Bible Believers' Newsletter #262
"We focus on the PRESENT Truth -- what Jesus is doing NOW . . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ and thank you for gathering together with us for fellowship around the unchanging Word of God.
God said, "The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their light . . . I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord" (Joel 2:10, 30-31, Acts 2:19-20).
According to Joel 2:1-11, Matthew 24:29-30 and Revelation 6:12-17, this will coincide with the manifestation of the Sixth Seal and the earthquakes that sink Los Angeles and split the mount of Olives, marking the close of the Gentile dispensation.
This is interesting in light of a report by last week's guest contributor, Edgar J. Steele: "A huge comet is rounding the sun, a comet twice the size of Jupiter (from tip to end of tail - Ed.) (About 22 times the size of earth). Some have seen it at sunrise and sunset; otherwise, it is not visible because it is occluded by solar glare. Essentially, it is coming from behind the sun and was first observed by NASA less than two months ago."
"NASA's solar observatory has released a number of pictures of this comet, but stopped just as a huge coronal mass ejection (- an event which is to the hydrogen bomb as the hydrogen bomb is to a firecracker) erupted from the sun toward the comet. Some call these things 'sunspots'." Full story: conspiracypenpal.com
Other subscribers note an absence of media coverage of this event and allegations that NASA has faked images. Suspicions have been raised since this is the largest comet to enter our solar system. The following URLs should interest those with an understanding of astronomy: homepage.tinet.ie homepage.tinet.ie1 sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov
Brother Branham said all nature will be interrupted after the earthquake at the opening of the Sixth Seal under which God will call 144,000 Israelites out of the hands of their enemy, with whom the "Jews" are in covenant (Isaiah 28:18). Two prophets with the anointings that empowered Moses to call down plagues and lead Israel out from Egypt, and Elijah to shut the heavens, will lead the elect Hebrews out of Roman (i.e. 'Jewish') dominion.
Those two prophets open that Sixth Seal after Christ's second crucifixion, by the Gentile denominations. The Sun will turn to blackness like it did in Matthew 27, only at sunrise, and volcanic ash from the Pacific ring of fire will turn the Moon blood red. Three days later the first resurrection will commence.
Revelation 11:6,5: "They have power to shut the heavens, that it rains not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters (enemy armies) to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceeds out of their mouth, (i.e. the manifested Word of God) and devours their enemies: and if anyone will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed". As the Words of Peter slew Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11) and as Christ will slay all of His enemies (Revelation 19:15,21).
Read Isaiah 13:6-16 and Revelation 18:21-23, which speak of the earthquakes that will destroy the "Jews'" second Babylon, Hollywood, not of the destruction of Iraq's Babylon by Cyrus, and of Russia's successful invasion of the United States, which ironically is in an illegal war with present-day Iraq but is itself the image of, and under the dominion of spiritual Babylon, the Judaeo-Roman politico-religious empire (Revelation 17:3-5).
I am reminded that Friday February 28, 2003 will be the fortieth anniversary of the sign of Christ's 'parousia' prophesied in Matthew 24:3, Acts 1:9-11 Revelation 1:7: the Pillar of Cloud or Shekinah that appeared over Tucson, Arizona on February 28, 1963. Whilst this March will be the fortieth anniversary of the revelation of the Seven Seals between March 17-24, 1963.
The day of redemption is near, men's hearts are failing for fear as they realize the sands of time running out, and know not how to enter the Safety Zone of the Body of Christ. Whenever they seek Him in Establishment churches they are appalled at their hypocrisy and hollow, false teachings. Please e-mail this Newsletter to your friends, inviting them to subscribe, perchance they might discover the present Truth, which is "the way, the truth, and the Life".
This Newsletter serves those of like precious faith and whosoever will receive the truth is welcome to feed their soul from the waters of the River of Life. Everything presented should be confirmed personally in your own Bible. . . Brother Anthony
The Real but Unspoken Reasons for the Iraq War
January 26, 2003 -- Although completely suppressed in the US media, the answer to the Iraq enigma is simple yet shocking - it is an oil CURRENCY war. The real reason for this upcoming war is this administration's goal of preventing further OPEC momentum toward the Euro as an oil transaction currency standard. However in order to pre-empt OPEC they need to gain geo-strategic control of Iraq together with its 'second largest' proven oil reserves. This lengthy essay will discuss the macroeconomics of the petro-dollars and the unpublicized but real threat to US economic hegemony from the Euro as an alternative oil transaction currency. Full story: indymedia.org:8081
Comment: Iraq, 9/11 and United States' belligerence, etc., are small pieces of a jig saw puzzle prepared by 'the City of London' as they near the climactic phase of a scheme for totalitarian one world government that made its foundational move in the garden of Eden whereby Satan was able to 'inject' himself into the human race by the instrumentality of the man-like Serpent. World hegemony is the object of the 'hidden hand' that pulls the strings of the actors playing adversarial roles on both sides of their great Hegelian game whose many scenes make up the saga portrayed in heaven as 'The Trail of the Serpent.' The whole Piscine jig saw of thesis and synthesis, protagonist and antagonist, Ying and Yang is scripted by the 'hidden hand' who designed these conflicts in order to produce a predetermined synthesis desired by neither side. Let's take a look at some of the small pieces of this puzzle, bearing in mind that unless we understand their final objective, we will fail to perceive the big picture:
According to Mid-East Realities, February 17, 2003 -- Israel plans to gain control of the region with US help. "They envision a domino effect, with the fall of Saddam Hussein followed by that of Israel's other enemies: Arafat, Hassan Nasrallah, Bashar Assad, the ayatollah in Iran and maybe even Muhammar Gadaffi."
