Bible Believers' Newsletter #317
"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.
It will come as a surprise to most of our readers to learn that the USA is now a net importer of agricultural products. This was disclosed in the June 20, 1966 issue of the Dan Smoot Report, and has been elaborated by Dan P. Van Gorder in a book Ill Fares the Land. Dan Smoot's report was entitled Planned Famine, and Van Gorder shows that this is indeed the case. With the inauguration of the New Deal, the Agricultural Adjustment Act was implemented, with the objective of cutting back America's agricultural capacity, under cover, of course, of raising prices for the farmers. Continuously since then, agricultural output per head of population has fallen, until now the USA depends on imports to maintain its food supplies. Parallel with this has been an equally steady decline in the farm population - a process irreversible except over a long period of time, and in a political climate very different from that of the 'Great' Society.
Van Gorder's book is based on statistics issued by the Department of Agriculture - statistics which he reproduces as tables and graphs. He shows that there are no surpluses. "For the whole agricultural overproduction theme song sung to us since 1933 is a hoax. It is a plain and simple unmitigated lie. It is a lie told to hide the work of men who have set up the conditions for famine" (Amos 8:11; Revelation 18:8).
"The overproduction hoax was originated, not to help the farmer, but to weld the chains of slavery on him as the initial step in the socialization of the entire American economy."
"It was devised, not by loyal defenders of constitutional government, but by a small group dominated by trained agents of Communist infiltration . . . the infamous 'Ware cell'."
Thus the conditions have been brought about where a crisis, international or national, could precipitate an actual famine and the introduction of ration cards - the ultimate weapon in the hands of militant revolutionaries (Revelation 13:17).
We have frequently predicted that the culmination of the Conspiracy which already engulfs us would appear as an 'accident'; and here we see its planned mechanics. The evidence of Conspiracy is overwhelming. A Conspiracy extending so far back, of such magnitude, and now visibly approaching culmination, is not going to recoil from the use of famine and terror to make its dominion, as it thinks, perpetual. But until that time comes, as Manuilski said, "the bourgeoisie must be put to sleep" (Bryan W. Monahan, The Moving Storm, p. 52-54).
Dimitri Manuilsky was a Russian delegate to the UN who in 1950 spoke of "launching the most spectacular peace movement on record." The object was "to put the bourgeoisie to sleep", so that the final take-over of the entire world by the Communists would succeed. This "peace offensive" was launched by Russian Premier Khrushchev in 1956, the jubilee year of the 1906 Pentecostal Revival from which the Laodicean Church Age commenced, and the year in which the United States rejected her last call to national repentance.
Laodicea has the same meaning as Communism which has conquered the mind of the world's middle class via this "peace offensive." Communism is a spirit seeking world hegemony. Its apparent rivals are the International "Jews" or banksters, and Roman Catholicism. However, in our study of Hegelian Dialectics and Conspiracy we found that all of the cards are owned by the 'hidden hand' such that the apparent rivals - thesis and antithesis - are both controlled, and the outcome or synthesis of the managed conflict is preplanned.
The 'hidden hand' is forcing Islam into the "hot" phase of World War III against the Political Zionism hid behind the blood of nominally Christian nations they finance by loans to be repaid at usury by 'sleeping' nominally Christian taxpayers. Islamic nations have been insulted, falsely accused and invaded by Israel and her lackey, the "Great Satan" - assets have been stolen, infrastructure devastated, hopes snuffed-out, and innocent men, women and children murdered in cold blood. One objective of this war is to "tame" and make Islam obedient to Mammon rather than Mohammed for one world government. Along with World Wars I and II, military blueprints for World War III were drawn up in 1871.
We have reached the climax of man's day when the Gentile dispensation of grace must end. Self-styled "Jews" openly rule the world by callous artifice, operating under a different name and in a different occupation so that their new world order will be introduced behind the mask of an ostensibly Christian Roman Catholic church, until America and the apostate West are destroyed by Judaeo-Communism and Armageddon sets in.
History is the result of meticulous dynastic planning over centuries, not happenstance, and is episodic, not accidental. The Judaeo-Communist, Judaeo-Roman Catholic and political Zionist factions are rearing to fight but the "hot" stage of this war cannot begin before a massive earthquake sinks Los Angeles with the 'bread basket' of the world and the 25% of US GDP California contributed prior to its inundation by the sea. Russia will then invade the United States but Roman initiative will confederate world religions to restore peace, and compromise International banksters by underwriting the US dollar to preserve her US image and military enforcer, reinstate world trade and initiate world government. The "peace offensive" initiated by Judaeo-Communism will be won by Judaeo-Rome as planned before the First Nicea Council (Daniel 9:27; Luke 21:21; Revelation 13:4; 17:8-15).
