Bible Believers' Newsletter 1019
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; we are pleased you could join us in fellowship around God's unchanging Word.
The City of London, not its colonies of (once) Great Britain, the declining united States of America, or Australia, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. The world, built upon lying propaganda, is falling apart again, not understanding that communism like Nebuchadnezzar has been raised to burn the flesh of the Great Harlot. But we have a Message to live and "prophesy again about many peoples and nations and tongues and kings." That Message will produce the 'third pull,' raising faith for translation grace from this dying earth to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb in the air. Our feature article, "The Friend of the Bridegroom," is the first of a two part teaching on the men called to assist His wife to recognize her position in the Body and "make herself ready, arrayed in fine linen pure and white spun from THUS SAITH THE LORD of the true sayings of God, woven by the righteous works of the saints".
Please follow the links and the Full story in our news items which illustrate the work of the god of this evil age and his the moral depravity and terminal apostasy of the once Christian nations trading on the past reputations of godly men and women long gone to their reward.
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.
Towards 'NATO-Exit'? Shift in the Structure of Military Coalitions. Turkey's Alliance with Russia, China and Iran?
March 31, 2018 — Turkey is contemplating a 'NATO-Exit'. . . fighting against America's proxy Kurdish forces in Northern Syria . . . actively cooperating with Russia, which has recently pledged to ensure Turkey's security. "Moscow underscores that Turkey can calmly withdraw from NATO . . . guarantees that it will not face any threat [from US-NATO] in terms of ensuring its own security . . ." Moreover, Ankara will be acquiring in 2020 Russia's state of the art S-400 air defense system . . . [which] . . . cannot be integrated into NATO's military architecture" . . . several EU countries including Germany, Italy, Greece (which has established defense ties with Russia) as well as Bulgaria could contemplate a NATO-Exit.
Turkey's "Rapprochement" with Russia is strategic . . . Turkey also controls naval access to the Black Sea through the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus . . . withdrawal from NATO would have an immediate impact on NATO's land and naval deployments in the Black Sea basin, which in turn would affect NATO military capabilities on Russia's doorstep in Eastern Europe, The Baltic States and the Balkans . . . the Moscow-Ankara alliance facilitates the movement of Russian and Chinese naval forces to and from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean via the Bosphorus. Turkey's realignment is not limited to Russia it also includes Iran as well as Pakistan, which is in the process of severing its military ties with the US, while extending its trade and investment relations with China. Pakistan as well as India are full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Agreement . . .
In turn, the unity of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States is now in jeopardy, with Qatar, Oman and Kuwait building an alliance with Iran (as well as Turkey), to the detriment of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Saudi Arabia's economic blockade directed against Qatar has created a rift in geopolitical alliances which has served to weaken the US in the Persian Gulf. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is profoundly divided . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: With NATO in shambles, America's "war hawks" do not have a leg to stand on. The US is preparing for war against Russia on European soil. With Israel and the united States devastated by unprecedented tectonic activity, Russia will take the war to mainland USA, with altruistic commonsense and peaceful intent. The Pope, then incarnate by Satan will assemble a federation of all religions and in covenant with Jewry Rome will refinance the US dollar and restore peace.
Rome breaks her covenant in the midst of the Seventieth Week; Jewry will re-communize Russia and the Black Nobility will desert Rome (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 17:11 – 18:20). "The third vision [of Brother Branham's 1933 apocalypse] was in the realm of world politics for it showed me that there would be three great ISMS, Fascism, Nazism, Communism but that the first two would be swallowed up into the third. The Voice admonished, "WATCH RUSSIA, WATCH RUSSIA. Keep your eye on the King of the North."
Hungary snatches its Gold Assets from Britain
April 4, 2018 — The National Bank of Hungary is bringing back the country's 100,000 ounces of gold from London, citing fears over a coming 'geopolitical crisis' according to sources. The total value of the 3 tons of gold amounts to 33 billion Hungarian forints (£92 Million).
