Bible Believers' Newsletter 922
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
It's a lovely day today, the sun is shining in a clear blue sky and we are happy that you have joined us fellowship around God's unchanging Word.
Today we continue our exposition of "Shadows and Types" from the wave offering of the omer of flour made from the first fruits of Israel's barley harvest on resurrection Sunday typing Jesus Messiah, the antediluvian and Old Testament saints, to the wave offering of two wheaten loaves baked with leaven representing Christ's Bride of all Ages on the Day of Pentecost.
This week's news items portray the utter corruption of pseudo-Christianity and the world's once Christian Nations in thrall to the enemy of God and man since the organization of the Judaeo-Roman Catholic church in AD325, Jewry's conquest of England in 1688, acceptance of their Babylonian fractional reserve banking system, fiat money and controlled two-party Hegelian sham democracy, Judaeo-Masonic and Judaeo-Communist top-down revolutions, psyops and black-ops, Admiralty law, and ignorance of, disdain for and unbelief in the Scripture of Truth.
We are living in the "good times," seven years of famine are knocking at the door, just waiting for the last elect to find his or her place in Christ. If you are unsure of your position run to Christ now, not church organization, but to Jesus Christ the Word. When the last predestinated member has entered the Body of Christ grace will have ended and He turn to an election of 144,000 Israelites in the Land of Israel . . . not one of them a Jew.
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.
The Globalization of NATO: Proudly delivering Death since 1949
May 10, 2016 — Yugoslavia was a turning point for the Atlantic Alliance and its mandate. The organization moved from the guise of a defensive posture into an offensive pose under the pretexts of humanitarianism. Starting from Yugoslavia, NATO began its journey towards becoming a global military force. From its wars in the Balkans, it began to broaden its international area of operations outside of the Euro-Atlantic zone into the Caucasus, Central Asia, East Africa, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Indian Ocean. It has virtually turned the Mediterranean Sea into a NATO lake with the NATO Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative, while it seeks to do the same to the Black Sea and gain a strategic foothold in the Caspian Sea region. The Gulf Security Initiative between NATO and the Gulf Cooperation Council seeks to also dominate the Persian Gulf and to hem in Iran. Israel has become a de facto member of the military organization. At the same time, NATO vessels sail the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. These warships are deployed off the coasts of Somalia, Djibouti, and Yemen as part of NATO's objectives to create a naval cordon of the seas controlling important strategic waterways and maritime transit routes. Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: Foreshadowing Revelation 17:12-18 and the neo-Roman Empire.
Counter-Propaganda, Russian Style
May 5, 2016 — "Declassified American government documents show that the US intelligence community ran a campaign in the Fifties and Sixties to build momentum for a united Europe . . . The documents confirm suspicions voiced at the time that America was working aggressively behind the scenes to push Britain into a European state. One memorandum, dated July 26, 1950, gives instructions for a campaign to promote a fully fledged European parliament . . ." The documents show that the European Union was a creature of the CIA.
. . . Washington believes that it is easier to control one government . . . why President Obama recently went to London to tell his lapdog, the British Prime Minister, that there could be no British exit . . . Washington is confronting Russia with a US/NATO naval build-up in the Black Sea [the standing force should be formed by July], a naval, troop and tank build-up in the Baltics and Poland, missile bases on Russia's borders, and plans to incorporate the former Russian provinces of Georgia and Ukraine in US defense pacts against Russia . . .
The entire Western World consists of a dystopia far worse than the one described by George Orwell in his famous book, 1984 . . . Russia and China permit Washington to operate in their media, in their universities, in their financial systems, and in "do-good" NGOs that infiltrate every aspect of their societies demonstrates that both governments have no interest in their survival as independent states . . . Russia and China will soon be confronted with an unwelcome decision: accept American hegemony or go to war. Note The Saker's take on Russian media openness to Western anti-Russian propaganda. Full story: paulcraigroberts.org
Putin plays 'Energy Chess' with Netanyahu
May 4, 2016 — On April 21 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Moscow for closed door talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin . . . the potential role of Russia's state-owned Gazprom, the world's largest natural gas producer and marketer, as a possible stakeholder in Israel's Leviathan natural gas field. Russian involvement in the stalled Israeli gas development would reduce financial risk for Israeli offshore gas operations and increase the gas fields' security, as Russian allies like Hezbollah in Lebanon or Iran would not dare target Russian joint ventures.
