The day they joined church? The Bible said their names were put on the Lamb's Book of Life "from the foundation of the world." In the beginning, when God saw that He would send His Son, to take a sinners place, He foresaw Jesus crucified, and His Blood shed before the foundation of the world. How many know the Bible says that? That Christ's Blood was shed from the foundation of the world? When that Blood was shed, the name of every member of the Body, foreknown as a believer, was written with that Blood on the Lamb's Book of Life at the foundation of the world. Brotherthat unlocks the doors, and takes away all fear.
Now notice the woman, this church, was MYSTERY Babylon. We see her founded by Nimrod. He founded a city and caused all of the other cities to pay tribute. Could we see such a thing TODAY? Is there a CHURCH which DOMINATES over every nation in the world? Certainly. Is there a PLACE today that makes every nation pay TRIBUTE? Let's read the rest of it.
"Here's the mind which has wisdom." Wisdom is one of the gifts of the Spirit. So what kind of a group's John talking to? He must be speaking to people who have the gifts of the Spirit operating in the church. "Here's to the mind that has WISDOM".
The Holy Spirit declared those gifts would be working in the last days. Now, we've got gifts of healing working, but there are other gifts! That's just a minor gift. Which would be greater, the gift of the Holy Ghost of wisdom to put the Word of God together, to show the church where we're standing, or just to get somebody healed? We all want to be well; but I'd rather have my soul well, than my body well. Oh, hear the Holy Spirit speaking through John on the Isle of Patmos, saying, "He that has WISDOM, let him listen to This." . . . Now we're got the picture coming into focus.
"Here's the UNDERSTANDING of the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits".
There's only one city in the world built on seven mountains. Only one place in the whole world has a church on seven hills, and it DOMINATES the entire world. Revelations 13 says, "Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast, for it's the number of a man. [Not a group of men, but 'a' man]. And his number is six hundred and sixty-six." If you go there, written over his throne is, VICARIUS FILII DEI. Draw a line, add up the figures in Roman numerals, and it's exactly the truth, 666. His triple crown is displayed, representing jurisdiction over heaven, earth, and purgatory.
And there are seven kings: five are FALLEN [Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula and Claudius], and one is [Nero who ruled at the start of the or Ephesian Church Age], and another is yet to come [Galba]; and when he cometh, he must continue for a short space" (The Mark of the Beast, p. 34:253-256; The Revelation of the Seven Seals, p. 219:2-6).
Seven Roman emperors, We read in Revelation 13, verse one, that blasphemous TITLES were upon each of these seven heads. Augustus from his accession called himself 'son of the divine Julius', and all of his successors except Claudius and Vespasian had followed his example. Four were declared divine at death by the Roman Senate. Caligula claimed to be all of the gods at once and determined to defile the temple at Jerusalem, while Claudius anticipated the action of the Senate by using the title 'DIVUS' on coins in his own lifetime. (In the eastern provinces the coins bore the Greek word 'THEOS'). Nero's 'enthusiasm for art made his flatterers hail him as Apollo' M. Cary et al. (eds.), The Oxford Classical Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon, 1949, p. 604) and coins were struck commending him as Appolos or Helios, and 'Saviour of the World' (R. Mounce, The Book of Revelation, revised edition, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998, p. 245).
What more perfect type could we have for "the eighth who is of the seven and goes to perdition." Do you remember Nebuchadnezzar's dream of the huge image with head of Gold and shoulders of silver, belly of brass, legs of iron, and feet of iron mixed with clay? It represented the four Gentile world powers which would rule until Christ destroys them in days of the ten toes, and set up His Millennial Reign. Like these Roman emperors, the rulers of the previous three Gentile empires claimed the divinity of God. The beast who embodies all the evil attributes of those before him and is called 'OF' the seven Roman emperors but is the EIGHTH and goes into PERDITION, will be incarnate by Satan, when he's cast down to earth, at the end of the Gentile dispensation.
His blasphemous title means Vicar (or substitute) for the Son of God (Revelation 13:18). This is also blasphemous because it's usurping the office of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to youthe Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost not a man will come in My Name" (John 14:18, 26).
II Thessalonians 2:3-4, "Let nobody deceive you by any means: for the day of the Lord shall not come, until first there is APOSTASY of the church, and that MAN of sin is revealed, the SON of perdition; Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is WORSHIPPED; so that he actually sits in the temple of God, proclaiming his own DIVINITY".
Can you see what a perfect type of this coming beast those seven emperors were? "Son of perdition"/son of the divine Julius. He is of the seven but he doesn't 'FALL' like they do, as he'll be CAST into the Lake of Fire by the Lord (Revelation 19:20).
The ten horns were not crowned in the days of Jesus (Revelation 12:3), as the crowns were on the heads of Rome's seven 'divine' emperors. But they are to be crowned in the coming NWO. Revelation 17:12-13, "And the ten horns which you saw are ten rulers which had received no dominion in John's day; but they shall receive absolute power as kings one hour along with the beast. These have one mind, and shall deliver their POWER and STRENGTH unto the beast".
"And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the EIGHTH, and is of the seven [having the same nature], and goes into perdition".
Anyone knows what PERDITION means, it's 'hell'. And watch where he ascended from, the BOTTOMLESS pit. There's no foundation for his doctrine. There's no Bible for it. They don't claim there is. They claim their denomination is infallible and rest on its TRADITION.
I was telling one of their people about water baptism in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. He said, "Oh, you baptize according to the way our early church baptized."
I said, "When was that?"
He said, "In the Bible."
I said, "Did your church baptize like Saint Peter did, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ? Was that the teaching of your church?"
He said, "Yes."
"Then why has the infallibility of your church changed so much?"
He said, "Well, you believe the Bible. We believe the church. We don't care what the Bible says; it's what the church says."
That's exactly right. If you ever come to a showdown, try it once. Denominations don't care what the Bible says. That has nothing to do with it; they care what the church says.
But we don't care what the church says. We believe what God says. In the Bible, it's written, "Let God's Word be true, and every man liar." That's why we are not a denomination. nl003.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.