According to the central bank in Hungary, the move was motivated by concern over future geopolitical crises and the fact that storing gold outside the country is increasingly being seen as too risky. The reference to "geopolitical crises" could possibly refer to Russia . . . mulling over its bullion and other assets held in London . . . Full story: europeansworldwide
UK Lying: If Skripal poisoned at Home, Agent not Nerve Gas
April 4, 2018 — The British government has already made two grave mistakes. First, it reported that an assassin smeared a nerve agent on the door handle at Skripal's home. Second, according to the doctors of the hospital where Yulia Skripal is being treated, her condition is getting better and her health status is currently described as stable . . . If Sergey and Julia Skripal were poisoned in front of their house, then they wouldn't have been able to walk through Salisbury . . . this fact completely excludes the use of nerve agent Novichok . . . More likely the victims received an overdose of painkillers used for anaesthetics . . . This show with the involvement of pseudo-experts and baseless allegations was specially staged by the British government to increase tensions in Europe and contribute much to the rise of Russophobic sentiments around the world. Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: Yulia Skripal says her father is "all right." The Skripal incident follows numerous other fabricated anti-Russia accusations—including about "aggression" in Ukraine, "annexing" Crimea, MH-17's downing, meddling in America's 2016 presidential election and upcoming November midterm ones, along with interfering in European and upcoming Mexican elections, Brexit, alleged mass doping of Russian athletes, Russian trolls, cyber war, sabotage, hybrid warfare and the Skripal incident. None of the above accusations hold water. Russia is pilloried for its sovereign independence, opposition to Washington's imperial agenda, and refusal of Vladimir Putin to bow to its will (stephenlendman.org). Doubts About Novichok.
UK Fusion Doctrine: Britain's USA Patriot Act
March 29, 2018 — The USA Patriot Act—aka Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act—purportedly aimed to combat Islamic terrorism Washington created and supports worldwide.
Increased military spending followed. So did endless wars of aggression in multiple theaters, along with eroding homeland freedoms. The 9/11 mother of all false flags unleashed state-sponsored, media supported, mass hysteria—the pretext for waging war on humanity at home and abroad. The Patriot Act was written long before 9/11, on the shelf to be introduced and enacted into law weeks after that fateful day.
Britain's Fusion Doctrine didn't suddenly emerge in the wake of the March 4 Skripal incident. These initiatives take considerable time and debate to draft. It had to have been prepared well in advance of the state-sponsored Skripal incident, justifying what's clearly unjustifiable. It's a doctrine targeting Russia most of all—along with Iran, North Korea, and Islamic terrorism (which Britain supports covertly along with US-dominated NATO). Targeted countries, ISIS and other terrorist groups pose no threat to Britain, America or other Western nations. Claiming otherwise is part of escalating US/UK propaganda war—often preceding events turning hot. Almost certainly on the shelf like the USA Patriot Act, the Fusion Doctrine was rolled out in the wake of the UK-staged false flag Skripal incident. Russia had nothing to do with it. State-sponsored, mass media supported, hysteria claims what's clearly a bald-faced lie. The doctrine escalates UK political war on Moscow more than already—a hugely dangerous slippery slope, a road to possible nuclear war if the madness doesn't stop . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: Moscow confronts London with 14 questions on 'fabricated' Skripal case
- April 4, 2018 — New York City at risk of a big earthquake that could level thousands of buildings
- A 5.0 quake would cause $39 billion damage and 30 million tons of rubble
- City is riddled with fault lines that could cause a significant earthquake
- The last 5.0 quake was in 1884 and they usually occur every 100 years
- More than 6,000 older buildings would collapse in a bigger 7.0 quake (dailymail.co.uk).
- April 5, 2018 — An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 5.9 has struck some 128 kilometers off the city of Davao on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, according to the US Geological Survey. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the quake that registered at a depth of 61 kilometers (rt.com).
- April 6, 2018 — 5.3 magnitude earthquake has been reported off the coast of California, 85 miles west of Los Angeles felt by the Channel Islands.
- There is no danger of a tsunami (dailymail.co.uk).
