"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our prayer-answering Lord Jesus Christ. Your brother-in-Christ,
The world-renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking had this to say about knowledge, "The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge." I would add, "and the presumption of truth." The illusion of knowledge and disdain for truth is the quicksand on which the Establishment's brave new world is a-building.
Most people have an illusion of history, science and faith but no absolute, having been indoctrinated as to what they may think without fear of ridicule, ostracism, legal action and even imprisonment. Such was the plight of Jeremiah, Zechariah, Jesus Christ, Paul and Martin Luther for expressing politically incorrect yet essential truths. "Political correctness" is a top-down Bolshevik device employed to disempower all below the apex.
God has good things planned for His Kingdom which stands upon faitha clear understanding of His unchanging Wordand prayer. Lucifer has "whatever it takes" planned for his kingdom, whose strength is deceit and politics. There is liberty in Christ, who said: "You shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free." However truth "offends, insults and humiliates" Lucifer, the god of this evil age who rules the executive, parliament and judiciary of every nation, hence "truth" has been outlawed as "hate".
A nationwide competition for law students to draft anti-hate legislation for minority groups was won by Joseph Ribakoff. His paper suggests that not only should state-agencies monitor and restrict free speech in general, but they should also censor all films that criticize identifiable groups. Furthermore, even if the person making the statement can justify it, for example Christians criticizing homosexuality because the Bible expressly forbids it, Ribakoff asserts that the truth is to be no defence in court.
The only proof a court will need in order to secure a conviction of "hate speech" is that something has been said, and a minority group or member of such group has felt "emotionally damaged" resultant on such criticism. Under these proposals which the ADL will have forced into law all over the world, Jesus Christ would have been arrested as a hate criminal.
Whither democracy and freedom? Historians ignore the military blueprint for three world wars and three major revolutions uncovered in 1871; seldom expose the Fascist dictator F.D. Roosevelt, who confessed, "If something happens in politics, you can bet it was planned that way." Men like Patrick Henry and Paul Revere dare not warn of the dictatorship (foretold by the Brother Branham in 1964 in The Feast of the Trumpets, p. 23:173-174; Revelation 13) rising now in the USA, lest by exposing "identifiable groups" they be indicted for "racial hatred".
Science dare not speak truths that would expose the hazards of fluoridated water, unleaded petrol or the "climate change" hoax. While organized religion, Satan's headquarters on earth, never cause him "offence" by presenting anything more than "the illusion of knowledge". . . and the presumption of truth.
This Newsletter serves those of like precious faith. Whoever 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.
Craig Etchison, Ph.D., writes: "How to explain the exploding rates of cancer, birth defects, and radiation poisoning among Iraqis in the Basra region? How to explain a Department of Veterans Affairs study of 21,000 veterans of the Gulf War that found rates of birth defects were twice as great for male vets and three times as great for female vets who served in the Gulf War compared to vets who did not? How to explain a Washington Post report in January of 2006 that 518,000 of the 580,000 Gulf War veterans were on disability, and over half on permanent disability. How to explain over 13,000 dead Gulf War veterans when only 250 were killed and 7,000 injured in the war itself?" Full story: truthout.org
In a largely invisible cost of the war in Iraq, nearly 800 civilians working under contract to the Pentagon have been killed and more than 3,300 hurt doing jobs normally handled by the US military. . . 3,100 US military dead does not tell the whole story. . . there are almost as many contractors (120,000) as US troops (135,000) in the war zone. . .
Full story: truthout.org
Tehran, February 19, 2000 The Iranian Foreign Ministry charged Sunday that Sunni insurgents from Iran used Pakistan as a base to plan a bombing that killed 11 people and wounded more than 30 in the southeastern border city of Zahedan last week. The ministry said it had demanded an explanation from the Pakistani ambassador. . . "Both sides will suffer from insecurity and we decided to set up a committee to raise the security at the borders". . .
Iran has accused the United States and Britain of provoking Sunni insurgents. The authorities have said that the efforts are part of the plot to sow discord among Sunnis and Shiites in the country. Gen. Mohammad Ghaffari, a commander of security forces in the province, told the Fars news agency that a film confiscated from the suspects proved that the group was "affiliated to intelligence agencies of some of the foreign countries, such as the US and Britain."