This week we answer two important questions raised by our subscribers and our news items reflect the apostate condition of the once Christian West.
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 . . . God bless you my Brother and Sister, Bro. Anthony
Pentagon Whistleblower - US tried to plant WMDs
March 21, 2004 -- According to a stunning report posted by a retired Navy Lt. Commander and 28-year veteran of the Defense Department (DoD), the Bush administration's assurance about finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was based on a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) plan to "plant" WMDs inside the country.
Nelda Rogers, the Pentagon whistleblower, claims the plan failed when the secret mission was mistakenly taken out by "friendly fire" . . . Rogers reports that this particular covert operation team was manned by former military personnel and "the unit was paid through the Department of Agriculture in order to hide it. . ." Full story: dailytimes.com.pk
Richard Clarke exposes Bush as Liar
March 22, 2004 -- Former Counter-Terrorism Adviser, Richard Clarke said in an interview on American television that the Bush administration ignored terrorism for months . . . and claims he was put under pressure to find what he says were non-existent links between Al Qaeda and Iraq.
"Well [US Defence Secretary Donald] Rumsfeld was saying that we needed to bomb Iraq and we all said that 'no, no, Al Qaeda is in Afghanistan, we need to bomb Afghanistan'." "Rumsfeld said, there aren't any good targets in Afghanistan and there are lots of good targets in Iraq. "I said, 'well there are lots of good targets in lots of places, but Iraq had nothing to do with it'." Full story: abc.net.au 9/11 analysis George W. Bush lineage
Oath Coordinator Resigns: Corruption in Courts is too Entrenched
Chestertown, New York -- The coordinator for the New York State Oath of Office Project, June Maxam, tearfully confided yesterday (March 18) that she has resigned from her investigations into the explosive judicial scandal rocking New York courts. . .
Maxam is responsible for uncovering nearly 82 percent of judges across New York who are violating the state Constitution and New York State law . . . "When you have solid proof of falsified transcripts and a judge and a DA who refuses to act upon it - allows this, New York has a major problem". . . After a two-year delay in violation of three court orders, when court stenographer Jayme Harvey finally produced the transcripts needed for the appeal, Maxam found that they had been falsified and could prove it by an unedited tape recording of the proceedings in question. But Judge Tarantino refused to listen. Full story: yonkerstribune.com
Comment: As it was in the days of Noah.
The 'Sicarii' and Masada
Jewish Encyclopedia - Term applied, in the decades immediately preceding the destruction of Jerusalem, to the jewish Zealots who attempted to expel the Romans and their partisans from the country, even resorting to murder to attain their object. Under their cloaks they concealed "sicae," or small daggers, whence they received their name; and at popular assemblies, especially during the pilgrimage to the Temple mount, they stabbed their enemies, or, in other words, those who were friendly to the Romans, lamenting ostentatiously after the deed, and thus escaping detection (Josephus, "Ant." xx. 8, 10; idem, "B. J." ii. 13, 3). Although Felix had cleared the country of the so-called "robbers," their place was taken by the Sicarii, who were not so easily to be suppressed. The high priest Jonathan was assassinated by them at the instigation of Felix, who did not hesitate to make use of the Sicarii in this way. During the procuratorship, of Cumanus they killed an imperial servant on the open highway near Beth-horon, an act which resulted in lamentable consequences.
Festus himself had to contend with the Sicarii; but Albinus, in return for money and other presents, left them in peace, and even convicted Sicarii were released on promising to spare their opponents. On one occasion they kidnapped the secretary of Eleazar, governor of the Temple, but liberated him in exchange for ten of their comrades ("Ant." xx. 9, 3). At the beginning of the war against the Romans, the Sicarii, with the help of other Zealots, gained secret access to Jerusalem, where they committed atrocious acts. Their leaders, including Menahem b. Jair, Eleazar b. Jair, and Bar Giora, were among the important figures of this war; and they held possession of the fortress of Masada until it was taken by the Romans.