Large Portions of West Texas sinking at Alarming Rate
March 22, 2018 — A report released Thursday by geophysicists at Southern Methodist University says a 4,000-square-mile area near the 'Wink Sinks' is showing signs of alarming instability . . . "This region of Texas has been punctured like a pincushion with oil wells and injection wells since the 1940s, and our findings associate that activity with ground movement . . ." Full story: texastribune.org
Comment: Upcoming earthquakes on the West Coast, Florida and the New Madrid Fault will be "bigger than all of Texas".
Five thousand Inventions in Limbo and under 'Secrecy Orders' at US Patent Office
March 28, 2018 — From FAS (Federation of American Scientists), Secrecy News, October 21, 2010, "Invention Secrecy Still Going Strong," by Steven Aftergood:
"There were 5,135 inventions that were under secrecy orders at the end of Fiscal Year 2010, the US Patent and Trademark Office told Secrecy News last week. It's a 1% rise over the year before, and the highest total in more than a decade. Under the Invention Secrecy Act of 1951, patent applications on new inventions can be subject to secrecy orders restricting their publication if government agencies believe that disclosure would be 'detrimental to the national security'. . . Most of the listed technology areas are closely related to military applications. But some of them range more widely."
"Thus, the 1971 list indicates that patents for solar photovoltaic generators were subject to review and possible restriction IF THE PHOTOVOLTAICS WERE MORE THAN 20% EFFFICIENT. Energy conversion systems were likewise subject to review and possible restriction IF THEY OFFERED CONVERSION EFFICIENCIES 'IN EXCESS OF 70-80%'." (Emphasis is mine.) "One may fairly ask if disclosure of such technologies could really have been 'detrimental to the national security,' or whether the opposite would be closer to the truth. One may further ask what comparable advances in technology may be subject to restriction and non-disclosure today. But no answers are forthcoming, and the invention secrecy system persists with no discernible external review."
If you're one of those people who maintains that advanced technology is being held away from the public, here is an overall smoking gun that validates your stance. And you can see that breakthrough energy tech, which would radically lessen the need for oil, would be on the secrecy-do-not-release list. What else is on the list? Old Tesla patents, for example? The US Patent Office is an official chokepoint for the "planned society"—or should we say the "restricted society . . ." Full story: jonrappoport.wordpress.com
Alibaba opens China's First 'Car Vending Machine'
March 31, 2018 — China is the biggest car market in the world. But the most exciting thing about this market isn't that people are buying a lot of cars—it's how people are buying them. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group and US carmaker Ford have opened a 'car vending machine' in China's southern city of Guangzhou. "Once a Ford vehicle is chosen, consumers snap a selfie to ensure they are the only person who can take the car, put down a deposit electronically, and schedule a pickup time, all from within the app," he said. Buyers can take out another car if they are not satisfied with their selection. It's not the first time that Alibaba is selling cars online and via mobile apps. Two years ago, Maserati sold 100 cars in 18 seconds during a flash sale on Tmall. Full story: rt.com
Comment: Was Maserati out of stock when I placed my order, or did they dislike my selfie?
The Friend of the Bridegroom, Part I
Proverbs 18:22, "Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favour from the Lord".
Proverbs 31:10-12, 30, "If you can find a wife with strength of character, she is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband safely trusts in her, and she shall richly satisfy his needs. She will not hinder but help him all the days of her life . . . Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised".
"There is nothing that God could give a man, outside of salvation, better than a nice wife . . . how fortunate you brothers are when you've got a nice little wife that's clean and upright, and moral, and you can come in when you're tired and weary, and set down and she can talk to you. She can do more with you than anybody else. That's right. She is a jewel. She is a queen.
But remember, "Woman was made for man; not man for woman" (Genesis 2:20-22; I Corinthians 11:1-16; Ephesians 5:22; I Timothy 2;10-14). The last creative being God ever created was a man. Woman is a by-product from a man. "And she was made for a man; not man made for the woman." They have vice versa-ed it around, and man falls at the shrine of women. That was the very thing that started it at the beginning. That's what happened in the beginning. When God's son, Adam, could not be tempted to doing what was wrong, Satan come into a person called the serpent, which was like a man. And there is where it started, that Eve got from behind the Word of God, and that caused every heartache, every graveyard. Every sin that was ever committed, started right there."
