Bible Believers' Newsletter 413
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, we appreciate your fellowship in Christ.
As people slowly return to their work-a-day grind after the Christmas and New Year holidays, Satan's callous dupeseach a church-going "Christian"raise the tempo of the drums of war to mask news of their corruption. Hollywood has released a fresh tape of the late Mr. Osama bin Laden whose funeral was reported in a Pakistan Newspaper several years ago. It appears the Establishment has planned another "attack" on US soil.
These words come to mind:
Just a little longer and the trump of God shall sound,
Just a little longer, and we'll all be Glory bound;
Look away to heaven, your redemption draws nigh.
Just a little longer and we'll meet Him in the Sky.
This Newsletter serves those of like precious will receive the truth is welcome to feed their soul from the waters of the River of Life. Everything here presented should be confirmed personally in your own Bible.
We are eager to be Partners with You
Vatican City, January 8, 2006 During an audience with Benedict XVI. . . Reverend Clifton Kirkpatrick, president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches said: ". . . we come as pilgrims in the cause of Christian unity. At the core of our tradition is the understanding that to be Reformed is to be faithful to Jesus' high priestly prayer "that they might all be one . . . that the world might believe" (John 17:21). We are grateful for new ecumenical breakthroughs between Protestants and Catholics. . . Full story: zenit.org
Dial 666 for 'What's on in Rome'
The City of Rome has a new call centre number for events taking place in Rome, the new number is . . . 060606. Talk about "Hidden in plain view" 666 is staring us right in the face!!! Full Story: forumpa.it Comment: We have confirmed this with the Brethren in Italy.
Many Ashkenazi Jews from Four Women
New York, January 13, 2006 Some 3.5 million of today's Ashkenazi Jews about 40 percent of the total Ashkenazi population are descended from just four women, a genetic study indicates. Those women apparently lived somewhere in Europe within the last 2,000 years, but not necessarily in the same place or even the same century . . .
Each woman left a genetic signature that shows up in their descendants today . . . Together, their four signatures appear in about 40 percent of Ashkenazi Jews, while being virtually absent in non-Jews and found only rarely in Jews of non-Ashkenazi origin, the researchers said. They said the total Ashkenazi population is estimated at around 8 million people. The estimated world Jewish population is about 13 million. Full story: news.yahoo.com
Comment: If these Jewish experts were guided by the Talmud one would surmise that these breathless by night women were hairdressers by day (Shabbath 104b footnote #2, biblebelievers.org.au).
Iran Air Strikes 'Under Consideration'
London, January 14, 2006 Western powers are already planning use of the military option in the face of Iran's insistence that it will go ahead with what it calls its nuclear research program . . . 'The military option is being considered already, they are just not talking about it because it would be deeply unpopular,' Dr. Ali Ansari a leading Iran expert at The Royal Institute for International Affairs in London told IPS. Full story: antiwar.com
"It is this Kind of Disrespect . . ."
January 12, 2006 "Last weekend an American special task force unit raided my house. It was precisely the kind of terrifying experience I have had described to me over and over again by Iraqis I have interviewed in the past two-and-a-half years. My wife, Zina, described it as like something out of a Hollywood action movie.
It began at half past midnight on Saturday when explosives blew apart the three entrances to my house. We thought we had been caught in a bombing, but then a rifle sneaked round our bedroom door and shot a couple of bullets blindly; suddenly our room was filled with the wild sounds of US soldiers. Full story: uruknet.com truthdig.com
Jailed for 30 years for criticizing 'Free' Iraq
January 11, 2006 Kamal Sayid Qadir wrote an article criticizing the US backed government in Iraqi Kurdistan and now he has been jailed for 30 years. If a writer was jailed for 30 years for exposing government corruption in Iran or Syria, there would be outrage in the US and Britain and demands for military strikes. But when that happens in Iraq there is silence.
George Bush and Tony Blair constantly boast that they have brought freedom and democracy to Iraq.
Full story: uruknet.com
The Dollar may fall this March
January 14, 2006 America's foreign debt currently standing at $8,184 trillion will hit the debt ceiling as early as February-March 2006. The United States is heading to financial crisis at top speed. That is correct; America will default on its foreign debt sooner or later if the actual trends remain unchanged. Consequently, the whole dollar-based world (including savings in US currency) may crumble. . .
