Bible Believers' Newsletter #255
"We focus on the PRESENT Truth -- what Jesus is doing NOW . . ."
God bless you in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. An especial welcome to our new subscribers. 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 . . . personally confirming all things your own Bible. . . your brother-in-Christ, Anthony Grigor-Scott
Black Reporter says 'Thank God for Slavery'
After three years reporting from Africa for the Washington Post, covering the continent's senseless violence, corruption, bloody and incessant cruelties -- machete-wielding Hutu militiamen, a cholera epidemic in Zaire, famine in Somalia, civil war in Liberia, disease, dirt, dictatorships, killer children, AIDS and terror, in 'Out of America,' published in February, 1997, Keith Richburg hurls down a challenge to black American leaders to stop deceiving themselves and the 35 million (black) descendants of slaves, that Africa is Eden on earth.
Comment: Mr. Ritchburg neglects to mention that the 'hidden hand' behind slavery and colonization then is behind all of this evil, Nelson Mandela, Robert Mugabe, et al, today.
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Fabrication of Aboriginal History?
Hobart, November 25, 2002 -- Volume one of The Fabrication of Aboriginal History by Keith Windschuttle just released claims that historians have exaggerated the extent of violence towards Aborigines in colonial times. He mentions historians including Tasmania's Henry Reynolds, and Lyndall Ryan, who have each published on the topic.
Comment: All of our history has been slanted by the 'hidden hand' of the non-Aboriginal tribe that rules the world from behind the scenes. Full story: hnn.us
Vatican's Banker 'was Murdered'
Rome, October 25, 2002 -- Calvi's body found hanging under Blackfriars Bridge . . . in London 20 years ago was murdered, say forensic experts appointed by judges in Rome to investigate the death . . . the panel said Roberto Calvi, nicknamed God's Banker because of his close ties to the Vatican, could not have killed himself as originally suggested. . . his neck showed no evidence of the injuries usually associated with death by hanging and his hands had never touched the stones found in the pockets of his clothes. . .
Mr. Calvi's body was found hanging from scaffolding on Blackfriars Bridge in June 1982, days after the suspicious collapse of the Vatican-controlled Banco Ambrosiano. . . In recent years more evidence has come to light, suggesting Calvi was murdered by the mafia to stop him divulging damaging details about links between the mafia, the Vatican and P2. Full story: news.bbc.co.uk
This Time I'm Scared
December 5, 2002 -- US propaganda fueled the first Gulf war. It will fuel this one too -- and the risks are even greater . . . there should be no illusions: no matter what Baghdad discloses, America and almost certainly Britain are going to war. The "material breach", if it does not happen by itself, will be manufactured, so wringing consent for the second Gulf war just as consent was manufactured with breathtaking cynicism in 1991.
There were two glaring examples of how the propaganda machine worked before the first Gulf war. In the final days before the war started on January 9, the Pentagon insisted not only was Saddam Hussein not withdrawing from Kuwait -- he was -- but that he had 265,000 troops poised in the desert to pounce on Saudi Arabia. The Pentagon claimed to have satellite photographs to prove it. Thus waverers and anti-war protesters were silenced.
We now know from declassified documents and satellite photographs taken by a Russian commercial satellite that there were no Iraqi troops poised to attack Saudi. At the time, no one bothered to ask for proof.
No one except Jean Heller, a five-times nominated Pulitzer prize-winning journalist from the St Petersburg Times in Florida, who persuaded her bosses to buy two photos at $1,600 each from the Russian commercial satellite, the Soyuz Karta. Guess what? No massing troops. "You could see the planes sitting wing tip to wing tip in Riyadh airport," Ms. Heller says, "but there wasn't was any sign of a quarter of a million Iraqi troops sitting in the middle of the desert." So what will the fake satellite pictures show this time: a massive chemical installation with Iraqi goblins cooking up anthrax? Full story: guardian
Palestinians Arrest al-Qaeda 'Poseurs'
December 8, 2002 -- Palestinian security forces have arrested a group of Palestinians for collaborating with Israel and posing as operatives of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist network, a senior official said yesterday. . . He said the alleged collaborators sought to "discredit the Palestinian people, justify every Israeli crime and provide reasons to carry out a new (military) aggression in the Gaza Strip". . .