. . . it could . . . give Washington a major defeat in her increasingly inept moves to control the world's center of oil and gas . . . since the Obama Administration went ahead, over vehement Netanyahu protests, to sign the nuclear deal with Iran in 2015, relations between Washington and Tel Aviv have chilled . . . Full story: journal-neo.org
Comment: Brother Branham said, "What a perfect type Joseph was, and Christ the antetype. Then we notice that years passed by, and they fared sumptuously. But finally there rose up a Pharaoh who did not know Joseph. God was fixing His Church now to bring it out [in the 'third exodus']."
"And I believe that we fared sumptuously. In the early days there was a great persecution against religion. And as we know in Revelations and so forth, where the woman fled into the wilderness [the return of 144,000 elect Israelites after the 'hot stage' or World War III for redemption in Israel's spiritual desert under the ministry of their two prophets] was nourished there for a time, time, and the dividing of time. And we're down to that end time now."
"The Word of the little lamb that rose up in Revelations 13, a lamb . . . a little horn—civil and ecclesiastical power . . . freedom of religion and so forth. But after while, he spake like a beast, like the dragon [Rome], and exercised all the power the dragon did before him, a bitter religious persecution. We're nearing that time."
"You remember, Church, that you're living in the best day that you ever will live in, right now, until Jesus comes. It shall . . . rapidly get worse and worse."
"When Russia goes down there to get that oil, look out. That's all she needs. That's what the prophet said it would do. And we're ready for it then. So Church, get ready to meet Christ . . ." (Angel of the Lord, #51-0502).
Will the United States rid itself of Israel? Or has the time come when, as PM Netanyahu boasted, "Once we squeeze all we can out of the United States, it can dry up and blow away?"
France is tired of the suffering caused by needless, baseless sanctions imposed on Russia, so French parliamentarians have just approved a resolution not to renew sanctions on Russia. Meanwhile, a number of EU states, including Greece, will support the removal of the anti-Russian sanctions at a June EU summit. And as for Germany, some experts suggest the Germans simply ignored the sanctions all along. Here's a latest look at the idiocy of economic suicide the so-called "west" heaped on Europe (journal-neo.org).
The ability of the 'hidden hand' to hold dominion via its trinity, Vatican City State, the City of London and Washington DC, must soon expire. Since it cannot redeploy Judaeo-Communism or Judaeo-Islam to wrest global hegemony, these axis will "give life to the US image of the beast and kill any recalcitrants" (Revelation 13:15). The 'peace' following sinking of Los Angeles and the 'hot stage' of World War III wherein Israel and the US are defeated and the US is invaded, will furnish the crisis that will see one totalitarian Judaeo-Roman world government established by universal approbation.
Saudi King financed Netanyahu's 2015 Election Bid
May 9, 2016 — A member of Israel's Knesset . . . Isaac Herzog, who is the chairman of the Israeli Labour party said, "In March 2015, King Salman has deposited eighty million dollars to support Netanyahu's campaign via a Syrian-Spanish person named Mohamed Eyad Kayali."
Panama Papers, which detail the offshore wealth of politicians and public figures across the globe, exposed more than 11.5 million financial and legal records earlier in April. "The money was deposited to a company's account in British Virgin Islands owned by Teddy Sagi, an Israeli billionaire and businessman, who has allocated the money to fund the campaign [of] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu," the lawmaker said . . . Full story: presstv.ir
Comment: The Saud family are Dönmeh Jews.
US to offer Israel Largest Military Aid in US History
April 28, 2016 — Why does the US give Israel billions of dollars in military aid each year? Why do less than 6 million European Jews, invaders and oppressors of a foreign land and its people deserve to be so lavishly armed and equipped? The answer can only be that there is vast corruption at work here, those who control the US purse strings are working not for the benefit of the US people, but for the benefit of Israel.
Israel is a criminal state with no right to exist, it is built on lies, deceit and murder and as long as it exists, there will be no peace in the Middle East. As long as the US supports this evil regime then it must share in the guilt for the many terrible crimes of Israel . . . Netanyahu making intensive diplomatic efforts to boost the overall value of the package to $50 billion, it was reported. Full story: veteranstoday.com
Comment: Saudi Arabia and Israel jointly mobilize and train terrorist groups in Syria (veteranstoday.com), and Israel trains police in the USA.
Fred Leuchter Interview with Jim Rizoli
September 29, 2015 Until early 1988, Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.—like most Americans—basically accepted the Holocaust extermination story. In itself that is not at all remarkable, except that this man also just happened to be the foremost American expert on gassing and gas chamber technology.
