Bible Believers' Newsletter 270
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; it's great to fellowship around His unchanging Word.
It's resurrection time once again. And surely there can't be more than one or two more circuits of the Sun before Los Angeles sinks beneath the Pacific blue, and the Mount of Olives splits in two. Woe to those outside of Christ on that day when he turns His eyes upon Israel, and tribulation plagues strike death on all those outside the Promised Land.
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.
A Crusade after All?
April 17, 2003 Plans of some Christians to evangelize as they offer aid pose dilemma for Iraqi reconstruction.
When President Bush called his war on terrorism a 'crusade' he backtracked quickly . . . that inopportune choice of words may turn out to hold more than a modicum of truth. Reverend Franklin Graham stirred controversy in 2001 when he called Islam a 'very evil and wicked religion'. . . the former leader of the Southern Baptist Convention has called the prophet Muhammad a 'demon-possessed pedophile.' Meanwhile, the former deputy director of the White House office for faith-based programs has a new job. . . . building nongovernmental institutions in Iraq.
Comment: An ominous portent of the re-union of church and state to force the mark of the beast.
Full story: csmonitor.com
Proportion of World Population Adhering to Major Religions
Year 1900 1970 1980 1985 (est) 2000 (est) Religion Western Christian 26.9 30.6 30.0 29.7 29.9 Orthodox Christian 7.5 3.1 2.8 2.7 2.4 Muslim 12.4 15.3 16.5 17.1 19.2 Nonreligious 0.2 15.0 16.4 16.9 17.1 Hindu 12.5 12.8 13.3 13.5 13.7 Buddhist 7.8 6.4 6.3 6.2 5.7 Chinese folk 23.5 5.9 4.5 3.9 2.5 Tribal 6.6 2.4 2.1 1.9 1.6 Atheist 0.0 4.6 4.5 4.4 4.2 David B. Barrett, ed., World Christian Encyclopedia. A comparative
study of churches and religions in the modern world AD 1900 - 2000. Oxford University Press, 1982.
As "nonreligious" and "atheist" rose from 0.2 percent in 1900 to 20.9 percent in 1980, conceivably this could reflect a major shift away from religion, and in 1980 the religious resurgence was just gathering steam. Yet this 20.7 percent increase in nonbelievers is closely matched by a 19.0 percent decrease in those classified as adherents of 'Chinese folk-religions' from 23.5 percent in 1900 to 4.5 percent in 1980. These virtually equal increases and decreases suggest that with the advent of communism the bulk of China's population was simply reclassified from folk-religionist to non-believing.
The data does show increases in the proportions of the world population adhering to the two major proselytizing religions Islam and Christianity over 80 years. Western Christians were estimated at 26.9 percent of the world population in 1900 and 30 percent in 1980. Muslims increased more dramatically from 12.4 percent in 1900 to 16.5 percent, or by other estimates 18 percent in 1980.
During the last decades of the twentieth century both Islam and Christianity significantly expanded their members in Africa and a major shift toward Christianity occurred in South Korea. In rapidly modernizing societies, if the traditional religion is unable to adapt to the requirements of modernization the potential exists for the spread of Western Christianity and Islam. In these societies, the most successful protagonists of Western culture are not neo-classical economists or crusading democrats or multinational corporation execs. They are and most likely will continue to be Christian missionaries. Neither Adam Smith nor Thomas Jefferson will meet the psychological, emotional, moral, and social needs of urban migrants and first-generation secondary school graduates. Jesus Christ may not meet them either, but He is likely to have a better chance.
In the long run, however, Mohammed wins out because Christianity spreads primarily by conversion, Islam by conversion and reproduction. The percentage of Christians in the world peaked at about 30 percent in the 1980s. . . (Samuel P. Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, p.64-65).
America is not a Role Model
April 6, 2003 As soon as the United States starts to become mired in the occupation, today's enlightened soldiers will become tomorrow's inhuman troops. They will lose the remnants of their moral image, and will kill, destroy and abuse. The children huggers will become the children persecutors, the food distributors will turn to agents of starvation, the wound healers will block ambulances at checkpointsliberators will become jailers. Humiliating the occupied and stripping them of their rights will become the norm. The liberated Iraqi people will pay in the form of heavy losses; hunger and humiliation, even if these are temporary. And they will not forget. That is the impact of occupation . . . in the narrow alleys of a Gaza Strip refugee camp or in the sprawling city of Baghdad.