Sharon's announcement marked the first time Israel officially claimed that al-Qaeda, held responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, was operating in the Palestinian territories. This was considered a surprise because the Gaza Strip is virtually sealed off by Israeli troops. Full story: smh.com.au
Since 1973, Israel has Cost the US about $1.6 Trillion
Since 1973, Israel has cost the United States about $1.6 trillion. If divided by today's population, that is more than $5,700 per person. . . more than twice the cost of the Vietnam War.
And now Israel wants more. . . $4 billion in additional military aid . . . [and] more than $8 billion in loan guarantees . . . Israel is the largest recipient of US foreign aid. It is already due to get $2.04 billion in military assistance and $720 million in economic aid in fiscal 2003. It has been getting $3 billion a year for years.
Stauffer wonders if Americans are aware of the full bill for supporting Israel since some costs, if not hidden, are little known. One huge cost is not secret. It is the higher cost of oil and other economic damage to the US after Israel-Arab wars. . . Full story: csmonitor
Old Testament Shadows and Types
The Law was a "shadow of good things to come." This ephemeral shadow was cast by a permanent substance and traced the image of Christ and the restored heavens and earth where He will reign with the saints throughout eternity over their saved kingdom subjects (Colossians 2:17; Hebrews 8:5; 10:1). Since God is "the same yesterday, and today, and forever" these shadows are His gauge against which we must prove our understanding of prophecy. Thus the Spirit of Truth guides us into all truth and shows us things that are to come and the elect of God can not be deceived on the revealed Word of God (John 10:1-5; 16:13; Matthew 24:24).
The whole of the Gentile dispensation was foreshadowed under the Law by Israel's feast of Pentecost which commenced on the sixteenth day of Nisan. The first-ripe sheaf of the barley harvest offered at Passover, and the first two leavened loaves which were made from the wheat harvest at this festival marked the beginning and ending of the grain harvest, and sanctified the interval between as the whole of the grain harvest or Pentecostal season. Wheat which is the noblest grain, speaks of Christ and His Church, which will be "gathered into the Garner" for the Wedding Supper before the Tribulation, when God returns to Israel, then "burns up the chaff with unquenchable Fire" (Matthew 3:12.) In the cycle of sowing, watering and harvesting of wheat nature bears witness to a further shadow and type for our admonition (Matthew 13; John 12:24; Revelation 3).
The feast of Weeks was celebrated with a more free and hospitable liberality than the feast of Passover, which foreshadowed the true Atonement. The atmosphere was social and rather like that which belongs to a family gathering, for Pentecost typed the outgathering of the elect Church or Family of God from the world. It was not the ingathering of the world into the church as so many misguided church-goers would have it to be. In this respect it resembles the feast of Tabernacles. The Levite, the stranger (Heb. 'ger'), the fatherless, and the widow "that are within your gates" were all brought within its influence and shared in the harvest blessings. In the antitype, all who hear the Gospel Trumpet for their day come under the influence of Its Message and are blessed by being gathered or born into the Kingdom where "there is neither Judean nor Gentile, bond nor free, male nor female" (Deuteronomy 16:10-14; Galatians 4:28). Or judged by It.
This feast was not to be observed until "you come into the Land which I give you" (Leviticus 23:10). Israel's promise of rest in Canaan foreshadowed our promised Place of rest in Christ, and their tribal allotments foreshadowed the nine divisions of His Body. Now whilst Gad and Reuben received their allotments east of Jordan before the Promised Land was conquered, they were not permitted rest or to observe the feast until the whole was subdued and all Israel placed and settled (Numbers 32). Likewise, until every member of the Bride has entered his position in the Body of Christ, the Church can not celebrate the Pentecostal feast or Wedding Supper of the Lamb. Hunt that Bride (Revelation 10:8-11).
The feast was not to be observed until the two identical Pentecostal loaves were offered -- or the Pentecostal and Church Age saints resurrected and the end-time Bride "waved" before the Lord in the manifestation of the Sons of God. The produce of the harvest could not be eaten, or Christ's end-time Bride "be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air" for the Wedding Feast, neither could any other first fruits be offered, for "without us they can not be made perfect" -- or glorified. Until the Gentile Bride has been offered, received, and taken Home to glory, the Message of Israel's two prophets can not sound to quicken their 144,000 for the vintage.
