Bible Believers' Newsletter 705
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; we are pleased you could join us in fellowship around God's unchanging Word.
Please take your time studying our main article, Zechariah Chapters Ten and Eleven, and be sure to check the Scriptures. If you should study this or any previous issue of our Newsletter on-line the Scriptures should automatically display as you move your cursor over the reference.
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.
Your brother-in-Christ, Anthony Grigor-Scott
Unbelievable COWARDICE of BEASTIAL US Image to the Beast
September 20, 2011 Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been stripped of legal immunity for acts of torture against US citizens authorized while he was in office . . . Awareness is growing that Bush-era crimes went far beyond mere water boarding . . . we're talking about rape and murder here . . . boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling . . . And the Mayor of London threatened Bush with arrest for war crimes earlier this year should he ever set foot in his city. . . Guards at Bagram routinely kneed prisoners in their thighs . . . It went on over a 24-hour period, and I would think that it was over 100 strikes . . . Dilawar had been chained by the wrists to the top of his cell for much of the previous four days . . . the guards were instructed only to chain the prisoner back to the ceiling. . .
The next time the prison medic saw Dilawar a few hours later, he was dead, his head lolled to one side and his body beginning to stiffen. A coroner would testify that his legs "had basically been pulpified." The Army coroner, Maj. Elizabeth Rouse, said: "I've seen similar injuries in an individual run over by a bus." She testified that had he lived, Dilawar's legs would have had to be amputated. Despite the military's false statement that Dilawar's death was the result of "natural causes," Maj. Rouse marked the death certificate as a "homicide" and arranged for the certificate to be delivered to the family. The name Dilawar translates to English roughly as "Braveheart."
Binyam Mohamed was seized by the Pakistani Forces in April 2002 and turned over to the Americans for a $5,000 bounty. He was held for more than five years without charge or trial in Bagram Air Force Base, Guantánamo Bay, and third country "black" sites. "They cut off my clothes with some kind of doctor's scalpel. I was naked. I tried to put on a brave face. But maybe I was going to be raped. Maybe they'd electrocute me. Maybe castrate me . . . One of them took my penis in his hand and began to make cuts. He did it once, and they stood still for maybe a minute, watching my reaction. I was in agony. They must have done this 20 to 30 times, in maybe two hours . . . I was in Morocco for 18 months. Once they began this, they would do it to me about once a month. . .
"His genitals were mutilated. He was deprived of sleep and food. He was summarily transported from one foreign prison to another. Captors held him in stress positions for days at a time. He was forced to listen to piercingly loud music and the screams of other prisoners while locked in a pitch-black cell. All the while, he was forced to inculpate himself and others in plots to imperil Americans. The government does not dispute this evidence". . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: These and thousands of other innocent civilians suffer so Mr. Rothschild can run oil and gas pipe lines through Afghanistan, and so the CIA can source heroin to fund black ops. See how Satanic a nation becomes when it rejects the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? Brother Branham said America rejected her last opportunity for national repentance in 1956/7. He called it "the prostitute of the nations," and said "I don't even pray for it." "Home of the brave and land of the free"? I think not! According to the above image of a bloody US torture room in Abu Ghraib, America has yet to match the depraved bloodlust of Jewish Bolsheviks wading through rivers of blood a foot deep slaughtering thousands of Christian ministers and believers in Russia. Read about it here, here, and here (Romans 1:18-32).
Judaeo-Communism: Grinding America Down
September 18, 2011 In 1992, long before he was appointed to the Tenth District of the Idaho State legislature in 2007, Curtis Bowers was a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. He was asked by a writer friend to attend a meeting at Berkeley sponsored by the Communist Party USA who would be talking about using US public policy to bring down the government of the United States. Fifteen years later Bowers was forced to conclude they had virtually achieved their objective. . . Full story: jonchristianryter.com
Comment: Sixty-one years have passed since Russian delegate to the UN, Dmitri Manuilsky, spoke of "launching the most spectacular peace movement on Record." The object of this was to be to "put the bourgeoisie to sleep," so that the final takeover of the entire world by the Communists would succeed through the element of surprise.
This "peace offensive" was launched by Khrushchev in 1956, but passed largely unnoticed because of the dramatic diversion provided by de-Stalinization. The vital importance of Khrushchev's speech at the Twentieth Party Congress was that it inaugurated the strategy of "peaceful co-existence" as the means of achieving world-wide Communist dictatorship an objective which clearly could not be gained by a conventional military confrontation. . . there has been a great deal of Party literature explaining that peaceful co-existence is simply the final strategy of conquest, the outcome of which "will be the triumph of communism throughout the entire world".
Colonialism, whatever its beginnings, was indeed becoming increasingly benevolent. And anti-colonialism was in its inception an openly declared Communist strategy to bring down European civilization everywhere . . . thus the destruction of the native Africans, according to the Satanic plan to exploit the wealth of Africa in the service of a World Government, is now inevitable unless that World Government is exposed, challenged, and defeated in the little time left before "none dare call it treason".
Depopulation as a conscious policy emerged in the eighteenth century French revolutions, and re-emerged with the Communist revolution in Russia, China, and elsewhere, and is current in Africa. 'Decolonisation' is depopulation on the do-it-yourself principlecurrently on view in Nigeria and other African States. 'Racial' tensions and conflicts are quite obviously incited and sustained by propaganda, and serve to distract attention from the real conflict in the world, which is cultural. Communism, of course, is not a culture; it is the vehicle for the survival-policy of those ultimately behind it.
The evidence in overwhelming that behind Communist and associated evils there is a self-conscious elite, surviving by appointing its own successors, using war and revolution to keep the population 'explosion' at bay until its own power, and hence its survival, is unchallengeable. The attack on religion, morality and the mores of peoples presages what the future holds.
On May 3, 1966, the Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alberto Nogueira, issued a statement at a Press Conference. "The African countries, yes; but not their peoples. It is the resources of the African continent which interest not so much the "great powers" as the invisible world government, in its dual aspects of Finance and Communism. The peoples of Africa and of Christian civilization stand in the way of the heart's desire of the International Conspiracy, so in their millions they must perish to clear the way for the Grand Design.
It should be obvious by now why "the death of Communism" had to be staged. How else could Michael Gorbachev, chief Marxist-Leninist, and agent for the Pharisees of the City of London, be able to base his operations in the world's chief anti-Communist country? How else would Western leaders consult without alarming their own citizens? How else would the masses be prevented from realizing that the purpose of such consultation is to work out the final details of a Communist world government?