Comment: Ha'aretz knows because this is what has been engineered in Israel. The plan of the 'hidden hand' is to bring the political Zionists and Islam into controlled conflict for World War III. Full story: haaretz.com
General Custer 'captures' Downtown Baghdad
With a population of five million, Baghdad is bigger than Chicago, and approximately the same size as Paris, with the two narrow road routes taken by the Seventh Cavalry and the US Marines comprising less than one-percent of the City's total land area . . .
The deadly American A10 "Tankbuster," that twisted and turned overhead Baghdad the other day, popping magnesium flares all over the place while spraying a ministry building with a hail of DU shells. This diversionary action neatly drew attention away from two 7th Cavalry M1A1 Abrams battle tanks, which quite deliberately shelled members of the media at Al Jazeera headquarters, and in the Palestine Hotel.
Then the very aggressive though luckless A10 turned away to the southwest, where it was promptly blown out of the sky by a large Iraqi surface-to-air missile . . . Full story: homepage.ntlworld.com
Israel's Blitzkrieg on Middle East Oil
All crimes including the illegal invasion of a sovereign nation like Iraq require opportunity, motive and method.
The Israeli-Jewish lobby's motive for the original 'Operation Shekinah,' and more latterly, Operation Iraqi Freedom, was and is based on the certainty that the American economy and social structure is in steep decline. Unless the Israel-Jewish lobby could somehow find a massive independent income stream, the parasitic Jewish State would completely collapse in less than a decade. Full story: homepage.ntlworld.com
Orwellian Fear trains Americans like Pavlov's Dogs
A new plan for screening travelers currently being tested by Delta Airlines at undisclosed airports will be in place at all airports and with all airlines by the end of this year. It is a computerized system that attaches a color to every person to indicate their status as a terror risk. If there is a green mark next to your name, you are considered to be 'safe.' If there is a yellow mark, you are subject to extensive search and screening. If you have a red mark, you can't travel (The Ames Iowa Tribune, February 28, 2003, by Leslie Miller).
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is introducing a system that will identify a person's name with his or her body odor. Scientists have found that every person has a unique genetic body odor found particularly in their urine, and that there are no two people alike. If DARPA implements this plan, every American will have their name verified by their urine in a vast data base (USA Today Newspaper, December 19, 2002; Galatians 2:3-4).
Comment: "Home of the Brave (invaders of defenseless third world countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Serbia, Panama, Haiti, Grenada, Somalia, et al), and the land of the
Free" (not since FEMA, BATF, NSC, Homeland Security, et al), better make that . . . "pee!"
Guilty until Proven Innocent
April 14, 2003 Intel engineer Mike Hawash is in solitary confinement in federal prison in Sheridan, Oregon.
On March 20, the FBI arrested Hawash at gunpoint in Intel's parking lot near Portland for reasons that remain confidential. A 38-year-old American citizen with a wife and three children, he has not been charged with a crime.
This is a development that deserves close attention in the technology community. More than other industries, the computer business relies on immigrants. Some, like Hawash, are getting caught up in the US Justice Department's campaign against suspected domestic terrorists.
The Hawash case is not an isolated situation. I wrote recently how Attorney General Ashcroft wants more power to snoop on the Internet, observing private conversations by installing secret microphones, spyware and keystroke loggers. Combine that with the broad powers the Justice Department received under the 2001 Patriot Act, and you've got a situation that concentrates a tremendous amount of surveillance power in a small group of federal police and prosecutors. Full story: zdnet.com.com
ADL: Facts versus its Smears and Lies
The paragraph was short and based upon information from NASA and the Israeli's Space Agency:
"Astronaut Ilon Ramon was conducting secret experiments on the Columbia to discover new ways to beat Saddam's threat (?) to use biological and chemical weapons against Israel. For most of his 16 days on board the Columbia, he had been using cameras linked directly to the Israeli Space Agency to study desert dust and wind-drifts emanating from the deserts of Iraq."
In a splurge of rage, the New York based Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, through its "Anti-Semitism International"a newsletter rant on the Internetaccused me . . . In over 50 years of being a published writer, I have never met such a vicious smear. . . Full story: yourmailinglistprovider.com gordonthomas.ie
The Seismic Monitor allows you to monitor global earthquakes in near real-time, to visit seismic stations around the world, and search the web for earthquake or region-related links. You can also view seismograms and make dataset requests.
The West Coast of the United States, Mexico, the Pacific Ring of Fire, Philippines, Japan, Kuril Islands and back across the North Pacific to Alaska have experienced earthquakes of 4.0 or greater during the past week. Full story: iris.edu
Bound for the Promised Land
Exodus 4:21-26, "God told Moses, When you arrive back in Egypt you are to go to Pharaoh and perform all the miracles I have put in your hand: but I will harden his heart, so he will not let the people go. And you shall tell him THUS SAITH THE LORD, Israel is My son, even My firstborn: and I have commanded you: let My son go, so he may worship Me: and if you refuse, I will slay your eldest son.
