Bible Believers' Newsletter 1017
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; we appreciate your company.
We are blessed to live at the most glorious point in world history. The mystery of God was finished in 1963 when Christ opened the Sealed Book and returned to earth in W_O_R_D form through the mouth of His Prophet, William Branham. We now have the perfect interpretation of God's Word with divine vindication drawing us to maturity in the unity of the faith for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation. Meanwhile, the world is falling apart again: the once Christian nations and apostate (once) Protestant churches, having rejected their Lord and put him without the camp, are quite insane. Witness the united States on its inevitable decline; "the image unto the beast," led by Satan on his "pale horse with authority over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth".
This is the harvest time; the tares had their revival first and are bundled in Vatican II and Rome's charismatic impersonation of Pentecost, Rockefeller's World Council of Churches and Billy Graham's ecumenism, ready for the burning. The wise and foolish virgin have come out from Rome and her apostate once Protestant daughter churches. Soon the Seventh Trump will announce the close of the Christian dispensation and call the first resurrection before Satan is cast down to earth for the great tribulation.
Our feature article, "Let the Fire Fall!" is an annotation of another of Brother Branham's parables. Please take your time to read it prayerfully and check the references to scripture and to Brother Branham's sermons. Our news items are important reading as they reveal the united States in desperation sacrificing herself, her citizens, and anybody or anything in order to preserve the corrupt fractional reserve fiat money banking system and Rothschild's central banking monopoly.
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 Smooths Israel's Path to annexing West Bank
March 19, 2018 — Seemingly unrelated events all point to a tectonic shift in which Israel has begun preparing the ground to annex the occupied Palestinian territories. Last week, during an address to students in New York, Israel's education minister Naftali Bennett publicly disavowed even the notion of a Palestinian state. "We are done with that," he said. "They have a Palestinian state in Gaza". . . The parliament passed a law last month . . . a covert but tangible first step towards annexation . . . all evidence suggests that Washington is fully on board, so long as annexation is done by stealth . . . a final deal will be settled over their heads if necessary . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: The ides of Nisan beckon (Isaiah 6:9-13; 13:6-66; Joel 2:2; Zechariah 14:1-2; Revelation 16:19).
Russian Military Warns: a Major War in Syria is Imminent
March 21, 2018 — On March 17, the Russian General Staff warned about an imminent attack on Syria . . . There are warships deployed by US Navy in the Red Sea, the Mediterranean, and the Persian Gulf. They are ready to launch roughly 400 long-range Tomahawks against a target in the Middle East on any given day. Sea-launched cruise missiles were used to strike Syria in April . . . it's an open secret that the strategic bombers based [on Diego Garcia] can launch at least a hundred cruise missiles and then use other high-precision munitions in a follow-up attack. On average, one bomber carries 20 AGM-86 ALCMs. Five bombers are believed to be normally stationed on this island . . .
On March 17, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov declared that Great Britain, France, and some additional countries besides the US had special forces operating in Syria that were engaging the Syrian Army directly. But it's not just commandos. It was reported on March 16 that the UK would be stationing a significant number of troops at the US-controlled Al-Tanf military base . . . 2,300 troops accompanied by tanks and helicopters—is too significant just to be intended to fight Islamic State militants who are already on the run.
Before that, the US had already sent 600 troops with armoured vehicles to the base. And American reinforcements have also been sent to the Omar oil field. On March 12, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley threatened military action against Syria. Experience has shown that the US will strike first and think about explanations later. It'll no doubt "invent" some pretext to justify its actions . . .
The escalation coincided with the March 16 meeting between the Russian, Iranian, and Turkish foreign ministers in Astana to discuss further plans to bring peace to Syria, including expanding the concept of the de-escalation zones. That meeting laid the ground for a summit in Istanbul on April 4. There are about two weeks still to go. This top-level event could produce landmark decisions that might foil the West's plans in Syria. Not much time is left. From the American perspective, this calls for urgent action to stymie that process.
. . . If the Russian military is openly warning the world of an imminent strike, that is a serious threat. And it does not look like a one-strike operation. This time we're in for something much more serious—a large-scale operation to "contain" Russia, beat back Iran, win the support of the rich oil-exporting Arab nations and make them pay huge sums for American weapons, and show the world the US is omnipresent and adamant in its desire to dictate its will. Full story: strategic-culture.org
US Planning Terrorist False Flag Chemical Attack to justify Bombing Syria: Russia says it will Respond
March 20, 2018 — Chief of the Russian General Staff, Valery Gerasimov . . . claimed that Moscow had "reliable information that fighters are preparing to stage the use by government troops of chemical weapons against the civilian population." He alleged that the US intends to accuse Assad's troops of using chemical weapons against civilians, and then "carry out a bombing attack" on Damascus. Gerasimov warned that Russia would "take retaliatory measures" if the US targeted areas where its military are located in the Syrian capital . . . adding that in the event that the lives of Russian military personnel are placed in danger, the Russian Armed Forces will respond with certain measure to both "missiles" and their "launchers" . . .