The news agency also quoted what it called informed sources as saying that the explosives used in the bombings were American. . . Full story: truthout.org
19 February 19, 2007 US contingency plans for air strikes on Iran extend beyond nuclear sites and include most of the country's military infrastructure. . . It is understood that any such attackif orderedwould target Iranian air bases, naval bases, missile facilities and command-and-control centres. . . Full story: bbc.co.uk
Comment: Much of the intelligence on Iran's nuclear facilities provided to UN inspectors by US spy agencies has turned out to be unfounded, . . . reminiscent of the intelligence fiasco surrounding the Iraq war. . . Full story: guardian.co.uk
Hillary Mann Leverett, the former National Security Council Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Affairs under the Bush administration from 2001 to 2004 . . . accused the Bush administration of "trying to push a provocative, accidental conflict" from Iran as a pretext to justify "limited strikes" against the country's crucial nuclear and military infrastructures, as opposed to "an all-out invasion like what happened with Iraq."
Her warning comes a day after sources revealed to Newsweek that "a second Navy carrier group is steaming toward the Persian Gulf" and "that a third carrier will likely follow" to replace one of the strike carriers already in the Gulf. In retaliation, "Iran shot off a few missiles in those same tense waters last week in a highly publicized test."
Full story: truthout.org
Comment: "Christian" George II is a "man of peace" in the mold of war criminal Ariel Sharon.
Washington, February 22, 2007 The Pentagon on Thursday canceled plans to detonate a 700-tonne explosive charge in the Nevada desert that had drawn environmental protests and lawsuits. . . the test was designed to gather data for use in developing weapons capable of destroying deeply buried bunkers containing chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.
It called for detonating 700 tonnes of conventional explosives over a tunnel at a Nevada test site to study its effect on hard granite structures. . . Full story: truthout.org
February 19, 2007 A provision quietly tucked into the enormous defense budget bill at the Bush administration's behest makes it easier for a president to override local control of law enforcement and declare martial law.
The provision, signed into law in October, weakens two obscure but important bulwarks of liberty. One is the doctrine that bars military forces, including a federalized National Guard, from engaging in law enforcement. Called posse comitatus, it was enshrined in law after the Civil War to preserve the line between civil government and the military. The other is the Insurrection Act of 1807, which provides the major exemptions to posse comitatus. It essentially limits a president's use of the military in law enforcement to putting down lawlessness, insurrection and rebellion, where a state is violating federal law or depriving people of constitutional rights.
The newly enacted provisions upset this careful balance. They shift the focus from making sure federal laws are enforced to restoring public order. Beyond cases of actual insurrection, the president may now use military troops as a domestic police force in response to a natural disaster, a disease outbreak, terrorist attack or to any "other condition."
Changes of this magnitude should be made only after a thorough public airing. But these new presidential powers were slipped into the law without hearings or public debate. The president made no mention of the changes when he signed the measure, and neither the White House nor Congress consulted in advance with the nation's governors. . .
Full Story: truthout.org
February 14, 2007 The world's smallest and thinnest RFID tags were introduced yesterday by Hitachi. Tiny miracles of miniaturization, these RFID chips (Radio Frequency IDentification chips) measure just 0.05 x 0.05 millimeters.
The previous record-holder, the Hitachi mu-chip, is just 0.4 x 0.4 millimeters. . . The "powder type" tags are some sixty times smaller. The new RFID chips have a 128-bit ROM for storing a unique 38 digit number, like their predecessor. Hitachi used semiconductor miniaturization technology and electron beams to write data on the chip substrates to achieve the new, smaller size.
Hitachi's mu-chips are already in production; they were used to prevent ticket forgery at last year's Aichi international technology exposition. RFID 'powder,' on the other hand, is so much smaller that it can easily be incorporated into thin paper, like that used in paper currency and gift certificates. Full story: raidersnewsnetwork.com
February 19, 2007 Radical proposals to reunite Anglicans with the Roman Catholic Church under the leadership of the Pope are to be published this year . . . The proposals have been agreed by senior bishops of both churches.