On their journey, and having stopped for the night, the Lord met Moses in the inn and threatened to kill him. Then Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at Moses' feet saying, A bloody husband you turned out to be. So God let him alone: then she said, You're a bloody husband, because of the circumcision".
Hebrews 8:5, "The work of Israel's priests was connected with a mere earthly example and shadow of the heavenly tabernacle, for when Moses was preparing to build it, God admonished him, See that you make all things according to the pattern of the heavenly tabernacle shown to you on Mount Sinai".
Now the Law contained a shadow of good things to come, but since it was not the very image of those things its sacrifices offered year after year could never give salvation and eternal Life to those who lived under its rules. The Hebrews were to familiarize themselves with these earthly shadows of the heavenly things so that they would recognize the substance that cast the shadow when it became reality manifest here on earth. The tabernacle and its furniture and rituals were symbols designed to direct Adam's kindred back to the Presence of God whence they were expelled when Adam took fallen Eve back to himself.
Thus faith, if it is faith, will run in continuity from Genesis to Revelation, from shadow to substance, from old Jerusalem to new Jerusalem, because God is infallible and can never change His ways (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8). This explains why Moses and Paul taught us always to prove an apparent fulfillment of Scripture against the shadows and types.
Let us consider Laodicea, the ancient city Jesus employed as a type because its natural characteristics were a shadow of present day world conditions. The prophet of Malachi 4:5-6 and Revelation 10:7, William Branham, wrote: "When the ancients called Laodicea the metropolis, they were looking forward to the one-world government that we are now setting up. As we think of that city being the location of a great church council we see foreshadowed the ecumenical move taking place today, wherein very soon we will see all the 'so-called' Christians come together. Indeed, the church and the state, religion and politics are coming together. The tares are being bound. The wheat will soon be ready for the garner."
"It was a city of earthquakes, such earthquakes as finally destroyed it. This age will end in God shaking the whole world that has gone off to make love with the old harlot. Not only will world systems crumble, but this very earth will be shaken, and then renovated for the millennial reign of Christ."
"The city was rich, endowed by the wealthy. It was full of culture. Science abounded. How like today. The churches are rich. The worship is beautiful and formal, but cold and dead. Culture and education have taken the place of the Spirit-given Word, and faith has been superseded by science, so that man is a victim of materialism."
"In every attribute ancient Laodicea is found reborn in the twentieth-century Laodicean Age. In the mercy of God, may those who have an ear to hear come out of her that they be not partakers of her sins and the consequent judgment" (William Branham, An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 320:2-321:1).
Only by correctly identifying these shadows and types can we recognize our day and walk in "the way of holiness" via its Message wherein "the [elect] wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err" (Isaiah 35:8). Let us illustrate this by the example of the first Adam as a type of the last Adam. Before Adam could know her as a wife, his espoused had fallen in natural adultery. She was lost and in need of redemption. Before the last Adam could take His espoused to Himself, she had fallen in spiritual adultery by making love to creed and dogma instead of saving her virtue for her espoused Husband, Christ the Word. As a result of Eve's adultery, her firstborn was physical Serpent's seed and God set enmity between the seed of the Serpent and the seed of Adam. Likewise, because the second Eve, the church, committed adultery at the First Nicaea Council, her offspring are spiritual Serpent's seed, born of Scriptural discrepancy and at enmity with Christ, which was why He was a Mediator from Pentecost to the end of Laodicea. Since the Seven Seals have been opened and the mystery of God is finished, He is no longer a Mediator and is calling His people out from Rome and her harlot daughters into the unity of the faith for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation.
We must understand God's Word according to the simple manner of teaching He has ordained for His elect be they potentates or peasants, magnates or paupers, educated or ignorant. Jesus thanked the Father who "hid these things from the wise and prudent, and revealed them unto babes." Paul wrote, "Notice among us, brethren, how few who follow Christ have big names or power or wealth. Instead God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and the weak things of the world to shame the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, has God chosen, yes, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are: that no flesh should glory in His Presence" (I Corinthians 1:26-29).
The word 'exodus' means "a going out." And when Israel had been gathered out of Egypt they became the church or assembly of God in the wilderness, a shadow and type of the Christian Church or 'Ecclesia,' which means the "called-out ones" who are separated from unbelief and the world (Acts 7:38; Colossians 2:20; I John 2:16). Type and antitype.
Israel's Paschal lamb and unleavened bread were temporary symbols under the Law that Paul described as a "schoolmaster to bring Israel to Christ who is the substance of those shadows and types, that they might be justified by faith" (Galatians 3:23-29).