First, it is Israeli policies in the region that have helped create today's 'clash of civilizations', fueling the tensions and hatreds more than ever.
Second, it is the powerful influence of the increasingly war-mongering Israeli-"Jewish" lobby in Washington that has helped push the US toward even greater militarism now summarized as 'pre-emptive' strikes against the 'axis of evil'.
Third, it is the Israelis more than any other party in the region that are pushing the Americans to attack and conquer Iraq - using the simplistic logic of 'you are either with us or against us' - and then to strike harder at the rest of Israel's Arab and Muslim enemies throughout the region. The American Empire will have its troops positioned to invade and conquer Iraq in the next few weeks. The UK and Israel are the two other States primarily involved.
Especially with the influence of the increasingly belligerent Israeli-"Jewish" lobby in Washington -- where key figures Perle, Wolfowitz, Indyk, Faith, Kissiinger, Lieberman et. al. are now playing their varied roles -- one can expect the war to then escalate beyond Iraq, regardless of what further happens at the UN.
The following commentary is based on, 'One Man Against the World' by Uri Avnery (February 15, 2003):
France, Germany and Russia were contemptuously called by the American Secretary of Defense "Old Europe", but are, on the contrary, united by considerations pertaining to the New Europe. This Europe is becoming the economic superpower that will control the United States as prophesied in Revelation 17. A symbol of this fact is that the partially gold-backed Euro has overtaken the Dollar.
US occupation of Iraq will ensure American control not only over the vast oil reserves of Iraq itself, but also of the Caspian Sea and the Gulf States. The hand on the oil tab of the world can choke Germany, France and Japan, because it can manipulate at will the price of oil throughout the world. Lower the price and you choke Russia. Raise the price, and you choke Europe and Japan.
Washington does not even hide its desire to bring Europe to its knees. There is a crude American attempt to create a coalition of peripheral countries in order to oust Germany and France from the leadership of the European Union. America is organizing a bloc of the former Communist nations, who are about to join the Union, together with the UK, Spain and Italy. The Paris-Berlin axis, aided by Moscow, is devised as a defense against this ploy, too. (So we see clearly the same 'hidden hand' controls the left and the right, while 'useful idiots' like Bush and Blair actually believe they are in control. If only they could hear from earlier 'useful idiots' like Napoleon, Benjamin Franklin, or Hitler - Ed.).
George II's September 14, 2002 NSPD 17 states, in part: 'The US will continue to make clear that it reserves the right to respond with overwhelming force -- including potentially nuclear weapons -- to the use of weapons of mass destruction against the United States, our forces abroad, and friends and allies.' The enormous hysteria about Iraq's alleged "weapons of mass destruction" is purposefully calibrated to lay the basis for a US nuclear strike, now that all the legal/technical groundwork has been laid.
This war, then, goes far beyond the Iraqi situation. It is not a war against Saddam's microbes. It is, quite simply, a war for world dominion, economic, political, military and cultural. Bush is ready to spill a lot of blood to achieve this (but not American blood).
War on Iraq - Conceived in Israel
In the late 1930s, Ben-Gurion wrote: 'What is inconceivable in normal times is possible in revolutionary times. . ." The September 11 atrocities provided the 'revolutionary times,' in which Israel could undertake radical measures unacceptable during normal conditions. (By design, not by accident).
". . .The regimes that richly deserve to be overthrown and replaced are not confined to the three singled-out members of the axis of evil. At a minimum, this axis should extend to Syria and Lebanon and Libya, as well as 'friends' of America like the Saudi royal family and Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, along with the Palestinian Authority, whether it is headed by Arafat or one of his henchmen.' Then, the US would remake the entire region, which would entail forcibly re-educating the people to fall in line with the thinking of America's leaders. . ."
As is now clearly apparent, the 'war on terrorism' was never intended to be a war to apprehend and punish the perpetrators of the September 11 atrocities. September 11 simply provided a pretext for government leaders to implement long-term policy plans.