Gerasimov . . . explains how the US and its allies are preparing the ground to justify an attack on Syria. According to reports, terrorists stationed in Al-Tanf (an illegal US military base in Syria) received 20 tons of chlorine gas and detonators, disguised as cigarette packs, in order to attack in an area under the control of the terrorists that is densely inhabited by civilians. What would then happen is already obvious, with the White Helmets (AKA Al-Qaeda) and mainstream media ready to broadcast the images of the victims of the attack, tugging at the heartstrings of Western viewers otherwise unaware of the conspiracy being played out. Efforts to frame Russia have already reached the highest alert levels, with the false-flag poisoning of the Russian spy in the United Kingdom. It seems that there is a significant effort by the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Germany to provoke a military confrontation with Moscow. How else are we able to interpret threats from Macron to strike Damascus, together with his ominous advice to foreign journalists not to go to Damascus in the coming days and, for those already there, to leave the capital immediately? There has even been chatter within diplomatic circles that suggest that UN personnel are leaving Damascus . . . The American attack seems imminent, with mounting signs of movements of American and Russian warships in the Mediterranean in attack formation.
Russian military representatives have reiterated that in the event of an attack, they will respond by hitting both the missiles launched as well as the ships from which the missiles were launched . . . The transfer of numerous US aircraft from Incirlik, Turkey, to Al-Azrak, Jordan, is another indication of preparations for an attack, since the forces moved to Jordan are close to the Al-Tanf base. The proposed strategy could involve an assault on the city of Daraa, for the purposes of securing the borders between Syria and Jordan and Syria and Israel.
The warnings raised by Lavrov and Gerasimov appear unprecedented, given that they detail a plan already set in course, evidently approved at the highest levels and aimed at provoking and justifying an attack on Syria; an attack that would encompass the Russian forces in Syria . . . if Lavrov said that "the movements of the warships of the United States and its allies in the Mediterranean seem compatible with the strategy of using this chemical attack to justify an attack on the Syrian Arab army and government installations", then it is reasonable to speculate on whether the Russian ships are moving in to the area to counter any provocations.
There are two fundamental flaws in the reasoning of US policy-makers and the US military establishment. They are convinced that an American demonstration of strength (involving a large number of cruise missile launched against Syria through a significant involvement of aircraft carriers as well as bombers) would stun Russia into passivity. Furthermore, US military generals are convinced that Syria and Russia do not have the ability to defend themselves for an extended period of time. They seem to be fooling themselves with their own propaganda. As their Israeli colleagues have already learned, such an assumption is mistaken. While the idea that a high level of firepower would meet with some kind of success, the possibility of a response from Syrian and Russian forces remains. And this possibility seems not to have been given sufficient weight by the US and her allies.
How would the American military and the Trump presidency react to a US warship being sunk by anti-ship missiles? It would only serve to demonstrate how vulnerable American naval forces are when confronted with such advanced weapons. It would represent a tremendous shock for the US military, possibly the biggest shock since the end of WWII. What would Trump and the generals in charge do? They would respond with further bombardment of Russian forces, leaving themselves open to a devastating Russian response . . . when US special forces deliver 20 tons of chlorine gas to Al Qaeda terrorists in Syria order to execute a false flag for the purposes of blaming Damascus and Moscow . . . connect this event to what is currently happening in the United Kingdom, and the hysteria in the United States surrounding alleged Russian hacking during the American elections, we can understand just how much international relations have deteriorated. This situation is reminiscent of Ukraine in 2015. Ukrainian forces suffered repeated defeats at the hands of the Donbass resistance, being contained in the thousands in different "cauldrons" . . .
In recent months, the possibility of a war on the Korean Peninsula has also been evoked and perhaps simultaneously averted by the unpredictable consequences for both Seoul and the American forces in the region. In Syria, the approach of Washington and its diplomatic and military emissaries seems more reckless and less tied to a chain of command where the buck stops at the American president. It seems that the US deep state in Syria has a greater and more hidden control over American forces, sabotaging every agreement made between Moscow and Washington. We saw this during the Obama presidency, where the US Air Force bombed government troops in Deir ez-Zor only a few hours after a ceasefire had been reached between Lavrov and Secretary of State Kerry . . . Full story: strategic-culture.org
Comment: "The ides of Nisan" beckon.
Pentagon Trained Syria's Al Qaeda 'Rebels' in use of Chemical Weapons, Confirmed by CNN
March 19, 2018 — In recent developments, Moscow has provided evidence that the US is training Al Qaeda affiliated "militants groups" in the use of chemical weapons. A March 17, Russia's Ministry of Defense states the following:
"We have reliable information at our disposal that US instructors have trained a number of militant groups in the vicinity of the town of At-Tanf, to stage provocations involving chemical warfare agents in southern Syria . . . The provocations will be used as a pretext by the United States and its allies to launch strikes on military and government infrastructure in Syria.'