The Passover was fulfilled in Jesus Christ on Calvary. The blood of bulls and goats could never remit sins. God's Law required a "Life for a life." The animal sacrifices were a temporary measure until Messiah was offered, for the Law stipulated that only the life of a near kinsman could satisfy the price of redemption. The kinsman redeemer had to be a perfect substitute for Adam and his fallen race. He had to be born of woman but with no taint of original sin. Eve conceived through her lust for hidden knowledge with which she vainly believed she would fulfill God's command to "multiply and fill the earth" then teach her husband how he should serve the Lord. Had Eve waited till God revealed His Word to her prophet husband, she would have conceived Jesus Messiah, "the beginning of the creation of God" by faith in God's spoken Word (Revelation 3:14).
Certainly reproduction was to be sexual, but according to faith, a clear understanding of God's unchanging Word, not in Eve's sin or Adam's iniquity. We were not supposed to be born through unbelief in the revealed Word and lust (Psalm 51:5). Had mankind been born the correct way we would all have grown to maturity in eternal Life without death. As we fed on God's revealed Word, His Life flowing from our soul would have brought us to glorification. Were our first birth according to God's revealed Word instead of Satan's wisdom, there would have been no necessity for a second birth.
Adam and Eve were already immortal since there was no death prior to the Fall. They would have automatically grown up into Eternity had they maintained their unity in God's Word. But in order that God could reveal His attributes as a Savior, Healer, Judge, fountain of Mercy, avenger of wrong, etc., and be worshipped as such, He made woman a by-product perhaps one hundred years after creation was finished. To begin with, she was co-equal with her husband in nature, since they were both given free moral agency in order that there could be a fall.
Adam could not sin for he was the spoken Word of God made flesh, and no son of God can be deceived on the revealed Word of God (Matthew 24:24; John 10:1-5; I John 3:4-10; 5-18). But Eve was not a spoken Word of God: when she broke God's Word He placed woman under a separate covenant, and she lost her co-equality.
The Redeemer had to be Adam's near kinsman, and a spoken Word of God like Adam but born of a woman in accordance with Isaiah 7:14 and Psalm 16:10 in order that He would be "God's holy One," worthy and able to play the part of Adam's Redeemer, and fitted to become the true Temple of God, since unlike Solomon's temple He was created "without hands" (Isaiah 66:1-2; Acts 7:48-49).
In addition to being worthy and able, Adam's Kinsman Redeemer had to be willing, freely to accept His responsibility. Of his own free will Adam stepped over the time line and the Life line to redeem his wife, knowing by faith that as a son and attribute of God he could no more be lost than God could be lost, and that through holy wedlock Eve was "flesh of his flesh," so when God somehow redeemed him she would also be redeemed. True to His type, the last Adam willingly surrendered His life to redeem His Wife, the New Testament Church comprised of Hebrews who are Israelites but primarily Gentiles.
Jesus Messiah was the last Adam. He was not the last Cain who was a mamzer, a hybrid like the mule, and not in Adam's race, the Book of Life. Cain was not in God's creation, and since he was not an attribute of the Logos, is without a redeemer. So are his descendants through Canaan like the Edomites, Hittites and Canaanites. But as they can trace their lineage to Adam's adulterous wife, Eve . . . and to Naamah, they pretend that the genealogy follows the mother, and work under another name, and in a different occupation.
Thinking persons see this deception as not only contrary to the genealogies of the Bible, but a biological impossibility. The offspring of miscegenation between these two races is always in Cain's line and genocide to Adam's race. Miscegenation between the sons of Adam and the pretty Serpent's seed daughters of Cain so grieved God, He destroyed all life on earth (Genesis 6:1-4). Jesus prophesied this sin would repeat in these last days (Matthew 24:37). It has, and the sinful United Nations Organization established by the children of Cain contrary to God's Law boast of this wickedness they encourage among the Gentiles as "multiculturalism," replicating and compounding the original sin (Genesis 1:11; Amos 3:3).
They encourage it spiritually too, in their World Council of Churches, so-called interfaith conventions, and Parliament of World Religions whereby they seek to repeat the sins of Balaam who could only prophesy what God put in his mouth, but for gold and popularity, enticed Israel into fornication with their denominational cousin Moab. God never forgave that sin. These shadows and types have their antitype (Numbers 25; Revelation 2:14).