He was commissioned to conduct a thorough forensic investigation of the alleged wartime gassing facilities in Poland. Leuchter and his team carefully investigated the so-called gas chambers at, first, the Auschwitz main camp, second, the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, which is supposed to have been the most terrible Nazi extermination center, and, third, the Majdanek camp near Lublin, where the Allies claimed at Nuremberg that a million and a half people were killed. As an expert witness testifying under oath in April 1988, and in his published report of his on-site investigation, Fred Leuchter explained in detail that the supposed gas chambers at Auschwitz, Birkenau and Majdanek could not possibly have been used to gas people as alleged . . . Full story: youtube.com
Comment: John 8:32, "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free".
'Praise Allah' Bus Slogans get Green Light Months after Lord's Prayer Ad Banned
May 10, 2016 — The slogan reads 'Subhan Allah'—which translates as 'Glory be to God'—and will feature on hundreds of buses across the country as part of a campaign by the Islamic Relief . . . to raise money for victims of the Syrian Civil War during the holy month of Ramadan in June, when Muslims traditionally fast and give to charity.
But the campaign has caused anger among some Christian groups after an advert featuring the Lord's Prayer was banned from UK cinemas in the run up to Christmas. The advert, which featured the [Jewish] Archbishop of Canterbury along with a variety of parishioners reciting the Lord's prayer, was banned from Odeon, Cineworld and Vue [doubtless Jewish] cinemas . . . Full story: express.co.uk
Comment: A very worthy cause. Jesus said, "When you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do" (Matthew 6:7).
Christian group 'rebuilding' Full-scale, working Noah's Ark
July 14, 2015 — The Kentucky-based "Christianity-defending" group, Answers in Genesis, is now two-thirds of the way to reaching its fundraising target of $29.5 million, thanks to donations from thousands across the world who want to see its 'Ark Encounter' project take sail . . .
When completed, the ark will be about the height of a 10-storey building, a size that Answers in Genesis claims will make the Ark Encounter the largest timber-frame structure in the world . . . The group expects to employ up to 900 full and part-time staff once the construction is completed in 2016. Full story: domain.com.au
Under the Influence of Glyphosate
April 28, 2016 — Next time you think about relaxing with a glass of wine, you may want to pay close attention to where that wine came from. Moms Across America teamed up with Microbe Inotech Labs in St. Louis, Mo., to test ten California wines for glyphosate. All ten, from California's prime growing regions—Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties—tested positive . . . "allowable daily intakes" set by US agencies under the influence of Monsanto lobbyists are not only the highest "allowable" limits of any country in the world, they're also bogus . . . Full story: organicconsumers.org
Comment: More cancer anyone? youtube.com
Bill & Hillary Clinton The New Clinton Chronicles
August 13, 2015 — What state and local police in Arkansas say about Bill Clinton when he was governor of that state is just jaw dropping, from cocaine trafficking to underage prostitution rings. Hillary is NO better, and she is just as corrupted as her husband ever was. Full story: youtube.com
Comment: This is an update on a file displayed on Bible Believers' Church BBS and gated to the internet. Many POTUS have been traitors: Woodrow Wilson betrayed the nation to Rothschild's Federal Reserve, F. D. Roosevelt declared the US bankrupt, stole citizens' gold for the Federal Reserve, set up Pearl Harbour to force Japan into war so the US could attack Germany, filled the administration with Judaeo-Communists and developed the atomic bombs Truman dropped on Japan. Presidents Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Johnson, Bush I, II, Clinton, and Obama were all Jews.
Beware of False Prophets, which come to You in Sheep's Clothing
Matthew 24:22-28 speaks of our present situation under the Fourth and Seventh Seals: the "days are being shortened" by the threefold PROCESS of I Thessalonians 4:14-17 that commenced when Christ descended on Sunset Mountain in 1963 and opened the Seven Seals. He warned us not to look for Jesus the Man for this is His unseen second or (Gk.) 'parousia' Coming, not His glorified second (Gk.) 'erchomai' return. "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." Carefully Read and re-read those seven verses.
On Saturday I received URLs to videos promoting supposed prophecies regarding Donald Trump's presidency presented by hook-nosed charlatans in sheep's clothing. Interpretations of these prognostications oppose Scripture and the revelation of God's prophet. Blinded by fraudulent pastors and oblivious to Amos 3:7 and Revelation 18:4, the people were mesmerised.
