Bible Believers' Newsletter 934
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; we are together again, just praising the Lord, and it's good to have your company.
Our first news item is particularly important and should be read thoughtfully so that you understand it. Our main article, "Joel Chapter 3" aligns, correlates and explains many end-time prophecies with time and should be studied reverently so that you understand what you have read.
The hour is so late, we may not have the luxury of constantly repeating these lessons, and because we are all still here we know there are potentially more elect individuals who have not yet encountered what St. Peter called "the present Truth" . . . what Jesus is doing now. Not until they are introduced to the revelation of the hour will they have any hope of escaping their denominational prison house and being born-again. So after you receive your subscription copy of this Newsletter will you please send a copy to some sincere soul?
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.
Great Earthquakes, Sinkholes and Volcanoes shall be in Divers Places
This thirteen minute video is essential viewing as it explains the natural, physical cause of the current phenomenon and shows why the Prophet said "one of these days there isn't going to be any Florida. She's going to be sunk." And when Los Angeles sinks "waves will shoot plumb out to the state of Kentucky, and when it does, it'll shake the world so hard that everything on top of it will shake down" (Hebrews 12:26). He also said, "I think that England would be sunk someday beneath the ocean." Under Brother Branham's Seventh Vial Jesus said, "Every island fled away, and the mountains were not found" (Revelation 16:20; 6:14; Isaiah 24:19-23; Ezekiel 38:20; Nahum 1:5). Full story: youtube.com
Comment: The sinking of Los Angeles will trigger tectonic activity on earth "such as was not since men were upon the face of the earth . . . every island fled away, and the mountains were not found" (Revelation 16:19-20). And lunar volcanic activity will make the "moon as blood." The Prophet said, "Not to live in a valley in the last days," and, "Don't eat eggs," everything will be poisoned . . . that was the Holy Spirit warning me. And right now, even to our cattle (You see them off the markets,) being sprayed by DDT has set up something in the cow. Notice again, all this hybreeding stuff and things that they're doing is absolutely decaying the human race" (COD, p. 1181:Q427).
In confirmation recent research by a scientist has suggested there could be an imminent 35-year period of low solar activity that could lead to cooler global temperatures (alethonews.wordpress.com). Hasty decommissioning of coal-fired power generation will ensure depopulation through starvation and hypothermia. Rothschilds and fellow travellers have done their forward research on the sun's cycle, and planned their 'climate change' propaganda accordingly. No wonder they consider us simple fellows Goyim: human cattle g_d created in human form to serve Jews (Talmudic zoomorphism of Bereshith 25a; Kiddushin 66c; Soferim 15, Rule 10). Please educate yourself, the genocidal Jewish war criminal assured us, "In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way".
Shootout in Crimea: Russia's FSB vs Ukrainian Saboteurs
August 11, 2016 — Anyone following Ukraine-related news over the last few days will be aware of reports of Russian troop movements in Crimea, of a shoot out there between the Russian security forces and alleged Ukrainian infiltrators which left several people dead, and of claims that Ukrainian sabotage groups had attempted to infiltrate the peninsula . . . The Ukrainians for their part deny all these allegations, claiming that the whole incident has been invented by the Russians. Western media, predictably enough, is following the Ukrainian line with wild speculations that the Russians have fabricated the whole incident to justify a Russian invasion of Ukraine during the Olympic Games . . . Full story: theduran.com
Comment: Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the attack and called out Ukraine's 'President' Poroshenko for what he really is, a US puppet, as well as warning the US and EU that Russia "will not let such things pass." Unlike the majority of western leaders, Vladimir Putin means what he says, and says what he means (theduran.com).
Obama vs Trump, Putin and Erdogan: Can Coups defeat Elected Governments?
August 10, 2016 — "Many of our interlocutors have been purged or arrested" — James Clapper, US Director of Intelligence on Turkish Coup (Financial Times 8/3/16, p. 4).
Washington has organized a systematic, global, no holds barred campaign to oust Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump from the electoral process. The virulent anti-Trump animus, the methods, goals and mass media resemble authoritarian regimes preparing to overthrow political adversaries. Comparable propaganda efforts led to political coups in Chile in 1973, Brazil 1964, and Venezuela in 2002. The anti-Trump forces include both political parties, a Supreme Court judge, Wall Street bankers, journalists and editorialist of all the major media outlets and the leading military and intelligence spokespeople. Washington's forcible and illegal ouster of Trump is part and parcel of a world-wide campaign to overthrow leaders and regimes which raise questions about aspects of the imperial policies of the US and EU. We will proceed to analyse the politics of the anti-Trump elite, the points of confrontation and propaganda, as a prelude to the drive to oust opposition in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia . . .
Trump has drawn mass support and won elections and public opinion polls by:
(1) Rejecting the free trade agreements which has led major multinationals to relocate abroad and disinvest in well-paying industrial jobs in the US
(2) Calling for large scale public investment projects to rebuild the US industrial economy, challenging the primacy of financial capital.
(3) Opposing the revival of a Cold War with Russia and China and promoting greater economic co-operation and negotiations.
(4) Rejecting US support for NATO's military build-up in Europe and intervention in Syria, North Africa and Afghanistan.
(5) Questioning the importation of immigrant labour which lowers job opportunities and wages for local citizens.
The anti-Trump elite systematically avoid debating these issues; instead they distort the substance of the policies.
Full story: globalresearch.ca
Washington's Strategic Defeat: Erdogan trumps Gulenist Coup
August 8, 2016 — For the past decade, the US intelligence agencies operating in Turkey have worked closely with the increasingly influential parallel government of Fethullah Gulen. Their approach to power, until recently, a permeationist strategy, covertly taking over political, economic, administrative, judicial, media, military and cultural positions gradually without resort to elections or military coups. They adopted flexible tactics, supporting and shedding different allies to eliminate rivals . . .
Erdogan was an unmatched political leader with a strategy to retain power and a powerful active mass popular base. The Gulenists had nothing comparable. Erdogan had a superior intelligence and military command which infiltrated and undermined the Gulenists who were totally unprepared for a violent confrontation . . . The Gulenists depended on US support, which totally miscalculated the relations of power and misread Erdogan's capacity to pre-empt the coup . . . Washington's failure to bring down Erdogan could have enormous repercussions throughout the Middle East, Western Europe and the United States . . . Erdogan has moved to reconcile relations with Russia and has distanced his ties with the European Union . . .
The failed coup means a major retreat for Washington in the region—and a possible advance for Syria, Iran, Lebanon and Russia . . . Erdogan, temporarily may have defeated a US coup, but history teaches us that new military, political and economic interventions are on Washington's agenda. Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: God is turning from us Gentiles as witnessed by the failed coup attempt by Jew-ruled Gentile USA upon Dönmeh Jew-ruled Gentile Turkey, and very soon the defeat of Jew-ruled Gentile Israel and Jew-ruled Gentile USA. When that takes place you will know the Gentile dispensation is over and that Christ has returned to the Israelites.
John McCain busted! CIA Recording proves His entire Career built on a Lie
August 10, 2016 — An audio recording has surfaced proving that US Senator John McCain collaborated with the North Vietnamese by recording a "Tokyo Rose"-style propaganda message that was broadcast on North Vietnamese radio in 1969. For many years, American former POWs who were in the "Hanoi Hilton" North Vietnamese prison with John McCain called him a "Songbird" who collaborated with the enemy against his own country. Full story: youtube.com
Partners in Treason
December 31, 2014 — Crucial to understanding half century of international intelligence. This takes a lot of puzzle out of the 'puzzle palace.' As JFK discovered, the CIA is the enforcement arm of the Council on Foreign Relations. Castro is an asset of US Intelligence. Castro-CIA-CFR are partners. 1948 Bogota, Columbia riots, Guatemala overthrow, Iran overthrow. Cuban communist troops protect Western Oil in Africa. US intelligence and military failures are CIA successes in service to the Council of Foreign Relations, the banksters and one totalitarian world government. The enemy is within the United States; could this Hegelian dialectic be Nikita Khrushchev's "most spectacular peace offensive on record . . . that has put the bourgeoisie to sleep?" In co-operation with the IMF ("Confessions of an Economic Hit Man)," World Bank, UN and other alien agencies that have made traitors of most world leaders, I believe it is. Full story: youtube.com. The Insiders 1979 Trilateral Commission Council on Foreign Relations
Rockefeller, Ford Foundations behind World Social Forum
August 10, 2016 — Most of the participants are unaware that the WSF is funded by corporate foundations including Ford [which has links to the CIA], Rockefeller, Tides [George Soros], et al. Much of this funding is channelled to the WSF organizers under the helm of the WSF International Council . . . you cannot effectively confront neoliberalism and the New World Order elites and expect them to finance your activities . . .