Pentecost is unique in that it is the only one of the three great feasts which is not mentioned as a memorial of events in Israel's national history, showing ahead of time that it would be the harvest home of the Gentile Bride under the Abrahamic covenant Israel would reject in Jesus Christ at Calvary, and in the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. This was foreshadowed and is confirmed by Israel's history.
The Law was given on mount Sinai on Sivan 6, the fiftieth day after the deliverance from Egypt, "The morrow after the sabbath," or the first day of holy convocation on Nisan 15, which was Nisan 16 (Exodus 12:2; 19). In the exodus the people were offered to God as being first fruits; and at Sinai God solemnly entered into a conditional covenant -- "If you will obey My Voice indeed and keep My covenant -- then you shall be a peculiar treasure to Me above all people, and you shall be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation."
Their consecration to Him as a nation thus completed (Exodus 19:5), Israel immediately broke God's covenant and Pentecost subsequently became the birthday of the Christian Church through the Holy Spirit Who writes God's Law on the heart more effectively than the Law of Sinai written on stones (Acts 2:1; II Corinthians 3:3). Pentecost lasted only one day, the fiftieth after seven weeks between Passover and Pentecost. In type, after the harvest of the Old Testament firstfruits unto Christ (I Corinthians 15:20).
Israel's rejection of God's Word in form of the old covenant under the Law foreshadowed their rejection of God's Word in Christ and the new covenant that came into effect under the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
On the very same day on which the Law had been bestowed upon the children of Israel, granting them national life and unity, the unchanging God ordained that the Holy Spirit should come to give Christ's Church Spiritual Life and unity. And as possession of the Law had completed the deliverance of the Hebrew race from natural bondage by the hand of Moses, so the gift of the Spirit perfected the work of Christ in delivering His Church from the bondage of sin and establishing His kingdom here on earth.
Pentecost was the last Hebrew festival Paul was anxious to attend -- not to observe the feast -- for God will not deal with natural Israel again until after the close of this Gentile dispensation (Pentecost). Besides, he had already "turned to the Gentiles." He wanted to address the assembled mass of Israelites and proselytes (Acts 13:46; 20:16; I Corinthians 16:8).
As Pentecost lasted but one day -- Israel will be born-again in one day, the day of Atonement wherein God restored the Law (or Word) through Moses on His second Sinai visitation.
Exodus 34:1-3, "And the Jehovah said to Moses, 'This time you cut two tables of stone like the first: and I will write upon them the Words that were in the first tables, which you broke. Be ready and come up in the morning to mount Sinai, and present yourself there to Me on the top of the mountain. And no man shall come up with you, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mountain; neither let the flocks or herds feed before that mountain'."
The covenant is not simply restored, it is modified. Now it is made to rest on pardon and made stricter. As explained in Exodus 33, the tabernacle is separated from the camp and is made more hierarchical, and Jehovah distinguishes between His Presence and His attributes as "the self-existent One". Whereas in Exodus 20:9, the mountain had been partially accessible to Aaron, his two eldest sons and the seventy elders who "saw God (in a vision) and ate and drank" in a valley of the mountain. This was now changed since the sin of the golden calf. And in Exodus 34:11-26, Moses is commanded to write down more minute regulations for the theocratic community necessitated by the apostacy. And in verse 27 the covenant is defined as made with Moses and with Israel, and is therefore more dependent on the mediation of Moses, a type of Christ.
Before renewing His covenant, God first fulfilled His promise to Moses of the previous day by making Himself known in the glory of His grace and goodness -- attributes that were to be illustriously displayed in the future history and experience of the Church. The sin of the Israelites being forgiven, and the deed of pardon about to be signed and sealed by renewing the terms of the former covenant, this was the most fitting time to proclaim the extent of the divine mercy which was to be displayed, not in the case of Israel only, but of all who offend.
Exodus 34:5-7, "The Lord descended in form of a Pillar of Cloud, and stood with him, and passed in front of him announced the meaning of His Name. 'I am Jehovah, The Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and rich in steadfast love and truth, keeping mercy for thousands (beginning with one pardoned man, Adam), forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but Who will by no means clear the guilty, requiring that a father's sins be punished in the children, and the children's children, to the third and fourth generation'."