In Latin "sicarius" is a common term for an assassin, as in the title of the law promulgated by Sulla, the "Lex Cornclia de Sicariis"; and the word has the same general meaning in the Mishnah (Bik. i. 2, ii. 3; Git. v. 6; Maksh. i. 6). The Mishnah mentions a "sikarikon" law enacting that title to a piece of property held by a "robber" may be taken in case it has been first purchased from the owner and then from the "robber" (such being the meaning of the word in this passage), but not vice versa. Full story: jewishencyclopedia.com
Comment: Like the holocaust myths of World Wars I and II, truth exposes chutzpah. To quote Brother Israel Shamir, Sharon's "new Assassins turned a peaceful Holy Land into their lair of murderous designs".
TV or Not TV? Not!
November 17, 2003 -- TV programming is designed to shepherd viewers into compromising their values. To preserve freedom, Americans should severely limit or entirely eliminate their TV viewing.
In the typical American home, the television set occupies the center of the living room, as if it were the household deity. People immersed in TV's caricature of reality indulge in a delusional sense of intimacy with people they do not know - and who usually don't exist - at the expense of relationships with the most consequential people in their lives: their parents, children and neighbors. Passive consumers of television also submit to the powers of people skilled in the use of fantasy as a means of re-calibrating public attitudes and values, not just about family life and sexual morality, but also about any other moral question of consequence.
"Of all the arts," commented founding Soviet dictator Vladimir Lenin, "cinema is the most important." Lenin's regime pioneered the use of cinematic propaganda as a means of building the total state, and Lenin's heirs from Hitler to Kim Jong-Il have used his techniques. In his precautionary tale "1984" George Orwell anticipated the use of television as an instrument of totalitarian social engineering: Every hapless subject of Big Brother's regime was required to commune with the omnipresent "telescreen," a combination television and surveillance device.
Most Americans would disagree that our society has much if anything in common with the dismal despotism portrayed by Orwell. But Russian anti-Communist Alexander Zinovyev, a world-renowned author who actually lived under such a regime, sees America descending into the same nightmare - in large measure because of the influence of our popular media. Fullstory: thenewamerican.com
Resurrection in 1963?
A subscriber writes: During the last few weeks that I have attended Sunday service I have really enjoyed the teaching of a certain brother until he introduced a doctrine saying that the resurrection took place in 1963 when the seven angels appeared to Brother Branham on Sunset Mountain. Although I do not completely understand all things this did not sound like a correct teaching and I am currently studying and praying much that the Lord will make it clearer to my understanding.
Answer: Well, the resurrection of the New Testament saints has not yet taken place.
Hebrews 11:40, ". . . without us they should not be made perfect," or glorified.
The complete number of the living end-time Bride must first be born-again, mature and ready to manifest that they are the sons of God (Romans 8:18-30), which is the new wave offering of Leviticus 23:15-21 signifying the acceptance of the whole Body of the Church, for without us the sleeping saints can not be resurrected in their glorified bodies.
Ephesians 1:10-12, "That in the dispensation of the fulness of times (i.e. Seven Church Ages) God might gather together in one all things in Christ, (i.e. One "Head over all things to the Church" (Ephesians 1:22) which is the fullness of the Word in which we are all being drawn in agreement by common understanding "in the unity of the faith" to conform to the full stature of the perfect man (Ephesians 4:13-16). And we learn from Revelation 5:13 that our elder brethren are conscious and partaking these revelations in real time, feeding their souls with us on the end-time Message), both those who are in heaven, and those who are on earth; even in Him, in Whom also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestinated according to the purpose of Him, who works all things after the counsel of His own will: (i.e. those predestinated unto the full adoption are grounded in Him, in His design, His will): that we (Hebrew Christians as distinct from Gentile Christians) should be unto the praise of His glory, who first trusted in the Christ" (the ground of our hope).
I Thessalonians 4:14-17, "If we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also who sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say to you by the Word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain unto the Coming of the Lord shall not prevent them who are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the Voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord".
The saints did come back with the Lord at the opening of the Seals in March, 1963, but this was not their bodily resurrection. They are still in celestial, "angel," or theophany bodies. Brother Branham explained these things in "Who is this Melchisedec," and "The Rapture." These sleeping brethren are manifested Word as we are. When "the Lord Himself descended from heaven with the open Book in His hand and the 'shout' of this end-time Message" - past tense - (Revelation 10:1-4; I Thessalonians 4:16) this brought the fullness of the Word back to earth - all of the Word - what Paul called "that which is perfect" or complete and finished: and that included the Word manifested as the sleeping New Testament saints.
