Bible Believers' Newsletter 402
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; thanks for gathering together with us for fellowship around the unchanging Word of God.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
'Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
— (6:00 - 9:00 a.m.) — be ready.
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.
Why did Mary & Joseph name their Baby after a Swear Word?
October 6, 2005 A Christian charity is sending a film on the Christmas story to all 26,000 primary schools in Britain after hearing of a young boy who asked his teacher why Mary and Joseph named their baby after a swear word. The Breakout Trust raised £200,000 to make the 30-minute animated film, "It's a Boy" with the voices of Joe Pasquale, Cannon and Ball, and Steven Berkoff, and music from Sir Cliff Richard. Steve Legg, head of the charity, said: "There are over 12 million children in the UK and only 756,000 go to church regularly." All UK primary schools will receive a free copy and a teaching pack. Full story: news.com.au
Comment: We are today all over the world is being celebrated of the birth of Jesus, which now is just traditional. Jesus was not born on no December the 25th. We know that's impossible. The hills of Judaea was full of snow at that time, so how could it be that? Jesus commonly by astrology and so forth, and by all of them was born, first, around first of April, so when it was springtime. But this is a day, which is all right, just set aside to worship in memorial of His coming to the world (William Branham, The Deity of Jesus Christ, p. 5:37).
You hear people say, "We're going to celebrate Christmas." That's wrong. We should never celebrate Christmas. Christmas is a day of worship, not a celebration (William Branham, Sirs we would see Jesus, p. 2:7).
Hell is paved with good intentions. Christmas has nothing to do with Jesus Christ who was born in April (Nisan). Tell the little ones the truth!
Catholic Church no longer swears by Truth of the Bible
October 5, 2005 The hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church has published a teaching document instructing the faithful that some parts of the Bible are not actually true. The Catholic bishops of England, Wales and Scotland are warning their five million worshipers, as well as any others drawn to the study of scripture, they should not expect "total accuracy" from the Bible.
"We should not expect to find in Scripture full scientific accuracy or complete historical precision," they say in The Gift of Scripture. . . Full story: timesonline.co.uk
Comment: Believe it or not, Genesis 2:21-22; 3:16; Matthew 27:25; Revelation 19:20 are untrue, while Exodus 3:14; 20:1-17; Leviticus 26:12; Matthew 5:7; Mark 8:29; Luke 1; John 20:28 are true. Do we have the papal imprimatur of infallibility on this revelation?
The Manifesting Powers of Antichrist!
In these last days before the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we are seeing the rise of many antichrist forces. In I John 2:18 we are warned of this as follows: "Little Children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time."
The official Latin title of the office of the Pope is FILII VICARIVS DEI. When we add the Roman letters that have a number equivalent, we arrive at the following: F= nothing, I= 1, L= 50, I= 1, I= 1, V= 5, I= 1, C= 100, A= nothing, R= nothing, I= 1, V= 5, S= nothing, D= 500, E= nothing, I= 1. As we add the numbers, we find that the Latin title of the Pope equals 666. The remaining letters that have no numerical value nor equivalent, listed in exact order, are F, A, R, S, E. . .
We must also remember that the Pope's Latin title, FILII VICARIVS DEI, literally means a substitute god, and the word Vatican in classical Latin means divination or witchcraft! Clearly, a false god in an ambiance of occultism is attracting the leaders of states and religions to itself. It is just as Revelation 18:2 tells us, "And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird."
It is also interesting to note that Pope John Paul II, while riding in an open car, nearly died when he was shot by Mehmet Ali Agca on the 13th day after the witches' high cross-quarter sabat of Beltaine, or May 1st, in 1981. The would-be assassin later admitted the following: "Without the help of priests and cardinals, I would have not been able to carry out that action. The devil is within the Vatican" (AP, April 1, 2005, by Alessandra Rizzo, Rome, Italy). This attempted assassination happened the same year that Joseph Cardinal Ratsinger was appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which was formerly called the Holy Office of the Inquisition!