Comment: If you read the full story you will see the hand of 'the City' behind present world events, how America is going to force the mark of the beast, and Pike's plan for three world wars and three major revolutions to give Lucifer the totalitarian one world government he offered Jesus if He took that mark. Full story: currentconcerns.ch
The Benefit in Bombing Iraq
Here is a one question multiple choice test (so you'd better get it right). Your answer will reveal the benefit of bombing Iraq. This is a partial list of countries that the US has bombed since the end of World War II, compiled by historian William Blum:
China 1945-46, 50-53; Peru 1965; Nicaragua 1980s; Korea 1950-53; Laos 1964-73; Panama 1989; Vietnam 1961-73; Iraq 1991-03; Guatemala 1954, 1960, 1967-69; Indonesia 1958; Cuba 1959-60; Congo 1964; Cambodia 1969-70; El Salvador 1980s; Grenada 1983; Libya 1986; Sudan 1998; Afghanistan 1998-02; Yugoslavia 1999.
The question is: In how many of these instances did a FREE government, respectful of human rights, occur as a direct result? Choose one of the following:
- (a) 0
- (b) zero
- (c) none
- (d) not a one
- (e) a whole number between -1 and +1
Bush Planned Iraq 'Regime Change' before Presidency
A secret blueprint for US global domination reveals that President Bush and his cabinet were planning a premeditated attack on Iraq to secure 'regime change' even before he took power in January 2001.
The blueprint, uncovered by the Sunday Herald, for creation of a 'global Pax Americana' was drawn up for Dick Cheney (vice-president), Donald Rumsfeld (defense secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), George W. Bush's younger brother Jeb and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff). The document, entitled 'Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategies, Forces And Resources For A New Century,' was written in September 2000 by the neo-conservative think-tank Project for the New American Century (PNAC).
The plan shows that Bush's cabinet intended to take military control of the Gulf region whether or not Saddam Hussein was in power. It says: 'The United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial US force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein'.
The PNAC document supports a 'blueprint for maintaining global US pre-eminence, precluding the rise of a great power rival, and shaping international security order in line with American principles and interests'.
This 'American grand strategy' must be advanced for 'as far into the future as possible', the report says. It also calls for the US to 'fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theatre wars' as a 'core mission'.
The report describes US armed forces abroad as 'the cavalry on the new American frontier'. The blueprint supports an earlier document written by Wolfowitz and Libby that said the US must 'discourage advanced industrial nations from challenging our leadership or even aspiring to a larger regional or global role'. Full story: sundayherald.com
Prayers and the Presidency
Baltimore February 21, 2003 -- President Bush has hardly made a secret of his faith in the power of God. But recently, Bush has taken to sprinkling more religious language into his speeches, even drawing upon evangelical hymns and expressing his conviction that events are often driven by a divine force. . .
Bush's stepped-up efforts to express his faith, coincide with a White House drive to court religious conservatives in advance of the president's 2004 re-election campaign
. . . as many as 4 million Christian conservatives who probably would have voted for Bush instead stayed home in the 2000 election. The president's top political adviser, Karl Rove declared a year ago, "we have to spend a lot of time and energy" drawing them back into politics. Full story: thestate.com
An Open Letter to Congress. Coming Events?
"Whom the god's would destroy they first make mad with power".
It is apparent to many Americans who observe the skewed handling of events of the past year or so, that this Administration is following a "Globalist Plan;" as did prior Administrations; each event over the past decade or so, following a step-by-step strategy towards concluding the "Internationalization" of this Nation! Now however,
it is clear that this "Plan" has America stuck on the horns of a real dilemma! It has maneuvered this Nation into a classic no-win situation wherein we stand to lose regardless of what happens in the coming months!
We have the option of losing our young men and money or our inherent rights and freedoms - submerged under the dominion of a World Order! Consider:
Should the forthcoming United Nations vote prohibit the United States from moving against Iraq, this UN decision, if accepted, even with seeming reluctance by this Administration, would make this Nation subordinate to the dictates of that talmudist-designed, globalist organization! Congress is silent!
The Globalist's win!
If however this Administration proceeds with its Plan and takes almost unilateral military action against Iraq, the outcome of this military move upon the world and internally on America will be adamantly opposed as America will clearly appear as the uncharacteristic belligerent, particularly if the death count becomes large. The hue and cry will increase to such levels of turmoil that martial law may be initiated to insure internal order, here and in other nations. Congress remains silent!
But, with that option, the sanctity and potential expansion of the Israeli state would be secured, its borders opened to expansion. Congress stays silent - Yet the Congressional cash cow still produces!
The Globalist's win!
In any case, we will see the entire world taking sides: nations would dramatically shift to a war footing, and the hue and cry would rise even higher - for the United Nations to step in and takeover, to control events! Still, Congress remains silent!
Here again, the Globalist's win!
If we do a simple review of this dilemma that the Administration has imposed on this divided Nation, it should be obvious that these cleverly designed options also control the strategy; adding impetus, but false justification to what we are witnessing, the results however, anticipated: being those sought in the first place!
A diabolical, cleverly designed series of steps to force America into accepting United Nations dominion! And many in America, even those ever opposed to such an event, would willingly acquiesce -- in the interest of peace! Congress is still silent!
The Globalist's have won!