In a bitter irony, Moscow's allegations directed against the US are confirmed by CNN. While the Western media casually upholds Washington's narrative which consists in blaming Bashar Al Assad of killing his own people, they coincidently also refute their own lies . . . they confirm that the Pentagon has been training the terrorists in the use of chemical weapons for more than five years. They also acknowledge the existence of a not so secret "US-backed plan to launch a chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad" . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: This would hardly be the first example of such attacks. For example, on 14 January 2014, MIT's Theodore Postol and the former UN Weapons Inspector Richard Lloyd co-authored a detailed technical study and analysis, regarding "the Damascus Nerve Agent Attack of August 21, 2013" (which was the most-famous sarin-attack, in East Ghouta), saying that "the US Government's Interpretation of the Technical Intelligence It Gathered Prior to and After the August 21 Attack CANNOT POSSIBLY BE CORRECT," documenting that the rocket had actually—and clearly—been fired from an area that even the US Government's own maps showed to be under the control of the 'rebels', whom the US Government supported, and definitely not of the Syrian Government, whom those 'rebels' were trying to overthrow. (That was the incident in which US President Barack Obama announced to the world his "red line" and then said that the Government headed by Bashar al-Assad had crossed it and that this justified a US invasion, but Seymour Hersh said that it had become blocked by the UK's intelligence lab at Porton Down, by their finding that the sarin which had been used in this attack wasn't of a type that the Syrian Government had in its arsenals.) There have been several such "false-flag" attacks, in order to get the public to support invading Syria. However, the main way that the US and its allies try to overthrow Assad and his Government is to arm and protect Al Qaeda in Syria, which leads the various jihadist groups there other than ISIS (globalresearch.ca).
Chem Tales: Noxious Attacks against Russia creating Toxic Political Landscape
March 19, 2018 — The PyeongChang Winter Games, Syria and London. What do they all have in common? Each place provided the backdrop for the vilification of Russia by Western powers with unsubstantiated claims of chemical abuse in one way or another. Propaganda and poison share some interestingly similar characteristics. Both are tasteless, scentless and invisible to the naked eye. Yet both are oftentimes fatal to the victim. No surprise, then, that these two lethal weapons are being used against Russia in tandem to achieve a particular agenda or agendas . . .
Many other things do not add up, primarily that Russia destroyed the last of its chemical weapons in September 2017, and despite the fact that the US, citing "financial restraints," failed to do the same . . . all things considered, the United States would make a more believable suspect than Russia in the Skripal case considering that it was Washington that supervised the removal of the chemical weapons cache at the Soviet-era Chemical Research Institute in Nukus, Uzbekistan . . . Full story: strategic-culture.org
Comment: Throughout its history, wherever the US has invaded or intervened, it has used inhumane torture methods as a weapon to intimidate people and suppress uprisings. Anyone who knows that bloody history of US, especially in South American and Southeast Asian countries, knows that the CIA has not only tortured—and eventually killed—intellectuals, leftists, and nationalists of those countries but has trained its reactionary, criminal puppet governments to follow the same methods. European imperialist powers, these loyal US allies, have followed the same formula in countries under their domain.
In Afghanistan, the-called "War on Terror" waged by the US was also accompanied by the creation of CIA-run detention centers or "black sites" and the running of the "extraordinary rendition" program (globalresearch.ca). 'Skripal case is a carefully-constructed drama' — John Pilger youtu.be.
Statement of Four: West wages Multi-Front, Multi-Domain Campaign against Russia
March 19, 2018 — The Salisbury poisoning, false flag chemical attacks in Ghouta, "battle for the Balkans", provocations being prepared in Moldova, Estonia, Estonia, Latvia and Poland abruptly stepping up their fight against the Nord Stream-2 gas project in the Baltic Sea, as well as a lot of other things, are parts of a broader picture. The West is attacking Russia on all fronts and in all domains. There are no clear rules of the road. The pressure will be gradually being ratcheted up till Moscow bows and kneels.
As history teaches, this outcome is unlikely. But the policy may backfire to undermine the Western unity, which is extremely fragile. The West faces multiple threats and challenges; it's very foundation is in jeopardy. These are the days when it needs partners more than artificially created enemies adding to the plethora of grave problems it is trying hard to tackle. Today it is wasting resources and effort on waging the well-orchestrated campaign against Moscow instead of coming up with constructive policy of ensuring its security and cohesion . . . Full story: strategic-culture.org
US Warns Damascus over use of Deadly Substances: Blaming Others for One's Own Sins
March 18, 2018 — On March 12, US Permanent Representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, announced at a Security Council meeting that the US will take action on its own if that organization fails to establish a cease-fire and end the chemical attacks and suffering of civilians as it pushes for a new 30-day truce in Syria's Eastern Ghouta. She forces the circulation of a new draft resolution, in view of the failure of the previous one. In a nutshell, the US has adopted a "do what I tell you or else" approach. Sounds sound like an ultimatum! The UK expressed its readiness to join the US. So did France.
Washington blames Russia, Syria, and Iran for ignoring a 30-day cease-fire mandated by the UN last month. Defense Secretary James Mattis declared that the US is concerned over the reports of chlorine-gas use by Syria's government. CIA director Mike Pompeo, who has been nominated for secretary of state, stated that President Donald Trump will not turn a blind eye to chemical attacks.
It should be noted that Syrian rebels have used chemical weapons (CW) before. This fact has been established by UN investigators. In 2017, the use of toxic agents by rebels was acknowledged by the US State Department. But the US is denying any possibility that the rebels might have staged a provocation in Eastern Ghouta, just as the Russian General Staff had warned. Just a few days ago the Syrian army found a CW lab in that area.
On March 13, the Chief of Russia's General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, alleged that the militants were preparing a provocation in Syria that would use chemical agents, intended to justify a massive US strike on Syria's military sites and troops.