"We will run out of funds for financing the government operations by mid-March at the latest even if the US Department of the Treasury takes all possible legal measures to keep the foreign debt ceiling from going up" . . .
Full story: english.pravda.ru
Comment: On March 23, 2006, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System will cease publication of the M3 monetary aggregate. M3 is the estimate of the total money supply. We wonder what is going on. Why aren't people paying attention to all that is being hidden from us? They are telling us what is going on before it happens and then we allow it to happen anyway. Must be the fall of Rome in the USA . . . (See Newsletter 404).
Bush has Crossed the Rubicon
January 16, 2006 Dictatorships seldom appear full-fledged but emerge piecemeal. When Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon with one Roman legion he broke the tradition that protected the civilian government from victorious generals and launched the transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire. Fearing that Caesar would become a king, the Senate assassinated him. From the civil wars that followed, Caesar's grandnephew Octavian emerged as the first Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus . . .
There is today no constitutional party. Both political parties, most constitutional lawyers, and the bar associations are willing to set aside the Constitution whenever it interferes with their agendas. Americans have forgotten the prerequisites for freedom, and those pursuing power have forgotten what it means when it falls into other hands. Americans are very close to losing their constitutional system and civil liberties. It is paradoxical that American democracy is the likely casualty of a "war on terror" that is being justified in the name of the expansion of democracy.
Full story: informationclearinghouse.info freepress.org
Come, let Us return to the Lord
Hosea 6:1-3, "Come, let us return to the Lord: for He has torn us, and He will heal us; He has smitten, and He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us: in the third day He will raise us up that we may once more live before Him. Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord: He will respond to us as surely as the morning sunrise; and He will come to us as the rain, as the latter and former rain that water the earth".
Hosea wrote this prophecy around 780BC when Israel and Judah were steeped in idolatry: Jehovah had become unknown, a strange God to the idolatrous people. And Judah would be blinded to the Good News of Messiah by rabbinical hubris based on the Talmud contrary to the Law and the prophets. God would tear both kingdoms apart so that we Gentiles might receive the blessing of Abraham's grace covenant they had refused.
The aim and consequence of the divine judgment was to cause the people to seek the Lord in hopes of a restoration to His favor, but their sin was as deep-seated and enduring as when Moses first prophesied this judgment and healing of God:
Deuteronomy 32:17-21, 39, "They sacrificed to demons which were no gods; to gods they knew not, newcomers lately arrived were they, before whom your fathers had never stood in awe. You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you, and you forgot the God who gave you being. When the Lord saw it, He detested them, because of the provocation of his sons and daughters. And He said, I will hide My face from them, and see what their end will be, for they are a perverse class of men, children in whom is no faithfulness. They have moved me to jealousy with what is no god; they have provoked me to anger with their idols: and I will stir them to jealousy with those who are no people (us Gentiles); I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation. . . See now that I, even I, am He, and there is no God beside Me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of My hand".
Quoting Moses, David and Isaiah in Romans 10:18-21, Paul asked, "Has Israel not heard God's Word? Indeed they have, for David prophesied, "Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world" (Psalm 19:4). Again I ask did not Israel understand? First Moses said, "I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation, and with a foolish nation I will anger you." Then Isaiah spoke more boldly, prophesying, "I have been found by those who did not seek Me; I have shown Myself to those who did not ask for Me." But of Israel he said, "All day long I have held out My hands to a disobedient and rebellious people" (Isaiah 65:1-2).
On the surface the definite limits "two days" and "in the third day" hold out the prospect of the speedy and sure revival of Israel. But their sin is as deep-seated and enduring today as it was when Moses first prophesied this divine judgment and healing of God. So "the third day" would not be a Monday or a Tuesday, anymore than "the Lord's Day" is a Saturday or a Sunday, but sometime in the third millennium AD, for a day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as a day. We are well into the third day since Hosea wrote, and as Newsletter 411 expounded, the nation state of Israel has been restored in unbelief and Jerusalem recaptured. God is waiting on you and me to have the Token on display, and for the last member of His end-time Bride to recognize her part and position in the Body. Then He will return to Israel and Israel to Him.
Hosea 4:6, "Israel is destroyed for lack of the knowledge of God: because you have despised knowing Me, I will also despise and reject the nation from being a kingdom of priests to Me. Since you have forgotten the Law of your God whereby you could have gained knowledge of Me, I will also forget your children".