Now Cardinal Ratsinger is Pope Benedict the XVI. The name Ratzinger was originally spelled with an "S" rather than with a "Z" (Independent Catholic News, July 19, 2001, Rome, Italy). This is important to note because Revelation, chapter 13, tells us that the mark of the beast is the number of a man's name, and in the English alpha-numeric code of A=6, B=12, C=18, and so on though Z, Ratsinger equals 666. The American English alpha-numeric code is based on sixes, because the United States of America is divided into sixes. Thomas Jefferson, one of the founders of our country who was also a personal friend of Dr. Adam Weishaupt, the founder of the Illuminati, divided our nation into a grid-work of townships of six square miles each. We also know that mathematically the square of 6 is 36, and when we add all of the numbers from 1 through 36, we have a total of 666.
When the Roman Catholic Church began to look for a new shepherd, little did they know they would end up with a German Shepherd. Cardinal Ratsinger had been called God's Rottweiler and the Enforcer. He was born in Bavaria where the Illuminati was founded. His exact place of birth was Marktl am Inn, which carries the connotation of mark of the beast and no room for them in the inn. His parents were named Mary and Joseph! . . .
The new Pope was elected on the 13th day before the Witches' high sabat of Beltaine, and his first full day in office as Pope Benedict XVI was on Adolph Hitler's birthday. We know that Hitler rose to power in the beer halls of southern Germany where he went into these saloons and bought beer for all of the saloon-a-tics and started a beer hall putsch. Now we see that Wolfgang Boehm has presented a special beer in the new Pope's honor at Ratsinger's birthplace. The beer is called Pabstbier or Pope's beer. . .
There are a few other things that we must know about Cardinal Ratsinger or Pope Benedict XVI. He is the first Pope to be elected in the New Age of Aquarius, the 11th sign of the zodiac. This is important to the Illuminati, upper-level Freemasons, and high-level traditionalist witches. Traditionally, there 108 stars in the sign of Aquarius. The conclave that elected the Pope convened on April 18th, which is the 108th day of the year. After only one day, on the 109th day of the year, the new Pope was elected. This happened as the 108th United States Congress gave way to the 109th US Congress!
Amazing signs of antichrist are everywhere as this false prophet assumes his place in the final days before the return of the true Lord Jesus Christ. There is even a Cardinal Ratsinger fan club selling T shirts with the Cardinal's name and the slogan: "Putting the smackdown on heresy since 1981" (Official T Shirt, Cardinal Ratzinger Fan Club). The simple fact is that this hard-line Pope is rising in power and authority, and quite amazingly, when we use the American-English alpha-numeric code, the words "A German Pope" add up to 666.
We will now look at some other titles pertaining to the Pope using the alpha-numerics of three different languages. In Hebrew, the word ROMIITH (Roman Kingdom) = 666. The word ROMITI (Roman Man) = 666. In Greek, I PROTERA (First of Two) = 666. LATEINOS (The Latin speaking man) = 666. HE LATINE BASILEIA (The Latin Kingdom) = 666. ITALIKA EKKLESIA (Italian Church) = 666. In the Latin language, using Roman numerals we have the following: IOANES PAVLVS SECVNDO (John Paul II) = 666. FILII VICARIVS DEI (Son substitute of God) = 666. DVX CLERI (Captain of the Clergy) = 666. LVDOVICVS (Vicar of the Court) = 666. SANCTA LVX DEI (Holy Light of God) = 666. REX LATINVS SACERDOS (King of the Roman Priests) = 666. . .
We also know that the secret order of the Jesuits with their Black Pope or General of the Order will increase their clandestine operations as the end approaches. Wherever you see their secret words "Ad Majorvm Dei Gloriam", you know the Jesuits are up to something. Thankfully, our Lord Jesus Christ has promised to be with us to the very end of the world. Full story: lasttrumpetministries.org
Comment: With the imminent revival of Rome it is fitting that we see a German elected to the papacy because the Holy Roman Empire was the German Empire; hence the hatred of the Pharisees towards the German people remains unsatisfied after two World Wars.
Police State! Coming? Or Already Here?
October 25, 2005 It appears that our police forces in America are changing and that we are developing into a Police State/Surveillance Society . . . The orientation and underlying concept of police enforcement in America have, indeed, been changing, but changing so quietly as to be hardly noticeable except by a few careful observers. The traditional orientation of police enforcement has been local rather than national. It was the sheriff, the highest police official in the county, and his deputies who were unquestioningly in control of maintaining peace and apprehending law breakers . . .