Jude 14, "Behold the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints to execute judgment on all, and to convince all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all the harsh words which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him." (See Newsletter #291; #308 and previous Newsletters in which we expound this verse).
Like ourselves these sleeping saints - present with us in another dimension - are awaiting the Trump of God. Then their theophanies will put on eternal, glorified material bodies that can appear and disappear like Jesus did following His resurrection. Brother Branham taught us that the resurrection of Jesus Christ types the first resurrection as described in Matthew 27:50-53. Our brethren whose bodies are sleeping in the grave and we who are alive are both waiting the earthquake at the Seventh Trump to signal the end of the Gentile dispensation with the sinking of Los Angeles and much of California coincidental with an earthquake that splits the mount of Olives, destroying the Dome of the Rock. Only then will the apostolic and Church Age groups put on glorified flesh in dispensational order. And when they appear to us our faith will change us from this corruptible to incorruptible flesh in the twinkling of an eye.
What is Christ's New Name?
Question: In the First Seal, page 158:3, Brother Branham says, "And Jesus, His Name on earth was Redeemer, Jesus. When He was on earth, He was the Redeemer; that's true. But when He conquered death and hell, and overcome them, and ascended on high, He received a new Name. That's the reason they holler the way they do and don't get nothing; it'll be revealed in the thunders. See?" But what is that Name
Answer: According to what the Prophet said, "And Jesus, His Name on earth was Redeemer, Jesus. When He was on earth, He was the Redeemer; that's true. . ." His Name, "Jesus," means "Jehovah Savior," or "The Self-existent One, the Savior" (Isaiah 45:21; Matthew 1:21). The purpose of His first Coming was to redeem His people. With redemption accomplished at the end of the Laodicean Church Age, Christ took upon Himself a new Office and a new Name.
Brother Branham continued, "But when He conquered death and hell, and overcome them, and ascended on high, He received a new Name. . ."
From I Corinthians 15:23-28 one might imagine this is yet future, but He overcame death and hell in Gethsemane and on Calvary. After forty-two days He ascended on High, past tense, and received His new Name, His Father's Name; and while death and hell have been conquered as a consequence of His victory, they have yet to be cast into the lake of Fire.
As an analogy we believe we now have eternal Life, although we might wonder when we cut our finger and it bleeds and then becomes infected. Romans 8:28-30, However "we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified." We have the victory in Christ. We have His new Name. We are eternal Life, but we have to go through the process before we can experience it.
We might assume that once Jesus had paid sin's price and raised again for our justification, His Office as Redeemer was fulfilled, and that His new Name should have been known to each of the saints from Pentecost. However only His end-time Bride and the 144,000 elect Israelites were fully redeemed in Christ on Calvary, because we alone are predestinated to the fullness of the Word through the revelation of the Seven Thunders and Seven Trumpet mysteries. As the Bible was sealed with Seven Seals unto the time of the end, the apostolic and Church Age saints were redeemed over 2,000 years through His intercession for their ignorance of the Sealed Word. Therefore His new Name was only generally disclosed after His mediation was fulfilled and the Seven Seals opened to reveal the mystery-truths of the Seven Thunders.
The Prophet said, " . . . That's the reason they holler the way they do and don't get nothing; it will be revealed in the thunders. See?"
"They don't get nothing" or are not born-again because they don't have the revelation of the present Truth - what Jesus is doing now - and are worshiping Him is the wrong Office as Israel continue to worship Him in the Office of a childless Father. As God has three major Offices or dispensation claims of Father, Son and Holy Ghost, Jesus has three major dispensation claims of Prophet, Priest, and King. Yet God is not a Trinity and Jesus holds these three major Offices typed in the Old Testament in the order Son of Man, Son of God, Son of Man, and Son of David, but He cannot work these Offices concurrently any more than Law and grace can co-exist.
The denominational people imagine Jesus is still in the Office of Son of God and Mediator, when He is back in the Office of Son of Man, and as Son of man He is no longer Redeemer because Redemption is Over.