Brother Branham cautioned, "No true believer is any stronger and spiritually healthy and alive than his knowledge of and adherence to the pure Word of God, as seen by multitudes of examples in the Old Testament" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 113:1).
Hosea's prophecy of revival and a transparently sinless national life before God had in view more than the recovery of Israel from their future exile, or Judah from her forthcoming captivity. As disclosed by the vision of Ezekiel 37:1-14, Israel will be spiritually awakened by her experiential knowledge of Messiah, God's ideal Israel (Isaiah 49:3), and regenerated to eternal Life in the third day. For the natural types the spiritual (Matthew 2:15; Hosea 11:1; I Corinthians 15:4). Isaiah 53:10, "Israel shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand".
Our former or teaching rain is Brother Branham's Message that restores the children of God to the faith once delivered to our apostolic fathers, finishes the mystery of God, and brings us to maturity "in the unity of the faith" as the Capstone of the pyramid of the stature of the perfect Man, for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation (Malachi 4:5-6; Revelation 10:7; Ephesians 4:13-16; Romans 8:19; I Corinthians 15:49-54).
Our latter or harvest rain will fall at the Seventh Trump after the end of the Gentile dispensation. This will herald a time of global natural catastrophes unprecedented since the Flood, and a brief period of public repudiation and persecution of Christ's Bride. Its purpose is to invest the sleeping saints with faith to change in the atoms by placing us who are alive and remain in a situation of intense desperation but with the assurance God will provide our necessities during "the squeeze" by the "third pull," elevating our faith to attain translation grace (Romans 8:19).
Our latter rain will forerun Israel's former rain that will anoint their two prophets. God will restore Israel under the Sixth Seal through justification, sanctification, the baptism with the Holy Ghost, and perfection after they die to man-made religion as He restored Christ's end-time Bride to the fullness of the Word under the Fourth and Seventh Seals (I Corinthians 13:10). Joel 2:23-27 agrees indicating that their former rain will reconfirm the Message of John the Baptist and Jesus or "seal up the vision and prophecy" as foretold in Daniel 9:24. Their latter rain will fall at the public ascension of the two Hebrew prophets, regenerating their souls"the most holy place" where Christ and His Bride will be anointed with the joy of the Lord; regenerated with boldness to speak "the truth in love" they will "love not their lives unto the death" (Matthew 27:25; Revelation 6:11; 11:7-13; 12:11).
In Matthew 17 Jesus climbed Mount Transfiguration accompanied by three disciples as earthly witnesses. Peter represented faith, James hope, and John charity, the three greatest gifts (I Corinthians 13:13). In a vision they saw Jesus Messiah transfigured into His glorified form, and with Him two other heavenly witnesses, Moses and Elijah, signifying that through His atonement heaven and earth will embrace one another in agreement as taught in I John 5:1-15.
Moses represented the resurrected saints and Elijah represents we who will be changed in the atoms, while Peter, James, and John represented the 144,000 elect remnant of Israel receiving their revelation of Christ's 'parousia' Coming, saying within their heart, "Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord . . . singing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Your ways, You King of saints. Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your Name? For only You are holy: for all nations shall come and worship before You; for Your judgments are made manifest" (Matthew 23:39; Revelation 15:4-5).
In other words: "Your judgments upon Israel for refusing to receive Messiah's atonement and new birth have been made manifest under the Seven Trumpet judgments expounded by the ministry of the two witnesses of Zechariah 4, Matthew 24:31 and Revelation 11, the antitype of the Feast of Trumpets by which You have gathered the remnant of Israel a second time. Here after the midst of Daniel's Seventieth Week we stand on the sea of glass washed in the blood of the Lamb honouring and glorifying You in the reflection of the truth of Your holy Word, having believed in You and surrendered our lives in martyrdom by Rome and renegade Jews" (Revelation 14:1-5, 12 15:4; Isaiah 11:11). The regeneration of the 144,000 will be the birth of the nation in one day (Isaiah 10:17; 30:26; 66:8; Zechariah 3:9-10).