The anti-globalization movement is opposed to Wall Street and the Texas oil giants controlled by Rockefeller, et al. Yet the foundations and charities of Ford, Rockefeller et al will generously fund progressive anti-capitalist networks as well as environmentalists (opposed to Wall Street and Big Oil), etc. with a view to ultimately overseeing and shaping their various activities . . . The corporations are funding dissent with a view to controlling dissent . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Interlocking Agencies conspire to 'create Terror': Police 'create more Terrorists'
August 9, 2016 — Unsuspecting citizens are paying for a nexus of interlocking agencies that conspire to create terror, war, and police-state legislation in a War of Deception that serves to devastate humanity. Without its arsenal of fabricated war pretexts, and its fabricated Fear apparatus, the warmongering oligarchy would be denuded and reveal itself as the mass-murdering terrorist entity that it is.
Most recently, in Canada, Justice Catherine Bruce disclosed the true nature of an RCMP terror plot when she overturned terror convictions against two patsies—John Nuttal and Amanda Korody—who were set up by police operatives to commit a terrorist act for which they would otherwise be totally incapable of performing.
Bruce stated the obvious when she observed that: Simply put, the world has enough terrorists. We do not need the police to create more out of marginalized people who have neither the capacity nor sufficient motivation to do it themselves. The "forbidden truth" is that agencies of Canada's federal government created a false flag terror event with a view to . . .
Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: Newsletter 860. The Church of Satan high priest spills the beans on Police Force & US Military (youtu.be).
Who is Hillary's Handler?
August 7, 2016 — We saw this first 'doctor' or handler during Hillary's recent freeze-up. You can see Hillary's handler, who at first glance would not be considered the alpha male of the group, reassure Hillary, speak to her using hypnotic language, and then move the Secret Service Agents out of the way. This handler is not an ordinary SS agent . . .
Full story: dangerandplay.com theralphretort.com zerohedge.com youtube.com
Comment: Has psychopath war criminal Killary's sin has found her out?
Everyone warning about Clinton is a Target and they are Marked
August 8, 2016 — The Obama Administration has been characterized by not only a lack of transparency on issues that surface, but a deliberate obfuscation to mask true actions and intentions. There are literally no limits to what the man and his handlers will do outside of the law to attain their ends, while simultaneously "crafting" legislation to enslave the citizenry. The fawning, lying press trumpets his victories and quietly spins his defeats: objectivity cannot be maintained by journalists on the government payroll and command.
Hence a sitting American president, a man who should have been hauled off of a stage in 2012 and clapped in irons for treason is able to do whatever he wants. Remember? "Tell Vladimir I'll have more leeway after the election" . . .
Everybody who criticizes the incoming dictator is marked, make no mistake about it. We still have a little bit of time, but not much, and effects generated need to have substance, not form . . . If Hillary Clinton takes the presidency, it is the end of the United States. Full story: shtfplan.com
Tambov Massacre Prelude to Genocide
February 5, 2016 — In 1982 while he was engaged in clearing sand from the altar of the Winter Church of the Kazan monastery local ethnographer Boris Sennikov uncovered documents that would severely compromise the public face of the Jewish Bolshevik regime. Documents were the original records concerning the massacre of civilians in Tambov Province . . . It was not until 2004, over a decade after the supposed collapse of Communism, that the Sennikov archive was published as part of The Tambov Rebellion and the Liquidation of Russian Peasantry. The documents also included Red Army orders, correspondence and reports of the use of chemical weapons against civilians. However, given that in 1982 the Bolshevik Government suppressed Sennikov's find and criminalised Sennikov the published version of the documents are guaranteed to be highly sanitised in favour of the Jewish Bolshevik Regime. Full story: ukrainecrisisanamericandisaster.blogspot.com
CIA Advisor reveals Truth about Gold-backed Chinese Yuan
March 30, 2016 — Jim Rickards, financial threat and asymmetric warfare advisor reveals the truth behind claims of an emergent gold backed Yuan and Rouble to challenge US Dollar dominance globally. What you're about to discover may shock you . . . Full story: youtube.com
As it was in the Days of Lot
The Australian Football League is to hold a
gayhomosexual "Pride Match" on August 13. Their Respect and Responsibility Vilification Framework calls for social inclusion of a wide range of groups and promotes player, club and community education programs to counter "vilification," which it defines as: "Acting towards, speaking in a manner, or engaging in any conduct which threatens, disparages, vilifies or insults a person on any basis but not limited to, a person's race, religion, colour, descent, national/ethnic origin, special ability/disability, sexual orientation/preference or identities" (p. 7).