Consider, for example, Gorbachev's "Churchill" speech of May 6, 1992 in Fulton, Missouri, wherein he called for "global government" under the United Nations; it reads as if it were lifted from the pages of Foreign Affairs (the Journal of the CFR, which it probably was). Consider also the following statements of Mikhail Gorbachev, former General Secretary of the Communist Party and "President" of the Soviet Union, taken from his speeches and his book, Perestroika. These certainly are well known to the "best and the brightest," the CFR "wise men"; yet they have either hidden them or have explained them away because they do not comport with the false images of Gorbachev, Russia, and "perestroika" now being foisted on the American public:
• "In October 1917, we parted with the Old World, rejecting it once and for all. We are moving toward a new world, the world of communism. We shall never turn off that road."
• "We will proceed toward better socialism rather than away from it."
• "I am now [June 1990], just as I've always been, a convinced communist. It's useless to deny the enormous and unique contribution of Marx, Engels and Lenin to the history of social thought and to modern civilization as a whole."
• "The concept, the main idea, lies in the fact that we want to give a new lease on life to socialism through perestroika and to reveal the potential of the socialist system. . ."
• "I am a communist, a convinced communist. For some that may be a fantasy. But for me it is my main goal."
• "Today we have perestroika, the salvation of socialism, giving it a second breath, revealing everything good which is in this system."
• "We are carrying forth a Marxism-Leninism freed from layers of dogmatism, staleness and short-sighted considerations."
Gorbachev's own words and deeds abundantly confirm any sentient being exactly what Anatoliy Golitsyn has said: Gorbachev is no "liberal," no reformer. He is a dedicated Marxist-Leninist carrying out the Communist long-range strategy of convergence. In his recent essay, "New Priorities for the World," he declares "it is increasingly clear that the ideological foundations of the Western world are becoming outdated." Note that it is the ideological foundations of the Western worldnot the Marxist worldwhich are "becoming outdated."
One evening, during a trip to Moscow early in 1992, as the evening wore on, the wife of my host said, "What if I told you that you will have a black president very soon and he will be a Communist? . . . This is not some idle talk. He is already born and he is educated and being groomed to be president right now. You will be impressed to know that he has gone to the best schools of Presidents. He is what you call "Ivy League." You don't believe me, but he is real and I even know his name. His name is Barack. His mother is white and American and his father is black from Africa. That's right, a chocolate baby! And he's going to be your President."
"It's all been thought out. His father is not an American black so he won't have that social slave stigma. He is intelligent and he is half white and has been raised from the cradle to be an atheist and a Communist. He's gone to the finest schools. He is being guided every step of the way and he will be irresistible to America." She rattled off a complete litany. He was from Hawaii. He went to school in California. He lived in Chicago. He was soon to be elected to the legislature. "Have no doubt: he is one of us, a Soviet." America would have to be converted to Communism and Barack was going to pave the way. Newsletters 625 and 662, and read The Communist Catechism.
Bahrain: Is Washington preparing 'Regime Change' in PR Disaster Kingdom?
September 18, 2011 The persistence of pro-democracy protests in Bahrain in the face of brutal repression may be giving Washington second thoughts about its unwavering support for the royal rulers of the strategically important Persian Gulf kingdom. Are we about to witness a cosmetic 'regime change'not so much for the genuine sake of democratic rights in Bahrain, but more to save Washington's vital interests across the region?
The tiny island situated between Saudi Arabia and Qatar serves as the base for the US Navy's Fifth Fleet. The Fifth Fleet, comprising 16,000 personnel and 30 vessels, is a staging ground for US military projection across the Middle East and Central Asia. It also monitors the sea lanes of the Persian Gulf through which some 30 per cent of the world's total supply of traded oil passes every day. . . Apart from the US Fifth Fleet, the US has a free trade agreement with Bahrain, it sells some $20 million in weapons every year to the kingdom, and Bahrain is a financial hub for American and global capital.
Bahrain returned all these favours by lending Washington and its NATO allys diplomatic cover for the military intervention in Libya to oust Muammar Gaddafi. Bahrain, along with the other Gulf monarchies of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, lined up dutifully behind the US/NATO intervention to give it a veneer of Arab approval, and thus head off charges that the aerial bombardment of Libya is a Western imperialist war of aggression. The Gulf Arab monarchies have also performed the same political function of providing diplomatic cover for the US/NATO sanctions and threats of intervention against Syria. . .
The unreformable Bahraini regime thus presents Washington with a thorny problem. Not only is the US government being shown to be on the side of tyrants in Bahrain, but its support of such a regime is exposing a chasm in Washington's rhetoric about human rights in Libya, Syria and elsewhere across the Middle East. Bahrain may only be a tiny territory, but the reality of state terror and repression against unarmed civilians is blowing a huge hole in the US facade of protecting human rights and democratic freedom. . . We shouldn't be surprised therefore if the US Air Force is loading gold bullion for the hasty departure of King Hamad to Saudi Arabia. . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Media Collusion with Bilderberg Group confirms Hidden Agenda
September 15, 2011 At the European Parliament in Strasbourg in September 12, Gerard Batten MEP, UKIP (London), Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group spoke regarding media collusion with Bilderberg Group and confirmed their hidden agenda for one world government. Full story: youtube.com.
Comment: Just about all US Bilderberg members belong to the Council on Foreign Relations. Hardly one person in 1000 ever heard of the Council on Foreign Relations. Why isn't the CFR in the History Books? bilderberg.org
September 18, 2011 Despite a specific election promise that "There will be no carbon tax", Australia is about to get a carbon tax mess so complex it takes 19 bills to document it. In an underhand move, they have revealed quietly that all public submissions on these massive bills must be made in just one week . . . just one week to read and comment on over 1,100 pages of legislation. They have also decided to cancel public hearings . . .
The second stage of the carbon battle will start if they manage to force these bills through both houses of parliament. They can still be destroyed before they take effect in June 2012. To do that we need control of parliament to changeby a defection or a by-election. The final stage of the Carbon Tax War (which we hope not to see) will come if these bills become law. Using a number of underhand tricks and many related handouts, the government is trying to ensure that no future government can repeal these bills. Why these Bills should be resisted, rejected and, if needs be, repealed.