Full story: biblicaleconomics.com
Lewis Lapham is the long-time editor of Harper's Magazine in the United States and writer of political and satirical essays. In this address, given in May, 2005, for the opening of the Sydney Writers' Festival, Lewis Lapham says his country has become a make-believe democracy because political debate and dissent is stifled, the media is compliant, and the population under-educated. His fundamental concern is with the loss of the democratic liberty to disagree and to question. Full story (audio): abc.net.au
Comment: The United States is not Robinson Crusoe, Mr. Lapham.
Nazi Tones in Howard's Anti-terror Laws
November 2, 2005 Former Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser has suggested parts of the Howard Government's anti-terror package resemble measures taken by Adolf Hitler . . . both the presumption of innocence and the right to silence were being challenged . . . seems effectively to be a law to make somebody disappear".
Full story: canberra.yourguide.com.au
The Emerging Euro-denominated International Oil Marker
October 27, 2005 The Iranians are about to commit an "offense" far greater than Saddam Hussein's conversion to the euro of Iraq's oil exports in the fall of 2000. . . The Tehran government has developed a plan to begin competing with New York's NYMEX and London's IPE with respect to international oil tradesusing a euro-denominated international oil-trading mechanism. This means that without some form of US intervention, the euro is going to establish a firm foothold in the international oil trade. Given US debt levels and the stated neoconservative project for US global domination, Tehran's objective constitutes an obvious encroachment on US dollar supremacy in the international oil market...
"The reason for the US breakup with Ahmed Chalabi, the Shiite Iraqi politician, could be his leak of Pentagon plans to invade Iran before Christmas 2005. . ." Full story: globalresearch
Comment: Britain declared war on Germany when Hitler refused to return the Reichsmark to the gold standard. The US played the dollar standard with Saddam. Could her intention to deal the same hand to Iran explain why the Australian government is so determined to introduce totalitarian police-state laws, and why many pieces of NSW legislation passed long ago are scheduled to take effect from December 1?
United States caught in Iraq Car-Bombing
October 14, 2005 It's happened againallied troops being caught with bombs. This time it was Americans captured in the act of setting off a car bomb in Baghdad. Last time, as FMNN reported only weeks ago, two British soldiers, apparently working for British intelligence, were caught near Baghdad similarly equipped. Full story: judicial-inc.biz
The Greatest Strategic Disaster in US History
October 14, 2005 The reality of what is happening in Iraq is that the US and UK forces have already been defeated. From a military standpoint, it is already a hopeless situation. . .
The main exit routes out of Iraqto Jordan and Kuwaitwill soon be totally in the hands of insurgents. We may soon be faced with the need to literally shoot our way out of the country. Already there are reports, in western Iraq, of Shi'ite atrocities against Sunni villages. There is no longer any area where the US military is in control. The British have withdrawn from Basra, the largest city in the south, and cannot control the region. Even worse, there is a likelihood, with the continuing threats by Cheney to attack Iran, that the Iraqi Shi'ites will launch their own insurgency against the United States, in the event of a US and/or Israeli attack on Shi'ite Iran . . .
Shi'a forces are not under US military "fire control" . . . have been killing Sunnis in their villages, as revenge for the Sunni massacres of Shi'ites during the failed, US-backed Shi'a uprising under President George H.W. Bush. The brutality of the civil warwith the US clearly involved in allowing pro-occupation gangs to carry out mass murdersis beginning to find its way into media reports. Full story: larouchepub mepc.org lewrockwell thetruthseeker.co.uk
A Crack in the Edge of the World
"Anyone knows that the world, positionally, everything's setting in order for His Coming: "Earthquakes in divers places; the moon is spurting out red blood, or red volcanic all over it, covering it," as Jesus said watch for that sign in the last days; "sea a roaring, men's hearts failing for fear, and perplexed of time, distress between the nations" (William Branham, Presence of God Unrecognized, p. 16:113).
Traces of volcanic activity abound in Palestine, yet the first recorded earthquake in Israel was when God spoke with Elijah in the reign of Ahab (I Kings 19:11-12). Another took place in the days of Uzziah, also known as Azariah, king of Judah who, uplifted in pride, sought to make himself high priest and so become priest-king like the Babylonians and Egyptians (Amos 1:1; II Chronicles 26:15-21; II Kings 15:1-5). The earthquake must have been terrible because three centuries later it was still being discussed and likened to the soon-coming earthquake prophesied to split the mount of Olives and demolish the Dome of the Rock at the end of our dispensation when God will gather the fruit from the wild branch that was grafted into Jesus Christ, who is the root and offspring of David (Zechariah 14:4-5; Revelation 22:16).