"Here it is again. What? Women was the cause of the first fall, and women ends up the time. She started it; she ends it. No wonder the Bible said, "Those that escape out of Zion shall be glorious in the sight of the Lord".
"Isaiah 4 talked about how the immorals of the women would get in the last days, and how there'd be, so much clothes they had to have, and how they'd have to have their hair set, and everything like that. The Bible speaks that, "How she'd walk with high-heeled shoes on, tinkling her feet as she went along. And she would roll down her stockings, and the things she would do; and many changeable set, apparel, and stuff like that." And said, "All that will be taken away from her, and she shall sit and stink, from immoral." And said, even, "Seven women will grab one man, and said, We'll do our own work. Let us just take your name, to take away our reproach."
"But he said, "How glorious will that little branch that escapes all these things! It'll be HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD in that day," when real genuine born-again women know their place, though they be laughed at, and called silly and old-fashion, everything. But, act like a woman, like a lady! Stand like a woman! Dress like a woman! Talk like a woman! Live like a lady. Yeah. Amen, that means, "so be it." Don't get scared. It don't hurt you."
"Jesus' Own Word said what would happen, that great display.
He prophesied that in this our day, "As it was in the days of Lot" (Luke 17:28). He said, "They were eating, drinking. They bought. They sold." Ordinarily, these are legitimate things. But watch. And that they occupied, but they put all their mind on it. And in the days of Lot, women were so low, in their morals, until they was not used as women should be used, but they were perverted, until . . . women become so common that, man lived with man. The natural perversion from the sex cells had changed its position, because that women had become so cheap" (The Flashing Red Light of His Coming, p. 22:113-120).
In the East the father of the groom normally chose a bride for his son from the tribe or within the larger family circle (in accordance with Leviticus 18).
Ephesians 1:3-6, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places [your position in the Word], Christ (II Peter 1:12; I John 1:7): as God has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: having predestinated us to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He has made us accepted in the beloved".
In order to maintain the purity of the family line a wife was taken at the onset of puberty, the age of accountability. Often the bride and groom did not even meet until their wedding day as is the case of every Christian for we cannot meet our heavenly Bridegroom prior to our revelation of and obedience to "the present Truth"—what Jesus is doing now which is our invisible marriage union with Christ—new birth. Otherwise, when a young man saw the girl he wanted to marry he would consult with his father, and when the father approved the choice his son would go to the maiden's home and speak with her father.
This diagram illustrates the nine distinct divisions, holy convocations or sabbaths of the Christian dispensation which is the antitype of Israel's Pentecostal Feast; it names the seven angels whose Messages baptized the elect of each Age into their place and position in the Body.
Once consent was reached the young man would do three very important things:-
- He would make a covenant with the bride—or contract of marriage.
- He would drink a cup of wine with her which sealed the contract.
- He would pay a price to her father which should not be considered as
a wedding gift as she was their flesh and blood and her family was
entitled to compensation for the loss of their daughter's labour.
As among Christians betrothal is the legal marriage and no religious rite was performed (Matthew 1:20). Within the family circle the husband was lord while the wife was expected to help him and bear his children (Genesis 2:18; 3:16; Ephesians 5:22-23; Titus 2:5; I Peter 3:6). The husband's will was binding on the whole family. If the wife wished to express her wishes in contradistinction to her husband, she had to do so with dexterity (Genesis 27).
Preparatory to betrothal it was common for a bride and groom to take an immersion signifying cleansing as John washed the Lamb of God in the river Jordan before He was offered (Matthew 3:13-17). And in accepting Christ's proposal of marriage we plight our troth and take His Name, Lord Jesus Christ, in scriptural water baptism for the remission of past sins with the promise of the Holy Ghost which is our spiritual marriage as per Acts 2:38-39, fulfilling Matthew 28:19.
When a man proposes marriage, his virgin may accept, or she may decline. Should she accept they are married then, and their commitment is mutual and binding. The church service is a public witness and celebration with family and friends before the Lord. God is only as good as His Word and He expects us to honour our Word. Should the wife break her commitment and marry another she shall be an adulteress (Romans 7:1-3).