In a 42-page statement prepared by an international commission of both churches, Anglicans and Roman Catholics are urged to explore how they might reunite under the Pope. The statement, leaked to The Times, is being considered by the Vatican, where Catholic bishops are preparing a formal response. . . Full story: timesonline.co.uk
Comment: That most Anglicans would be against this proposal is not the point. Satan's objective is to establish certain principles now, so that in the chaos at the close of the Gentile dispensation, Anglicans will accept Roman headship.
Genesis 17:1, "When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him, and said, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be perfect".
Matthew 5:48, "You are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect".
If you are a Christiannot by church membership or personal testimony, but by rebirthyou are perfect. Jesus has already said He would present to Himself a glorious Church "without spot or wrinkle, that it should be holy and without blemish"the antitype of Israel's acceptable sacrifices (Ephesians 5:25-30). So if you have been baptized into the Body of Christ you are the true Church sealed to the day of your redemption.
Jesus said, "He who comes to me I will not cast out" (John 6:37). "Whosoever, hears My Word, and believes on Him who sent Me has eternal Life [already], and shall not come into judgment [and be cast away], but has [already] passed from death into Life" (John 5:24). "Whosoever eats My flesh and drinks My Blood has eternal Life, and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:54).
Be certain of God. "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He who fears is not made perfect in love" (I John 4:18). Uncertainty is caused through lack of understanding; that is, insufficient faith. Lucifer's most powerful tool is doubt. Speaking of the earthquake that will sink Los Angeles at the close of the Gentile dispensation and the resultant tidal waves, Jesus said, "There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken" when Lucifer and his demons are cast down to earth (Luke 21:25-28; Revelation 12:7-13).
"Then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory." This will be the sign of Christ's (Gk. 'parousia') Coming to Israel of which the disciples inquired in Luke 21:7, and although the coming of the Cloud will be physical, this will not be the physical (or Gk. 'erchomai') return of the glorified Messiah. This phenomenon will be reported internationally but comprehended only by Christ's Bride, certifying her faith. "When these things begin to occur, take courage, stand erect, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws nigh." The 144,000 elect Israelites will only see the full significance of this sign after their two prophets are martyred and raised in the midst of Daniel's Seventieth Week.
These formidable portents prophesied to come upon earth almost at once are not foreboding but promise joy unspeakable and full of glory to Christ's Bride, signifying that in the coming six weeks we will manifest that we are the Sons of God as He instills translation faith in those who are perfect. Then what we say He will do because we have His mind in us and the revelation that we are perfect.
Abraham, Isaac and Israel were shadows and types of the elect Church. God told Abram that by election and grace, "I am going to bring you Home in your old age. You will have a child by Sarah, and through that lineage I will save the World." Abram had done nothing to merit salvation, God simply called him by foreknowledge.
Abram was an Iraqi. He looked like Saddam Hussein and other Iraqis who are a Semitic people. Have you noticed that Jews bear no likeness to these brethren of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob yet Palestinians have a perfect likeness? Abraham's father was an idolater: when Babylonian idolatry became infused with Yahwism in Israel, God destroyed the Northern Kingdom and dispersed its people throughout the Assyrian provinces where they live to this day (Isaiah 11:11; 27:13). As Hosea 1-2 explains, Judah emulated her sister's idolatry so the Lord sent Nebuchadnezzar to raze the temple and take the best of the people captive. There they hybrid faith with Babylonian paganism, making the Word of God of none effect (Matthew 15:9). "The spread of a modified Pharisaism to the ends of the earth has fortunately not prevented the endurance throughout the centuries of the unchanged faith in Rabbinic Judaism. Pharisaism became Talmudism, Talmudism became Medieval Rabbinism, and Medieval Rabbinism became Modern Rabbinism. But throughout these changes of name, inevitable adaptation of custom, and adjustment of Law, the spirit of the ancient Pharisee survives unaltered. . . From Palestine to Babylonia; from Babylonia to North Africa, Italy, Spain, France and Germany; from these to Poland, Russia, and eastern Europe generally, ancient Pharisaism has wandered" demonstrates the enduring importance which attaches to Pharisaism as a religious movement" (Rabbi Louis Finkelstein of The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Foreword to his First Edition of "The Pharisees, The Sociological Background of Their Faith," p. xxi).