Speaking of the fulfilment of Zechariah 9:9 in Matthew 21:1-11, Brother Branham compared the spiritual blindness at religious headquarters in the East when Messiah entered Jerusalem on an ass with her foal to the blindness of religious headquarters in the West, the nominally Christian church, when He fulfilled the prophesy of Zechariah 14:7 at His 'parousia' Coming to restore the Light once delivered to the apostolic saints (Malachi 4:5-6; Matthew 24:27-28; Revelation 3:17-20).
He said, Zechariah 14:4-9 . . . is prophesying of His Coming, the last days . . . Remember Zechariah 9, what It said? And they didn't recognize it. Now, what is it today? Zechariah 14, speaking of His Coming:
"And his feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives again, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof towards the east and towards the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall be moved towards the north, and half of it towards the south. And ye shall flee by the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach from Azal: (the word means "adjoining" or "very near" and signifies the way of escape to the cleft of the smitten rock, Jesus Messiah, standing without the camp shall be made easy as the valley will reach to the City gates Ed): yea, ye shall flee, like you fled in the days of the earthquake in the days of Uzziah the king of Judah:"
"Another earthquake splitting open the earth! If you want to follow out a Scripture here, notice in this fifth verse, it applies that the cleaving of the Mount of Olives is due to an earthquake, and this is confirmed by Isaiah 29:6 and Revelation 16:18-19. Exactly! What is it? The same prophet told of His first Coming, seen His second Coming! Notice, "As in the days of the earthquake." See what the earthquakes are doing, see the predictions of them?"
". . . and the Lord your God shall come, and all of His saints with thee (I Thessalonians 4:14-18 Ed). And it shall come to pass in that day, (Hallelujah!) in that day, that the light shall not be clear, or dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that in the evening time it shall be light. (O God!)"
"It shall be Light about the evening time," same prophet. And the people is blind! What's the attraction? Let's read a couple more verses:
"And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go forth from Jerusalem; half of them towards the former sea, (the Eastern or Dead Sea, typing Israel Ed), and half . . . towards the hinder sea (the Western or Mediterranean Sea typing we Gentiles Revelation 17:1, 15 Ed): in the summer and in winter shall it be. (The Gospel going forth; both Jew and Gentile). And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day and there shall be one Lord, and His Name (or manifestation as the 'parousia' Coming of the Son of man Ed) one. . ."
(Right now there are "gods many and lords many" but when Israel "anoints the most Holy"Christ and His BrideGod will again recognize her as His people (Daniel 9:24; 2:44; Isaiah 54:5; Revelation 11:15), and from the Millennium He alone shall be worshipped for there will be "a pure language (and revelation as existing before the Flood) that all may call upon the Name of the Lord with one consent" Zephaniah 3:9; Isaiah 19:18; Habakkuk 2:14).
"Nations are breaking, Israel's awakening,
The signs that our prophets foretold;
(that earthquake to the Gentiles to the last day)
The Gentile days numbered, with horrors encumbered;
Return, O dispersed, to your own"
(What is the Attraction on the Mountain, p. 15:96-98).
Zechariah speaks of two jubilees. First is the Pentecostal jubilee and year of acceptation and redemption for the Bride of all Ages whilst the second will be the atonement or new birth of Israel in one day (Isaiah 34:8; 61:2; 63:4). As Christ rose from the grave three days after an earthquake, the same thing will take place when the New Testament saints rise. We're watching for that glad day to arrive.
Speaking of Uzziah's presumption, Josephus wrote, "a great earthquake shook the ground and a rent was made in the temple, and the bright rays of the sun shone through it, and fell upon the king's face, insomuch that the leprosy seized upon him immediately. And before the city, at a place called Eroge, half the mountain broke off from the rest on the west, and rolled itself four furlongs, and stood still at the east mountain, till the roads, as well as the king's gardens, were spoiled by the obstruction. Now, as soon as the priests saw that the king's face was infected with the leprosy, they told him of the calamity he was under, and commanded that he should go out of the city as a polluted person. . ." (Antiquities of the Jews IX, 10:4).