Those who are now so adamantly opposed to a war with Iraq will appear to have succeeded and the Administration would "reluctantly" agree and back down. The antiwar Americans won the Battle, but lost the War! And so did America. Congress yet remains silent!
America, for the sake of world peace will have submissively acquiesced to this most insidious globalist scheme: filtered into UN world dominion. And finally Congress speaks, and votes - to submerge America into the United Nations!
Few Americans may recall, yet a review of historical events associated with that first attempt at dominion, the old League of Nations is revealing! Who designed it and why and what inhibited its success, would reveal parallel's similar to, but far more cleverly precise in this Plan that merges America into the United Nations.
Only this time, the Senate, properly attuned, offers little opposition and a reluctant Congress remains silent, almost mystified, its immunity depleted by an old Biblical ailment, that ancient "fear," almost pacified - by enemies, foreign and domestic.
O, the mills of the god's grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small! Like the bee,
who fertilizes the flower that it robs. "Whom God would destroy, He first . . . " (J. Richard Niemela -- Col. USAF (Ret) firstname.lastname@example.org
Centers for Disease Control Letter to the Senate
Atlanta Ga. September 23, 2002 -- `In 1993, at your request, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) forwarded to your office a listing of all biological materials, including viruses, retroviruses, bacteria, and fungi, which CDC provided to . . . Iraq from October 1, 1984 through October 13, 1993. Recently, in the course of reviewing our shipping records for a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from a private citizen, we identified an additional shipment on May 21, 1985 . . . Full story: newsmax.com
Blairs are Invited to Private Mass with the Pope
Rome February 24, 2003 -- The Pope took the unusual step of inviting Tony and Cherie Blair to a private Mass in the Vatican yesterday, a move that marks Mrs. Blair's entry into the ranks of Britain's most influential Roman Catholics.
It is the first time that a serving British prime minister has attended a private Mass with the Pope. The . . . Pope used the audience on Saturday to spell out his opposition to a war against Iraq, describing it as morally unjust. . .
Senior figures in the Catholic Church in England, and friends of the Blairs, say he has wanted to convert for some time but will wait until he leaves office.
Full story: telegraph.co.uk mirror.co.uk
The Order of Melchisedec
In Psalm 110, David envisions his Messiah going forth to battle surrounded by youthful warriors, bright and numberless as the dew-drops on a summer's morn, willing to shed their hearts' blood in His service, each one robed as a priest, each one a soldier of God (Revelation 1:6; 5:10). As he gazes on the vision, he sees this Ruler confirmed a priest forever by the oath of Jehovah; not after a Levitical order but reaching back before the tribe of Levi in the order of Melchisedec. Following the King to war he sees Him winning victory after victory with great slaughter, aided by God Himself in the fight, and securing the fruits of His victories by the pursuit and slaughter of His enemies, which knows of no let, even in the burning heat of an Eastern sun.
Psalm 110:1, "Jehovah said to my Lord (Jesus Messiah), 'Sit at My right hand and rule as My Regent, until I make Your enemies bow before You'." That is, until the White Throne Judgment when every knee shall bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (I Corinthians 15:24-28).
Facing East toward the courts from His throne in the Holy of Holies, at God's right hand in the southern side of the temple stood the Seven Golden Lampstands, emblematic of Jesus Christ in the midst of His glorified Bride: manifested Light, drawn out from all seven Church Ages. And in Christ's right hand were the seven stars or angels to the Church, Paul, Irenaeus, Martin, Columba, Luther, Wesley, and Branham - who delivered the Light of God to the saints in their Age.
God has neither right nor left hand; God is a Spirit and without form. "Right hand" is an expression meaning most favored, to whom power or authority is entrusted. To illustrate this we found Pharaoh elevate Joseph to the right hand of power in his kingdom, and no man could approach unto Pharaoh but through Joseph, foreshadowing Jesus Christ. Then after His crucifixion, burial and resurrection, Jesus was exalted to the right hand of God in heaven, and "No man can come to the Father except by Me." When Israel blessed Joseph's sons, God crossed his hands, placing his right hand upon Ephraim the younger, and his left hand upon Masasseh so the birthright passed to Ephraim, foreshadowing how the blessing and birthright of Abraham would pass from Israel back to the young Gentile Church (from the younger Shem to his elder brother Japheth) through Calvary's Cross.
God's right hand is Jesus Christ. The seven Church Age messengers through whom He illuminated the saints in each Age were in Christ's right-hand and no man could come to Him, or be born-again, outside the clear revelation ministered by the angel to their day. The seven angels in Christ's right hand were those closest to Him, being at one with the Word for their day, and under pre-eminence to He to Whom all power in heaven and in earth is delegated until after the White Throne Judgment (Matthew 28:18).