Jesus Christ was the antitype of Israel's Pascal lamb. Isaiah 53:7-9, "He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He never said a word. He was brought as a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb He was silent before His accusers. From prison and trial they led Him away to death. But who among those of that day realized it was for their sins that He was dyingthat He was stricken for their transgressions? He was buried like a criminal in a rich man's grave; but He had done no wrong, nor spoken an evil word".
Christ was Israel's true Passover Lamb. The antitype, who was killed on Calvary 2,000 years agoaccording to the shadows, types and prophecies of Abraham, Moses, David and Isaiah. Christians do not observe the feast of Passover. This is fulfilled, sin's price was paid once and for all time, and the New Covenant sprinkled with the Blood of the Testator, for without shedding of blood there is no remission of sins. As Moses sprinkled the patterns of the heavenly tabernacle with the blood of animals, the heavenly things themselves had to be sprinkled with the Blood of Messiah to cleanse the sanctuary of the sins of the Old Testament saints. Now whomsoever will in Adam's race may come under the Blood of the Lamb in a new birth (Hebrews 9:11-28).
If Jesus Messiah whom Israel killed and God raised up again for our justification was not the kinsman Redeemer for Adam's fallen race, whom do the "Jews" propose they should murder to atone for their sins as stipulated by the Law and the prophets? The hundreds of millions of Gentiles whose deaths they caused through Nazism and Communism, wars and revolutions, have produced no kinsman redeemer. They seem to have murdered just about every Hebrew they could lay hands on, and appear poised to extinguish all Semitic peoples throughout the Middle East, beginning with the Palestinians. How many tens of thousands of Iraqi's have they killed in the past three weeks? Their illegal 'no fly zones,' continual bombing and the blockade of essential medicines and foodstuffs since the Gulf War have caused the deaths of over one million. Radioactive residuals from munitions have caused cancers and birth defects in millions of Iraqis and hundreds of thousands of servicemen and dependants of Gentile troops from their colonies. How many dead GIs lie in Kuwaiti cold storage awaiting transportation back to the States?
Not one of these sacrificial deaths could atone for their sin. In truth, the learned elders seek no kinsman Redeemer to die for their sins. They believe not the Torah but follow its adversary, the Babylonian Talmud, seeing themselves as a Messiah in whose vengeance others must die. Their object, like their vicarious father, who incarnate the Serpent and seduced Eve, is the extermination of Adam's race and its replacement with Cain's hybrid race, thereby producing Satan's kingdom of perpetual birth, life and death here on earth.
God placed "enmity"hatedbetween the descendants of Cain and Adam, and the enmity is extant (Genesis 3:15). This explains why their leaders are behind all the wars, revolutions, economic swindles, and so-onalways working under another name and in a different occupation. So the haters make prior claims that they are hated, the prejudiced bigots accuse innocents of prejudice and bigotry, the violators proclaim they have been violated, the persecutors incessantly whine how they have been persecuted, and the non-Semitic anti-Semites complain of anti-Semitism against themselves. The "Jew" Josef Goebbels exposed these experts who projected their hatred and lies upon others. Fellow "Jew" and "insider" Eric Blair (alias George Orwell), well knew that he was exposing their program in his classic novel, "1984".
If you don't think that sounds very nice, Here is what Jesus said: "Your father the Devil was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth"he deceived Eve and brought death upon all creation when she received his lie (John 8:44). Furthermore, He accused them of "all the righteous blood from Abel to His day" (Matthew 23:33-35), and in Revelation 18:24 He pointed to the soon-coming earthquake that will sink their Hollywood Babylon, saying: "In her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth." Now "the mystery of God is finished," Christians in this day are responsible for declaring these facts in order to save life, for we are at the end of time (Revelation 10:4,7-11; Daniel 12:4,9).
"Have I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" If you have a backbone not a wishbone, the Truth will set you free! (Galatians 4:16).
Under the Fourth Seal Satan was exposed for what he is, "Death" (Revelation 6:8). And during Daniel's Seventieth Week, when the elect 144,000 blood-Israelites recognize this revelation, "God will disannul their covenant with death, and their agreement with hell shall not stand. When the overflowing scourge [of the Jew's Roman Catholicism] passes through, they shall be trodden down by it," because, having separated themselves from the Babylonian religion of Judaism and refused Rome's Babylonian religious mark, they will be redeemed and born-again in one day, and must be martyred for their testimony of Jesus by Marranos and the false church (Isaiah 28:14-22; 66:8; Revelation 6:11-7:8; 12:17).
"Death" is in denominational Egypt today as it was in natural Egypt that first Passover. Make certain you are under the Blood of the Lamb, and don't venture outside the Word of the hour for the Death Angel is in the land.