Christ's work as Redeemer ended when the last predestinated PART-Word saint was baptized into the Laodicean division of the Body. Yet He retains the title Redeemer, because that's what He is although now He is operating a different Office and work, just as a woman maintains her title after the act of becoming mother and the work of mothering are fulfilled and is now busied in another function - perhaps grandmother, or mother-in-law. Christ had to be Son of man the Prophet in order to express the fulness of the nature and character of the Father in sinless humanity (John 1:18; 17:6,26), for the Word comes only to a prophet (Deuteronomy 18:16-18; II Peter 1:21), and to fulfill the stern requirements of that Word on Calvary. He had to be Redeemer before, as Son of God, He could be Priest; and He had to fulfill the Office of Priest in order to complete His work of redemption by interceding for the ignorance of the Church Age saints. Once that was achieved with the new birth of the last of the PART-Word Members of the Body (John 5:25-26), He again took upon Himself the prophetic Office Son of man in order to reveal the mysteries of the Seven Thunders which Daniel and John were forbidden to write but commanded to "seal up to the time of the end . . . [when they would be revealed] in the days of the Voice of the seventh angel," William Branham (Daniel 12:4,9; Revelation 10:4).
Right at this time Christ is in the Office of Son of man. His second or 'parousia' Coming in 1963 was in this prophetic Office, and after the translation of the living saints He will reveal Himself to Israel as Son of man in Word form through the ministry of two Hebrew prophets. Then comes the consummation of the ages with the destruction of all life on Earth, and the glorified Jesus Christ will physically return with the glorified saints of all ages in the Office of Son of David.
We must "study to present ourselves approved to God as workers who need not be ashamed, by rightly dividing the Word of truth" into its several dispensations (II Timothy 2:15). Because if we can identify those Scriptures that have already been fulfilled we may determine and recognize with certainty the present Truth - what Jesus is doing now - find our position and fulfill our part in the Body instead of blindly impersonating some genuine Move of God already fulfilled. Failure to obey this Scripture is "the reason they holler the way they do (speak in tongues, prophesy, lay hands on the sick, etc.,) and don't get nothing; it will be revealed in the thunders. See?"
It has been revealed in the Thunders but the worldly church "don't get nothing" because they have not recognized their day and its Message. They are living in the past, and "as it was in the days of Noah," or like driving a vehicle through the rear vision mirror, all they can see is what has been, or what was (II Peter 3:3-10). They can't see that the Lord has already - past tense - "come as a thief".
In Revelation 5:5-7, Christ changed from sacrificial Lamb to the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, claimed the Book of His redeemed and tore open its Seven Seals. He is no longer a Mediator in the Office of Son of God, but Judge in the Office of Son of man (John 5:27). The revelation of the Seven Seals finished the mystery of God, giving us the perfect interpretation of the Word so we no longer require One to intercede for our ignorance of God's Word. "The spirit of wisdom and understanding in the knowledge of Him has enlightened the eyes of our understanding." Our coming under pre-eminence to His Word has crowned Him King of kings and Lord of lords by that clear understanding (Revelation 5:8-14). The PART-Word saints could not do this because their understanding was imperfect or in PART (I Corinthians 13:10), thus they were in constant disagreement with God the Word.
Hebrews 11:6, "without faith it is impossible to please God." Faith means more than belief and a natural understanding. Faith is the mind of God in us. When Jesus said, "O ye of little faith" (Matthew 16:5-12), He was chiding the disciples for employing human reasoning to understand His speech. Had they exercised the appropriate degree of faith they would have understood his Words by His mind in them. Faith is Spiritual revelation from Above, the mind of God in you (Matthew 16:17; Hebrews 11:4-5).
Question: Every smarty in the Message says, 'If you don't know the new Name you don't have a revelation because Brother Branham said, "It will be revealed in the thunders".' I don't know how to reply because I am a believer yet I don't know that new Name.
As Hebrews 7:1-3 explains, Abraham paid tithes to Melchisedec because, as His Name implies, He was God. "This Melchisedec . . . [Whose Name] when translated means first and foremost 'King of righteousness,' and also King of Salem, which is, 'King of peace;' without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but resembling the Son of God He continues to be a priest without interruption and without a successor. . ."
In "Who is this Melchisedec," the Prophet confirms this Melchesidec is that Melchisedec manifest in flesh. That Melchisedek was the Father of the Son Who would be "Emmanuel" manifest in virgin-born flesh (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7; Matthew 1:23). Throughout the Bible we see the One Person of God fulfilling a different Office or dispensation claim (Psalm 110:1-7; I Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 5:6-7). Jesus is in the likeness of Melchisedec, that is, He is a Priest-King, and so are His elect brethren in the New Testament Church (Revelation 1:6; 5:10).
Like Brother Branham's "Pentecostal babies," Paul was not able to teach his Hebrew converts "Supernatural things" (Hebrews 5:10 - 6:8). Hebrews 7:11 - 8:6 explain how "If He were on Earth, He should not be a Priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the Law." If He were physically on Earth He would be a King in the Office of Son of David, and we would be in the Millennium.