As a matter of justice, nobody should be discriminated against on any of these grounds. All people should be respected regardless of their race, or whether they are gay, or religious people, or people with no religion.
This is shameful disrespect for humanity and gross deceit as this "vilification" so-called is chosen by those who of their own free will choose to feel vilified by "taking" offence which cannot be "given." Clearly the powerful and well organized infinitesimal minority behind this global epidemic do not worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. In discovering their identity we can eliminate the global majority: Christians, Israelites and Muslims whose religions consider these proclivities deviant and abomination to God and discriminated against. Full story: family.org.au
Comment: Don't drop the ball, sailor!
Joel Chapter 3
Joel 3:1-3 describes in greater detail what has been summarized in chapter two, in particular what will come to pass after God pours out His Spirit upon all flesh under the Seventh Trump, Sixth Seal and Seventh Vial (Joel 2:28). "In those days, and in that time," the Lord will return the captivity from the nations in which they have been scattered. God's Bible and His Prophet William Branham stress the fact modern Israel is not peopled by the sons of Jacob but by non-Semitic self-styled Jews and Semitic Arabs. "For fear of the Jews" the children of Israel will not return to the Land of the Covenant before the first half of Daniel's Seventieth Week (Psalm 17:7; Isaiah 6:10-13; 11:11-16; 27:13; 49:17; Jeremiah 3:12, 18; 16:15; 23:8; 31:8; Ezekiel 37:14; 39:27-29; Joel 3:1; Micah 5:3; Zechariah 10:9-12; Matthew 24:29-31; Revelation 12:14): in the Day of the Lord's wrath in judgment upon all nations (Isaiah 13:9, 13; Malachi 4:5; Romans 2:5; Revelation 6:17).
Our Absolute is the unchanging Word of God's Holy Bible. Brother Branham's Message restored the apostolic faith and finished the mystery of God (Malachi 4:5-6; Jude 3; Romans 16:25; Revelation 10:7), and we must prove his Message by two or three witnesses of scripture to understand what God means rather than proving the Message by itself. Those who quote the spoken Word without taking it to the written Word will invariably fall into error. Citing the paragraph above we note many ministers quote the Prophet against the Scripture when they teach that Daniel's Seventieth Week is three and a half rather than seven years, and that the Israelites have returned to Palestine since 1948 when it is their enemy, the Edomite and Khazar 'Jews' that have stolen the land and name of Israel (Isaiah 63:1-4; Obadiah; Malachi 1:4).
The pagan's first crime is the scattering of Israel and division of the Land. As part of the peace process Revelation 16:19 says: "the great city will be divided into three parts"—the nation of Israel, Old Jerusalem, a corpus separatum governed by the Judaeo-Roman Universal church, and the nation of Palestine as also prophesied in Zechariah 14:2 and resolved under UN Resolution 181 of November 29, 1948.
Circumstances associated with the unprecedented cataclysm of nature that closes the Gentile dispensation and opens the Day of the Lord will awaken the sleeping saints and cause "all flesh" to manifest the nature of the "seed" planted in their soul by hearing or custom (Luke 8:11; Romans 10:17). Outside 144,000 elect Israelites in Israel there will be no place for repentance: "None of the wicked will understand, but the wise will understand" (Daniel 12:11; Revelation 22:11). This is the season when God's creative Word will manifest by a new wave offering that we are the Sons of God, justifying another cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary to receive us for the Wedding Supper in the air after we change in the atoms. Then Satan will be cast down to earth to incarnate the pope, thereafter called "the beast" (Revelation 17:8, 11; II Thessalonians 2:3, 8-12; Isaiah 14:12-14); and the restoration ministry of Israel's two prophets will produce their former rain.