The Gentile dispensation is almost over. God is preparing to recover the remnant of Israel a second time (Isaiah 11:11-16). He deals with Israel as a nation and meets them only in Jerusalem (Deuteronomy 16). Any Israelite who is outside the Land is outside the covenant. We learn from Daniel 9:27 and Luke 21:24, Jerusalem will be ruled by Gentiles until the consummation of all life on earth. Living among these self-styled "Jews" will be an election of 144,000 blood Israelites.
The scum of the earth has gathered in Israel calling themselves "Jews" claiming privileges as "God's chosen people," but like king Bulan and the Khazars, they are unrelated by blood or faith to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This desperate band of non-Semitic terrorists and murderers has become Prime Ministers; infamous dignitaries and kingpins of international crime. But since "all things work together for good to them that love God and are the called according to His purpose," He will call an exodus of 144,000 precious jewels out from that dirt, and cut and polish them to reflect His will like the stones on Aaron's breastplate. Malachi prophesied God would purge this 144,000 in the furnace of tribulation as gold and silver are refined, beating them until they reflect His glory. They will return primarily from lands in the Middle East where their forefathers were exiled 2,500 years ago, nations the elders plan to kill, rape and loot to provoke World War III in order to establish the one world government Lucifer offered to Jesus Christ.
Read or watch the current news, the US image unto the Judaeo-Roman beast system is now "speaking like the Dragon, and exercising all the power of the first beast that was before him:" roaring his unjust threats against Syria, Iran, North Korea, that any nation or individual that does not submit to his will should be killed (Daniel 11:40-43; Revelation 13:11-12).
Israel's Messiah said that at this time "Jerusalem will be called Sodom and Egypt" (Revelation 11:8). He prophesied the world would be in a Sodom condition at His second or 'parousia' Coming (Luke 17:28-30), and it is, and He has come. Worldwide only one group promotes Sodomy, controls the entertainment, media and education industries and the Hegelian two party political systems that manipulate the thoughts of young and old. No wonder Jerusalem is identified with Sodom.
Jesus likened Jerusalem to "Egypt," because the true blood Israelites are spiritual slaves to the sick arguments of the Slave-Trading Codes on which the Babylonian Talmud is based, and which "makes the Word of God of no effect" to those who believe it (Isaiah 29:13; Mark 7:6-9). They vainly declare "Next year Jerusalem" but are intellectually fettered by self-styled "Jews," and taken in hostage by apostate rabbis. As God hardened pharaoh's heart against the Words of Moses He will harden the heart of non-Semitic "Jews" and unbelieving Israelites against two prophets who will gather believers to hear a Message once God endues them with the Spirit of Moses and Elijah after the close of the Gentile dispensation (Daniel 12:5-7; Amos 3:6-8; Zechariah 4; Matthew 17:1-8; Revelation 11:3-12).
Those Jews gathered in Jerusalem for the Passover who rejected and crucified Messiah, were blotted from the Book of Life as prophesied by David (Psalm 69:1-28). Even Moses stated, "Israel is a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them." God will deliver His end-time Bride before "the time of Jacob's trouble" and gather Israel to Jerusalem to instill understanding by the Message of His prophets; once the New Covenant is reconfirmed the unbelievers will be blotted from the Book of Life (Daniel 9:27; 12:10).
Spirits do not die and God never changes His ways. He takes His man, but not His Spirit. And Satan takes his man but puts his spirit upon another. So the shadows of past history declare the substance of things to come (Hebrews 11:1).
Israel's feast of Unleavened Bread was another temporary shadow. Jesus said, "I am the Bread of eternal Life (soul Food). Your fathers ate manna (body food) in the wilderness and are dead" (John 6:47-49). Jesus was the Word of God made flesh. If we feed our souls on that Bread, unleavened with sin and the dead traditions and man-made interpretations of a day gone by, we shall never die.
That first Passover meal and feast of Unleavened Bread was eaten in the evening, after the lamb had been killed and cooked. Only those who were under the blood and ready for the exodus were eligible to eat it then as it was a type of the Lord's Supper which is observed in the evening only by those who are genuinely born-again, and under the Blood of the Lamb, or ready for the translation and the eternal Land of the Millennium. We break and eat unleavened bread made by holy hands, signifying our soul is one with the Word of God made flesh and broken for us on Calvary. Christ is also represented by the anointed 'show bread' on the table in the northern side of the tabernacle. The middle piece was broken, representing Messiah broken for Israel's redemption.
As our bodies become one with that morsel of bread, we take a sip of red wine made by holy hands, or feet, signifying our soul is stimulated and preserved by the Spirit of God, and rejoice in the Lord as the spirit of natural wine stimulates and cheers, and preserves and improves the wine as it matures.