So, the US is adopting a "J'accuse" tone, threatening the use of force with no evidence to support its CW accusations while pointing its finger at Syria's government, blaming it for firing on the fighters of Al-Nusra, the group excluded from the cease-fire agreements. But it's Russia, not the US, who enforced five-hour daily breaks in the fighting to enable the evacuation of civilians and the injured from the embattled areas, allowing some deliveries of humanitarian aid . . .
Exactly one year ago, US officials had to confirm that they had used depleted uranium (DU) on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria . . . The US-led coalition used white phosphorus, a potentially lethal substance, in populated areas during its operations in Iraq and Syria . . . American cluster bombs have been used in Yemen . . . The clamour over its support of Syria's offensive in Eastern Ghouta has been timed to coincide with the British accusations of Moscow's complicity in the "spy poisoning scandal." These are links in one and the same chain. Full story: strategic-culture.org
The Strategy of Tension towards Russia and the Push to Nuclear War
March 19, 2018 — The United States has devised on ongoing strategy of tension towards Russia . . . initiated economic sanctions . . . concocted a narrative about 'Russian aggression' for public consumption and . . . attempted to undermine and weaken the energy-dependent Russian economy . . . instigated a coup on Russia's doorstep in Ukraine and is escalating tensions by placing troops in Europe.
The reality is that the US, not Russia, has around 800 military bases in over 100 countries and military personnel in almost 150 countries . . . By the 1980s, Washington's wars, death squads and covert operations were responsible for six million deaths in the 'developing' world. Other estimates suggests a figure closer to 20 million deaths in 37 nations since 1945 . . .
Full story: counterpunch.org; 20-30 million globalresearch.ca
Comment: "Today, America would be outraged if UN troops entered Los Angeles to restore order. Tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told that there were an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by the World Government." – Dr. Henry Kissinger, Bilderberger Conference, Evians, France, 1991.
Will the UN troops be Russian? Individual rights will be willingly relinquished to Rome for the guarantee of Daniel 9:27 and Revelation 17:12-13.
Pompeo and Haspel are Symptoms of a Deeper Problem
March 19, 2018 — President Trump's recent cabinet shake-up looks to be a real boost to hard-line militarism and neo-conservatism. If his nominees to head the State Department and CIA are confirmed, we may well have moved closer to war. Before being chosen by Trump to head up the CIA, Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo was one of the most pro-war Members of Congress. He has been militantly hostile toward Iran . . . Iran neither attacks nor threatens the United States. At a time when President Trump appears set to make history by meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un face-to-face, Pompeo remains dedicated to a "regime change" policy that leads to war, not diplomacy and peace. He blames Iran—rather than the 2003 US invasion—for the ongoing disaster in Iraq. He enthusiastically embraced the Bush policy of . . . "torture" . . . Trump's CIA nominee Gina Haspel . . . helped develop an interrogation regimen that our own government admitted was torture, that she oversaw an infamous "black site" where torture took place, and that she covered up the evidence of her crimes should automatically disqualify her for further government service. In a society that actually valued the rule of law, Haspel may be facing time in a much different kind of federal facility than CIA headquarters . . .
Full story: ronpaulinstitute.org
South Korean Report on Summit discredits US Elites' Assumption
March 16, 2018 — Media coverage of and political reactions to Donald Trump's announcement of a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have been based on the assumption that it cannot succeed, because Kim will reject the idea of denuclearization. But the full report by South Korean President Moon Jae-in's national security adviser on the meeting with Kim last week—covered by South Korea's Yonhap news agency but not covered in US news media—makes it clear that Kim will present Trump with a plan for complete denuclearization linked to the normalization of relations between the US and North Korea, or the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
The report by Chung Eui-yong on a dinner hosted by Kim Jong Un for the 10-member South Korean delegation on March 5 said the North Korea leader had affirmed his "commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" and that he "would have no reason to possess nuclear weapons should the safety of [his] regime be guaranteed and military threats against North Korea removed." Chung reported that Kim expressed his willingness to discuss "ways to realize the denuclearization of the peninsula and normalize [US-DPRK] bilateral ties."
But in what may be the most important finding in the report, Chung added,
"What we must especially pay attention to is the fact that [Kim Jong Un] has clearly stated that the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was an instruction of his predecessor and that there has been no change to such an instruction."
The South Korean national security adviser's report directly contradicts the firmly held belief among US national security and political elites that Kim Jong Un would never give up the DPRK's nuclear weapons. . . Full story: truthdig.com
Colin Powell acknowledges Israeli Nuclear Arsenal: 200 Israeli Nukes targeted against Iran
September 14, 2016 — According to hacked emails reviewed by LobeLog, Former Secretary of State Colin Powell acknowledged Israel's nuclear arsenal, an open secret that US and Israeli politicians typically refuse to acknowledge as part of Israel's strategy of "nuclear ambiguity." Powell also rejected assessments that Iran, at the time, was "a year away" from a nuclear weapon.
The emails, released by the hacking group DCLeaks, show Powell discussing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial speech before a joint meeting of Congress with his business partner, Jeffrey Leeds. Leeds summarizes Netanyahu as having "said all the right things about the president and all the things he has done to help Israel. But basically [he] said this deal sucks, and the implication is that you have to be an idiot not to see it."