The natural woman types the spiritual woman, the church. She alone has a sacred trust of virtue to preserve for her husband and their children. If she has given her virginity to another she must confess this to her husband before the marriage just as the church that was married to the Law (or the denomination) had to confess to Christ before the second marriage. Should she not confess her fornication before marriage and live with her husband ever so long, he can put her away and marry another woman, for her vows were made under false pretence.
Matthew 1:18-20, "Mary was espoused to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. [But they told me God was His Father]. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought on these things, the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, you son of David, fear not to take Mary your wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost." [But we were taught that "God was His Father"].
"See these movie stars kissing, and hugging, and slopping over these women? A woman does that, is of a bad character. She might be virtuous, otherwise. But those glands, sex glands, are in the lips. The man kisses a woman, he's actually, potentially, committed adultery. Sex glands are in the woman's lips and in the man's lips. He could kiss her on the hand, it wouldn't mix through their sex glands. But the sex glands is in the lips. And see all this nonsense in Hollywood . . . and little girls looking at all that. No wonder our morals are rotten and decayed, and filthy, see, because it's put before the children. That's right. It has to be that way for the last day."
"Now the church is kissing and slopping, and mixing around in everything but the Word . . . absolutely contrary to God. The whole system of civilization that we have now is absolutely antichrist. Educational system is antichrist. Civilization is antichrist. It's against God. You say, "Against civilization?" God will have a civilization, one of these days, that won't have any death associated into it. This modern civilization come by Satan . . ."
"No wonder men act around women the way they do, is because women act around men the way they do. She characters herself out here with a pair of shorts on, and skin-tight, and men's clothing and things, out on the street . . . she might be as virtuous to her husband as she can be, but in the sight of God, "She is an adulteress. Whosoever looks upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart" (Matthew 5:27-28). She presented herself, and that's exactly what the church has done with the world, committing adultery with everything, and she has no business to be going into hospitals, retirement villages, orphanages, etc., which are all good works for Christians, but the church should stay with the Word."
"As woman has a sacred responsibility to motherhood, her virtues, her husband, and to be a "keeper at home," the Church has a sacred responsibility to prayer and to the Word, and to Christ. And as a woman drifts off with another man, the church goes off on these institutional programs, and building programs, and so forth. Jesus never said, "Go, make schools." He said, "Preach the Word." Their duty is to preach the Gospel, but we've done everything but that until church is nothing but the world with God's Name on it" (The Invisible Union of the Bride and Christ, par. 83-104).
After the groom had made the covenant, drunk the cup and paid the price, he would address his bride, informing her that they would live separately for one year's sanctification. He would return to his father's house where he would build a bridal chamber where they would have their first coming together in marriage. Before departing he would say: "I go to prepare a place for you" (John 14:3). The contract, cup and money were her security that he would return no matter how long it took him to build the bridal chamber.
In "I got Five More Minutes," and also Newsletter 966 we rehearsed Brother Branham's parable of the twenty-first century Armour girl (The Revelation of the Seven Seals, p. 401:1 – 405:6). This humble Christian girl was a type of the Bride of Christ, she did the dishes and chores on the ranch while her [denominational] cousins tried to charm this Man, but He was looking for a Bride with character and He proposed to her. She accepted, and He said, "Now you just make yourself ready [Revelation 19:7], and a year from today I'll be back, and I'll fetch you and take you away from here. She kept track of the time of the year and got her garments ready [the Token of the Life of Christ on display]. The day finally arrived. A certain hour He was to be there [Matthew 24:36]; so she dressed in her garment. And she hadn't even heard from Him, but she knew He would be there. It was a mysterious thing to her denominational cousins [Revelation 10:7]. None of the girls had heard anything about Christ's second or (Gk.) parousia Coming. But this girl just based it all upon His Word that He would be back for her . . .
Nisan 16, 2018 has passed without the manifestation of the Seventh Trump, Sixth Seal and Seventh Vial earthquake, so the Christian dispensation continues for another year in which we will experience the 'squeeze' intensify, and the global economy slide toward the depression that will follow the close of grace at the earthquake and the 'hot stage' of World War III.