In their own dispensation each held authority under Christ as the Mercy Seat or place of propitiation was in the revelation of their Message - "Touch not My anointed, and do My prophets no harm" - and the revelation of the hour makes us all one in Christ and in God as Jesus prayed (John 17:21-26; I Corinthians 1:10; Ephesians 4:13). Therefore we New Testament saints must also be in His right hand with "angels" (Revelation 1:16,20). This will be confirmed at the White Throne where the saints will judge the world, granting the righteous non-elect into eternal Life and placing them at the Lord's right hand, which will our right hand also; but casting those on the left hand into the lake of Fire prepared just for them and their master (Matthew 25:31-34,41). "Those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews (or chosen of God and elect), and are not, but lie; will I make to worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you" (Revelation 3:9).
Christ is the mystery of God revealed in human flesh; the New Testament saints are the mystery of Christ manifest in the glorified flesh of His many-membered Bride of all Ages. The elect are all Attributes of God expressed by our faith in His Word for our day for we are all brethren "out of one Father" (Hebrews 2:11-13). So the Bible is the story of God changing His form, from the eternal Spirit alone with His thoughts, to their realization in the flesh of His glorified Family. In the new heavens and earth God will be worshipped by the saved in the form of His glorified elect.
We are living at the end of time since the revelation of the Seven Seals brought Christ, "Whom heaven must receive until the times of the restoration of all things (or seven Church Ages), which God spoke by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began," back to earth in Word form (Acts 3:21; I Corinthians 13:10; Revelation 10:1-7).
The restoration of the fullness of the Word spoken by all God's holy prophets from Adam was revealed by Jesus Christ through the ministry of William Branham, the "angel" to the seventh Church Age (Acts 3:23; Revelation 1:1). This is the "Shout" of I Thessalonians 4:16 awakening the sleeping virgin and calling Christ's Bride out of Babylon into Him by a new birth (Matthew 13:30,41; 25:6; Ephesians 1:10; II Thessalonians 2:1; Revelation 18:4). As we grow into Christ we hear the "Voice of the Archangel," the Husband of our soul Who holds the seven stars in His right hand, speaking within our own heart to bring us to maturity in the unity of the faith for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation following the Israel's "seventh Trump." The "Trump" will mark the end of the Gentile dispensation. Massive earthquakes will sink Los Angeles and the "Jews'" Babylon of Hollywood, split the mount of Olives, and demolish the Dome of the Rock which Daniel and Jesus called "the abomination of desolation" for it profanes mount Zion.
Following the "Trump" all nature will bow to God's Word spoken by Israel's two prophets, and the end-time Bride's 'third pull,' even as God instructed Brother Branham: "If you will be sincere and get the people to believe you -- not even cancer shall stand before your prayer." Brother Branham was our forerunner, being the first of those who are Christ's at His 'parousia' to come to maturity (I Corinthians 15:23).
David's inspiration moves him back one thousand years from the White Throne Judgment to the midst of Daniel's Seventieth Week in the Day of the Lord when the 144,000 elect Israelites catch the revelation of Christ's 'parousia' to them and He "stands up" or begins His reign over Israel (Daniel 12:1; Romans 11:26), "And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, 'There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob'. For this is My covenant to Israel, when I shall take away their sins".
Psalm 110:2, "Jehovah shall send the sceptre of Your majesty out of Zion to the ends of the earth in the exercise of dominion in the midst of Your enemies".
When Hannah, who was a type of we Gentiles, being at first barren and reviled but later fruitful and rejoicing, delivered her son Samuel to serve the Lord, her prayerful testimony of thanks prophetically types the coming time of which we speak. I Samuel 2:5-6,10, "They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and those who were hungry ceased: so that the barren (Gentiles) have born seven; and she that has many children (Israel) has waxed feeble. Jehovah kills, and makes alive: He brings down to the grave, and raises up . . . His adversaries shall be broken to pieces; against them will He thunder out of heaven: He will judge all peoples to the ends of the earth; and He will strengthen His King and exalt the power of His Messiah" (Numbers 24:17-19).
This prophecy is confirmed by Micah 5:3, "God will abandon Israel to her enemies until she who travails has brought forth the previously barren Gentile Church (Romans 11:25; Revelation 12:1-7): then the exiled remnant of Christ's brethren, the "lost Ten Tribes," shall rejoin the children of Israel in the Promised Land" and a nation shall be born in one day.
The scene now focuses upon battles following the rebirth of Israel's elect 144,000, and to Armageddon. Satan has united his Protestants and Catholics together against Jesus, Who comes down from heaven with resurrected saints, vindicated Word. This is only figurative, like the Mighty Angel Who descended to earth in Revelation 10:1, and stands upon the mount of Olives in Zechariah 14:3-4, or Israel's revelation of Christ's 'parousia' to them in Zechariah 12:8 - 13:6.
It is the fullness of the Word, which destroys the enemy without hand, not the physical battle as our Muslim friends may perhaps imagine (Revelation 19:15-16). Since this King is not merely a temporal ruler (Ephesians 1:20-22) and is at the same time a priest after the order of Melchisedec, this cannot be the usual warfare that is spoken of here, but a Supernatural battle and defeat of Satan and his mortal dupes as we shall learn in verses 5-7.