Because "God is merciful, gracious, longsuffering and rich in grace and truth," and the Lord of time -- "same yesterday, and today, and forever" -- on account of His righteousness is a punisher of all sin and guilt so that the least offence will not go unpunished.
Encouraged by this great revelation of grace but as proof that the first covenant relation is not quite restored, Moses makes a petition for New Testament relations, for Jehovah's Presence as the Guiding Spirit in the midst of the congregation -- "for it is a stiff-necked people" in bondage to sin -- making necessary the personal Presence of the Lord in order to overcome and control it. Moses' petition is aimed at perfect fellowship, hence he says, "Pardon our iniquity and our sin, and make us Your inheritance". He has in mind an ideal servile relation bordering on the New Testament idea of the adoption or recognition of the elect as sons.
God's answer does not point to a complete restoration of the violated covenant at this time but describes His future rule as a constant, continuous establishment of a covenant. Galatians 3:21-26, "Is the Law contrary and opposed to the promises of God? Of course not! For if a Law had been given that could confer Spiritual Life, then righteousness and right standing with God would certainly have come by the Law. The Scripture insists we are all prisoners of sin, so that the blessing of Adam's inheritance which was promised through faith in Jesus Christ might be given to all who believe Him. But before faith came, we were guarded by the Law (as a policeman that put us in jail), shut up unto the faith in Messiah which was destined to be revealed. Wherefore the Law was to Israel as a schoolmaster to guide them to Christ, and lead them until He came to put them in right standing with God being justified by faith. But since Christ has come, we are no longer require the Law as a schoolmaster to guard and lead us to Him. For in Christ Jesus we are all the children of God by faith".
God is going to establish His new covenant by means of the Supernatural in the midst of Israel through the mediation of Moses, a type of the everlasting (not eternal) covenant of the New Testament during Christ's Mediation in the Seven Church Ages.
Exodus 34:10, "And God said, Behold, I am making another covenant: and I will establish it before all your people by miracles, such as have never been done anywhere in all the earth: and all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the LORD -- the awesome power I will display through you".
Again we see a foreshadow of the New Testament in the Old (Mark 16:17-18).
The understanding of other "tongues" on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:6-11) signalled that Christianity would be proclaimed to the nations by the foolishness of preaching and is the antithesis to Babel's confusion of tongues and the division of nations gathered under one ambitious will. Jerusalem, the mountain that God will exalt, will become the centre of God's Kingdom of peace and righteousness on earth, whereas mystery Babylon, the centre of Satan's kingdom and of human rebellion, ignores God, the true bond of union, and so is the city of confusion, which will be brought low to the ground by nuclear bombs. As Babylon's sin disunited, the Spirit of God given on Pentecost ensures believers are one, "keeping the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Ephesians 4:1-16).
At Pentecost, every adult male Israelite was bound to "appear before the Lord" at the court of the temple and make his offering with gladness. Fifty-days after the Passover the now ripe wheat, sanctified by its firstfruits, as two identical loaves of fine flour baked with leaven, was offered to God.
Each of the two loaves was a tenth of an ephah of finest wheat flour. They were waved before the Lord with a peace offering of two lambs of the first year, then given to the priests. Seven lambs of the first year were sacrificed, a bullock and two rams as a burnt offering with meat and drink offerings, and a kid for a sin offering. Each person brought a freewill offering. And the Levite, stranger, fatherless, and widow were invited.
The flour for the wave loaves was sifted with peculiar care twelve times over. They were made the day prior, or in the event of a sabbath preceding the day of Pentecost, two days before the occasion. This signifies that whereas the PART-Word saints of Pentecost and the Seven Church Ages required Christ's mediation as the Bible was sealed, the end-time Bride with the fullness of the Word was fully redeemed in Christ on Calvary. Thus our dispensation, as typed by the fiftieth day, is an Holy Convocation wherein all servile work including mediation for ignorance, is prohibited, and unnecessary for we have THUS SAITH THE LORD -- "the true sayings of God" (Revelation 19:9; 22:10). These two wave loaves were seven palms in length and four in breadth for they represent the Bride redeemed by the seven-fold Spirit of God under the first Four Seals. One loaf was given to the high priest and the other to the ordinary priests who officiated. It was eaten that same night in the temple, and no fragment of it was suffered to remain till the morning and the return of the Angel of the Lord to Israel (Revelation 7:1-2).