Powell responded that US negotiators can't get everything they want from a deal. But echoing a point that many Iran hawks have questioned, Powell said that Israel's nuclear arsenal and rational self-interest make the construction and testing of an Iranian nuclear weapon a highly unlikely policy choice for Iran's leaders . . . Full story: lobelog.com
Opposition Grows to Merkel Macron EU Superstate
March 18, 2018 — A predictable process of disintegration across the European union is underway. It has now gained momentum not only from the elections in Italy where more than two-thirds voted against open borders refugee policies pushed by Brussels. And it comes not only from Austria or the East states such as Hungary and Poland or the new Austrian government. Now opposition to the Berlin-Paris-Brussels "centralist" axis is coming from Holland and a group of northern EU countries. The issue at the heart involves nations who are asserting the sanctity of national sovereignty versus those who want to dissolve borders and create some form of top-down EU Superstate, euphemistically called the "ever closer union." The conflict will determine the future viability of the entire European Union project. Brexit was only the first crack in the EU edifice . . . Full story: journal-neo.org
Comment: Can you sense the collapse of the Euro Ponzi scheme?
Papua New Guinea earthquake
March 23, 2018 — A devastating magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea almost a month ago. The disaster killed 145 people and that number is expected to rise as more bodies are recovered. Authorities say 270,000 people need emergency aid . . . With roads cut off by landslides, many of the communities hardest hit can only be reached by chopper. There are only so many choppers in PNG and only so many boxes of food you can fit in each one. So getting enough supplies where they're needed presents enormous challenges for the relief effort . . . In the aftermath of an emergency, we know from experience that the risk of sexual violence becomes even greater . . . Full story: video
Let the Fire Fall!
Romans 7:1-6, "Do you not know, brethren—for I address such as know the Law—that the Law has authority over a man only during his lifetime? Thus a married woman is bound by Law to her husband so long as he lives; but if the husband dies, she is freed from the Laws of marriage. Accordingly if she lives with another man while her husband is alive she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband dies, she is free from that law; and though she marries another man she is not an adulteress."
"Likewise, my brethren, you have died to the Law through the Body of Christ, so that you may belong to Another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we bear fruit for God. For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the Law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the Law, dead to that which held us captive, so that we now serve in the new relationship of the Spirit and not in the old relationship of religious literalism under the letter of the written code [which was a shadow of good things to come]".
Romans 7:7 is explained in Colossians 2:9-15, "In Christ dwells all the fulness of deity bodily, and you have come to fulness of Life in Him, Who is the head of all rule and authority. In Him also you were circumcised [in heart and ears by revelation] with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of flesh by the circumcision of Christ. And you were buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also risen with Him through faith in the working of God, who has raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses; blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross; and having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in the Cross".
Also II Corinthians 5:14-17, "The love of Christ controls us; because we are convinced that one has died for all, therefore all have died: and that He died for all, that those that live might not henceforth live for themselves, but for Him, who for their sake died, and was raised [for their justification]. Consequently, from now on we know no man after the flesh: even though we once regarded Christ in terms of His human nature, we know Him thus no longer. Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old has passed away; behold, the new has come".
Since the elect of God were accounted dead with Christ on Calvary, buried and risen with Him (Colossians 3:1), we as He is, are dead to the Law through the Law (Galatians 2:19) which was nailed to His Cross, that He might live through us.
We understand the import of the natural marriage union between a man and his wife and their mutual obligations. But natural marriage is only a type of the Spiritual union between Jesus Christ and His Bride. Until the beginning of the seventh century Christ's Church comprised mainly converted Israelites; Paul was teaching the saints of the Ephesian Church Age that their old husband and master, the Law, is dead and that unless this realization becomes a revelation such that they become dead to the Law they will be in adultery with their old husband, the Law, against their new Husband, Christ the Word. Throughout the Church Ages, following every new move of the Spirit, the people attempted to cling to the headship of denominational teachings and the Word for the new dispensation, which is adultery (II Peter 1:12; I John 1:7). That denominational husband must be dead to you.
Eve committed adultery with the Devil-incarnate Serpent before her husband Adam could have knowledge of her. She should have been burned along with the serpent for their awful deed. But Adam intervened, taking her quickly to himself so that she was saved. The church is a woman, and when the Satanic religion of this last Eve, the false church, has gone the full course of the ages, "crucified unto herself the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame," there will be no one to intervene and she will be burned with her seducer, for the whore and her children and the antichrist and Satan will all find their places in the lake of fire (Revelation 2:21-24; 19:20; 20:10).
Beside the first and the last Adam who were spoken into creation, we were all conceived in sin by Satan's wisdom rather than obedience to the revealed Word, sinners by nature, our souls unquickened to Life. Instead of union in Christ our souls are anointed by the spirit of the world and ruled by the ten worldly senses of our flesh and mortal spirit because Eve did not wait for her prophet husband to learn the revelation of procreation from God, but was deceived by the pride of life and seduced. Thus, before new birth, our soul is in fornication with and ruled by the god of this world.
When mother gives birth, the shock of cold air or a pat on baby's bottom will cause him to receive the breath of lives—his mortal spirit which is from God but not of God, and his unquickened soul born dead in sin and trespasses. Baby is not the temporal dwelling of his body, nor is he the mortal spirit given to empower his body, contact the world by the five senses of the flesh, and operate the mind with its five senses. Baby is the soul that has but one sense: faith or doubt. Unless or until that soul is quickened it will serve the nature of this world.