Psalm 110:3, "In the day of Your power Your people (Israel) shall come to You willingly, showing themselves consecrated in the beauties of holiness, renewing Your strength day by day like the morning dew that falls so copiously in the East."
The day of Christ's power initiates the day of the Lord at the close of the Gentile dispensation and the first resurrection. However here the psalmist refers to the midst of Daniel's Seventieth Week where Israel's 144,000 crown Christ King by their revelation of His 'parousia,' and willingly die in martyrdom for "the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 6:11; 12:17).
Revelation 19:13-16, "He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His Name is called 'The Word of God.' And the armies that were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. (For they are His Kingdom of priests). And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a royal sceptre of iron, (indicating the most vigorous and severe rule): and He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His vesture and on His thigh a Name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS" (Daniel 7:10; Jude 14- 15).
"Jehovah has sworn, and will not repent, (i.e. THUS SAITH THE LORD), You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec".
"The order of Melchisedec" is not a clerical order like the Roman Dominican friars, Judaeo-Jesuits, a series of high priests, or popes. For Melchisedec neither received His priesthood from, nor transmitted it to any mere man, but as Hebrews 7:15 explains, Jesus was made a priest after the "similitude (office or likeness) of Melchisedec."
Melchisedec was "without father, without mother, and without descent; having neither beginning of days, nor end of life." He was the eternal God and Father of Jesus the Son Who had both Father and (as is supposed) mother; a time He began, and a time He died and rose again. Jesus came from God and went back to God whereby He is alive forever more. Hence His priesthood answers to the office of Melchisedec, in that it is "for ever" and "unchangeable," unlike Israel's high priestly office which changes each time one man succeeds his dead predecessor (Hebrews 7:3,16,17).
Like Melchisedec, Christ's priesthood is combined with His kingly office as typed in Zechariah 6:11-13, where the prophet even mentions His Hebrew Name: "Tell Joshua, THUS SAITH THE LORD of hosts, 'You represent the Man Who will come Whose Name is The BRANCH (from the fallen trunk of David): He shall grow up out of his stock, and shall build the temple of Jehovah (which is the Body of Christ); even He shall build the temple of Jehovah (despite being despised and rejected of men), and bear the title of kingly glory and honor (as the only-begotten of the Father and firstborn from among the dead), and shall sit and rule upon His throne (which is this earth); and He shall be a priest upon His throne: and the counsel which results in peace and righteousness shall be united between those two offices in one Person".
Melchisedec was at once man, priest, and king. This perfect type of Christ was not of the physical stock of Abraham, on which the Hebrews prided themselves, for He was the Father of Abraham made manifest in Jesus, so "before Abraham I am" (John 8:58). Although Jesus was the promised Seed of Abraham, He did not come from the loins of Abraham, but was God's Spoken Word manifest. He serves us bread and wine after our new birth or victory over the seed of discrepancy which is spiritual Serpent's seed, as Melchisedec served Abraham bread and wine after his victory over the kings who were physical Serpent's seed (Genesis 11). Mark 14:25, "I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until the day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God" After earthly battles are over and the victory won, our Melchisedec will serve bread and wine anew at our Wedding Supper in the air.
Jesus transformed the Pascal feast, at which He sat down with His disciples, into the Lord's Supper, for it prefigured His Person and Work. No other sacrifice could so suitably commemorate His death, the great deliverance connected with it, and the great union and fellowship between God and man flowing from it. The Passover was a sacrifice quite out of the order of all Levitical sacrifices since it had been instituted and observed before Levitical sacrifices existed -- before the Law was given and the Covenant ratified by blood (Exodus 24:3-8). And just as the priesthood of Christ was a real Old Testament priesthood, yet not after the order of Aaron -- but after the earlier, prophetic, and royal order of Melchisedec -- so the sacrifice of Christ was a real Old Testament sacrifice, yet not after the order of Levitical sacrifices but after that of the earlier prophetic Passover sacrifice by which Israel had become a royal nation.
Before material creation, which was the commencement of time, the eternal God was alone with His thoughts of things that are to be and the foreknowledge of His elect which is His Kingdom Jesus called "My father's House." Melchisedec was the fullness of God's Attributes in the form of a theophany: God condescending to transform Himself into the flesh of His Family. When Melchisedec met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and before the destruction of Sodom, He was a created Man. But as God is Adam's only Savior and Redeemer and His own Law stipulated that only a near kinsman could qualify, He had to be born of a woman. Jesus Christ was the beginning of God creating Himself a part of His creation, the first-born in a new creation of God-men. And "God was in Christ reconciling the world unto the Word".
Jesus of the New Testament was Jehovah of the Old manifest in virgin-born flesh to meet the requirements of God's Law of Redemption. His metamorphosis shows us how each Attribute of God's foreknowledge is transformed in its journey from eternity in to time and back to eternity. Or from His great creative thought into their glorified form as individual saints manifest in the perfections of a new heavens and new earth.
Jesus said, "In My Father's House (or Kingdom) are many mansions (or dwelling places): if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And whither I go you know, and the way you know" (John 14:2-4).