This, the earthquakes that took place at the crucifixion of our Lord, and that which destroyed the ancient city of Laodicea are types of the "earthquakes in divers places" and volcanoes that will shake the heavens, generating great tidal waves as earth moves off its axis, sinking Los Angeles, splitting the Mount of Olives and demolishing the Dome of the Rock in the second crucifixion of the Word at the close of the Gentile dispensation. The miraculous darkness and earthquake at our Lord's death (Matthew 24:7; 27:51; 28:2) accord with the natural fact of darkness often accompanying earthquakes.
Isaiah 13:6-13 described the opening of the Sixth Seal over 2,700 years ahead of the event. The darkness accompanying this event will not be a mere eclipse but a catastrophe that subverts the order of nature as a result of the earthquakes that shake earth out of its place in heaven (Hebrews 12:26-29):
"Scream in terror, for the day of the Lord is near; it will come as a destruction from the Almighty. Therefore all hands will be limp with fear, every man's heart will grow weak with dismay: pangs and agonies will seize them like those of a woman in labor. You will look at one another in amazement, your faces aflame."
"Behold, the day of the Lord comes, pitiless with wrath and fierce anger to lay the whole earth desolate and destroy the sinners out of it. For the stars of heaven and its constellations shall not give their light: the sun shall be dark at its rising, (Brother Branham taught that the Seventh Trump will sound between 6:00 and 9:00am, presumably Israel time Revelation 7:2 Ed), and the moon shall not shed its light. I will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their iniquity; I put an end to the pride of the arrogant, and lay low the haughtiness of the rich. I will make men scarcer than fine gold, and mankind rarer than the gold of Ophir. For I will shake the heavens in My wrath and fierce anger, and earth will quake out of its place".
Revelation 6:15-17, "The kings of the earth, and world leaders and rich men, and high-ranking military officers, and all men great and small, bond and free, hid themselves in the caves and rocks of the mountains, and cried to the mountains to crush them. Fall on us and hide us from the Presence of the One seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?"
Smitten with leprosy, Uzziah acknowledged his sin and made no attempt to resist the priests who hassled him from the temple. All opposition to God's wrath in the day of the Lord will be useless. The Empire of the City of London and the Holy (sic) Judaeo-Roman Empireall once Christian nationsalong with a godless United Nations Organization, are yoked in bondage to Satan's lies (Genesis 27:40; Revelation 2:20-23; 18:3). By claiming THUS SAITH THE LORD for the invasion of Iraq, George II, enticed by a "spirit of strong delusion to believe the lie and be damned by it," presumed to usurp the prophetic office, and his prophecies having proven untrue, seems to have led him to that place of no more repentance (II Chronicles 18:19-23; II Thessalonians 2:11; Deuteronomy 18:20).
We watch for volcanic activity on the moon and for earthquakes in divers places that will sink Los Angeles in the West and split the Mount of Olives at the same latitude in the East (Acts 2:20; Revelation 6:12). In his historic book, A Crack in the Edge of the World, Simon Winchester describes the great San earthquake and fire of 1906:
At 5:12 a.m. on April 18, 1906, San Francisco and a string of other towns were overcome by an earthquake registering 8.25 on the Richter scale. Lasting 48 seconds, the earthquake wrecked 490 blocks, toppled a total of 25,000 buildings, broke open gas and water mains, cut off electric power lines, and effectively destroyed the gold rush capital that had stood there for a half century.
That same morning, 400 miles south, the world took notice of another movementone with aftershocks still spreading todaythe Pentecostal Movement. In a skeptical front-page story titled "Weird Babel of Tongues," a Los Angeles Times reporter attempted to describe what would soon be known as the Azusa Street Revival.
Breathing strange utterances and mouthing a creed which it would seem no sane mortal could understand," the story began, "the newest religious sect has started in Los Angeles."
William Seymour, the son of freed slaves from Louisiana, was the vessel God chose to initiate the revival. He first came to Los Angeles after being invited there to preach in a Negro church but he was kicked out because of his doctrine. Undaunted, he started to hold home prayer meetings, and when crowds reached into the hundreds he held meetings in the streets.
At last he located a building at 312 Azusa Street, which he was able to rent for eight dollars a month. The top floor had been used for storage and the lower level was a horse stable. Windows were broken and bare light bulbs hung from the ceiling, but the brethren came from all over to help clean and set up the building as a church. The pulpit was two crates nailed one on top of the other and the pews consisted of wooden planks nailed to barrels.