Comment: This is extremely important. The Carbon Tax is a Scam of the international banksters of the 'City of London' to introduce a carbon currency (or entitlement), and is part of the United Nations' Agenda 21 to return the whole world to serfdom by restricting individual entitlement to energy. This will destroy industry and bankrupt all nations because without production they will be unable to meet financial obligations. This is part of the program of massive world depopulation and will produce worldwide famine as foretold in the Fourth Seal which opened in 1906 and continues to the commencement of the Great Tribulation (Revelation 6:7-8) because without energy agricultural production will fail. The US is presently introducing "Smart Grid" which enables real time control over energy, water and natural gas, distribution and consumption, on a local, national and global basis. It will monitor and control ALL electrical and electronic products in every household and business using WIFI, and manufacturers are incorporating compatible technology in appliances.
Mel Gibson to make Film on the Machabees
September, 2011 Traditional Catholic producer-director-actor Mel Gibson has decided to produce another traditional Biblical epic. His subject this time will be the Old Testament hero Judas Machabeus. . . He believes that the story of the Machabees parallels that of the Modern Church, that is, the Newchurch of the New Order, and he thinks that the movie will help force change to that corrupt organization, which has lost the true Faith . . .
Warner Bros. will underwrite the drama that teams Gibson and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, who will write the script with Gibson's collaboration. Gibson has first option to direct the film, but will definitely produce it through his Icon Productions banner. The history of the Machabees, father and four brothers, is told in the First and Second Book of the Machabees in the Old Testament. The Machabees led a revolt against those who had shut down the Holy Sacrifice in the second century BC and were fighting against their fellow Jews, sellouts to the Alexandrian pagans. These secular Jews practiced Greek (nude) sports in a gymnasium in close proximity to the Temple. Even the secular Jewish priests became addicted to the games. Many Jews, rejecting their faith, had the marks of circumcision removed to avoid being recognized as Jews in the baths or the gymnasium. As the First Book of Machabees (1:15-16) tells the story:
"And they [the Jewish sellouts] built a place of exercise in Jerusalem, according to the laws of the nations [pagans]. And they made themselves prepuces and departed from the holy covenant and joined themselves to the heathens and were sold to do evil".
Even though the Machabees were Old Testament Jews, secular Jews are already condemning the film that tells of their own history. The latest traitor to his own faith is secular Jew, Rabbi Marvin Hier, the dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. It seems that Hier is far from tolerant himself. The script hasn't even been written!
Gibson courageously stood up against some two years of constant battering by the likes of the hypocrite Abraham Foxman, of the Sons of the Jewish Covenant (B'nai B'rith). Foxman in fact owed his life to a French Catholic couple who took him in during the persecutions of the Second World War. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Deadline New York]. Even now, it took only a few hours for Abraham Foxman and Rabbi Heir to lash out at the prospect of the film, and to ask Jews to boycott it. Full story: traditio.com
9/11: Explosive Evidence Experts speak out, Full-length, Pre-Release
This full length video production by Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth is an exhaustive examination of undisputed FACTS, and an explanation of the science which points in only one direction. WTCI, WTCII and WTC7, were brought down by "controlled demolition."
Watch this excellent video and inform yourself! Listen carefully to the architects, engineers, physicists, and explosive demolition experts explain in the most compelling fashion exactly why these buildings came down. Then circulate to your friends and family.
"We can ignore reality indefinitely, but we cannot ignore the CONSEQUENCES." Help Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth make the most of the opportunity provided by the 10th anniversary of 9/11 to publicize evidence about the destruction of the three WTC high-rises on 9/11. Full story: youtube.com
Vatican, Lutherans preparing Document on Reformation
September,. 2011 According to the Vatican official on ecumenism, the Church and the World Lutheran Federation are preparing a Joint Declaration on the Reformation, in view of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses. Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, announced this in an interview with the German Catholic agency KNA. In this context, Vatican Radio reported Monday that Benedict XVI wants his Sept. 22-25 trip to Germany to have an ecumenical focus. The Catholic-Lutheran document will 'analyze the Reformation in the light of 2,000 years of Christianity,' noted Vatican Radio. 'The joint commemoration of this anniversary could be the occasion for a mutual mea culpa,' the report suggested. For Cardinal Koch, 'a common purification of the memory' is necessary . . .
Full story: cfnews.org.uk
Zechariah Chapters Ten and Eleven
Zechariah chapter 10
Zechariah 9:1 declared, "The burden of the Lord's wrath will settle permanently upon the land of Hadrach and Damascus [until Syria is utterly prostrate, which was fulfilled under Alexander], for the Lord's providence extends over the whole earth as well as all the tribes of Israel." Chapters 10 and 11 describe God's judgment upon Israel for rejecting Messiah Jesus through unbelief. Chapter 10 is an expansion of the prophecy in the foregoing chapter calling upon the Judahites to forsake their teraphim idolatry and petition the Lord in prayer with the promise of rain, which He alone can send in response to faith and fruitful seasons as promised in chapter 9:17.
Zechariah 10:1, "Ask the Lord for rain in the time of the latter rain [in mid-February, which is spring in Israel]; the Lord makes the thunderbolts and storm clouds and gives everyone who asks rain in abundance with vegetation in every field."
Rain is a temporal symbol of Spiritual blessings. We are awaiting the latter rain, a Spiritual outpouring like the former or teaching rain that came upon Israelites on the day of Pentecost and upon Christ's end-time Bride through the ministry of Brother Branham that restored the heart of those predestinated to be Christ's end-time Bride back to the faith of their apostolic fathers by the revelation of Seven Thunder mysteries hidden under the Seven Seals (Malachi 4:5-6; Revelation 10:1-7). Brother Branham said the latter or harvest rain will sweep the world causing every soul to manifest the nature of the seed sown therein. Judaeo-Catholic seed will bear Judaeo-Catholic fruit, Judaeo-Communist seed socialists, "he who is filthy will be filthy still, he who is righteous will be righteous still, and he who is holy will be holy still" (Genesis 1:11; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43). Christ's end-time Bride will manifest that she is the Word for her Age (Romans 8:19), and two Hebrew prophets of Zechariah 4 and Revelation 11 will be anointed to pour out the former or teaching rain on 144,000 elect Israelites (Joel 2:23; Daniel 12:10).