In God's great thinking, He has always seen His saints in their glorified condition (Romans 8:28-39; Hebrews 12:22-23; Revelation 5:8-14). As Christ was foreknown crucified from the foundation of the world (i.e. before time and sin began) His saints were foreknown in Him then. Therefore we were always under the Blood, for "in Christ dwelt the fullness of God's Attributes bodily." And since we are God's Attributes expressed in our designated and decreed season and time, we were in Christ when He died on Calvary. We have paid sin's penalty, so when He was raised for our justification we raised with Him and are now seated in heavenly places in Him (II Corinthians 5:13-18; Ephesians 2:6).
Born-again saints are not merely forgiven, we are all justified. And justified is as though we never did it. The car bumper sticker that says, "Christians are not perfect, just forgiven" is a lie of the devil. Christians are perfect or complete in Him. Colossians 2:8-10, "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. In Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And you are complete in Him, which is the Head of all principality and power" (Matthew 5:48).
Don't allow Satan and his unbelieving churchmen to point the ecclesiastical digit at you. If you are a Christian you are sealed unto the day of your physical redemption and it is absolutely impossible for you to sin or unbelieve the revealed Word of God, for you are the Word for your day manifest in your flesh, but like Jesus you are in the world and the world knows you not (Matthew 24:24; John 1:10; 10:1-5; Hebrews 6:4-9; I Peter 1:22-25; I John 4-9; 5:17- 19). So let us examine our own self to ensure our life mirrors God's Word, and if we can see the Word for this hour living through us, hold that revelation.
The "place" Jesus went away to "prepare" was the glorified bodies of the Church Age and Apostolic saints. For while the Bible was sealed with Seven Seals their ignorance of the Word required a forerunner to mediate or "prepare" their "way" to that place Jesus told His disciples they knew, which was via the present Truth. For He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the Life: no man comes to the Father, but by Me" (John 14:6). And He is the Word (John 6:63).
As we have seen, before time began, God was alone with His thoughts (John 1:1) which are real, and since they are eternal, God is not now learning or even taking counsel with Himself. All of His thoughts He has always had, for He is infinite and He is omniscient and can not add to His knowledge. Next He began to express His eternal thoughts in creation as the Logos or Pillar of Fire, Ezekiel called, "the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord," for "God is Light." From this Logos or Word He began to create the material world in which He could manifest His glory.
God made lively creatures with natural senses so they could contact this material world and communicate with one another. They could see, hear, taste, smell and/or feel their physical situation and owned some degree of memory, imagination, affection, reasoning, and conscience to discern. Since God is an invisible Spirit, and the word "god" means an object of worship, He gave man a soul whereby He could reveal His unseen self by faith. And placed man on free moral agency so he could choose to obey His will as revealed to his soul, and that is true worship, or seek to satisfy the worldly desires of his flesh and mortal spirit.
God's one eternal purpose is to gather glory to Himself by expressing Himself in the form of His own Family through true worship, as expressed by Jesus when He declared, "Not My will, but thy will be done." As true worship is a life lived by a clear understanding of God's will or revealed Word, beyond expressing His beauty and glory in nature, and His will through His prophets, He manifest Himself in human flesh, to set the pattern for all of His children to emulate.
His fullness was expressed as a theophany in the Person of Melchisedec (Genesis 14:18) before It was received by Mary and made flesh through her faith. However, His elect are not the fullness but Attributes of the fullness, so we bypass our theophany to come into sin-born flesh to be tested and tried, to overcome sin and the world by making decisions that will vindicate us as God's eternal Attributes that must be redeemed by God.
This demonstrates the journey each of God's Attributes must take on their way back to eternity in glorified flesh. A Christ-like character is not a gift but the victory of hearing, recognizing and acting upon the Word of God. Although our decisions may require us to surrender our life, our pre-eminence to His Word will mold our character, fulfill our place in His Word for this day, and fit us for eternity.
If you see this revelation, and recognize your place in His Word, and your position in the Body, you will be strengthened and assured in the certainty of your identity: flesh being made Word, and know that you cannot fail to grow into the stature of the perfect Man (Philippians 1:6).
II Corinthians 5:1, "We know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens". This is the "place" Jesus has gone away to prepare or forerun. Although God's thoughts are eternal and they are real, they cannot manifest before due season. Until that point these eternal houses are the angels or theophanies of the saints, or Christians, that will take material form at the first resurrection. Right now, and from eternity, they have had the appearance of our glorified form which looks like God's elect in their prime. It is these theophany or Word form bodies the departed saints occupy until the first resurrection.
These are God's Own thoughts, which are real substance (Hebrews 11:1). Like the vision God opened to Elisha's servant Gehazi. The horses of Fire were real in another dimension not usually discerned by our mortal senses. And the theophanies of the departed saints real, more real than the kosmos, because they are pure Word. In this state they enjoy fellowship with one another and the riches of God's blessings while they wait for the last predestinated seed in Christ's end-time Bride to recognize her day and its Message - for without us they cannot be made perfect or glorified.