The soul may be likened to the ova in a virgin girl which cannot be quickened to reproduce after her kind until she marries Mr. Right and the life passes through his body, for only the male can beget. Our souls were dormant until the love of God passed through His Body, the Church, as the Word for the hour, for the souls of God's elect can only be quickened or born-again by what II Peter 1:12 called "the present truth".
You are your soul, and in order for your soul to be born-again you must first accept Christ's proposal of marriage, repent of past sin (unbelief) then put away that first husband, the nature of this world, whose ruler Satan, is in fornication with your soul. Next you must be baptized for the remission of past sin in the Name of your new husband, Lord Jesus Christ. Now you are justified by grace through faith; your past sins are not forgiven but remitted and cast into the sea of God's forgetfulness as if you never did those things. But that old nature, denomination and the world is still present, squatting.
Now that you are espoused to Christ you serve to deepen your relationship, learning His preferences and changing your ways to please and draw closer to Him. This second step in faith called sanctification sets your mind in order for holiness, for a holy God demands a holy life, and without holiness no man will see God. So long as you are not sealed into Christ His adversary is still in your heart trying to prevent the consummation of the marriage union. However, before this can take place that old husband must die in the true baptism with the Holy Ghost in your soul, not just on your flesh and mortal spirit. A life lived by a clear revelation of "the present Truth" will baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and Supernatural Fire that will thoroughly purge your soul and quicken it with God's own Life (Matthew 3:11-12). Now you are dead to the world and alive in Christ.
The Bible says in II Corinthians 5:21 that we have become the righteousness of God by our union with Jesus Christ. It says that WE ARE THE VERY RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD HIMSELF by being IN CHRIST. It says that He (Jesus) became SIN for us. It does not say He became sinful, but became SIN for us that by our union with Him we might become the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God. If we accept the fact (and we must) that He literally became SIN for us by His substitution for us, then we must also accept the fact that we by our union with Him have become the VERY RIGHTEOUSNESS of God. To reject one is to reject the other. To accept the one is to accept the other. We know the Bible says that, it can't be denied. But the revelation of it is missing. It is not real to the majority of God's children. It is just a good verse in the Bible. But we need to have it made ALIVE to us. That will take revelation (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 31:1).
If God has chosen you in Christ before creation His Word will come upon Word, unfolding the mind or Christ in you, drawing you to maturity in the unity of the faith for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation.
When Brother Branham said, "We are looking forward to the Coming of the Lord in our generation, not looking forward to revival in our generation, he was not speaking of Christ's second or 'parousia' Coming but when "His Coming will be completed," in the threefold PROCESS of the rapture at the manifestation of the Sixth Seal, Seventh Trumpet and Seventh Vial.
There are only so many members in Christ's end-time Bride and the end of the Christian dispensation is upon us. Galatians 5:24, "Those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." On Nisan 14, AD30 the sinless Jesus Christ was made sin for us, He died on the cross, paying the wages of sin in His body for our redemption, was buried and rose again the third day for our justification. "He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we were healed." Since He has purchased us with His precious Blood "you not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's".
Crucifixion was in use among the Egyptians (Genesis 40:19), the Carthaginians, the Persians (Esther 7:10), the Assyrians, Scythians, Indians, Germans, and from earliest times borrowed by the Greeks and Romans from the Phoenicians. The Romans, down to the time of Constantine the Great, affixed the guiltiest criminals to an upright stake or cross, particularly the basest slaves, robbers, authors and abetters of insurrections. This horrible punishment the innocent Jesus also suffered. The Jews probably borrowed it from the Romans. It was unanimously considered the most horrible form of death. Among Romans the degradation was also a part of the infliction, and the punishment if applied to freemen was used only in the case of the vilest criminals.
The one being crucified was stripped naked of all his clothes, and then followed the most awful moment of all. He was laid down upon the implement of torture. His arms were stretched along the cross beams, and at the centre of the open palms the point of a huge iron nail was placed, which, by the blow of a mallet, was driven home into the wood. Then through either foot separately, or possibly through both together, as they were placed one over the other, another huge nail tore its way through the quivering flesh. Whether the sufferer was also bound to the cross we do not know, but to prevent the hands and feet being torn away by the weight of the body, which could not rest upon anything but four great wounds, there was, about the centre of the cross, a wooden projection strong enough to support at least in part, a human body, which soon became a weight of human agony. Then the "accursed tree" with its living human burden was slowly heaved up and the end firmly fixed in a hole in the ground. The feet were but a little raised above the earth. The victim was in full reach of every hand that might choose to strike. A death by crucifixion seems to have included all that pain and death can have of the horrible and ghastly—dizziness, cramp, thirst, starvation, sleeplessness, traumatic fever, tetanus, publicity of shame, long continuance of torment, horror of anticipation, mortification of untended wounds, all intensified just up to the point which they can be endured at all, but stopping just short of the point which would give the sufferer the relief of unconsciousness. The unnatural position made every movement painful; the lacerated veins and crushed tendons throbbed with incessant anguish; the wounds, inflamed by exposure, gradually gangrened; the arteries, especially of the head and the stomach, became swollen and oppressed with surcharged blood; and, while each variety of misery went on gradually increasing, there was added to them the intolerable pang of a burning raging thirst. Such was the death to which Christ was doomed.