At the close of the Gentile dispensation an earthquake cleaving the Mount of Olives will destroy the Dome of the Rock on Mount Moriah, igniting the 'hot stage' of World War III. Then Jerusalem will be invaded, her women raped, homes and businesses looted, and the spoil leisurely divided in the city (Isaiah 13:16; Zechariah 14:1-2; Revelation 12:13-14). Consequently the Khazars will desert Israel en masse, returning to Poland, Russia, Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, USA, and the UK, etc. Jerusalem will be divided between East and West, the Palestinian sovereign state will be established as per UN Resolution 181, and the remnant of God's people (Isaiah 11:11) [genuine blood Israelites who have remained in exile "for fear of the Jews" will return for their redemption to the land of the Covenant abandoned by their sworn enemy (Genesis 27:39-41)] and shall not be cut off from the city of Old Jerusalem.
Satan will be cast down to Earth to incarnate the pope of the Judaeo-Roman Universal church and great tribulation will envelop a world ruled by Rome and her US image. Russia will invade and occupy the earthquake-devastated US, with Los Angeles and much of the west coast sunk beneath the Pacific as Brother Branham prophesiedthe antitype of Capernaum which was sunk by earthquake beneath the Sea of Galilee in answer to Jesus' prophecy (Matthew 11:23; Luke 10:15-16). Under martial law following this global convulsion of nature the wise and foolish virgin will be persecuted for their witness warning friends and strangers against the mark of the beast, and forbidden by the world church system from conducting services or even praying for the sick without affiliation. (This has been happening for years in the military and US prisons where I had to visit on the coat tails of the Gideons. Now house churches are being required to hold a permit). Quickly we will be made a hunted and persecuted little group with no resources but the Word of God and prayer, causing us to resort to the 'third pull': God's response will elevate our faith to receive translation grace and change in the atoms. Thereafter the Devil-incarnate pope will unite the Judaeo-Roman denominations and all religions to restore peace, and be acclaimed president of one world government.
The call to prayer is contrasted with the idol-worship which had brought judgments on the princes and people. "For the idols have spoken vanity and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because there was no shepherd. My anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished those he-goats: for the Lord of hosts has visited His flock the house of Judah, and has made them as His goodly horse in the battle. Out of Judah shall come the cornerstone, out of them the tent peg, out of them the battle bow, out of them the Ruler over all the earth".
Teraphim were household gods worshipped by Abram's kinfolk in Mesopotamia (Joshua 24:14). Possession of the teraphim was the equivalent to holding title to the family estate. So when Jacob departed with Rachel, she stole her father Laban's teraphim (Genesis 31:30-35), small images in human form (I Samuel 19:13-17) consulted in divination in place of the Urim Thummim alongside the worship of Jehovah (Hosea 3:4). There was a preponderance of diviners and false prognosticators before the overthrow of Israel, and then Judah (Jeremiah 27:9; Ezekiel 22:28). As a consequence the Lord sent them into exile and until the advent of Jesus Messiah they were without a ruler in the Davidic line.
Owing to idolatry the Northern kingdom was dissolved and her subjects dispersed throughout the Assyrian Empire where they dwell to this day. When Judah followed Israel into trinitarian idolatry she lost her Davidic king "until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled," that is, from Nebuchadnezzar's invasion to Israel's rebirth (Luke 21:24). So the people of all twelve tribes were without a true shepherd and became subjects of heathen governors whom the Lord calls "shepherds" but who as "he-goats" led the lambs to the slaughter. The Lord punished the he-goats in a military struggle and as in Zechariah 9:13 He called Judah His bow and Ephraim His arrow; here he calls Judah "His goodly horse in the battle" and "His flock." The blessings promised in answer to prayer included rulers coming out of themselvesthe Maccabees, Judah's governors and deliverers from Antiochustypifying Messiah's future deliverance of the nation, the conquest of their foes, and restoration and establishment of both Israel and Judah in their own land in lasting peace and piety.
"Out of Judah came forth the corner, out of Judah the nail, out of them the battle bow, and out of them Messiah, the world Ruler." The word "corner" signifies a governor (I Samuel 14:38; Isaiah 19:13; 28:16; Ephesians 4:15-16). Judah will no longer be subject to foreigners, but from itself will come every one of its rulers. This refers primarily to the Maccabees, Judah's governors and deliverers from Antiochus the oppressor, and a type of Messiah. On them will hang all the glory and hope of Israel as on the large ornamental nail built into the wall of oriental tents hung most of its valuable furniture.
Messiah is the Antitype and Corner-stone who stays and binds together the Church of both Judahites and Gentiles. "And they shall be as mighty men, who tread down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle: and they shall fight, because the Lord is with them, and the riders on horses shall be confounded. And I will strengthen the house of Judah [the southern Kingdom], and I will save the house of Joseph [the northern Kingdom], and I will bring them again to place them [for redemption in the land of the Covenant]; for I have compassion upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the Lord their God, and will hear them." Judah will not need foreign soldiery as Messiah will be her battle-bow. They are made Jehovah's war horse, and so tread down on foot the foe with all his cavalry into the mire (Ezekiel 38:4; Daniel 11:40). Cavalry was the chief strength of the Syro-Grecian army (I Maccabees 3:39; 4:1).
In Zechariah 10:6 Judah and Joseph comprehend the whole House of Israel that is to be completely restored in the land of the Covenant: NOT in 1948 but in the first half of Daniel's Seventieth Week, hastening the glorious final consummation under Messiah. [Judah received the sceptre while Jacob marked Joseph as firstborn by assigning to him the birthright and double portion (forfeited by Reuben) which he bequeathed his two sons Ephraim and Manasseh in two tribal domains according to the law of the firstborn (Deuteronomy 21:15-17)]. Jehovah will hear them and they shall rejoice in the Lord who has given them victory over the foe.
"Then Ephraim shall be like a mighty warrior, and their hearts shall be glad as with wine: their children shall see it, and rejoice; their hearts shall exalt in the Lord. I will whistle for them to gather together, for I have redeemed them: and they shall be many as of old".
The metaphor is of the shepherd whistling to control his flocks. In Scripture it is always God, as the Great Shepherd who whistles (Judges 5:16; Isaiah 5:26; 7:18, etc.). This is the Good News of Jesus Messiah for Ephraim, and speaks of the restoration of the whole house of Israel in the first half of Daniel's Seventieth Week. "Their children" speaks of the elect of the northern Tribes as qualified by Isaiah 54:13, "And all your children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of your children".