Brother Branham said, "Oh, brother, give me a church full of the Holy Ghost. God will do in one year what all theology's failed to do in two thousand years. You wait till the anointing of the Church really strikes home to that faithful little remnant. After the doors of the Gentiles is closed, oh, God will anoint a Church then. "He who's filthy, let him be filthy still. He who's righteous let him be righteous still, and he who's holy let him be holy still." And God will anoint the Church with the power of God, and things will be taken place. Not only that then, but He's doing it now (COD, p. 145:203; Romans 8:19; Revelation 22:11-12; Isaiah 34:8; 61:2b).
The Bridegroom chose a loyal friend to prepare the Bride for the wedding. He would accompany her throughout the betrothal period, and help her to "make herself ready" (Revelation 19:7). He acts the part of intermediary, the confidant of both in the interest of the Bridegroom. He was charged with the preliminaries of the marriage, he arranged the contract, acted for the Bridegroom during the betrothal, arranged for and presided at the festivities of the wedding itself. It was a position of honour relative to that of the Bridegroom Himself, given to his chief friend who then rejoiced in His joy, and there was none brighter on that day than he.
Jesus' cousin John the Baptist was "the friend of the Bridegroom" who introduced Messiah to Israel. The Pharisees and certain disciples of his own siding with them said, "now all men come to Jesus and are baptized." John replied, "The Bride will go whither the Bridegroom is (Matthew 24:28; John 10:1-5): the friend of the Bridegroom stands and listens attentively to do His bidding, and is filled with joy because His voice is received. [Thus my life's short work has reached its climax] He must increase, but I must decrease" (John 3:29-30).
John the Baptist was the Elijah of Malachi 3:1 (4:6a; Matthew 3:1-17; 11:1-19; 17:12-13, etc). Malachi 2:17 should have been the first verse of the third chapter, for a new subject begins here having no close connection with what precedes. Here Malachi is opposing the unbelief of a class, who, like the Pharisees, served God, kept His ordinance, and walked mournfully before Him, but lost their faith in Providence when God delayed to punish the wicked, and who complained, not in words perhaps, that He treated all alike, for if this was not the case, why did He not punish the wicked? That by the "doers of evil" here, and by the sorcerers, adulterers, false swearers and oppressors of Malachi 3:5, and by the proud of Malachi 3:15, are meant sinners of the Jews, and not of the Gentiles, seems perfectly evident, for these were offenses against the Law of Moses. The prophecy had nothing to do with the heathen, who were without the pale of the Covenant. Such a denunciation of God's judgment upon the heathen would have gratified the haughty and intolerant spirit of the Jews.
Thus the first eight verses of Malachi three should read, "You have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet you say, How have we wearied Him? By saying, "Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He delights in them." Or by asking, "Where is the God of justice?"
"Behold, I will send My messenger [John the Baptist], and he shall prepare the way before Me: and the Lord [the God of Judgment] whom you seek, will suddenly come to His [virgin-born] temple, even the Angel of the [New] Covenant [Who appeared in human form to Hagar, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Manoah and His wife, William Branham, etc., (Isaiah 40:3; Matthew 3:16; Hebrews 9:15)], in whom you delight [in hopes of a temporal Saviour who will restore the kingdom to Israel]: behold, the Angel of the New Covenant will come, says the Lord of hosts. [However, not to flatter the theocratic nation's prejudices, as they expected, but to subject their principles to the fiery test of His heart-searching truth (Hebrews 4:12; Matthew 3:10-12), and to destroy Jerusalem and the theocracy under the First Trumpet in AD70 after they had rejected Him (Ezekiel 9; Matthew 24:3a, 15; Revelation 8:7)]. His chastisement of Israel with a view to correction and reconciliation is regarded as a whole from Calvary to the terminus of the second half of Daniel's Seventieth Week (Isaiah 1:25; 6:13; 48:9-11; 58:9; 65:24; Hosea 2:23; Zechariah 13:8-9; 10:6)]. But who can endure the day of His Coming? and who will be able to stand when He appears? for He is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: and He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, so they will present offerings in righteousness to the Lord [as in Malachi 2:6, not as latterly in Malachi 1:7-14]. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord, as in the days of old and as in former years. Then I will draw near to you for judgment; I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those who oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the stranger (Heb.) 'ger' and do not revere Me, says the Lord of hosts."