The YouTube channel contained many such videos as America is rich in "goats" and false prophets. I include these URLs to illustrate "blindness in part has happened to the United States and apostate (once) Christian nations" (Jeremiah 5:21-24; Romans 11:25; Revelation 3:17). Full story: youtube.com youtube.com, and this just came in theblaze.com.
Comment: Here are some shadows and types and a foretaste of how "America the beautiful" might regard the wise and foolish virgin after Los Angeles sinks. The moral is, "make your calling and election sure".
God's Bible said William Branham (1906-1965), the angel to the seventh or Laodicean Church (1906-1963) and the Elijah of Malachi 4:5-6 "will restore the hearts of the children back to the faith of their Pentecostal Fathers," and He has. He explained that the United States rejected her last opportunity for national repentance when she rejected the Jubilee of the 1906 Azusa Street Revival in 1956-7.
"Now, as we see the evil hours approaching, all the wrath of God built up into the skies. And it's most any time that there could be something happen to this nation that's forsaken Thee, that there would be one great explosion that would take the nation completely off of the map of the world—with threats behind it of an ungodly country that's anxious to do so. And knowing that instead of drawing nigh unto God, they seem to move further away. Knowing that the Book of the Revelation and all down through the Scriptures has predicted this day, then let us take warning, Lord, and not be slothful and be laying sleepy as it was. May we rise and shake ourselves. May we have understanding today like we have never had before . . ."
"Stay with God for your true sign. You'll see it. It'll be all around you. But millions will walk right by it and don't see it. When Jesus come, they didn't know Him. They didn't recognize Elijah. You know what they said when Elijah went up? They didn't believe that nonsense . . . The children right there in that own city where he lived at, preached at, done signs and wonders right there in that country, when they—come a alarm out, "We can't find Elijah, the Lord took him up in a whirlwind," they laughed at such a thing."
"Here come Elijah, Elisha, with the same signs on him, a type of Christ and His Church. Here come Elijah, same—Elisha, the same signs Elijah had, coming right down doing that. Even their little children followed him out, said, "Old Baldhead, why didn't you go up like Elijah?" See what happened to them irreverent children? Today they laugh and make fun. Don't worry, brother, judgment is hanging in the skies right now, written on the face of every American. Judgment is hanging in the skies. All the wrath of Almighty God" (True Sign Overlooked, p. 6:27, 251-252).
A prophet is a sign of oncoming judgment (Amos 3:7). America's sole utility is hired gun and Vatican enforcer for her alien controllers. The CFR is her enemy; she can't win another war and will be defeated in the 'hot stage' of World War III. "The Bible says it'll happen" (Handwriting on the Wall, #14:7, p. 11:84-91).
"Today when we thought we we're so secured, we had the best scientists in the world . . . and come to find out, we're way behind in the missile race . . . Not only a handwriting on the wall, but there's the ballistics of the missiles is writing in the sky, that we're way behind, years behind. What's the matter? The handwriting's on the wall.
"And in that day it was wrote in unknown tongues, handwriting on the wall. There wasn't but one man in the whole kingdom could interpret it. But he had the gift of interpretation. And he interpreted and said, "Thou are weighed in the balance, and been found wanting." God sent a nation of people in here among you, that you call holy-rollers. You went down there and disgraced them, and put them to death, and smothered them out; and took your gods and idols and things, and has worshipped by it, and lived deliciously. And now you've went and took the very vessels out of the temple of their God, and come over here and cracking jokes on them, making fun of the holy-roller, the baldheaded preacher,'" and all like that. And God has got enough of it. "And the hour of your doom is at hand." The very nation that would take them was waiting at the gate right then. Just a little after that, they were slaughtered, their women was cut down. Their guards, their army, and everything, was taken-over. "Weighed in the balance and found wanting."
"And we have been radio and television-mad, and jokes, and dirt, and filth, and crookedness, and orneriness, and everything, until God's tired of it. When the Gospel, the true Gospel of the Holy Ghost church is back and forth across the nation, showing the certainty of Jesus Christ and His coming, until the time is in here when God writes across our skies, "Weighed in the balance and found wanting." Amen. We're in a terrible condition. Listen at the certain sound, not the [Jews'] uncertain UN. Yes, sir" (The Uncertain Sound, #16:3R, p. 28:194-195).
Shadows and Types Part II
God bless you Brethren as you "receive the Word with all readiness of mind, and search the scriptures daily whether those things were so" (Acts 17:11).