Isaiah's "all" is defined by John 6:44-45: "No man can come to Me, except the Father who has sent Me draws him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets: And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that has heard, and has learned of the Father, comes to Me." So Isaiah's "all" is restricted to an election who recognize their day and its Message, as the blessing or new birth in each of the seven Church Ages was to those with a Spiritual ear to hear what the Spirit was saying to the Churches. Again, Jesus said: "My sheep receive My Word and will not follow a stranger" (John 10:1-5).
The Lord will soon gather His dispersed people back to Palestine (Zechariah 10:10; Isaiah 5:26; Ezekiel 36:11). And the utter downfall of the Northern Kingdom, so long before that of Judah, will have removed every political reason for maintaining the ancient disruption, and all the circumstances of this coming time will incline the tribes to coalesce again as one people as foretold in Ezekiel 36:11.
Zechariah 10:9-12, "Though I have sown [and increased (Exodus 1:12)] them among the nations in far countries they will remember Me, and return to Israel with their children" (Ezekiel 37:14). The wide dispersion just before Christ's first Coming prepared the way for the apostles' preaching in synagogues throughout the world; and everywhere some Old Testament seed had been sown it was ready to germinate when New Testament Light and heat were brought to bear on it by Gospel preachers. Thus the way was opened for entrance among the Gentiles.
"I will bring them back from the land of Egypt, and gather them from Assyria to the land of Gilead and Lebanon [the former home of the ten tribes on either side of the Jordan], till there is no room for them" because of their increase. This refers to the imminent restoration of the Israelites to the Land of the Covenant in the first half of Daniel's Seventieth Week. As of old, God gloriously vindicated His people in the passage through the Red Sea, so now He will He make a way through every obstacle that opposes Israel's restoration (Isaiah 11:11-16; Revelation 16:12). "And I will strengthen them in the Lord; and they shall walk up and down in His Name [Jesus Messiah, the Son of God]".
These last four verses describe a far greater blessing than the victories of the Maccabeesspiritual blessings couched in terms borrowed from the old experience of the peoplethe drying up of the Red Sea, the humiliation of Assyria, and the overthrow of Egypt set forth the removal of all obstacles impeding a spiritual return to God. But 2,000 years before this event takes place Israel would reject her Davidic King Messiah and be rejected herself while Christ calls His Gentile Bride; our dispensation will soon end followed by the resurrection of the sleeping saints and the manifestation and translation of the living Sons of God. The hour is exceedingly late.
After tracing the distresses of Israel in their apostasy, chapter 9 set forth their deliverance through military conflicts in which "the Lord will appear above them [because He fights from heaven on their behalf]" (Zechariah 9:14). The victories of the Maccabees were followed by a substantial increase in population within the dispersed of Israel and among the Judeans. In chapter 10 Judah was charged to put away idolatry and return to the Lord in repentance and prayer with the promise of millennial blessings. Now we will visit the fulfilled history of Judah under the Roman World Empire primarily from Christ's first Coming, His rejection and resurrection, the destruction of the second Temple and Israel's rejection to the present day with glimpses of His millennial reign as the Son of David.
Zechariah chapter 11
This chapter concludes Zechariah's first "burden" of God's judgment upon Israel announced in chapter 9 and presents a marked contrast to the previous two chapters which were full of encouragement and speak much of conflict, but uniformly represent the Covenant people as victorious. After foretelling Judah's protection from Alexander and with a passing glance at Zion's future King Messiah, the triumphs of the Maccabees and the recovery of their former national strength and prestige, Zechariah proceeds to lift the veil from the final outcome of Jewish obduracy and it's terrible results in order that the faithful should take alarm in time, and earnestly draw near to God that they not be overtaken by the divine judgment upon the unfaithful prophesied in the long chapters of Moses (Deuteronomy 28-32).
Zechariah 11:1-3, "Open your doors, O Lebanon, that the fire [of invasion by Imperial Rome] may devour your cedars. Wail, O cypress trees, for the cedar has fallen, the glory of the trees is ruined: Wail, O oaks of Bashan [in Syria], for the thick forest has been felled! Hear the cries of the shepherds; for their glory is despoiled [as the invaders devour pasture on which their flocks are dependent]: hear the roaring of young lions driven by the fiery blast of the invaders from their favourite lair, the thickets on the river banks, [then known as] the pride of the Jordan [because of the luxuriant bushes and reeds that enclose the stream] is laid waste" (Jeremiah 12:5; 49:19).
The Jordan valley forms a deeper gash than any on the earth. The Waters of Merom are level with the Mediterranean; the Sea of Tiberius (Galilee) is 650 feet below that level, and sixty miles further south the Dead Sea is 1,950 feet below the Mediterranean.
Lebanon was Israel's northern boundary, the route by which Josephus says Rome gradually advanced towards Jerusalem, and owing to the civil war which caused their summons, swept through the land and deprived Judea of its independence. The second Temple and Jerusalem were razed and wasted under the successful siege of General Titus in AD70. God calls on the lesser trees to bewail the fall of the stately cedars as foreshadowing their own doom, for if the steep inaccessible forest on the mountainside is laid prostrate, much more must the cypresses and oaks be consumed. But the crushing ruin extends yet further. In a metaphor, the first three verses symbolize a whirlwind of flame sweeping through the entire land, laying waste to mountain and plain, forests and meadows, and drying up even rivers and streams. Men and beastsJudah's civil and religious leaders and those they are supposed to shepherd are overtaken and together cry in despair. Natural Israel had enjoyed peculiar privileges under the Covenant, but neglected the accompanying responsibilities. Amos 3:2, "You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities".
Zechariah 11:4-14, "Thus says the Lord My God; [personate Me in pantomime as the Good Shepherd, Jesus Messiah, and] feed the flock doomed to slaughter; whose buyers and possessors [the Roman World Empire] slay them, and hold themselves not guilty; while those who sell them, [their Jewish rulers who thought that Jesus was thus sold and their selfish interest secured by His delivery to the Romans for crucifixion; but it was themselves and their country that they thus sold to their Roman possessors] saying, Blessed be the Lord; for I am rich: and not one of their own shepherds has pity on them (John 11:48-50; 19:15-18). For I will no longer have pity on the inhabitants of this land, says the Lord: but will cause every man to fall into the hand of his neighbour and into the hand of his king [Vespasian or Titus]: and they will turn the land into a wilderness, and I will not deliver it from their hand."