From Judaism, Babylonian paganism hybrid into a Christianized form of idolatry at the First Nicaea Council in AD325. Brother Branham said, "Till about the time of the AD606 when it come into Thyatira, it was nearly all Jewish converts" (Revelation Chapter 4, Part II, p. 630:263-264). So when John was caught up in the Spirit into the Lord's day, he looked back through time into man's day and saw Mystery Babylon sitting as a queen, with a golden cup filled with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus Christ, persecuting the saints of the living God as the Pharisees had done before her yet bearing the Name of Jesus (Matthew 23:33-36; Revelation 18:24).
Brother Branham said, "Going to Sunday school one morning, I was caught away in a vision. . . Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, I said, "Now, there's going to be three great isms, which is now in existence. One of them is in Rome, which is Fascism, and one of them is in Germany which is Nazism. And the other one is in Russia, which is Communism." I said, "Those three great isms is the unclean spirits that went out of the mouth of the false prophet, and the dragons, and so forth that will unite themselves together, speaking things that they should not, and they'll all beat at one another, until they'll finally wind up in one ism. And I predict that that will be Communism. And Communism will burn the Vatican city."
"And great persecution will tear down all the differences and run us together as one person. . . No man will ever be able to do it. That's too big a job for a man; God Himself will do that. We will be one someday. Amen. Oh, my, I will be so happy for that, won't you, when it's all over?" (Faith once delivered to the Saints #55-0501; Revelation 16:12-16; 18:1-20).
God is calling His Bride out from the apostate churches into subjection under the Word, and every one, in preparation for the manifestation of the Sons of God when He will endue her with rapturing faith for translation grace. And as it was in the days of Noah, people are unconcerned, eating, drinking, marrying, and giving in marriage, heady, high-minded, incontinent, fierce, and despisers of those that are good.
Israel being called out of Egyptian bondage in the first Exodus is a type of the Bride in these last days being called out of Roman Bondage (Matthew 25:6; I Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 18:1-4). Israel migrated to Egypt because of a drought, and it was almost 500 years before she returned to Canaan. The church came into Rome because of a drought for hearing the Word, which was scarce in those days because there was no open vision. Romans 10:17. "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" but from John to Brother Branham we had no Word Prophet (I Samuel 3:1; Amos 8:11), and after a thousand years of Dark Ages the faith was almost lost as Rome martyred scores of millions of saints. It is now 500 years since Luther broke the drought, and although God sent the prophet Brother Branham to reveal Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever, the so-called churches remain in Roman bondage.
Present day Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified is spiritually as Sodom and Egyptabomination and bondagelike the rest of the apostate world with God's Name on it (Revelation 11:8).
Jacob said, "Bury me not in Egypt, but carry me out of Egypt and bury me with my fathers" (Genesis 47:28-31). As a prophet, Jacob knew the resurrection would be in Palestine, where God's covenant with Israel was valid (Genesis 17:8). Christians know the resurrection is in Jesus Christ where the Covenant is valid, so we are buried by baptism unto His death and reborn of water and the Spirit, signifying the death of our soul's first husband and our release from the bondage of sin that we might be free to serve our new Husband, Christ the Word (Romans 6).
God has only one provided place where He will receive worship. For blinded Israel, that place is Jerusalem where the lamb was sacrificed. For Christians it is Christ, "the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the World." Like Israel, "We may not present our Lamb within any of the rests which the Lord God gave us: (Pentecost, Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, or Laodicea): but at the place in which He shall choose to place His Name, there shall we sacrifice the Passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that we came forth out of Egypt." We live in the evening time of the Gentile dispensation (Zechariah 14:7; Matthew 24:27), the holy convocation or fiftieth day of the Pentecostal feast in which the sacrifice of the true faith has been restored so that the evangelistic Message is no longer Matthew 28:19, but Revelation 18:4.
As God kept Israel in Egypt until there arose a Pharaoh who knew not Joseph, He kept the church in Roman bondage until there arose a Pharaoh who knew not Jesus: President John Kennedy (1917-1963). The Roman Catholic hierarchy was not in the White House but she was the system behind it because Mr. Kennedy was one of her children; and the Bible says the United States will be made into an image of the beast. As Israel was not ready to receive Moses, and ran him into exile for forty years, we Gentiles were not ready to receive the Message of our deliverer. Now, after forty years there has arisen another Pharaoh who knows not Joseph: George II, who is working to bring this prophecy of Revelation 13 to pass.