I believe Christ's end-time Bride, the saints who are baptized into Christ during the holy convocation after the opening of the Seven Seals, cannot die in the flesh. For they are predestinated to manifest the Sons of God, then Change in the Atoms to glorified form.
Matthew 19:30, "Many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first." This is the order of the resurrection, for "We which are alive and remain unto the 'parousia' Coming of the Lord shall not hinder them which are asleep; for the trumpet of God shall sound, and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them..." We meet one another before we meet Him.
When the last of Christ's end-time Bride is born-again and we are 'in speaking condition,' we will be waved before the Lord in the manifestation of the Sons of God. Our maturity will call the resurrection of the Laodicean saints, who will rise first after the Earthquake that sinks Los Angeles. They will call the saints of the Philadelphian Church Age who will in turn call the saints of Sardis, and so-forth, back to the apostolic fathers, while we as a hunted and persecuted little group, manifest by the 'third pull' that we are the Sons of God.
The theophanies of the Church Age saints will put on glorified flesh, as if a film positive were transformed into the material substance it represents. When they appear to us we will recognize some glorified Laodicean, this will infuse us with the translation faith God wrought in Jesus, enabling us to change in the atoms to glorified flesh (Ephesians 1:19-20). Then the mortal life and blood that now sustains us will be replaced by eternal Life and our theophany.
Jesus promised just before the fire falls, the Son of Man would be revealed again to Abraham's royal Seed, veiled behind the flesh of 'a' son of man discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart "as it was in the days of Lot" (Luke 17:28-30). Just before the destruction of Sodom, Melchisedec veiled Himself behind the flesh of a created Man, and discerned the thoughts and intents of Abraham and Sarah's hearts. Abraham called Him 'Elohim' (Genesis 18). This has repeated in our day. "As it was in the days of Lot" - the church will receive no more messengers before we meet our Promised Son as Abraham and Sarah received their promised son. He has already been revealed from the heavens.
The allusion to Melchisedec in verse 4 carries our view beyond the Aaronic and Levitical priesthoods, back beyond the history of Israel itself to the days of Abraham, and God's unconditional promise in which the Christian Church of the firstborn are joint-heirs with Christ. This union of priesthood and royalty, unheard of in Israel and transferred to the King in His own person, is affirmed by an oath of God (Numbers 23:19).
David prophesied the institution of the Melchisedec priesthood of Messiah would transfer the priesthood to the Tribe of Judah. In Hebrews 7:11-14, Paul proves this Old Testament prophecy is fulfilled in Christ, and the priesthood being changed, the Law must also be changed and replaced by the new covenant in His blood (as prophesied in Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:24-27), for they are inseparably bound together and they stand and fall together.
Psalm 110:5-7, "The Lord God standing at Messiah's right hand to protect Him will strike through kings in the day of His wrath. He will judge among the heathen, He shall fill the battlefield with their dead, and wound the rulers over many countries. But He Himself shall be refreshed from springs along the way".
Here Jehovah places Himself at Christ's right hand to aid and protect Him as portrayed in Psalm 109:31 and as the Angel of the Lord always stood at Brother Branham's right side. What Jehovah is described as doing for Messiah He does through Him, as He did through Brother Branham, and what He has done through Jesus and Brother Branham He is doing through His Bride (John 14:12,19-20).
Unlike the apostolic and Church Age saints, Christ's end-time Bride was fully redeemed in Christ on Calvary. Whereas they required mediation, since the revelation of the Seven Seals we have the perfect interpretation of the Word.
The mystery of God was finished in the days of the Voice of the seventh angel, William Branham. We entered our rest in this holy convocation and eat the Book, becoming one with the Word (Revelation 10:7-11). So why do you struggle little Bride? Rest. It's your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.
Brother Branham said, "See the churches uniting, nations uniting. It's a uniting time of God and His Bride, too. I say this with reverence and respect. I believe that the Bride of Christ is called; I believe She's sealed in the Kingdom of God. I believe the mechanics is there. They're waiting for the Dynamics that'll take Her off the earth into glory in the rapture. I believe it with all my heart. Yes, sir. We don't know how He's going to do it, but He shall do it."
"He is the Dynamics. We just become members of the machine of His Body, forming ourselves into His Image, and see Him uniting Himself with us, in His works, with His love gifts, as He hands them to us . . . just before the wedding supper. And we're waiting, watching for that."
"Their big church is to be united." (Catholic and Protestant).
"The Dynamics of this church will be a refilling of the Holy Spirit that we have worked in a small measure while the Headstone is coming down to unite with the Body. But when that Head and Body unite together, the full power of the Holy Ghost would raise Her up -- even those dead in Christ for hundreds of years will rise in the beauty of His holiness, and take a flight to the skies. The Dynamics in the Holy Spirit" (I Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 10:1; William Branham, What Shall I Do With Jesus Called Christ? 115:84). nl262.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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