"So I became the Shepherd of the flock destined for slaughter, even the poor of the flock. And I took two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and so I fed the flock. In one month I cut off three shepherds. My soul became impatient with them, and their soul detested Me. Then I said I will no longer shepherd you. What is to die, let it die; what is to be cut off, let it be cut off; and let the remainder eat the flesh of his fellow" (Revelation 22:11, 18-19).
The cause of this judgment is Israel's rejection of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Messiah, through their unbelief. Zechariah acted out the part of Messiah who would fulfill the prophecy five hundred years later and feed "the lost sheep of the House of Israel." Israel types the United States which Messiah fed veiled behind the flesh of William Branham and was crucified afresh (II Timothy 4:3-4; Hebrews 6:6; Revelation 3:20). He prophesied the terminal fate of that rogue state and terrorist nation with other colonies and occupied nations subservient to the City of London, Israel and Vatican City. Amos 3:3, "Can two walk together except they are agreed?" Repeatedly in the course of previous history God visited Israel, executing His wrath by war, pestilence or famine, or sold them into the hand of their enemies for shorter or longer periods. In the end the rod was lifted but sadly they resumed their former condition. Now, however, there would be a final act of judgment summing up all that had gone before, filling His wrath on obdurate impenitence as presaged in the seventh vision of Brother Branham's apocalypse "wherein I heard a most terrible explosion. As I turned to look I saw nothing but debris, craters, and smoke all over the land of America" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 322:3).
One and a half million perished in the Jewish war and a million one hundred thousand at the fall of Jerusalem. During the siege of Titus parents did to their own children according to prophecy (Deuteronomy 28:55; Jeremiah 20:9; Lamentations 4:10). Josephus tells of a certain Mary who, "snatching up her son, who was a child sucking at her breast, she said, "O thou miserable infant! For whom shall I preserve thee in this war, this famine, and this sedition? As to the war with the Romans, if they preserve our lives, we must be slaves. This famine also will destroy us, even before that slavery comes upon us. Yet are these seditious rogues more terrible than both the other. Come on; be thou my food, and be thou a fury to these seditious varlets, and a by-word to the world, which is all that is now wanting to complete the calamities of us Jews." As soon as she had said this, she slew her son, and then roasted him, and ate the one half of him, and kept the other half by her concealed. Upon this the seditious came in presently, and smelling the horrid scent of this food, they threatened her that they would cut her throat immediately if she did not show them what food she had gotten ready. She replied that she had saved a very fine portion of it for them, and withal uncovered what was left of her son. Hereupon they were seized with a horror and amazement of mind, and stood astonished at the sight, when she said to them, "This is mine own son, and what hath been done was mine own doing! Come; eat of this food; for I have eaten of it myself! Do not you pretend to be either more tender than a woman, or more compassionate than a mother; but if you be so scrupulous, and do abominate this my sacrifice, as I have eaten the one half, let the rest be reserved for me also." After which those men went out trembling, being never so much affrighted at anything as they were at this, and with some difficulty they left the rest of that meat to the mother. Upon which the whole city was full of this horrid action immediately; and while everybody laid this miserable case before their own eyes, they trembled, as if this unheard of action had been done by themselves. So those that were thus distressed by the famine were very desirous to die, and those already dead were esteemed happy because they had not lived long enough either to hear or to see such miseries."
"This sad instance was quickly told to the Romans, some of whom could not believe it, and others pitied the distress which the Jews were under; but there were many of them who were hereby induced to a more bitter hatred than ordinary against our nation. But for Caesar, he excused himself before God as to this matter, and said that he had proposed peace and liberty to the Jews, as well as an oblivion of all their former insolent practices; but that they, instead of concord, had chosen sedition; instead of peace, war; and before satiety and abundance, a famine. That they had begun with their own hands to burn down that temple which we have preserved hitherto; and that therefore they deserved to eat such food as this was. That, however, this horrid action of eating an own child ought to be covered with the overthrow of their very country itself, and men ought not to leave such a city upon the habitable earth to be seen by the sun, wherein mothers are thus fed, although such food be fitter for the fathers than for the mothers to eat of, since it is they that continue still in a state of war against us, after they have undergone such miseries as these. And at the same time that he said this, he reflected on the desperate condition these men must be in; nor could he expect that such men could be recovered to sobriety of mind, after they had endured those very sufferings, for the avoiding whereof it only was probable they might have repented" (Josephus, Wars of the Jews, VI, 3:4-5).
"And I took My staff, Beauty [that makes the Lord the object of desire], and hacked it apart, to break the covenant which I had made with all the people. It was broken in that day: and the wretched among the sheep, who were watching Me, knew that it was the Word of the Lord. Then I said to them, If it seems right to you, give Me My wage; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for My wages thirty pieces of silver. And the Lord told Me [not without irony]: Cast it to the pottera magnificent price, so highly esteemed and precious am I in their sight. [Jesus of the New Testament is Jehovah of the Old]. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter [or image-maker] in the house of the Lord. [Thus in verses 15 and 17 He calls Rome and the whole body of native rulers "idol [or wicked] shepherds"]. Then I hacked apart My other staff, even Bands [or cords of unity], that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel".
The Eastern people in making a league would often tie a cord or band in symbol of it, and untie it when they dissolve the confederacy. Messiah would have joined Judah and Israel in the bonds of common faith and common laws, but they would not; therefore in just retribution He broke "His covenant which He had made with all the people [of Israel]" when "all the people" as a nation renounced Him (Matthew 27:22-25). Alexander, Antiochus Epiphanes, and Pompey were all kept from marring utterly the distinctive "beauty" and "brotherhood" of Judah and Israel, which subsisted more or less so long as the Temple stood. But once he "hacked" the staves Titus himself could not save the Temple from his own Roman soldiery.
Picture Zechariah in your mind as he rehearses this pantomime before the people here and there, as he moves about the towns and villages in Judah. The Good Shepherd loves His sheep and when He came He expected that He would be loved and received by them in return, but instead He is despised and rejected by a people who demand His blood and prefer the murderous life of Barabbas and Caesar's heathen rule to that of Messiah their King (Isaiah 53:3; Matthew 27:15-21; John 19:15). His acting is in vain because of their obdurate wickedness, and results in mutual recoil. He loathes them, and they abhor Him. Compelled by their ingratitude, He breaks His two staves in token that all is over. Thus Israel is a flock doomed to perish in the divine judgment, their national inheritance and "the kingdom of God taken from them is given to a nation bringing forth its fruits. And whoever shall fall on this [Cap-]stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it falls, it will grind him to powder" (Matthew 21:33-46). As Judge the Stone falls upon unbelievers who, running against and falling over the Word, make Him a spiritual offence and stumbling block (Isaiah 8:14; Matthew 23:39; I Peter 2:6-8). They will be spiritually dismembered in individual reprobation as Israel was dissolved then ground to powder, reduced to their elements and annihilated (Daniel 2:34-35).