When Christ fulfilled Revelation 4, 5 and 10:1-7, He revealed the Seven Seals through the "Shout" of the Message of His prophet, William Branham. This brought Christ back to earth in WORD form and is calling the wise and foolish virgin out of Roman bondage as Moses called Israel out of Egyptian bondage (Matthew 25:6; I Thessalonians 4:5-6; Revelation 18:4).
In Moses we see a type of Jesus Messiah and a type of Brother Branham also. Moses was born at a time when Egypt was engaged in a "family planning" program in which all male Israelite were to be thrown into the river at birth. By the grace of God, Moses was preserved and raised in Pharaoh's household because he was foreordained to deliver Israel from bondage. Brother Branham was born before light in the mountains of Kentucky in a little log cabin like that in which Abraham Lincoln was born. When his father opened the shutter of the unglazed window, the Pillar of Fire in the form of a pillow entered the room and stood over the little bed in which he lay. And as God spoke with Moses from the Pillar of Fire in a bush, He spoke to Brother Branham out of a whirlwind in a bush and said, "Never smoke, or drink, or defile your body in any way (i.e. by sexual sins Ed). There'll be a work to do when you get older".
When Moses returned to Egypt to demand Pharaoh release Israel, God identified him as the promised deliverer by three signs. The first sign was when he threw his staff on the ground and it became a snake, the second was when he placed his right hand in his bosom and it became leprous, showing that the thoughts of the heart of unregenerate man are sinful, and that the heart of the hand that holds God's judgment rod must be cleansed. The third sign was when he poured water from the river onto the ground and it became blood, a sign that Egypt would be drenched in blood.
Like Moses, God identified Brother Branham by three signs. The first was where he took a person by the hand and was able to diagnose their condition. Second was the Messianic sign of Hebrews 4:12 "discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart" as prophesied in Luke 17:28-30, ". . . as it was in the days of Lot." is third sign was prophetic in the revelation of the Seven Seals, which has brought the world to judgment with death to all but Christ's end-time Bride.
Not only was Moses rejected by his brethren and by Pharaoh, but Brother Branham, despite his vindication, was rejected by his denominational cousins. Both prophets remarried after the death of their first wife. According to Josephus, Moses married an Ethiopian princess, perhaps typifying the extension of God's covenant to us Gentiles (Antiquities of the Jews, ii, 10:2; Psalm 45:9-17). Brother Branham's wives may typify the Laodicean and end-time Brides as both Sisters Hope and Meda bore him children. God placed a judgment rod in Moses' hand, which signified the Word; and He places a silver sword with a handle of pearl and a guard of Gold into Brother Branham's right hand, signifying the Word of redemption held in the firm hand of priceless faith is protected by deity.
As a Midianitess, Moses' wife Zipporah delayed the circumcision of her son; her perversity almost brought divine vengeance on Moses who was so busy with affairs of the day he forgot the Old Testament Seal of God. Moses was a type of church organization which failed God, and as Moses died before Israel entered the Promised Land, the Church Age saints will die before the translation of Christ's end-time Bride. With reluctance and anger Zipporah circumcised Gershon, exclaiming, "A bloody husband you are to me because of the circumcision," which binds me to you afresh. She recovered her husband's life at the cost of her son's blood. This event at the inn seems to have induced Moses to send her back to her father as unable to brave the trials of God's people, and perhaps because she rebuked God's prophet. Psalm 105:15, "Touch not My anointed, and do my prophets no harm." Jethro returned her to Moses in Rephidim during the first year's sojourn in the wilderness, which is the last time she is mentioned. Miriam's jealousy was in the second year, so that Moses' marriage to the Cushite must have been between the first and second years. Like Moses' sister Miriam, Sister Hope was jealous.
In deference to the wishes of the mother of his first wife, Hope, Brother Branham disobeyed the Lord by delaying the command to travel and "do the work of an evangelist." Because of this disobedience, God took the life his first wife, their baby daughter, and his brother.