"The first (chief or choicest) of the firstfruits" are the two wave loaves, typing the Bride of all Ages (Exodus 23:19; Leviticus 23:17). Alpha and Omega -- mature Sons. The Word Bride at the beginning was identical with the Bride restored to the Word at the end as the Lord revealed to Brother Branham in the vision he recorded in The Masterpiece. The omer offering at Passover was the prelude to the greater harvest offering at Pentecost, before which no other firstfruits could be offered.
The proper time for the offering of the other firstfruits was in the interval between Pentecost and Tabernacles (Exodus 23:16). Every reference to Pentecost speaks of the completion of the grain harvest, or the going Home of Christ's Wheat Bride, wheat being the noblest and most useful of the grains.
Having already received the seal of full redemption, we are waiting still for our glorified inheritance and abiding home. The antitype and close of the feast of Tabernacles will be the Millennial kingdom and eternity under Christ of Whom Joshua who led Israel into their promised rest and Solomon's glorious reign of peace were shadows and types.
The gleanings to be left in the fields at harvest time for "the poor and the stranger" are indicative of God's residual grace to the non-elect like the foolish virgin who are justified and sanctified and all whose names remain on the Book of Life, that they may be granted in to eternal Life at the White Throne Judgment. It is plainly stated with this command, "I am the Lord your God".
Moses' first forty-days on top of mount Sinai where he neither ate nor drank but received instruction from the Lord presaged our Lord's fast and temptation in the wilderness where He overcame by the Word of God. Moses' second forty-day fast on the mount, whence he descended resplendent in the reflection of God's glory after being instructed regarding His new covenant with Israel, foreshadows the vision upon mount Transfiguration wherein Israel's two prophets are seen receiving their anointings under the Shekinah-resplendent Lord Jesus before ministering the New Testament to Israel's elect 144,000. Perhaps they will be thus in conference during the forty-days manifestation of the Sons of God prior to our catching away. Until their day of Atonement the full revelation will be veiled from the 144,000, as Moses' face was veiled from Israel.
As the first day of Pentecost brought Israel judgment and death when they rejected the covenant, rather than rejoicing and Life, it types the day of the Lord which comes as a destruction from the Almighty, an earthquake sinking Los Angeles and much of California, and splitting the mount of Olives (Isaiah 13:6; Joel 1:15; Revelation 16:18). It dawns at the beginning of Pentecost, ending the Gentile dispensation. Satan will be cast down to earth and after a brief and powerful demonstration of the Spirit, the Bride will be taken Home (II Thessalonians 2:7; Revelation 12:11-12).
The Hebrews called Pentecost, "the concluding assembly of the Passover." It was essentially linked to the Passover, that festival which, above all others, expressed the fact of a race chosen and separated from all other nations in conditional covenant with Jehovah, a type of the elect Church in Abraham's unconditional covenant with Jehovah through the sacrifice of the real Pascal Lamb Israel despised and rejected. It was not an insulated day but stood at the culminating point of the Pentecostal season.
If the offering of the omer (or wave sheaf) was a supplication for the divine blessing on the harvest just commencing, and the offering of the two loaves was a thanksgiving for its completion, each rite was brought into a higher significance in consequence of the omer forming an integral part of the Passover. It was thus set forth that He who had delivered His people from Egypt, Who had raised them up from the condition of slaves to that of free men in immediate covenant with Himself, was the same that was sustaining them with manna from year to year. That sustaining Bread represented Christ. But as the two loaves were leavened, they could not be offered on the altar, like the unleavened sacrificial Bread offered once for sins.
The feast of Tabernacles, in the seventh month of the religious year, and the last month of the civil year, was the feast of Ingathering after all the fruits of the field had been gathered in. Here there was no offering of consecration, for the offerings for sanctifying the whole had been presented long before. It was not a consecration of what was begun, but a joyful thanksgiving for what was completed (Psalm 118:15).
The feast of Tabernacles commemorates the establishment of Israel in their peaceful new home in the Land flowing with milk and honey, after forty-years of wilderness wandering. In their permanent home in the covenant Land they observed a remembrance of the past sojourning in tents. Joshua specially observed this feast after the settlement in Canaan (Nehemiah 8:17). And immediately after Solomon observed it, the last relic of wilderness life was abolished by the ark being taken from under curtains and set in the magnificent temple of stone in the seventh month (II Chronicles 5:3). This is a type of Christ living in His Millennial temple.