Christ's end-time Bride now has the perfect interpretation of the Word with divine vindication and must "freely eat" of the Tree of Life, as He said: "Take It, and eat It up" nourish your soul with the mind of Christ. Familiarity with the words of the Prophet is the blessed foolish virgins' second-hand religion; beyond that the wise enjoin personal relationship through two-way communication with our Lord, Brother and Husband, Jesus Christ.
In our previous meeting we saw that as the Lord God is infinite and omniscient He can never change His mind on His Word or His ways, as Paul explained in Hebrews 11 and 12 citing the Old Testament saints and history as his witnesses over four millennia of man's existence. Brother Branham based his faith and ministry firmly on the truth, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever," whereby he discerned the truth or fallacy of perceived revelations against scriptural shadows and types within the Absolute of God's Holy Bible.
In our last time together we employed Israel's feast of Passover and Unleavened Bread as our shadow and type whereby we discovered FIXED dates, FIXED days and FIXED times as a templet that must ever replicate under like circumstances. Today we will begin by citing further illustrations.
The Hebrew sacred year began with the first Passover that signalled a new beginning, both in the course of the year and in the life of the people as separated from the nations (Numbers 23:9). Their antitype the Church must be separated from the denomi-nations as God's Word calls for a total separation—from unbelief, the love of the world and the things of the world. Passover commemorated the solemn circumstances under which Israel commenced national life—its exemption under the blood of the lamb from the plague of death on Egypt's first-born and its Exodus in prepared haste such as to deny them time to leaven their bread (Leviticus 23:1-8).
Whereas Israel came forth from Egyptian bondage under the blood of a natural lamb which they killed, ate and became one with its flesh, we came from bondage to the world and the things of the world under the shed Blood of the risen Lamb of God, the Tree of Life slain on Calvary in the stead of Adam and his fallen race. Those who are truly under the Blood and born-again become one with His Spirit, partakers of "eternal life, and shall not come into condemnation; but have passed from death unto Life" (John 5:24).
Natural Israel is a shadow and type of Spiritual Israel, the Church; these milestones of God's provenance in Israel's history outline God's program for the divine redemption of Adam's race. Like Israel's natural lamb our Kinsman Redeemer was slain at Passover to redeem Christ's Bride—an election of every tribe, colour and tongue of Adam's race whom He called and chose by their revelation of the "present Truth" in each of the seven Church Ages which are the antitype of the seven weeks of Israel's Pentecostal Feast. Israel entered into the land of their Covenant and place of natural rest at harvest time; the work of ploughing, scarifying and sowing accomplished by the natural Serpent's seed they would displace (Genesis 10:15-19). We entered the Place of our Covenant and spiritual rest in the Pentecostal dispensations of the second or wheat harvest as redemption's finished work "perfected forever by one offering" when we recognized our day and its Message He rid our soul of spiritual Serpent's seed (Hebrews 9:16-17; II Peter 1:12; I John 1:7).
On Nisan 13 and 14 the Israelites diligently inspected their houses for any leaven that might defile the seven-day feast of Unleavened Bread. We who have begun a new day in the course of our lives as separated from the denomi-nations must "purge out the old leaven of denominational traditions and ritual that we may be a new lump as we are unleavened. For Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us" (I Corinthians 5:7-8). "And if the first fruit is holy, the lump is also holy" (Romans 11:16). Do you see the shadows, types and antitypes?
Nisan 15 was the first day of the feast of Unleavened Bread on the evening of Christ's death which commenced the new day—a holy convocation but also the weekly sabbath and therefore a high holy day (Leviticus 23:6-8). Already on Nisan 14 the spot whence the first sheaf was to be reaped had been marked out by tying the barley that was to be cut down into standing bundles. Although it was a sabbath, Israel reaped the first ripe sheaf of barley on the evening of Nisan 15 and carried it to the temple where it was beaten with rods to separate the bare grain which was parched in a perforated pan, then ground into flour and sieved, signifying Malachi 3:6 and Hebrews 13:8.
Leviticus 23:14, "You shall eat neither bread nor parched corn nor green ears until the same day that you have brought an offering to your God: it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings." To taste of the green corn is to taste of deliverance to the Promise—deliverance and rest to Israel in Canaan, and for the Church, the baptism with the Holy Spirit which is the new birth whereby we are sealed to the day of our Redemption and cannot be deceived on the revealed Word for our day (Matthew 24:24; Ephesians 4:30). Hebrews 6:4-6, "For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly Gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good Word of God, and the powers of the world to come . . . to fall away".