The remaining six days of Unleavened Bread type the primitive Pentecostal Church where the saints held and understood the pure Word of God. The seven sabbaths of the feast of Pentecost foreshadow seven distinct baptisms with the Holy Spirit that conceived the saints of seven Church Ages. They were born-again as their lives manifested the portion of Word and Spirit revealed by the Message of the "angel" to their dispensation; those seven messengers were Paul, Irenaeus, Martin, Columba, Luther, John Wesley and William Branham.
All seven Church Ages are over. Laodicea ended in 1963 when Christ, having fulfilled His mediatorial office, claimed the Book of Redemption, tore open the Seven Seals, and then descended with the "shout" of William Branham's Message. This restored the apostolic faith, finished the mystery of God, introduced Christ's second or 'parousia' Coming then called His people out from Rome and her (once) Protestant daughters into the unity of the faith for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation. (Revelation 4; 5; 10:1-7; 18:4; Malachi 4:5-6; Matthew 17:11; 25:1-13; Acts 3:19-23; I Thessalonians 4:16; I Corinthians 13:10; 15:35-54; Ephesians 4:13; Romans 8:19, etc.).
We live in the holy convocation of fiftieth day of the antitype of Israel's Pentecostal feast (that types the Gentile dispensation). When the last saint has been baptized into Christ, Israel's Seventh Trumpet will call the resurrection of the sleeping New Testament saints and members of the end-time Bride will manifest that they are the Sons of God prior to their translation.
Then God will anoint Israel's two prophets who will reveal their Feast of Trumpets. Their "Moses" will show them God is His own interpreter: He interprets His Word by bringing it to pass or by sending a prophet, never a theologian. When Israel rejected His prophet John the Baptist and listened to theologians, they crucified Messiah. Moses will call the elect of Israel out from Talmud theology back to Torah faith. "Elijah" will identify history in the Word of God by expounding the Seven Trumpet mysteries that brought judgment upon Israel each time they rejected a Message of God throughout the Church Ages.
The feast of Trumpets will call Israel to their feast of Atonement. This is not a killing but a mourning of Atonement for Messiah killed by their forefathers 2,000 years ago as prophesied in Leviticus 16 and Zechariah 10-14. The goat that died for their sins and the goat that carried them away, like the bullock offered for the sins of Aaron and the priesthood, represented Messiah Jesus.
The feast of Tabernacles or Ingathering of the fruit of the trees types the harvest of souls. The first six days of the feast represent six thousand years in which man has labored against sin. The seventh day will be the Millennium, a sabbath for Christ and His Bride with the Old Testament saints and 144,000 elect Israelites. A general resurrection and judgment follow. All whose names have remained on the Book of Life will be granted in to eternal Life, whilst all whose names have been blotted from that Book will be cast into the Lake of Fire with those whose names were never on that Book.
The eighth day of the feast signifies eternity in the renewed heaven and earth ruled by Jesus Christ and His Gentile Bride who are the New Jerusalem encircled by the 144,000.
A number of sincere but double-minded people with one foot in the New Testament and one in the Law try to observe the old Hebrew feasts which are but natural shadows of Spiritual realities. As the prophet Paul clearly taught, the elect of God do not celebrate memorials of any of these feasts which are an allegory to direct man's steps from sin in time back to perfection in eternity. Sabbath day observance is a perfect illustration of such double-minded "Christianity." God commanded natural Israel to rest their mortal spirit and natural body on the seventh day of the natural week. The New Testament Church, Spiritual Israel, has no such ordinance. The sabbath day was a shadow of the eternal sabbath Jesus promised to the soul of everyone who is spiritually born the second time (Matthew 11:28-30). The millennium will be man's first full day of a thousand years as Adam and Eve fell before their first day was complete. The Council at Jerusalem determined the only burden carried over from the Hebrew church was abstention from meats offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from fornication" (Acts 15:29).
Christians do not observe sabbath days and holy days. We entered our rest and ceased from our works when we were baptized into Christ at our new birth. "For after Christ had offered one sacrifice for our sins, forever, He sat down, because He had entered into the rest God has for His people, having ceased from His own works like God did from His. And we who are in Messiah have ceased from our own works." Our sabbath is twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week (Galatians 4; Hebrews 1:3; 4:1-11; 10:11-13).
Sincere people without the Holy Spirit to rightly divide the Word of God sometimes try to hedge their bets by observing what they choose of the Law and what they have learned of the New Testament, which is the realization of God's promise and covenant to Abraham before there was an Israel and before the curse of the Law of sin and death. Those who claim to be Christians and continue to observe a sabbath day are denying the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the coming of the Holy Spirit and regeneration.