God's judgment on the nations is the means whereby He will return the children of Jacob to the land of the Covenant. Earthquakes marking the end of the Gentile dispensation will sink Los Angeles, divide the Mount of Olives and demolish es Sakhra, the Dome of the Rock, igniting the 'hot stage' of World War III (Zechariah 14:4-5; Isaiah 29:6-7; Micah 1:3-4; Revelation 16:18-19). Jerusalem will be overrun by neighbouring Muslims and Russia which will simultaneously attack and invade mainland USA, already crippled by the earthquake that has sunk Los Angeles. Israel's defeat, disarmament and the rape and rapine of Jerusalem prophesied in Isaiah 13:9-16 and Zechariah 14:1-5 will cause a mass exodus of non-Semitic, anti-Semitic self-styled 'Israeli' Jews. Then genuine Israelites no longer welcome in their Muslim host nations will emigrate to Israel in the certain knowledge that deliverance will be found only in Judah and Jerusalem (Revelation 11:1-3). Brother Branham prophesied Russian soldiers will also rape American women and loot American homes which is what happened on a vastly greater scale when America facilitated the invasion of Russia from New York City in 1917 (Isaiah 13:15-16).
The world's religions will confederate under the world's most trusted man, ostensibly to restore peace after Russia's defeat and "Invasion of the United States." As Jesus prophesied in Revelation 16:13-16, the world will be divided between the apostate Judaeo-Christian West and the Judaeo-Communist East so this league will be in aversion to Communism. Rome will covenant with Europe's Black Nobility and International Jewish banksters to refinance the US dollar with gold backing. Under the auspices of the United Nations her then Devil-incarnate Pope will be acclaimed president of one totalitarian world government (Revelation 17:12-18; Daniel 9:27). Brother Branham exclaimed: "I believe, one of these glorious days, when this united confederation of church goes together, and the new pope is brought out of the United States and put over there [Jerusalem] according to prophecy, then they'll form an image like unto the beast. And I tell you; the true Church of God will be drove together" (Acts of the Holy Spirit, p. 12:87; Why Little Bethlehem, p. 28:148).
Israel's first Prime Minister 'insider' David Ben Gurion, who knew the plans of the World Revolutionary Movement wrote in "Look" Magazine, January 16, 1962: "With the exception of the USSR as a federal Eurasian State, all other continents will become united in a world alliance, at whose disposal will be an international police force. All armies will be abolished and there will be no more wars. In Jerusalem, the United Nations (a truly United Nations) will build a shrine of the prophets [presumably Moses, Jesus and Mohammed] to serve the federated union of all continents; this will be the seat of the supreme court of Mankind, to settle all controversies among the federated continents, as prophesied by Isaiah." This is a perversion of Isaiah 56:7 as confirmed by Mark 11:17; anyone with the Spirit can see, it is the treacherous 'insiders' we elect to re-present our will who are working to bring this satanic conspiracy into being.
Zechariah 14:2: "I will gather all nations to war against Jerusalem." The Author of the strange work of destruction to separate, sift and prove His elect and take glory to Himself as Jerusalem's Deliverer is God (Isaiah 45:7; Amos 3:6). "Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled." Revelation 11:1-3 states: "And there was given me a reed like unto a rod [of the fullness of the Word]: and the angel [Brother Branham] stood, saying, "Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: they will tread the holy city under foot forty-two months. And I will empower My two witnesses, and they shall prophesy one thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth." The times of the Gentiles is a POLITICAL dispensation that began in 606BC when Nebuchadnezzar took Jerusalem and her citizens captive. It will extend throughout and beyond the Gentile SPIRITUAL dispensation until the consummation of life.
A victorious invader would normally carry his spoils away before dividing them but having no strength Israel will lament: "We have made a covenant with death, and with hell we have an agreement; when the overwhelming scourge passes through it shall not reach us, for we have made lies our refuge, and we have taken shelter in falsehoods" (Isaiah 28:14-22; Revelation 6:8). The spoils will be divided at leisure in the midst of Jerusalem which, after the peace, will become a headquarters for Rome's NWO and for her church (Isaiah 14:13; Daniel 11:39).
The terms "Israel" and "Judah" are interchangeable in Joel as God reunites all Israel (Ezekiel 37:15-28). Zechariah 13:7-9 prophesied that when God by grace restores His favour to the elect Israelites "two thirds of Israel's population will be cut off and die, but one third will remain. And I will put this third part into the fire, and refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested: they will call on My Name, and I will answer them: I will say, This is My people: and they will say, The Lord is my God" (Malachi 3:2-5; Ezekiel 5:2-12; Matthew 23:39).