"For I the Lord do not change; therefore you O sons of Jacob are not consumed. From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes, and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. But you say, "How shall we return"?"
Israel's "return" should have been by the ministry of John the Baptist which was rejected, thence through Jesus Messiah whom they crucified with wicked hands. As a nation Israel is blind to the faith until the Christian dispensation is fulfilled; then God will anoint the Hebrew prophets of Zechariah 4:11-14, Matthew 24:31 and Revelation 11:3-11, whose ministry will introduce Christ's second or (Gk.) 'parousia' Coming to Israel, and toward the end of the second half of Daniel's Seventieth Week, but before the consummation, "every eye shall see Him" (Revelation 1:7).
Jesus forewarned those who would form the primitive Church to flee Judea when they saw the red dragon pennants of the Roman Legions on Mount Scopus. Matthew 24:21-28, "For then shall be great tribulation (Revelation 7:14), such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, nor ever shall be. And unless those days are shortened [by the threefold PROCESS of I Thessalonians 4:16], there would be no flesh saved [for the 'rapture']: but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened. At that time if anyone tells you, "Look! here is Christ!" or, "There He is!" believe it not. For there will arise false Christs, [or anointed ones, not "false Jesus'"], and false prophets who will show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." We must not look for the Man Jesus but for Light on the Word (Zechariah 14:7-8; Matthew 24:28). The revelation of the Seven Seals brought Christ back to earth in W_O_R_D form. His second Coming was a (Gk.) 'parousia' Coming, not His physical (Gk.) 'erchomai' return, for His precious feet will not touch this earth until He steps out on the nuclear ashes of the wicked (Malachi 4:1-3; Matthew 3:12).
Satan is the master of deception! Eve knew she was not conversing with the Serpent, but with Lucifer incarnate in the Serpent. She was feeding her mortal spirit forbidden knowledge from "the tree of the knowledge of good and evil" instead of feeding her soul faith from Christ "the Tree of Life in the midst of the Garden" (Genesis 2:9, 17; 3:1-8; Revelation 2:7). Eve's reasoning against the Absolute of God's unchanging Word caused every grey hair, illness, tear and death.
"So close insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect!" Throughout three year's ministry, the thief and treasurer Judas Iscariot was the most trusted of the disciples. Jews (so-called) claim to be "God's chosen people" when for the most part they are non-Semitic and anti-Semitic Edomites and Canaanites, or Khazars and deceived Gentiles with no history in the Middle East impersonating the children of Jacob, even stealing the Land of the Covenant. God forbad Israelites to have relations with these people who were to be "cast out, smitten, and utterly destroyed" wherever they were found in the Promised Land (Genesis 3:15; Deuteronomy 7:1-4).
How many realize that the modern word "Jew" was in no Bible in any language prior to the latter part of the eighteenth century? This word is contrary to and has replaced two words with diverse meanings. This is a great mystery. Yet "we do have today, by God's help, the perfect interpretation of the Word with divine vindication" (COD, 1,005:57; I Corinthians 13:10; Revelation 10:7). We should emulate those noble Bereans who "received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so" (Acts 17:11).
The Judaeo-Roman Catholic church was organized at the First Nicaea Council in AD325 by pagan Emperor Constantine and the "Nicolaitanes"—so-called because their objective was to "conquer the laity" by instituting a clerical hierarchy. Jesus "hates the deeds of the Nicolaitanes who say they are apostles and are not, and have been found to be liars." Jesus "knew the blasphemy of them which say they are Judeans, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan." In the Pergamean Church Age (312 – 606) these "deeds" became the "doctrine" of baptism in three Titles and the Babylonian trinity, forced on pain of death for a thousand years since Nicaea, and will again be forced in "the time of Jacob's trouble" (Jeremiah 30:7; Revelation 13:15-18).