The crucified was watched, according to custom, by a party of four soldiers, John 19:23, with their centurion, Matthew 27:66, whose express office was to prevent the stealing of the body. This was necessary from the lingering character of the death, which sometimes did not occur even for three days, and was at last the result of gradual benumbing and starvation. But for this guard, the persons might have been taken down and recovered, as was actually done in the case of three friends of Josephus. Only one survived, in spite of the care. Fracture of the legs was especially adopted by the Jews to hasten death (John 19:31). In most cases the body was suffered to rot on the cross by the action of the sun and rain, or to be devoured by birds and beasts. Burial was generally therefore forbidden; but in consequence of Deuteronomy 21:22-23, an express natural exception was made in favour of the Jews (Matthew 27:58; Strong's Concordance, 4717).
In God's mercy billions of non-elect whose names remain in the Book of Life are saved and will be granted into eternal Life by the saints at the White Throne Judgment. Like the first Adam, Jesus Christ died to redeem His Wife whose names were written in the Lamb's Book of Life before creation began. Redemption was over when the last saint predestinated to Laodicea was born-again in March, 1963. When the last saint predestinated to the Capstone Bride is baptized into the Body the Seventh Trump will sound the end of Man's Day and the commencement of the Day of the Lord after the pattern and type established by Matthew 27:45-53. As thousands trusting Brother Branham's fealty to Paul's teaching cried from beyond the curtain of time "We're resting on that"—we're resting on this type and the resurrection of the Church Age saints to begin on the third day. We are expecting it. It was promised to us. Amen!
We have annotated the transcript of a parable Brother Branham told in, "The Invisible Union of the Bride of Christ." It describes the end of the Christian dispensation, the first resurrection and the translation of Christ's end-time Bride. Set in Glacier National Park where for almost a century the smouldering embers of a bonfire were pushed from Glacier Point at 9.00 p.m. in the summer months to the Yosemite Valley 3,000 feet below. From a distance it appeared as a glowing waterfall. The owners of the Glacier Point Hotel conducted the firefall from 1872 to 1968 with the cry, "Let the fire fall!"
"One time I was up in Glacier National Park. We heard, all day long, that they had a fall, a glacier fire that was going to fall at night [Revelation 8:3-5]. So the people was busy, all day long, getting that thing ready, because they was going to pour that fire out, that night. [Speaking with reference to I Kings 18:38 he said, "God was hiding Himself. But when it come time for that seed to get ripe that had been planted, God manifested Himself by sending fire out of heavens and licking . . . Elijah's sodden altar (The Revelation of the Seven Seals, p. 35:3; 530:2)]. They put a liquid fire falls, like a great glacier of water [Zechariah 14:6-8]. Looked like a rainbow [covenant sign], almost, when it comes out of that fire falling out of this glacier. All around through the park, wife [Church] and I, and children, walked around through the day. We want to stay to see that fire exhibition. So it was promised us that we would see it, and we'd witness it again [Acts 2:1-3]. [Speaking of this "latter rain" the Prophet said, "He'll pour out that golden Oil of the Holy Ghost upon that Church, brother, Fire will fall from Heaven, with signs and wonders will take place like you've never seen before [in the manifestation of the Sons of God (Rapture, p. 40:192)]. Yes, sir. "Fear not, little flock, it's your Father's good will to give you the Kingdom." Yes, sir. "He that endures to the end . . ." There you go. Keep right down the road; keep your head towards Calvary. This Bible's right. Don't worry (Why are We not a Denomination, p. 27:124)]. They said they have it ever through the summer seasons and so forth [harvest time; There is a Man that can turn on the Light, p. 26:151; The Feast of the Trumpets, p. 3:22; COD, p. 965:204-205; Joel 2:23 – 3:1]. I said, "Well, will we be able to see it?"
Said, "We promised it tonight. We're promised that." Said, "They're up there getting it ready now" [John 14:3].
After all had been made ready for the event! That's what's taking place right now. All has been made ready for the event, a Church being pulled out for His Name's sake, taking His Bride out from amongst the world, these denominations and all the world, and the filth and things of the world.
Everybody: the event was made ready. Everybody was standing out. They said, "Now keep watching, right up on top the mountain there" [the Capstone; Zechariah 4:7; Luke 21:25-28; I Peter 2:6-9].
That's the way It's always come. That's the way It's to come this time. That's the way It always come. Not through a denomination! Never did God use a denomination, never!
The reformer goes forth, he gets the Word of the Lord. And then when he dies, they build a denomination out of it. That's what the Pentecostals and all did. When the new issues, everything, that's just the way. That's the way the thing come out. A new word added, then they build a church out of it, made a denomination, separated themself. It had to be that way. [In his Message The Spoken Word is the Original Seed, p. 44:3 – 50:3 Brother Branham explained how Billy Graham and Oral Roberts planted denominational seeds for the churches in Sodom that will unite under the "latter rain" in the harvest time and go into the tribulation].
Now, you can't beat nature. Nature falls in the same routine, all the time: stalk, leaf, tassel, so forth, shuck, then the wheat [Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8].