In the midst of the Seventieth Week when the international monetary system and trade return to prosperity Rome will abrogate her agreement with Jewry, and at the dedication of the third temple the pope will sit as God and issue a bull that will enforce the mark of the beast on pain of death (Daniel 9:27; II Thessalonians 2:4-12; Revelation 13:5-10, 15-18). Apostate Jews will become Roman Catholic, Israel's prophets will be martyred and their dead bodies publicly displayed four days where they fell, then all who refuse the mark of the beast will be hunted down like dogs and killed.
"In the midst of the Week" after their forty-two month's prophecy, God will begin to fight Israel's enemies as foretold by Daniel 2:40-45 (12:1; Zechariah 12:1-4), "And the fourth Gentile world empire shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and subdues all things: and as iron that breaks all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas you saw the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as you saw the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas you saw iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay."
"And in the days of these kings the God of heaven shall set up a kingdom, which will never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God has made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation sure".
The four Gentile world kingdoms were Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome which transformed from Imperial to Papal power at the First Nicaea Council in AD325. Each of these kingdoms worshipped the false trinity of gods reintroduced by Ham after the Flood. Hence Jesus called Rome "Mystery, Babylon the Great," and her apostate (once) Protestant daughters who "shall not cleave" to Rome, "harlots" (Revelation 17:5). Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles under Rome "until the consummation".
Daniel 9:27: "The Roman prince [Pope] shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he will cause the sacrifice and the oblation [that Jewry reinstate] to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate" (Revelation 2:20-23; 19:20).
God will hide Himself until He has proven and regenerated His 144,000. "Then [in the second half of the Week] He will go forth and fight against those nations, as He is accustomed to do in a day of battle" (Zechariah 14:3). The prophet here refers to the ancient battles when He intervened that Israel's enemies might be "destroyed without hand. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace" (Exodus 14:14). As when He opened a passage for the children of Israel and drowned Pharaoh's army in the Red Sea (also Deuteronomy 1:30; 3:22; Joshua 10:14-42; 23:3, 10; Nehemiah 4:20).
When Rome breaks her covenant with the International Jews and sends her troops to destroy all the God-fearing, Word-abiding Israelites who refuse to take the mark of the beast (Revelation 11:13, 19; 12:15-16), God will end their spiritual blindness to Christ's 'parousia' (Isaiah 29:6-16; Romans 11:25). Then Russia will blast the United States and Vatican City State from the face of this earth, and Armageddon will set in (Isaiah 13:11-16; Revelation 17:1 – 18:20).
Until that time "their eyes will be holden" that they may see but not recognize the sign of His second or 'parousia' Coming to Israel. As on the day of Jesus' resurrection two of His disciples were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus which is about eight miles He joined and taught them unrecognized for three or more hours. "And it came to pass, that as they ate their evening meal, when He took bread, blessed, broke and gave it to them, their eyes were opened, and they knew Him; and He vanished out of their sight" (Luke 24:13-53).
Brother Branham said Christ's second or 'parousia' Coming to us Gentiles on Sunset Mountain on about March 8, 1963 (Revelation 10:1-6) was the fulfilment of Matthew 24:26-28. "If they say to you, He is in the desert, don't go out: In these inner rooms, don't believe it. For as the lightning flashes from the east and shines to the west; so will the 'parousia' Coming of the Son of man be. For wherever the Body Word is, there the eagles will be gathered together".
"That's what the attraction is. The predestinated Seed of God who can't do nothing else but follow It: means more than life to us. Take our lives, but don't take That. What is the attraction? God, as usual, fulfilling His Word. He's fulfilling the Word of Zechariah again, the prophet Zechariah, where I read the 9th verse awhile ago, when Jesus entered Jerusalem, riding on a little white donkey, the prophecy was fulfilled that Zechariah said, "Rejoice greatly, O daughters of Zion. Shout, O daughters of Jerusalem. Behold, thy King is coming unto thee; He is just, and having salvation; lowly, riding upon an ass, and upon the colt the foal of an ass." That's what the attraction was at Jerusalem, at the religious headquarters."