As Christ, Zechariah "fed the flock" or set to guide, feed and defend a people so wicked and hardened that they are already 'cherem' or devoted to slaughter in just retribution for their sinful ways. The passage is analogous to the parable of the wicked husbandman just quoted wherein the Jews, when asked by our Lord what should be the fate of those wicked husbandmen, sealed their own fate and pronounced their own sentence, saying, "They will be miserably destroyed, and the vineyard let out to others, [Gentiles], who will render the fruits in their seasons [or Church Ages]".
"In one month [at the terminus of His ministry] Messiah cut off three shepherds"the three orders by which Israel was ruled (Matthew 16:21)the civil authorities, the priests and the prophets (through the scribes), which were subsumed in the true Temple, their Prophet, Priest and King, Jesus Messiah, whom the elect nation will recognize in the second half of Daniel's Seventieth Week. Jesus was presented as the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee, while as priest He taught in the Temple and was hailed as Son of David and King (Matthew 21:9-11, 23). Then the furious mob, incensed by these "three shepherds" to unthinking hatred against Messiah, gathered before Pilate's tribunal shouting: "Away with Him, crucify Him. The Roman governor asked, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests replied [decisively], We have no king but Caesar" of whom Zechariah, personating Jesus, had said, "I will no longer have compassion on the inhabitants of this land: I will deliver every man into the hand of his fellow, and into the hand of his king [Caesar]: and they will transform the land into a desert, and I will not deliver them from their hand" (John 19:15; Zechariah 11:6). Like their counterparts in Christendom, these perverters of the nation were the cause of its destruction (Jeremiah 2:8, 18) and were "cut off" in the last period of the siege of Jerusalem when all authority within the city was at an end. "One month" approximated the Feast of Weeks at whose conclusion the New Covenant opened to "whomsoever will" of Adam's race. Today these "three shepherds," incensed against God's revealed Word, have outlawed Christianity and plot false flag terrorism upon innocent Islam (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 17:11-14).
These decisive words "cut off the three shepherds" and filled up Israel's iniquity: "Had I not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty: but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. Had I not accomplished the works among them which no other man accomplished, they would not be guilty: but now they have seen and hated both Me and My Father. They have done this so the Words of their Law might be fulfilled: They hated me without a cause" (Psalm 69:4; John 15:22-25).
After four hundred years without a prophet John the Baptist and Jesus Christ were murdered, since when no prophet has been sent to Israel. Her Levitical priesthood was replaced by the priesthood of Jesus Christ and spiritual Israelites from every nation, tribe, and tongue of Adam's race, and God sent Titus to destroy the Temple and the Muslims to desecrate Mount Moriah with Al Aqsa Mosque and Es Sakhra, the Dome of the Rock as prophesied by Jesus and Daniel (Daniel 9:26; 11:31; Matthew 24:2, 15). Israel's King was to be God Himself but Israel desired a man "born in sin and conceived in iniquity," who could be touched sensually without faith and chose a handsome Hollywood type who was head and shoulders over his kinsmen: he failed. God's choice was a ruddy-faced little runt named David, a young man of such faith he feared not to confront and slay the Serpent's seed Goliath in the Name of the Lord. As the Israelites degenerated spiritually and morally, God chastised them with a view to correction and at the season foretold by the prophets He took human form as Israel's King through the virgin birth. Repudiated by Israel and "delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, they crucified Him by wicked hands" (Acts 2:23).
Do you see the parallel with the apostate churches of today who despised and rejected the ministry of Brother Branham which revealed Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, and today, and forever, in the office of Son of Man as foretold in Luke 17:28-30 by discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart, restoring sight to the blind, speech and hearing to deaf mutes, casting out demons, making cripples whole, and raising the dead? Do see the reality of "preaching to the total lost"? "For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12). This was the Messianic sign that revealed Christ the Word veiled behind the created man in the days of Lot, behind the flesh of the virgin-born Man in the Gospels, and behind the flesh of William Branham, a sinner saved by grace.
The Good Shepherd renounced His flock to receive the consequences of its fatal rejection of the means of their own deliverance. Accordingly He broke the staff He named "Beauty," annulling the Covenant He had hitherto laid upon the enmity of foreign nations (Job 5:23; Hosea 2:18; Ezekiel 34:25). In the day it was broken, the "little flock" who gave heed to the Lord recognized the fulfillment of Scripture (John 10:4-5, 14-15; Jeremiah 32:8). After breaking one, and before breaking the other He asked Jewry for His wages, but only if they were willing to acknowledge and appreciate His pastoral care. That He left the matter to their pleasureif it seems good"indicates He served them in obedience to the divine will and not for money. The wages due were heartfelt penitence and faith. But they offered the compensation for a slave who had been killed or the price for which one could purchase a female slave, thirty pieces of silver (Exodus 21:32; Hosea 3:21). Matthew 27:9-10 refers to Jeremiah since he was the original author from whom Zechariah derived the groundwork of the prophecy. Such a contemptuously undervalued offer by the flock was more offensive that a direct refusal, and was indignantly rebuked by the Lord.
Do you see the parallel in Brother Branham's ministry whereby he indicted the Great harlot of Rome and her once Protestant daughters, commanding the wise and foolish virgin, "Come out of Babylon that you do not partake of her sins and receive not of her plagues" (Revelation 18:4)? When the denominations rejected Brother Branham's Elijah ministry they "cut off three shepherds": Prophet, Priest and King. For Christ's priesthood as Mediator in the Office Son of God was fulfilled at the close of the Laodicean Church Age as confirmed in Revelation 4 and 5; they simultaneously rejected His Office of Son of Man and His coming Kingship. Brother Branham's ministry thus "proclaimed the day of vengeance of our God" (Isaiah 61:2; Malachi 4:6; Revelation 18:4).