The feast of Tabernacles was celebrated on Tishri 15, and on Tishri 23, which was the eighth day of the feast, a type of eternity in the new heavens and new earth, Solomon sent the great congregation away glad in heart for the goodness that the Lord had shown to David, Solomon, and the people of Israel.
Tabernacles was specially celebrated after the return from Babylonian captivity, when the Israelites were re-established in the homeland under Ezra and Nehemiah, and all gathered themselves together as one man on the first day of the seventh month for the feast of Trumpets. Then followed a reading of the Law, renewal and observance of the covenant. This was a shadow and type of the ministry of Israel's two witnesses who will re-establish Israel's elect whence they have fallen, then by expounding the shadows and types under their Seven Trumpet mysteries they will reveal the history of the past 2,000 years. Next the revelation of the Seven Vials will expose the harlot church and distinguish the foolish virgin from the Bride of Christ, their Queen.
Pentecost points to Christ's covenant of grace in the heart which is more effectual than the Law of Sinai written on tables of stone (II Corinthians 3:3-18). Two great steps have already been taken towards establishing the kingdom of God. Christ has risen from the dead as "the firstfruits of them that slept" even as the green ears of barley were offered as firstfruits at Passover. And His end-time Bride have recognized His 'parousia' (I Corinthians 15:20-23).
The Feast of Trumpets was "a memorial of blowing of trumpets:" rehearsing the Gospel Trumpets of grace sounded by the seven Church Age Messengers, which when rejected by Israel, became Trumpets of judgment. This feast was one of the seven days of holy convocation. It reminds Israel of their covenant, prepares them for the Atonement on the tenth day thus fulfilling the sixfold purpose of Gabriel's instructions to Daniel, and reminds God of His promises (Numbers 29:1-6; 10:9; Leviticus 23:24; Isaiah 43:26; Ezekiel 36:26-28; Daniel 9:24).
Joel 2:15-19, "Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: gather the people, sanctify a congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, imploring, 'Spare Your people, O Lord, and give not Your heritage to reproach that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God? Then will the Lord be jealous for His land, and pity His people. Yes, the Lord will answer and say to His people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and you shall be satisfied: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen".
The day of the Lord will be a day of salvation to Israel. All 144,000 of them will be born-again through repentance and revelation, and a day of destruction to their enemies.
Tishri 1 (which falls in September/October) was the first day in the civil year, the month that began the sabbatical year, the year of jubilee, and the ingathering of the last-ripe fruits. As the sound of the trumpet signalled Jehovah's descent on mount Sinai to take Israel into Covenant on the day of Pentecost (Exodus 19:16), which covenant they broke when they rejected the Word and substituted the golden calf, so the same sound at the close of the day of Atonement announced the year which restored Israel to the freedom and blessings of the covenant as signified by the restoration of the Law in Exodus 34, typing the restoration of the Word in Christ's 'parousia' to Israel through their feast of Trumpets by the Message of their two witnesses following the Seventh Trump (Isaiah 58:1; Revelation 1:10; 4:1; Matthew 24:31; I Corinthians 15:52; I Thessalonians 4:16).
Now consider this. If the "shout" of the revelation of the Seven Seals has brought Christ, the fullness of the Word, back to earth in Word form as the Bible foretold, the sleeping saints are here with Him now because they are in Christ, being the vindicated Word for their day (I Corinthians 13:10; Acts 3:21; Revelation 10:7).
Ephesians 1:9-11: God, "having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He has purposed in Himself: that in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and on earth; even in Him: in Whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him Who works all things after the counsel of His own will".
So the angels of the departed New Testament saints of God are here. . . coming into the unity of the faith together with us under the Seventh Seal. Likewise the Israelite martyrs under the Fifth Seal will become conscious of earthly happenings under the Sixth Seal and by revelation acknowledge God's justice in punishing Israel under the Seven Trumpets and in the coming martyrdom of the 144,000 (Daniel 12:10; Revelation 6:9-11). nl255.htm
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Brother Anthony Grigor-Scott is a non-denominational minister. He has ministered full-time since 1981, primarily to other ministers and their congregations in other countries. He pastors Bible Believers' tiny congregation, and is available to teach in your church.
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