The first meeting in the Azusa Street church took place on the Sunday before the earthquakea somewhat skeptical report in The Los Angeles Times, said, "The pastor had come here from Texas and they were waiting for a sign from God." Three days later, the most sinful city in western America was essentially destroyed by an earthquake. The following Sunday tens of thousands turned up at that church.
The Pentecostal movement was triggered in large part by what was perceived as that sign from God on April 18, 1906.
In "Azusa Street," Frank Bartleman chronicles the birth of the Pentecostal movement. "I found the earthquake had opened many hearts. I was distributing especially my last tract, "The Last Call." It seemed very appropriate after the earthquake. On Sunday, April 22, I took 10,000 of these to the New Testament Church. The workers seized them eagerly and scattered them quickly throughout the city."
"Nearly every pulpit in the land was working overtime to prove that God had nothing to do with earthquakes and thus allay the fears of the people. The Spirit was striving to knock at hearts with conviction through this judgment. I felt indignation that the preachers should be used of Satan to drown out His voice. Just as he later used them to stir up hatred and murder during the Great War. Even teachers in the schools labored hard to convince the children that God was not in earthquakes. The Devil put on a big propaganda on this line."
"I had been much in prayer since the earthquake, and had slept little. After the shock in Los Angeles the Lord told me definitely He had a message for me for the people. On the Saturday after He gave me a part of it. On Monday the rest was given. I finished writing it at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, ready for the printer. I kneeled before the Lord and He met me in a powerful way, a powerful witness that the message was from Him. I was to have it printed in the morning. From that time until 4:00 a.m., I was wonderfully taken up in the spirit of intercession. I seemed to feel the wrath of God against the people and to withstand it in prayer. He showed me He was terribly grieved at their obstinacy in the face of His judgment on sin. San Francisco was a terribly wicked city."
"He showed me all hell was being moved to drown out His voice in the earthquake, if possible. The message He had given me was to counteract this influence. Men had been denying His presence in the earthquake. Now He would speak. It was a terrific message He had given me. I was to argue the question with no man, but simply give them the message. They would answer to Him. I felt all hell against me in this, and so it proved. I went to bed at four o'clock, arose at seven, and hurried with the message to the printer."
"The question in almost every heart was, "Did God do that?" But instinct taught men on the spot that He had. Even the wicked were conscious of the fact. The tract was set up quickly. The same day it was on the press, and the next noon I had my first consignment of the tract. I was impressed I must hasten and get them to the people as quickly as possible. I was reminded that the ten days I was called by the Lord to prayer was up the very day I received the first of the tracts. I understood it all now, clearly."
"I distributed the message speedily in the missions, churches, saloons, business houses, and in fact everywhere, both in Los Angeles and Pasadena. Besides I mailed thousands to workers in nearby towns for distribution."
"Many raved at the message. A man followed me on the street raving like a maniac. He followed me into a business house to do me violence. But the Lord protected. He then tore my tract up publicly at the curb, to show his hate. Many threw the message down in a rage, only to pick it up again and read it. It seemed God held them to it" (Frank Bartleman, The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake).
God shook the world with the Azusa Street Revival that initiated the Laodicean Church Age (1906-1963). The angel to this final Church Age was William Branham (1909-1965), the prophet of Malachi 4:5-6 and Revelation 10:7, whose ministry spearheaded the healing revival that followed the Second World War.
The long shadow of San Francisco is displayed even to the present day in the now apostate Pentecostal churches. However, the religious aspect at the San Francisco event was much, much less than it was following the Lisbon earthquake of 1755, where the city identified and burned heretics on the spot to appease the wrath of God, and rational scientific explanation is what was sought.
There was a small, straight valley just south of San Francisco where there was a lake, which is now a reservoir, and it seemed that the vibration that lasted for 48 seconds had its origins somewhere in this valley. It was called the San Andreas Valley because it had been discovered on St. Andrew's Day sometime in the 18th century. The San Andreas Fault is 720 miles long and curved like a great boomerang. It starts north of San Francisco near Point Arena and ends southeast of Los Angeles in the Salton Sea of the Colorado Desert near the Mexican border.