On Nisan 16 the first omer of the barley harvest—as with the first born considered the choicest—was waved by the priest before the Lord for His acceptance by which act He consecrated the whole of the harvest (Leviticus 23:9-14; Romans 4:25; 11:16), and Israel was only permitted to use it when they received it as a gift from Him (Acts 2:37-40; Romans 5:15; Ephesians 2:8-10). The presentation of the firstfruits types Jesus Messiah who was anticipated after the captivity. Next the multitudes in Jerusalem and His disciples looked for Him as a warrior who would "restore the Kingdom to Israel" at the end of the sixty-two weeks (Daniel 9:26; Matthew 2:1-15; 21:8-9; Acts 1:6). But He came as Prince of Peace and was "Cut off, after threescore and two weeks" and murdered by His own people for which cause "the people of the prince that shall come; [Rome's General Titus] will destroy the city and the sanctuary; its end shall be utter defeat with warfare [under Seven Trumpet judgments] and ruin is decreed to the consummation" (Isaiah 61:2b; Ezekiel 9; Daniel 9:25-27; Zechariah 14:2; Matthew 21:37-41; 22:7; 23:37-38; Luke 21:20-24 23:28-31). This shadow and type will have its antitype in Armageddon.
Israel in its separation from the nations was God's first-born natural son (Exodus 4:22; Romans 1:16)—a dispensational truth for us as spiritual Israel, the Bride of Christ, separated from the denomi-nations, and a token of Israel, the beginning of the world's great harvest—Jesus Christ, the Old Testament saints, Christ's Bride, and our 144,000 attendants. Nisan 16 was resurrection Sunday and the first day of the feast of Pentecost—a shadow and type of the Gentile or Christian dispensation. The firstfruits of the Old Testament appeared to many in Old Jerusalem over forty days, and from the fiftieth day the Gift of the Holy Spirit would inaugurate Christ's Church by regenerating or spiritually quickening elect souls once dead in sin and trespasses. The first resurrection will fulfil the shadow and type of John 12:24 and Matthew 27:50-53 as the Church Age saints appear to many in New Jerusalem that is Christ's Bride, as they rise Church Age by Church Age while His end-time Bride manifests that we are the Sons of God. Then one of the resurrected saints will appear to you, elevating your faith for rapturing grace to change in the atoms.
I Corinthians 15:20, "But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of the [Old Testament saints] that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His (Gk.) 'parousia' Coming".
Nisan 21 was a holy convocation ending the seven days of the feast of Unleavened Bread. The last six days of this feast were the first six days of the feast of Pentecost that types the Christian dispensation growing unto the stature of a perfect Man. They type the "foundation" of the Body of Christ when the Church held and understood "the faith once delivered unto the saints" without the "leaven" of man-made creed and traditions added to or taken from the pure Word of God (Jude 3).
Iyar (May) 1 was a new Moon, and Iyar 15 was a full Moon and the Second Passover attended by men who by reason of infirmity, Levitical uncleanliness or distance were prevented from attending the first Passover.
Sivan 1 (June) was a new Moon, and Sivan 6 was the holy convocation of the fiftieth day of the feast of Pentecost, Weeks, or First-fruits, and the anniversary of the blood Covenant at Mount Sinai it was intended to commemorate (Exodus 19-32). Whereas the former festival marked the absolute beginning of the grain harvest with barley; this marked the completion of harvest with the reaping of wheat, the noblest of grains signifying Christ's wheat Bride. The seven weeks of Israel's feast of Pentecost foreshadowed the seven Church Ages of the Christian dispensation. All seven Church Ages are fulfilled and redemption is over: we live in the holy convocation of the antitype of the fiftieth day after presentation of the first sheaf of barley. Since God's Prophet restored the apostolic faith and "finished the mystery of God" we do no servile work trying to interpret God's Word but rest in the THUS SAITH THE LORD of his Message. As the omer for Nisan 16 was of barley, being the first ripe corn in the land, so the two wave-loaves were prepared from wheat grown in the best district of the country.
"A new meat offering baked with leaven"—two loaves, with the two lambs that formed part of the wave-offering, were the only public peace-and thank-offerings of Israel: accompanied by burnt-and sin-offerings, unlike ordinary peace-offerings, they were considered "most holy." Hence they were leavened, because Israel's public thank-offerings—even the most holy—are leavened by imperfectness and sin, and need a sin-offering. Because of the leaven they could not be offered on the altar. One of the wave-loaves and lambs went to the high-priest, the other to the officiating priesthood. After the ceremony of the wave-loaves, the people brought their own freewill-offerings, each as the Lord had prospered him—the afternoon and evening being spent in the festive meal, to which the stranger, the poor, and the Levite were bidden as the Lord's welcome guests. The loaves were made the evening preceding the festival; long and flat, and turned up, either at the edges or at the corners. Each loaf was four handbreadths wide, seven long, and four fingers high (Mishnah).