Isaiah 49:1-23 shows Zion forsaken by God her Husband from the time of the Desolations which began with the destruction of the Temple in 589BC to the consummation. That is, throughout "the times of the Gentiles" (as confirmed by Ezekiel 10:18; 43:2, and Revelation 7:2). When Zion sees Christ's glorified Gentile Bride in Isaiah 49:21-23, she ponders in her heart, "Who has born me these? I was bereaved and barren, exiled and put away; who has raised these grown-up children for me? Behold, I was left alone by my Husband; whence have these come?"
"Thus saith the Lord: Behold, I will beckon to the Gentiles, and raise My standard to the peoples: and they shall bring your Gentile sons in their arms, and your Gentile daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. And kings shall be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers: they shall bow down to you with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of your feet; and you shall know that I am the Lord: for they shall not be ashamed who wait for Me".
Zion's sons and daughters are predominately not descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and most definitely not non-Semitic, anti-Semitic self-styled Jews who are Satan's dupes, but Spiritual Israelten thousand times ten thousand and thousand thousands of Gentile converts to her rejected Messiah born for her by Jerusalem that is Above, begotten and raised by the spoken Word of God (Genesis 9:27; Isaiah 53:10; 54:1; 60:3).
Throughout the Book of Revelation John represents Christ's end-time Bride for the Bible was sealed until the last of the PART-Word or Church Age saints was born-again (Daniel 12:4, 9; Revelation 10:4). So the angel who guides John through the visions can only be William Branham (1909-1965) the seventh angel; the one man to whom Jesus revealed the Seven Seals. In chapter 7 which is in parenthesis, John (as an Israelite himself) recognizes Israel's elect remnant gathered back to the Land of the Covenant under the Sixth Seal of the Great Tribulation (Revelation 6:12-17) and sealed by the revelation of their Seven Trumpet mysteries which reveal their King, Jesus and His Gentile Queen. Like their non-elect fellow servants martyred under the Fifth Seal (Revelation 6:11) the 144,000 will martyred under the Sixth Seal before the four winds of war and strife bring Armageddon and the consummation of life.
In Revelation 7:9-17 John was nonplused when he saw Christ's glorified Bride of all Ages as a countless multitude drawn out of all nations clothed in white and praising the Lamb for their salvation. Like forsaken Zion when she saw the vision eight hundred beforehand, he could not recognize these saints and enquires of one of the twenty-four elders who explains, "These are they who have come out of the great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb, which is why they are here before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple: and He who sits on the throne shall spread His tent over them (Genesis 9:27). They will nevermore hunger neither thirst, nor will the sun or any scorching heat fall upon them. For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne shall feed them, and will be their shepherd and He will lead them to springs of living Water: and God will wipe away all tears from their eyes".
The Bride of Christ serves and follows her Husband wherever He goes. The great tribulation through which we have lived commenced when Titus besieged and destroyed Jerusalem in AD70 and continued through the Gentile dispensation as Imperial Rome became Papal Rome. After the resurrection and translation of Messiah's Bride it will become "Jacob's trouble" when Israel's elect will be separated from Esau's self-styled Jews by the revelation of the Seven Trumpets, and the foolish virgin distinguished from the false church by the revelation of the Seven Vials and the various classes of the "saved" purged and martyred (Matthew 5:12; 24:21-31; John 15:18-26; Acts 5:40-42; Revelation 1:9).
From Genesis to Revelation the saints of God have experienced tribulation and suffered persecutionchiefly at the hands of the Judaeo-Roman church and those who call themselves "Jews" today (Genesis 3:15; Matthew 23:33-36; Revelation 2:9; 3:9). Of whom Jesus said, "I know you are Abraham's seed [but you are not the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob]; and seek to kill Me because My Word has no place in you . . ." (John 8:37-44).
Revelation 1:10, "I (insert your name little Bride as John represents YOU) was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and heard behind me a great Voice like a Trumpet." The Bible was sealed to the time of the end and revealed to Christ's end-time Bride by the ministry of William Branham, the angel to the Laodicean Church Age (Revelation 1:1; 3:14; 10:4, 7; Daniel 12:4, 9). Hereby we know that all seven Church Ages ended along with Christ's Office as Mediator, and that "the time of the end" began in March, 1963 when Christ fulfilled Revelation 4, 5, and 10:1-7.