Scientists began to study this fault under the auspices of organizations like the Seismological Society of America, which was founded as a direct response to the 1906 earthquake. And they've done something unprecedented, it's called SAFOD, San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth: they've drilled a hole down into the fault and then through the junction between the two plates, so the drilling rig stands on the Pacific Plate; the hole goes down two or three miles and then bends so that it moves into the North American Plate. By installing thousands of sensors, they hope to understand its behavior.
The theory of plate tectonics began to be adduced immediately after the San Francisco earthquake. But only since 1965 have we known why volcanoes erupt and why earthquakes happen. We now know that earthquakes and volcanoes occur on plate boundaries where plates interact with each other. And because these tectonic plates are so obviously linked together it seems that a major event in one part of the world will set the surface of the entire planet ringing like a great bronze bell, triggering other events in completely unrelated places.
We had the devastating earthquake in Bam in Iran on Boxing Day 2003; and one year later, almost to the hour, the devastating Tsunami-causing earthquake off the north coast of Sumatra after which it was discovered that there were 144 other earthquakes. It was indeed as if the whole world was set vibrating. But between those two bookends of calamity was a year full of seismic happenings. Mount St. Helens erupted; there were earthquakes in Peru, Chile, Taiwan, China, Japan, and this year, the earthquake in Kashmir.
1906 was uncannily the same. We tend to think of it merely as the year of the San Francisco event but it began with a terrible earthquake off the coast of Colombia and Ecuador. Thousands died. There was an earthquake in St. Lucia, and an earthquake in Taiwan that killed 8 or 9,000 people. There was an earthquake in the Caucasus; Vesuvius was erupting; then came the San Francisco earthquake. But as if that wasn't enough, the Port of Valparaiso in Chile was leveled by an earthquake in August with 20,000 people being killed.
It seems this pattern will repeat, for when Los Angeles sinks beneath the Pacific, the Mount of Olives on the other side of the world will be torn asunder. According to a series of Spiritual dreams seventeen-year-old Joe Brandt received in 1937, and which appear to compliment Brother Branham's prophecy of the sinking of Los Angeles accompanied by tidal waves, with volcanic activity devastating countries bordering the Pacific: earthquakes and volcanoes will once again devastate Mexico, Colombia, and Venezuela. He saw Mount Etna erupt. He saw Japan sink completely, and tidal waves cause severe flooding in many parts of the world.
The San Francisco earthquake took place on April 18, 1906, the first day of Pentecost in the Jewish Calendar. This event, which foreran the Laodicean Church Age, drew people to repentance and regeneration. Brother Branham said that 1956, the jubilee year of the Laodicean Age, was America's last opportunity for national repentance. He subsequently stated that America had rejected the grace of God. The centenary of the San Francisco earthquake and upcoming jubilee falls on the day of Pentecost, April 18, 2006. Could this be the Pentecostal jubilee for which "the whole of nature has groaned and travailed in pain together until now?"
It was an earthquake that sunk the homosexual cities of Sodom and Gomorrah beneath the Dead Sea, which is 1,299 feet below sea level; an earthquake sunk Capernaum beneath the Sea of Tiberius, and when Los Angeles and its Hollywood sin city sink beneath the Pacific that earthquake will introduce the ocean into the Salton Sea 232 feet below sea level.
Brother Branham said, "the earth the other day split from Alaska around the Aleutian Islands, about two hundred miles out into the sea, come back in at San Diego, went around Los Angeles, and come out at San Diego. And it pulled loose several inches. Houses has toppled down. Motels has went in. And the scientist on this panel was asked, said, "Well, that could fall in someday?"
"He said, "Could? It will." And he used a scientific names of how the lava . . . caused these earthquakes all along around San Diego and down in there; it's been that hollow place. And now, all of it's begin to break in like sand falling in. And now, it's just a crust and it's pulled loose several inches. They could take radar and stuff, and follow that crack, and mark out, see where it was at. And it pulled loose several inches more, maybe two or three inches the other day again, right after that prophecy was given. . .
I don't even pray for [America] . . . How can I pray for it, and it won't repent under the mighty powers of God demonstrated before it, and denying, and closing the doors to it, and walking away? I commit it to God. And she's going further away, and now she's going to sink. Just watch what happens . . . nearly one tenth of the earth is ready to fall in. . . They're swarming away from California like flies" (Trying to do Good a service without it being the Will of God, p. 6:22-23,136,184-185; Ashamed, p. 8:51-59).
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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.