Christians customarily gather for worship of a Sunday in honour of the resurrection and the necessity of social order. Sunday being the eighth day speaks of Eternity, like the eighth day of the feast of Tabernacles which brings me to our conclusion.
God gave Abraham the sign of circumcision as a seal that He had received his faith, and as a token of the covenant. He commanded that every male child born in his house was to be circumcised on the eighth day. Cutting off this surplus flesh signified separation from the original sin and worldly excess. Every uncircumcised male in Israel was cut off from the promise. This explains why God threatened Moses' life when he neglected to bring his own son under the covenant for his commission was to gather and lead Israel to the land of the covenant according to His promise to Abraham. Had Zipporah not circumcised her son before the eighth day had expired Moses would have broken God's covenant and cut Gershom off from the election (Genesis 17:14).
Christian males are not required to be circumcised. Old Testament circumcision in the flesh types the baptism with the Holy Spirit or new birth which is the Seal that God has recognized our faith in the New Covenant, having cut off all unbelief and worldly desire from our soul (Ephesians 4:30).
Only males can be circumcised, women entered the covenant under the token of their father while they lived under his roof, or under the token of their husband through marriage for by holy matrimony the two are one flesh and she was circumcised with him. Paul explains this by the original sin which was Eve's adultery with the Serpent, causing God to place woman under a separate covenant. I Timothy 2:14-15, "Even though the woman was deceived and in the transgression she shall be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety."
The new birth is our Spiritual marriage union with God in Christ whereby we are sealed to the day of our physical redemption. As Christ's Bride we are one Spirit because His Life is in us as typed by the natural man and his wife who become one flesh when she is bearing His life in her (Genesis 2:24; I Corinthians 6:17).
The true Church is the Blood of Jesus Christ because "The life is in the blood." He was Abraham's seed of promise, by faith, not sex, and by the baptism with the Holy Ghost or new birth we are His offspring, the continuation of Abraham's Seed and joint heirs in the Promise. The New Testament seal and Token brings Adam's elect children into Abraham's Covenant whether Judean or Gentile, bond or free, male or female, because the circumcision is of the heart not in the flesh, and is not determined by our first or natural birth whereby we are born in sin, for we are all one in Christ Jesus. And if we are Christ's then are we Abraham's seed, and are heirs according to the Promise (Isaiah 53:10-12; I Corinthians 12:12-13; Galatians 3:28-29).
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all of Israel's Patriarchs were Gentiles, and our father Abraham received the promise in recognition of his faith before he was circumcised (Genesis 17:10-14; Romans 4:1-17; 8:1-17). Fleshly circumcision was merely a type of the baptism with the Holy Ghost which is the new birth; God gave Abram a new name incorporating a part of His own, Elohim, so that he became Abraham, which means "Father of the Gentiles." And when we are places or adopted as His Sons, we too take on a part of His Name for we become Christians.
The terms of the old Covenant required Abraham and his natural seed, on the one hand, to observe the right of circumcision; and in the event of such observance God promised to give them Canaan for a perpetual possession, to be a God to him and his posterity, and that in him and his Seed (singular) all nations should be blessed.
Romans 8:25-29, "Circumcision is profitable, if you keep the Law: but if you habitually break the Law, your circumcision is made uncircumcision and you are no better than a heathen. Therefore if the heathen keep the righteousness of the Law, won't God credit him with all of the rights and promises He planned to give the circumcision? Then those who are physically uncircumcised but keep the Law will condemn you who although you have the code in writing and are circumcised, break the Law. For one is not a real Judahite who is only one outwardly; neither is true circumcision something external and physical. A real Judahite is anyone whose heart is right with God; and true circumcision is that of the heart by the Spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not from men, but from God".
Abraham's natural seed Israel and his offspring were sealed and bound for the Promised Land of Canaan. The Garden of Eden was in Egypt and the land of Cain and the natural Serpent's seed became the inheritance of Abraham's natural seed, Israel. Today we are circumcised by a greater circumcision than Israel. The offspring of Abraham's promised Royal Seed Jesus Christ, King David's greater Son, are sealed and bound for the eternal Land of the Millennium. Our inheritance is the whole earth that is presently held by the spiritual Serpent's seed. We are circumcised by the Holy Ghost when this sinful world is cut off from us. When "the earth is filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea" we shall have dominion over it (Habakkuk 2:14). Are you in the New Covenant? Are you a Christian? Are you filled with the Holy Ghost? Are you circumcised by the Holy Ghost? Then every promise in the Bible belongs to you and you are bound for the Promised Land. nl270
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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.