In the flesh John was in man's day imprisoned on Patmos Island where he would find solitude conducive to receiving and collating the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ into the Book we call The Revelation of Jesus Christ. However his soul was caught up in the Spirit of revelation into the yet future Day of the Lord, which will be signaled by the Seventh Trump of Isaiah 27:13, I Thessalonians 4:16, I Corinthians 15:52, Revelation 11:15, marked by earthquakes that will sink Los Angeles and split the Mount of Olives (Revelation 6:12; 11:19; 16; 19; Isaiah 29:6; Zechariah 14:4).
John heard the Great Trumpet blast behind him, signifying that in the vision dimension it had sounded in the past; it was Israel's Seventh Trumpet signaling the close of man's day, the commencement of the Day of the Lord with the first resurrection, manifestation of the Sons of God and translation preceding Daniel's Seventieth Week. John was caught up into a series of visions over a two year period from AD95-96. In the flesh he was on the Isle of Patmos, but in the Spirit he was caught up into the Day of the Lord which is yet future. The Day of the Lord is not Saturday, Sunday or any other day of the week but a future dispensation commencing with the end of the Gentile dispensation (Isaiah 13:6-18; Jeremiah 46:10; Joel 2; Acts 2:20; I Thessalonians 5:2). As God's hand was upon Daniel and Ezekiel, it was upon JohnYOU and ME, secure in the hands of the Lord seeing the same vision as John who represented us because we are at one with the Message seven stars in His right hand (Revelation 1:17, 20; Ezekiel 37:1; Daniel 10:10).
We are inviolate, predestinated never to see death in the flesh but to change in the atoms. In the coming persecution Satan and his children will be unable to harm one hair of our head. John, our representative throughout the Book of Revelation and the sole member of the early apostles who died a natural death, is our example. Like multitudes of others, John suffered imprisonment for the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. When he was arrested, they tried in vain to kill him by boiling him in oil for twenty-four hours. When this caused him no harm the enraged but powerless officials sentenced him to Patmos as a witch. But God was with him, and he was spared to leave the island and return to Ephesus and pastor his Church until the time of his death.
Brother Branham said, "The third pull . . . will not be used in a great way, until this Council begins to tighten up. And . . . when the squeeze comes down, then you'll see what you have seen temporarily, be manifested in the fullness of its power . . . this will be the thing that will start the rapturing faith for the going away."
"There's coming a time in this nation, to where this nation is going to exercise all the power that the beast had before (which was pagan Rome, when it become papal Rome. See?) that this nation will do that. Revelations 13 plainly explains it. . . Roman denomination, a marked Protestant denomination, an image to the beast, making a power that'll force all Protestants like a union. You'll have to be into this Council of Churches, or you won't be able to have fellowship . . . Well, it's practically that way now. You can't go to a church and preach, 'less you have a fellowship card or some identification."
"It's tightening; and then when that time comes, and the press comes to a place to where you're pressed out, then watch . . . watch the third pull then. It'll be absolutely to the total lost, but it will be for the Bride and the Church. . . I do believe that we are so close, that I would never die with old age. Yet at fifty-four years old, I'd never die with old age until He's here. See? Unless I am shot, killed, or something, or other, some way killed; just old age wouldn't kill me, until He's come" (Look Away to Jesus, p. 5:39-51).
Ezekiel was caught up in the same Spirit into a vision in the day of the Lord to see how God would awaken and redeem natural Israel, slain by Satan and spiritually dead but unburied for over 2,520 years and symbolized by an open valley full of very dry bones. Ezekiel 37:11, "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts".
God speaks by His prophet (typing Israel's two witnesses) to quicken Israel's bones from death in sin and trespasses; and commands the spiritually dead to hear, lift their eyes to the Cross for illumination, repent, sanctify, and seek newness of Life (Romans 4:17; Ephesians 2:1; 5:14).
One of the most important revelations is contained in I John 1:7 which I shall paraphrase, "Unless our lives are manifesting the present Truthwhat Jesus is fulfilling now, we are not and cannot come under the Blood [which is to be born-again], or even fellowship in the Spirit with those who are Christians." The saints predestinated to each of the nine dispensations within the Gentile dispensation were born-again by becoming written epistles of the revealed Word spoken by the "angel" to their Age. Revelation 2 3, "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to bless the elect Church and rebuke the carnal Churches".