Like Zipporah, Sister Meda lost her temper and rebuked God's prophet, slamming the door behind her. The Lord almost took her life by a huge cyst that developed in her womb. Acts 3:22-23, "Moses said, The Lord your God shall raise up from among your brethren, a prophet like me. Listen to everything he will tell you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, who will not hear that prophet, will be utterly destroyed from among the people" (Heb. 'cherem').
Jesus was a Prophet like Moses, as was Brother Branham who veiled the fullness of the godhead and revealed Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. Those who refuse his Message, which is Christ, shall be utterly destroyed, for they will have rejected the Seal of God, which is the unpardonable sin (Malachi 4:5-6; Revelation 14:9-12; 18:1-4; 22:18-19).
The Angel that led the children of Israel in their journey through the wilderness manifest as a Pillar of Cloud by day and a Pillar of Fire by night was the Angel of the Covenant who was born in the flesh by a virgin and manifest as Jesus Messiah. This was the Angel of the Lord who led Brother Branham's ministry and vindicated His Presence in the same Pillar of Fire and Cloud that led the children of Israel.
If you are a subscriber or reader who is unfamiliar with the present truth, do not rest solely on this Newsletter but zealously exert yourself to confirm your calling and election by studying the Teaching Sermons and other resources on the Church Website, proving all things in your own Bible. Your first responsibility is to ensure you own a clear revelation of the true oneness of the godhead and are baptized in water in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins as Peter instructed the infant Church on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:38-39). Since the new birth is the Spiritual union of your soul with the present Truthwhat Jesus is doing nowyou must personally establish whether Brother Branham's ministry fulfilled Malachi 4:5-6 and Revelation 10:7, and familiarize yourself with this Message which restored the apostolic faith and finished the mystery of God, as this is the key to understanding God's unchanging Word. Then as you grow in grace the Holy Spirit will employ the Message to unlock the mystery of Christ hidden in the Holy Bible.
Shall we revisit some of the points which we studied in last week's Newsletter? The "rapture" commenced in 1963 with the "Shout" of I Thessalonians 4:16, which fulfills Matthew 25:6 and Revelation 18:4. As Jesus taught in Revelation 1:10 and 4:1-2, Paul explained in I Thessalonians 4:16, the "rapture" or our catching up into the Day of the Lord is a threefold PROCESS of revelation, consisting of the "Shout" of the Message calling the wise and foolish virgin out from Rome and her (once) Protestant daughter churches, the "Voice of the Archangel" which is Christ in the heart of His Bride placing the Message from Genesis to Revelation to unfold the mystery of God and bring her to maturity in the unity of the faith. At the dispensation change, Israel's Seventh Trump will signal the resurrection of the Church Age saints, the manifestation of the Sons of God and their translation, and then anoint two Hebrew prophets to witness to 144,000 elect Israelites during the first part of Daniel's Seventieth Week.
The revelation of the Seven Seals from March 17 - 24, 1963 introduced us to the perfect understanding of the Word, "that which is perfect" or complete, which is Christ. Not Jesus the Man, but Christ the Logos or fullness of the anointed Word returned to earth in W_O_R_D form through the mouth of God's Prophet as foretold by I Corinthians 13:10 and Revelation 10:1-7.
We are living in man's day, a dispensation wherein grace is free and any willing soul in Adam's race may receive our Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour. When the last saint predestinated to Christ's Bride has been baptized into the Body, the day of the Lord, which is the day of God's wrath and judgment upon evil will dawn at the sounding of the Seventh Trumpet. This is the manifestation of the Sixth Seal. Grace and the Gentile dispensation will end, Lucifer and his angels will be cast down to earth, Los Angeles and 1,500 x 300 - 400 miles of California will sink beneath the Pacific; earthquakes, volcanoes and tidal waves will devastate much of the world, and the great tribulation will have begun.
Christ comes only three times. This confuses believers who overlook the sometimes unfortunate translation of Greek into Englishthis confusion is magnified with each new translation or transliteration into colloquial English.
Jesus' first Coming was an 'erchomai' or physical coming, born of the Virgin Mary to fulfill the work of Adam's kinsman Redeemer, paying redemption's price on Calvary.