Now notice. All was ready. Everything had been kindled and made ready. And everybody was standing out. I had my head sticking up; my arm around my wife. We was looking. And children standing there, all of us looking up, like that. My! It was something, 'cause we was expecting it. It was promised to us. Amen!
The Word promises this: "It shall come to pass, before the great and terrible day of the Lord shall come, behold, I will send unto you Elijah the prophet. He shall turn the hearts of the children back to the fathers." . . . ? . . . "It shall come to pass in the last days, I'll pour out My Spirit from on High." [What is the Attraction on the Mountain, p. 19:119] "The former [planting or teaching rain such as The Revelation of the Seven Seals; An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 175:5; On the Wings of a Snow White Dove, p. 18:1-8-109] and the latter [or harvest] rain shall come together in the last day" [The former rain for Israel and the latter rain for Christ's Bride (Joel 2:23; Zechariah 14:8; Things that are to be, p. 4:14)]. All these promises, through the Scriptures, been given. We're looking upward. Watch at the true Bride across the nation this hour, looking up. Church, He is coming, one of these days. Just as sure as He come the first time, He is coming again. Get everything ready. Separate yourself from shuck. Lay before the Son. Keep looking up. Be under expectation.
All at once, we heard something from the top the hill, a voice come down through the loud speaker, said, "All things are ready" [Matthew 22:4; Revelation 10:6; 19:7; Zechariah 14:4].
Then this man [the Angel of the Lord], standing right there by the side of me, said, "Let the fire fall." Here it come, pouring down across that mountain, a glacier of fire and blazes a licking, a sight to behold.
Brother, let's get all things ready, for one of these days the Fire is going to fall. We're going up. Now let's get ready for the Fire-falling time. [The first resurrection, the manifestation of the Sons of God and our translation]. We are in the last days, we all know that, and we're ready for the [completion of the] Coming of the Lord. The thing to do is separate yourself from all sin. Separate yourself from anything that pertains to the world. "Don't love the world or the things of the world."
"Let no man, by his creed, deceive you." You stay right straight in the promise of God, the Word of God. And that Word, if It's a Word for this day, God vindicates It so. If He doesn't, it's not the Word for this day.
The Word that fell on the Day of Pentecost will not work this day. No, sir. That was for Pentecost. The Pentecostals represented that, again. This is for the Bride, going Home of the Bride. We got something different. We're in the Bride age. No more than the Word of Noah would work in the days of Moses; no more than Moses' Law would have worked in the time of Paul here. He tried to tell them, "You are dead to that, and you cannot have that" (Romans 8:4; II Peter 1:12; I John 1:7).
Church, you who I'm speaking to, tonight, across the nation, if you've separated yourself from denomination and all the filth and things of this world, and all those things that keeps you in man-made creeds and orders and things like that, you separated yourself. Look up. Get ready. The Fire is going to fall, one of these days. God is going to let Him come, and a sight to behold. Would you be ready when He comes? Would you be ready to go up with Him when He comes? [The personal appearing of a glorified saint will raise our faith for translation grace]. The secret Rapture of the supernatural Bride, "She'll be made from mortal to immortality; be changed, in a moment, in a twinkling of the eye. We which are alive and remain shall not prevent them which are asleep."
The other day, on Armistice Day, I was standing down there in Tucson. My little boy wanted to see the parade. I was studying, and I didn't have time to do it. I had a lot of sick calls and things. So he said, "Daddy, they won't take me." He said, "Take me."
I said, "All right." Brother Simpson, I think he's here; and his little boy wanted to go. So I jerked them in the car and run down.
I stood there on the corner and watched. And after while, I heard, way back in the distance, a muffle coming, "womp, womp," drums, beating. I stood there. I thought, "Well, these little fellows, they really read all these books about army. They'll really like that." I noticed, coming up first was the old World War I tank. There they come up, little bitty fellows like that. There was next come, after that; was the next come after that was the big new tank of the Second World War, the big Sherman tank with a muzzle break on it. Then come the next, and the next, and after while come the Gold Star Mothers [whose sons had been killed in military combat during service in the US armed forces].
And then, after while, come twelve veterans that's left, in the whole state of Arizona, from the First World War; twelve veterans [the original apostles]. After that, come a float, the unknown soldier [Our Lord Jesus Christ], the little white cross. There stood a sailor, marine, and a soldier, standing guard; a little partition on the float. On the other side was an old gray-headed mother [Israel], setting with a gold star pinned on her, a little lovely wife crying, her husband was dead; a little ragged boy, his head turned sideways. His daddy was killed. And then behind that come more and more and more [Church Age saints], and then to the new army [Christ's end-time Bride]. I stood there. What a sight to behold, but how sad!
I thought, "O God, one of these days I'm going to behold another sight."
They'll come forth a resurrection day, which, "The first will be last; they which are last will be first." The old prophets will come breaking forth, first, and they see that procession going, marching up in the air. "And we which are alive and remain shall not hinder them which are asleep. For the trumpet of God shall sound, the dead in Christ shall rise first." We'll fall right in line with them going in, hallelujah, all down through the age of Luther, Wesley, Methodist, Presbyterian, on down to the last age, who received the Word in their age.
God bless you. Get all things ready, and the Fire will fall. nl1017.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.