In the antitype of the feast Christ came back upon His elect "when the Day of Pentecost was full come," forming the Church to be "a kind of firstfruits of God's creatures" (Acts 2; James 1:18). And probably just as the worshippers in the Temple were offering the wave loaves and the wave lambs, the multitude heard that "sound from heaven, as of a mighty rushing wind," which drew them to the house where the new-born saints were gathered, there to hear "every man in his own language . . . the wonderful works of God." And on that day from the harvest of firstfruits, not less than three thousand souls added to the Church were presented as a wave-offering to the Lord and the mighty rushing sound of the Presence and Power of the Holy Ghost has gone forth into all the world.
Thus the first of the three great annual feasts spoke, in the presentation of the first sheaf, of the founding of the Church; the second, in the presentation of two leavened wave-loaves signifying the finished Church of all Ages: one representing those who slept, the other "we who are alive and remain" waved in "the manifestation of the Sons of God" to consecrate the whole of the harvest (Romans 8:19).
Jesus was that "corn of wheat that fell into the ground and died." Now He is alive evermore and reproducing the fullness of Himself in the many-membered Body of His Bride (John 12:24-26). The above diagram reveals His Body was broad at its Pentecostal foundation; thereafter as Christianity became generally accepted the sheep "let down the bars, and the goats came in" bringing the darkness of "Jewish fables, philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." Thereafter the churches organized under human headship and the Light of the Gospel was all but extinguished in the Dark Ages (see right) and the "corn of wheat fell into the ground and died".
Next the great Martin Luther stood up against the false church and restored the very foundation of "justification by grace through faith" without works, sprouting that corn which put forth a stalk and two blades. It was not the wheat but it was an evidence of wheat life, and Light began to return to the Church. John Wesley added the further revelation that "without holiness no man shall see God," and the stalk put forth a tassel—still not the wheat, but the Life was reviving. This was the great pollinating or missionary age. The seventh Church Age restored the revelation "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever"; it believed justification, sanctification, and the gifts of the Spirit. The Life having passed through the blade, stalk and tassel put forth husks looking so like the wheat that "if it were possible it would deceive the very elect." But it was still shadow.
Moses was a type of church organization, the Law. He glorified himself instead of glorifying God before Israel crossed into the Promised Land. The Lutherans, Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists and Pentecostals turned from revelation of Jesus Christ to human wisdom, and God turned from them as he turned from Moses. Organized religion is not of God.
The seed shall not be heir with the shuck! The three stages of the wheat plant carried the Life, but they were not the wheat. When the wheat multiplied in the husk the plant was dead and the husk opened rejecting the wheat which sits in the sun ripening the greenness out of the grain. That husk types the Laodiceans who rejoiced under the Supernatural signs of the Prophet's ministry but rejected the revelation of his Message, Christ the fullness of the Word. This is harvest time and like the wheat plant, the churches are DEAD. "Going forth unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach" His Word Bride is maturing, resting under the Light of the S_O_N.
In Romans 11:32 Paul prophesied another shadow and type: "God has concluded both Hebrew and Gentile dispensations in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon all." Israel became apostate because they were content with the second-hand religion delivered by priests and rabbis reciting year by year the theology they had learned from men long dead, and from the Talmud which Jesus said, "makes the Word of God of none effect." Those Israelites and Edomite Jews let their rabbis 'do' their religion for them, neglecting their personal obligation to "receive the word preached with all readiness of heart, then search the Scriptures whether those things were so".
Today, and for the same reason, the churches are all apostate and "know it not" (II Timothy 4:3-4; Revelation 3:17-20). God sent us a prophet who has restored the apostolic faith, finished the mystery of God, introduced Christ's second or (Gk.) 'parousia' Coming, and revealed "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever" with the same Supernatural vindication (Malachi 4:5-6; Matthew 17:11; 24:37; Luke 17:28-30; Hebrews 4:12; 13:8; Revelation 1:1; 3:14; 10:7, etc). Israel rejected God's prophet John the Baptist and like Cain who sought the Pentecostal blessing with an unbloody offering (Hebrews 9:22), Israel sought the fulfilment of scriptures pertaining to Messiah's third Coming or second physical return as Son of David, rejected His first Coming and murdered the very Messiah. In today's confusion of man-made theology the churches rejected God's prophet William Branham. Like Israel they seek the second physical return of the Man Jesus, not understanding this cannot take place until after the consummation (Malachi 4:1-3; Matthew 3:12; 24:23-28). Having thus rejected His second or 'parousia' Coming they "crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh . . . and knoweth it not".