Political, monetary and religious machinations are working toward pre-planned global conflict between Judaeo-Catholicism and Judaeo-Communism whereby the world's most trusted man, Rome's then Devil-incarnate Pope, will be acclaimed president of one totalitarian world government that was prophesied thousands of years ago in Daniel 2:40-45; 9:27 and Revelation 17. We are living between the Sixth and the Seventh Vial.
Hebrews 11:39-40, "The Old Testament saints, all having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise [of the Gentile Abraham though they waited two thousand years for resurrection and glorification], God having provided a better Covenant with new birth for us Christians (Hebrews 8:6-13)], thus until Jesus Christ had ransomed His Bride of all Ages and cleansed the heavenly sanctuary of the accumulated sins of the Old Testament saints, they would not be raised from captivity in death to eternal Life in glorified flesh".
In essence, "God's promise, that Abraham should be the heir of the world, was not to him or to his seed through the Law but through the righteousness of faith . . . Therefore it is by faith, that it might be in accordance with grace, in order that the promise might be sure to all the seed; not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, as it is written, a father of Gentiles have I made You" (Romans 4:13-17).
The Pentecostal and Church Age saints, "all having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise [of resurrection and glorification though they have waited two thousand years]: God having provided some better thing for us [who will manifest that we are the Sons of God, change in the atoms and be translated without death], so they cannot be raised and glorified until the last member of Christ's Capstone Bride has recognized her day and its Message".
This diagram names the angels or "friends of the Bridegroom" and illustrates the Body of the Church Age saints that possessed only PART-Word as the Book was sealed. The revelation from Pentecost to the Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15 (AD30 – 50/52), though small in measure was pure and undefiled. In the Office Son of God, Christ received those whose lives were "written epistles" of the Word for their dispensation, interceded for their ignorance of the fullness of the Word and baptized them into their part of the Body as John 5:19-25 explains.
The Moon represents the Church which has no Light of her own but reflects the Light of the Son during His absence. Worldly darkness entered in the Ephesian Age when the saints "left their first Love," Christ the Word (Revelation 2:4). Until the Pergamean Church Age closed in about AD606 the saints were nearly all Israelite converts. By Thyatira the Judaeo-Roman Catholic church had slain tens if not scores on millions of Christians, until the faith, held in the safe and sacred repository of the heart, was lost in the grave, leading to the Dark Ages. Gentile numbers grew in Thyatira, becoming the majority in the Sardis Age, and the Light increased through the Reformation until Laodicea ended in apostasy in 1963, and knows it not fifty-five years later (Romans 11:32; II Timothy 3:1 – 4:4; Revelation 3:17-20).
All Seven Church Ages are over: Christ has opened and revealed the Seven Seals (Revelation 4, 5, and 10:1-7), and we are in "the end-time" (Daniel 12:4, 9; Revelation 10:6). John 5:26-29, "As the Father has Life in Himself; so has He given to the Son to have Life in Himself; and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of man [and therefore King of kings and Judge"]. It is later than you think or dare imagine: Christ's Mediation and Redemption are Over. Please redeem the time: if not for yourself, then for those you love.
In Part II we will meet "the friend of the Bridegroom" who restored the apostolic faith, finished the mystery of God, defined the duties of the earthly Bride, and introduced her to her heavenly Groom. "The marriage of the Lamb has come to pass and His Wife has made herself ready" for the seven year Marriage Supper of the Lamb in the Bridegroom's house. This antitype of the ancient seven-day wedding feast of the Israelites will occupy the seven prophetic years of Daniel's Seventieth Week.
Throughout the Book of Revelation John represents Christ's end-time Bride. After the end of the Laodicean Church Age in Revelation 3:22, " . . . . (insert your name as a member of Christ's end-time Bride) . . . . saw and beheld a door still open in heaven; and the first voice which I heard as a trumpet talking with me in Revelation 1:10 said, "Come up here, and I will show you things that must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the Spirit: and beheld a throne was set in heaven, and One sat on the Throne".
These is where Christ's end-time Bride was caught up in threefold PROCESS of the 'rapture' that began in 1963 (I Thessalonians 4:16). nl1019.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.