His second Coming was a 'parousia' Coming to incarnate His end-time Bride, bringing her into "the unity of the faith" for "the manifestation of the Sons of God" and the translation. He came in W_O_R_D form, through the mouth of His prophet as he delivered the revelation of the Seven Seals, making perfect or complete "that which was in part." He is present now in the fullness of His revealed Word. He will come to the elect Israelites in the same manner through the mouth of their "Moses" and "Elijah" of Zechariah 4 and Revelation 11:1-13. They will not, however, recognize His Presence until after the death and resurrection of these two prophets in the midst of Daniel's Seventieth Week. Then the nation will be born-again in one day (Isaiah 65:8; Ezekiel 39:22; Zechariah 3:9-10).
Third will be the 'erchomai' coming of the glorified Jesus Messiah in the office of Son of David to step out on the ashes of the wicked with the Old and New Testament saints for a thousand years of peace. This takes place after all life on earth and all traces of human activity have been destroyed by fire.
If you are unsure of the distinction and application of the Greek, a word study and the helpful research of Brother James Stuart Russell, "The ParousiaA Careful Look at the New Testament Doctrine of the Lord's Second Coming" will enhance your understanding.
"Friendly fellowship contending for the faith is as stimulating as the sparks that fly when iron strikes iron . . . so let us be mindful to stimulate one another toward love and edifying good works, not neglecting the assembling of ourselves together in church, as some do; but giving mutual encouragement; the more so as you see the day of the Lord drawing near" (Proverbs 27:17; Hebrews 10:24-25).
Christ's second (or 'parousia') Coming took place between March 17-24, 1963. The revelation of the Seven Seals brought Christ back to earth in WORD form. He came "as a thief in the night" and He is Present now by revelation in the heart of His end-time Bride.
The physical (or 'erchomai') coming of "the day of the Lord" is yet future. It will be signaled by "a great earthquake of a magnitude unprecedented in human history. Jerusalem will be split into three parts; cities throughout the world will fall in heaps of rubble, and God will remember great Babylon, to make her drink the cup of the fierceness of His wrath. Islands will vanish and mountains will subside" when Brother Branham pours out the Seventh Vial of God's jealousy to separate the foolish virgin from the false church (Revelation 16:18-20). After a short and powerful demonstration of the Spirit, not for public show but to build our faith for translation grace, our hunted and persecuted little group will be stolen by the "Thief"so few in number we will not be missed in the terrifying upset of nature that will come upon earth.
Be sure you are certain of God. As we have explained, the rapture, or catching up of the Bride is a three-fold PROCESS, and not what denominational punters anticipate. The "Shout" of this Message calls Christ's Bride out from apostate Christianity into new birth in Jesus Christ. It has been calling God's elect since the revelation of the Seven Seals in 1963, so the rapture has been in PROCESS for 44 years, yet not one person has been raised from the dead and glorified, but a little flock has been caught up by the Spirit into the Lord's day with both feet planted firmly on the ground.
The "Voice of the Archangel" is not heard by human ears for it speaks within the heart of man, giving certainty as it unlocks Life from the written Word by the Spoken Word, dissolving doubts and correcting misunderstandings to draw us into the unity of the faith. We still have both feet on the ground and must contend with the trials of life.
The manifestation of the Seventh "Trump" and the Sixth Seal at the close of the Gentile dispensation will shake both heaven and earth, casting down Lucifer and his host (Hebrews 12:26-27). And although the Gentile dispensation will have passed, we will neither change in the atoms nor will we be "caught up together with the Church Age saints in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air," until after the resurrection and glorification of our brethren who have fallen asleep and the conclusion of "the manifestation of the Sons of God, . . . when the day of Pentecost has fully come [again], and we are all with one accord in one mind" as Brother Branham said (above).
Matthew 24:30-31 is the same as Acts 3:9-11 and Revelation 1:7 to which I shall refer: "Behold, He comes with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also who pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen".
Three different groups will see Him at three different times. The first to see Him is "every eye" of Christ's end-time Bride. Three and half year after the resurrection and translation of the Gentile Church, "they who pierced Him" shall see Him. This revelation will rebirth Israel as a nation in one day, after which they will be hunted down and killed (Revelation 6:11; 11:7-13; 12:17; 13:16-18; 14:12-13). At that time a third but non-elect group of "all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him," recognizing they have missed the new birth; that the rapture has taken place years before without their notice, and in order to retain their names in the Book of Life and salvation they must die as martyrs in support of the Word who died in their stead on Calvary's cross (Deuteronomy 19:21; I John 3:16; Revelation 2:10).