Ezekiel knew "faith comes by hearing and understanding the revealed Word of God" (Romans 10:17). When God asked him, "Prophet, can these bones live"? Ezekiel did not speculate but inquired after THUS SAITH THE LORD. We found the same Spirit in John (Revelation 7:14). When Ezekiel prophesied according to the Words of the Lord there was a rattling noise as the bones came together, not from the Captivity and Desolations, and not the mainly non-Semitic impostors that have stolen and occupied Palestine from 1948 to the present day, for Ezekiel is prophesying of the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who will not return to the Land of the Covenant until the first half of Daniel's Seventieth Week (Psalm 17:7; Isaiah 6:10-13; 11:11-16; 13:14; 27:12-13; 49:17; 65:9-10; Jeremiah 3:12, 18; 16:15; 23:3, 8; 31:8; Ezekiel 28:24-31; 36:24; 37:14-22; 39:27-28; Hosea 6:1-3; Micah 5:3; Zechariah 10:9-12; Matthew 24:29-31, etc).
When the sinews, flesh and skin, devoured by Satan typed by the palmerworm, locust, cankerworm and caterpillar of four Gentile world Empires is restored to Israel after the end of the Gentile dispensation, justified and sanctified, she will remain unconverted and dead before God until she receives the breath of Life by the Spirit of the Lord after the midst of Daniel's Seventieth Week (Matthew 24:31; Revelation 7:1-8; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Daniel 9:27).
The captivity and separation of Israel from her land, announced as the last, most severe punishment (Ezekiel 6), is, according to the Law to be conceived as the death of the nation, for the nation is related to its land as the individual soul is to its body. The exiles considered themselves dead men because so long as they are outside the Land they are unable to assemble in Jerusalem for the three compulsory annual feasts, and without atonement for sins; so the faithful regarded the lands of their captivity and dispersion as "graves." Thus the restoration of Israel to favor with God at the close of our dispensation, and the regeneration of the 144,000 will be as "life from the dead" (Romans 11:15). Sadly, most of the captives paid only lip service to the Covenant and did not return from Babylon. But the Old Covenant is without effect outside the Land. Today most Israelites of the twelve tribes remain in the Muslim lands of exile while so-called Jews who pay lip service to the Law, remain in Europe and the USA, from which neither they nor any Israelite will escape. I surmise that as wicked Haman was hanged on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai they will be incarcerated in FEMA camps they have prepared for Christians.
In the vision of Ezekiel 37:15-18, the prophet was told to act a pantomime before the people demonstrating how Israel will again become one nation. He was to take two staffs and write on one, "For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions" (that is, those of the ten tribes who followed the fortunes of Judah). And "for Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions." He was then to join them as one staff, which implies that the bulk of the ten tribes did not return at the restoration from Babylon, but remain distinct from Judah until their coming reunion after the Seventh Trump".
Israel's nationality in Canaan and the unity of the nation is conceived and bound up under the dominion of "David, My Servant"King Messiah in the millennium where they will live in tribal order purified from idolatry as described in Ezekiel 48. And when the Son of David is King over a restored and redeemed Israel His Gentile Bride will be her Queen (John 10:16).
Ezekiel 37:25-26, "They shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt [that eliminates the non-Semitic Jews; those that are in Adam's race had better run to the Lord Jesus before the Gentile dispensation expires]. They and their children after them shall dwell there: and My Servant David, their Messiah, shall be their Prince forever. I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant: and I will place and multiply them, and set My sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore" (Ezekiel 34:25; Isaiah 55:3; Jeremiah 32:40).
Ezekiel 36:21-29 speaks of the regeneration of the 144,000 under God's Covenant made in His own blood and given purely by grace through faith for His Name's sake, which Israel have profaned among the heathen wherever they have been to the present day. This prophecy will be gloriously fulfilled in the elect sons of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as it is in the elect Church. John 1:14, "The Word was made flesh, and dwelt or tabernacled among us . . . I will be with you, even in you, to the end of the world".
Revelation 21:3, "I heard a great Voice from the throne saying, Behold, the dwelling place [tabernacle or temple] of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them".
Ezekiel 37:27-28, "My [tabernacle, temple, or] dwelling place shall be over them: and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Then the nations shall know that I the Lord sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in the midst of them for evermore." God's dwelling place is in the heart of all born-again followers of Jesus Messiah (I Corinthians 6:16). nl413.htm
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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.