The Good Shepherd then broke the second staff named "Bands," signifying the loss of fraternal unity represented under the disruption of the nation into two hostile entities in the days of Jeroboam of Israel and Rehoboam of Judah, and the severance of the tribes will continue until their reunion and martyrdom in Daniel's Seventieth Week (Isaiah 11:13; Romans 11:15; Revelation 7:1-8). Now the scene changes; instead of personating the wise and kind Good Shepherd, Zechariah is told to play the part of a worthless shepherd, or ruling power. His gentle staves Beauty and Bands are replaced by knives and battle axes, and the flock, so far from being fed, guided and guarded, is torn and devoured, and then at last its misguided rulers are smitten and palsied.
We come now to the Gentile dispensation2,000 years during which God's Covenant with Israel is breached because to preserve their social standing her shepherds sold Him to Satan incarnate in Judas Iscariot, such was their unbelief (Matthew 26:14-16; John 13:2; Modern Events are made Clear by Prophecy, p. 42:282). John 11:47-50, "The chief priests and the Pharisees summoned the Sanhedrin and said: What shall we do, for this Man does many miracles? If we let Him go on this way, everyone will believe on Him: and the Romans will come and take away both our holy place and nation. But one of them, Caiaphas, the high priest that year, said to them, You know nothing at all, you do not understand that it is expedient for you to have one man die for the people, that the whole nation should not perish".
Zechariah 11:15-17, "The Lord said to me: Take again the implements of a worthless shepherd. For I am raising up in the land a shepherd who does not care for the perishing, nor seek the scattered, or heal the wounded: even the healthy he will not sustain: but the flesh of the fat he will eat, even their hoofs he will tear off [indicating the ferocious greed of the shepherds who will rend the extremities to extract their "pound of flesh"]. Woe to the worthless shepherd who forsakes the flock! The sword shall be upon [the strength of] his arm and [the vigilance of] his right eye: his arm shall be totally withered, and his right eye utterly blinded".
The "worthless shepherd" was pagan Rome that became papal Rome which will ultimately be shepherded by Satan himself, cast down to Earth and incarnate in the pope [as he incarnate Judas Iscariot] with whom Jewry will covenant when he restores peace following the brief 'hot stage' of the present World War III (Daniel 7:8-11; 8:9-27; 9:27; 11:35-38), and the world will acclaim him president of one world government. When Jesus said: "I have come in My Father's Name, and you receive Me not: if another comes in his own name, you will accept Him," He was speaking of Israel's false messiah (John 5:43). In Matthew 24:21-23 He said: "[After the destruction of the Temple there] will be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved [for the translation]: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened [by the revelation of the mystery of the Seven Thunders]. Then if any man tells you, Look, here is Christ, or there; believe it not." Because, as He goes on to explain, His second Coming to His Bride, and later to Israel will NOT be the physical 'erchomai' return of the glorified Jesus but the 'parousia' Coming of Christ in W_O_R_D form.
In Revelation 13:1-8 Jesus identifies the pope of Rome, a man incarnate by Satan whom the whole world will worship as the false messiah. ". . . all the world wondered after the beast. And [vicariously] worshipped the dragon [Satan] for he has given his authority to the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying: Who is like the beast, and who is able to make war against him? . . . And he was allowed to make war on the saints, and to overcome them [in martyrdom]: and power was given him over every tribe and people and tongue and nation. And all who dwell on the earth whose names are not written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world will worship him." And in Revelation 17:11 Jesus identifies this beast as "the eighth, and is of the seven [Roman deified rulers], and goes into perdition".
Isaiah 14:13-14 identifies Israel's false messiah as Lucifer, who will usurp the dedication of the Third Temple in Jerusalem and be worshipped as God, "I will sit in the mount of the congregation [of Israel], in the sides of the North: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High," a prophecy confirmed by Paul in II Thessalonians 2:1-12. "The Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to meet Him [in the Air] . . . will be preceded by universal apostasy (Matthew 25:6; II Timothy 3-4; Revelation 3:17-20; 18:4) and the revelation of that man of sin, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god that is worshipped, so that he seats himself in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God . . . For the mystery of iniquity is already at work: only the Holy Spirit will continue to restrain it until He is taken out of the way in the translation of His end-time Bride. Then that Wicked One will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will consume with the Spirit of the spoken Word, and destroy with the brightness of His Coming. . ."
In Luke 19:41-44, Jesus wept over Jerusalem, "Saying, If only you knew that eternal peace was within your reach! But now it is hidden from your eyes. For the time is coming when your enemies will throw up ramparts, and build a trench, and encircle you, and besiege you on every side, and lay you and your children even with the ground; and will not leave one stone upon another; because you knew not the time of your Divine visitation".
In response to the unanimous pleas of the Jews"Messiah's Blood be on us and upon our children"the ruin of Jerusalem and Judea was overwhelming (Matthew 26:25). To this day they are ruled by worthless shepherds, impersonators sworn to kill the Covenant people (Genesis 27:39-41) and any who disagree with them. God often uses instruments which He afterwards destroys, and He will destroy the children of Cain whom He set at enmity with Adam's race. How many are the "idol shepherds" in the circle of this Message? "Foolish shepherds" with the audacity to invite Christ-rejecting Talmudic rabbis promoting the construction of Jerusalem's third Temple and the restoration of animal sacrifices to speak from their pulpits. Both of these objectives are patent blasphemy and a manifestation of their blindness (Revelation 3:17-20).
What Rome did to Israel, Jewry will do to the world in Armageddon. Israeli Professor Martin Levi van Creveld declared, "We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air force. Let me quote General Moshe Dayan: 'Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.' We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that this will happen before Israel goes under." Golda Meir stated, "If ever Israel was in danger of being defeated on the battlefield, it would be prepared to take the region and even the whole world down with it." Their international banksters have accomplished this already with their Babylonian WMD fractional reserve system of usury, which is forbidden by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who has provided a way to rid modern Israel of a great many self-styled Jews so that the 144,000 elect Israelites can safely return to the land of their Covenant for redemption. Jesus spelled it out in Revelation 12:13-14.
Wicked rulers are the curse of God upon a wicked nation; not only upon Israel, for the United States, Australia and every nation is being chastised by God, because by placing materialism above Christ we have sold principle, soul and nation to the sons of Cain. Politics ought not to be separated from the one true faith for faith tends to prevent the election of such rulers. Thus "the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now, waiting in earnest expectation for the manifestation of the Sons of God" (Romans 8:19, 22). nl705.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.