Brother Branham said, "Now, that type there that I'm going to type Elijah with the Church of today . . . Just before judgment he received this Message [as our Elijah received his Message just before the judgment]. Elijah, he represented, being cared for in the natural, his natural food, because it wasn't going to rain now, according to the Word of God, for three years and six months, or until Elijah called for it. "Whatever time you say, Elijah, that's what it'll be." Therefore he walked up to the king and said, "There'll not even be dew fall till I call for it." That's quite a load, isn't it? That's quite a Message." [It was Elijah's 'third pull'].
"And now we're going to type that with the spiritual drought of today. Now, we all know, we're very aware that there is a great spiritual drought in the land today, spiritually speaking. And, you know, that was predicted by the prophets, just before the second coming of Christ would be, said: "There will come a famine in the land, and it won't be for bread alone, but for the hearing of the Word of God" [Amos 8:11]. And that day is now, "hearing the true Word of God." Now, this types the natural drought with the spiritual."
"Sin and unbelief, by false teachers and modernists in the church had brought the place to this oncoming judgment. Then they had turned from God's Word and His prophet to a modern theological terms of the Word."
"If you notice here it's just at that time that God always raises up something? 'Cause He always . . . He does nothing until first He reveals it to the people, and He always reveals it by His servant" (Amos 3:7; Spiritual Food in Due Season, p. 6:33-36).
Jesus commissioned His Church when the Bible was sealed saying: "All power is given to Me in heaven and in earth." [So if God is a trinity he rendered the Father and Holy Ghost impotent. But Jesus is Immanuel as prophesied by Isaiah 7:17, 9:6 and Matthew 1:23 and Paul was correct, "without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory" (I Timothy 3:6)]. Jesus continued, "Because I am the Almighty, Go and teach heathens from all nations of Adam's race, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 28:18-19).
Scripture and history confirm the Church baptized in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ until just before the Judaeo-Roman Catholic church organized at the First Nicaea Council in AD325 (Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38-39; Ephesians 4:5). By faith they knew that neither Father, Son nor Holy Ghost is a name, and if Father and Holy Ghost are two persons then Jesus had two fathers and is illegitimate (Matthew 1:18, 20). Holy Spirit is what God is; Father is an office or Title He received when His first son Adam was formed, and Son is an office or Title by which He manifests as the virgin-born Jesus, the sole Person of God manifest in flesh as the last Adam to fulfil the part of KINSMAN Redeemer for the first Adam and His bloodline.
In Matthew 24:14 Jesus prophesied, "This Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." He commanded Daniel and John: "Seal up the vision and prophecy until the time of the end" so that no man was able to unlock its mystery (Daniel 12:4, 9; Revelation 5:1-8; 10:1-4). "But in the days of the Voice of the seventh angel [to the Laodicean Church Age (1906-1963)], when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished as He has declared to His servants the prophets".
The seventh angel was the prophet William Branham (1909-1965) who went to his reward having delivered his Message, but the Voice speaks louder than ever, and with greater clarity and urgency. For the end-time began fifty-three years ago when the last saint predestinated to the Laodicean Church Age was born-again ending Christ's mediation for ignorance and all seven Church Ages were fulfilled, so when Christ opened the Seven Seals in 1963 and revealed their mystery through His Prophet the end had come.
The "great commission" of Matthew 28:19 and Matthew 24:14 is fulfilled. The seed shall not be heir with the shuck! The end-time evangelism is Revelation 18:4 and 10:8-11, Ephesians 4:13 and Romans 8:19, calling to misguided people who sincerely believe they are Christians: "Come OUT of Babylon [and her once Protestant daughter churches] and be filled with the Spirit that you do not partake of her sins and receive not of her plagues . . . take the little Book out of the Angel's hand, and eat it up . . . and prophesy again concerning many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings . . . And come into the unity of the faith . . . for the manifestation of the Sons of God." The Gentile churches are apostate "and know it not" just as the Israelites were apostate and still they "know it not" (Romans 11:32; Revelation 3:17-20). nl922.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.