My understanding is that His new Name is Melchisedec since He is the Father manifest in flesh, a King-Priest like His Father, Melchisedec, whose Name means King of Righteousness and King of Peace, which the Prince of Peace became when He was crowned (Isaiah 9:6; Genesis 14:19; Galatians 3:16; Matthew 28:18; Ephesians 1:20-22; Hebrews 2:7,10; Revelation 4:10; 5:8-14; William Branham, Who is this Melchisedec, p. 18:96-97). And in Revelation 19:16 He is called "King of kings" as Brother Branham explains in the next five paragraphs on page 158 of the Seven Seals Book:
"Notice, the mystery [that is revealed in the thunders]. He's coming, riding. . . There's got to be something to change this Church, you know that. There's got to be something [i.e. a revelation]. Notice. No man knowed but himself. Now, notice, no man knowed but hisself".
Let us read Revelation 19:12 as it ought to appear in our English Bibles. ". . . and on His head were many diadems, each having a Name written, that no one knew but himself". Christ's crown comprises the royal diadem of every saint on Earth and in heaven as contrasted with the pope's triple crown, the seven diadems on the heads of the dragon, and the ten diadems on the heads of the beast. The names of the individual saints were written on each crown so that only those who have yielded their dominion and glory to crown Him Lord of all possess this revelation.
According to Revelation 10:7 and 22:4, "The mystery of God is finished . . . and His Name shall be in our foreheads." Revelation 3:12, "He who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more: and I will write on him the Name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God: and I will write on him My new Name." In his exposition Brother Branham said, "When ALL becomes new, then He will take upon Him a new Name and that Name will be the Name of the Bride also. What that Name is, none dare conjecture. It would have to be a revelation of the Spirit given so conclusively that none would dare deny it. But no doubt He will leave that revelation to the day when He desires to give that Name forth. Suffice it to know that it will be more wonderful than we could ever imagine" (William Branham, An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 318:1).
Expounding the promises to the Pergamean Age Brother Branham provides further clarification. "It also says here that He is going to give the overcomer a white stone and in (not on) the stone a new name, which the owner alone knows. Now the idea of a new name is a familiar one. Abram was changed to Abraham, Sarai to Sarah, Jacob to Israel, Simon to Peter, and Saul to Paul. These names either brought about a change, or were given because of a change. It was only after Abram and Sarai had their names changed by the Lord that they were made ready to receive the coming son. In Jacob's case, he had to overcome and then he was called a prince. In the case of Simon and Saul, when they had received the Lord, their change came. And today each one of us true believers has had a change in name. We are Christians. It is a name common to all of us. But one day we will have another change; we will of a certainty receive a new name. It could well be that name was our true and original name written in the Lamb's Book of Life from the foundation of the world. He knows the name, but we do not. One day at His good pleasure, we will know also (ibid p. 211:3).
Our Lord's "new Name" is to be His Bride's Name also, because by the Spiritual marriage union we take His Name. It is to be "in their foreheads:" in other words, it is a revelation known only to those who have it (Revelation 2:17; 19:12; I Corinthians 2:9,11; I John 3:2). And we may infer that His new Name is written on His forehead also as the high priest had "Holiness to the Lord" inscribed on the miter on his brow.
Continuing to quote from the First Seal, "And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His Name was called The Word of God. (Oh, notice).
His Name is not "The Word of God," but it is "called The Word of God"; as in Matthew 1:21-23, Mary's child was called Jesus but ". . . they shall call His Name Emmanuel, (although His Name was not Emmanuel), which being interpreted is, God with us".
"And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
"And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, (the Word of God) that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He tread the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God."
"And He had on His vesture and on His thigh a Name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS".
"The Word of God" Who made the world (Colossians 1:15-20), and now dwells in glorified flesh will make it anew. Revelation 3:12 = Revelation 4:10 = Revelation 19:12,13,16. As Brother Branham explains Revelation 19:13 in pages 158:3-159:6 of the First Seal, God and His Word is the selfsame Person. And Jesus is the Word of God which is Melchisedec manifest in flesh. nl317.htm
Homework: Read God's threefold revelation of Himself in Brother Branham's sermon, "Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed," p. 21:140-146. See also Newsletter #262
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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 in other countries. He pastors Bible Believers' tiny congregation, and is available to teach in your church.