Believers often conflate the second or 'parousia' "Coming of the Lord" to we Gentiles with "the day of the Lord." Christ's Parousia to We Gentiles and We See by Faith, Not by Sight explain how Christ's first or 'erchomai' Coming to Israel and His first or 'parousia' Coming to we Gentiles were in man's day, whereas His second or 'parousia' Coming to Israel and His second or 'erchomai' return as the glorified Jesus will take place in "the day of the Lord.
Matthew's Gospel was directed to an audience of Israelites, not Gentiles. In Matthew 24:3, the disciples asked Jesus three questions in respect of three signs:
1. When will no stone of Jerusalem's temple remain standing upon another?
Jesus answered this question in Matthew 24:15-21, and the prophecy was fulfilled by Roman General Titus. Two readers dispute that this was the fulfillment of prophecy because the so-called "wailing wall" is intact. However the city wall is not the Temple. Do they regard Jesus a false Christ because He was not "in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights" as He prophesied in Matthew 12:40?
2. What will be the sign of your 'parousia' Coming?
Jesus answered this question in Matthew 24:30. At the Seventh Trump the Shekinah will appear over the Mount of Olives as a Pillar of Cloud not unlike the sign of His "parousia" Coming that appeared for us Gentiles over Arizona on February 28, 1963 featured here in Life Magazine, May 17, 1963. However Israel will not recognize its true significance at the time because they are not believers in Jesus as their Messiah! This revelation will be delivered through three and a half years of ministry by the two "angels" of verse 31, two prophets in the office of a "Moses" who will separate the promises of Yahweh Torah from the Babylonian impost of "Judaism"; and an "Elijah" who will reveal their Seven Trumpet mysteries. The Seventh Trump will reveal the previous six Trumpets of divine Judgment for the crucifixion and rejection Messiah over 2,000 years. The revelation of Israel's feast of Trumpets will gather the elect 144,000 Israelites from war and strife into the "Goshen" of Jerusalem for correction, new birth, and martyrdom. The revelation of the Seventh Trumpet will be their revelation of Christ's 'parousia,' and the birth of the nation in one day.
3. What shall be the sign of the end of the dispensations, or ages?
Jesus answered this question in Matthew 24:32-34, "Learn a lesson from the fig tree (the symbol for Israel); as soon as its branch is tender and leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is almost here. (The beginning of summer marks the harvest of the wheat Bride, the end of the Pentecostal feast or Gentile dispensation, and the ripening of tree crops such as the fig, for the Day of Atonement and ingathering at the feast of Tabernacles for the millennium). So when you see all these things, know that summer, (the end of the dispensations of man's day, and the dawn "the day of the Lord" and great tribulation), is near, even at the doors. I assure you, the generation that witnesses the restoration of Israel to statehood shall not pass on, till all these portents take place".
Israel was declared a nation at midnight on May, 14 1948.
Zechariah 14:1-5 introduces the Day of the Lord and Christ's unrecognized 'parousia' Coming to Israel, not His physical or 'erchomai' return to rule as King over the earth. Israel's revelation of Christ's parousia will occur after the midst of Daniel's Seventieth Week, and when they "see" or receive the faith of Jesus Christ they will also recognize His Wife, the Gentile Church as their Queen (Revelation 19:1-9).
In Matthew 24:21-22 Jesus said, "Until now, there has not been tribulation such as that which will commence with the destruction of Jerusalem and its temple; tribulation that will continue for two thousand years under the Seven Trumpet Judgments, culminating in the consummation of life on earth (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 19:20; 20:5, 10). And unless God shortens the time by physically translating His end-time Bride, there will be no flesh saved for the rapture".
As we have taught in "The Rapture and the Second Coming," and "The Rapture is a Revelation, NOT the Translation," the climax of this threefold PROCESS will be the resurrection and translation of Christ's Wife. His end-time Bride will not see death in the flesh, but the non-elect will perish in the atomic conflagration soon to come upon earth. eb464.htm
Pass it on . . . please send this article to someone you know
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.