"Now, we see a last-day happening! . . . That was the middle age; let's turn now to the last days. And turn over to Zechariah 14:4 . . . it's prophesying of His Coming, the last days, so listen close now. This is THUS SAITH THE LORD, It's the Scriptures. Zechariah 14. Remember Zechariah 9, what It said? And they didn't recognize It. Now, what is it today? Zechariah 14, speaking of His Coming: "And His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives again, which is before Jerusalem on the east, on the Mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof towards the east and towards the west, and there shall be a very great valley . . ."
"Another earthquake splitting open the earth! If you want to follow out a Scripture here, notice in this 5th verse, it applies that the cleaving of the Mount of Olives is due to an earthquake, and this is confirmed by Isaiah 29:6 and Revelation 16:19. Exactly! What is it? The same prophet told of His first coming, seen His second Coming! Notice, "As in the days of the earthquake." See what the earthquakes are doing, see the predictions of them?"
". . . and the Lord your God shall come, and all of His saints with thee. And it shall come to pass in that day, (Hallelujah.) in that day, that the Light shall not be clear, or dark: But it shall be one day . . . which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that in the evening time it shall be Light. (O God!)"
"It shall be Light about the evening time," same prophet. And the people is blind! What's the attraction? Let's read a couple more verses:"
"And it shall be in that day, that the living waters shall go forth from Jerusalem; half of them towards the former sea, and half . . . towards the hinder sea: in the summer and . . . winter shall it be." (The Gospel going forth both
JewIsraelite and Gentile). "And the Lord shall be King over ... the earth: in that day and there shall be one Lord, and His Name one"...
"Nations are breaking, Israel's awakening,
The signs that our prophets foretold; (that
earthquake to the Gentiles to the last day)
The Gentile days numbered, with horrors encumbered;
Return, O dispersed, to your own"
(What is the Attraction on the Mountain, 14:92-99).
Christ's second or parousia Coming to Israel at the end of the Gentile dispensation will be signified by "the sign of the Son of Man in heaven" over the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4; Daniel 7:13; Matthew 16:27 – 17:8; 24:3, 30; Acts 1:11; Revelation 1:7). It will be unrecognized by the Israelites as the sign of His first Coming (Zechariah 9:9) was unrecognized. The ministry of two prophets (Zechariah 4, Matthew 24:31 and Revelation 11) will introduce His Coming but the eyes of Israel's understanding will be "holden" until the second half of Daniel's Seventieth Week. And when their elect do recognize His parousia, Israel will be born as a nation in one day (Isaiah 66:8; Zechariah 12:9-14).
Zechariah 14:4: "And His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south." A Pillar of Cloud on the Mount of Olives coincidental with the sinking of Los Angeles will mark the Day of the Lord and herald the first resurrection! Of course His precious feet will not touch this earth until He returns with the glorified saints of all ages to step out on the nuclear ashes of the wicked for the millennium. Footprints indicate possession and judgment. Judgment began when the last saint predestinated to the Laodicean or Pentecostal Church Age was baptized into Christ in 1963 and His mediation was fulfilled. The Lamb became the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, King of kings and Judge, and with no blood on the sacrifice altar the Mercy Seat became the Judgment Seat.
Isaiah 66:1: "Heaven is My throne and earth is My footstool [or Judgment Seat]." But as II Thessalonians 2:6-7 explains, our presence restrains God's wrath by transforming earth from His Judgment Seat to a Mercy Seat because the life is in the blood so we are the Blood of Christ by the baptism with the Holy Ghost and His Life is living in us (Deuteronomy 12:23; I Corinthians 6:17; Galatians 3:26-29).
"Judgment must begin at the house of God [that's you and me]: and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome of those who do not obey [the present Truth of] the gospel of God" (I Peter 4:17; II Peter 1:12)? Prior to judging the "House of God" He had to display this sign in on February 28, 1963, and send His prophet William Branham to restore the apostolic faith and finish the mystery of God for us (Psalm 19:1-6; Amos 3:7; Malachi 4:5-6; Matthew 17:11; Revelation 10:7). Revelation 1:1: "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him [after His ascension (Matthew 24:36)], to show to His servants [the seven angels to the Church Ages] things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His [seventh] angel [William Branham (Revelation 10:7)] to His servant John".
The Mount of Olives is the central eminence of a ridge about two and a half miles in length. The highest peak rising 2,723 feet above sea level, overhanging the City from which it is separated only by the narrow valley of the Brook Kidron. Rising 187 feet above Mount Zion, 285 feet above Mount Moriah, 443 feet above Gethsemane (on the western slope of the Mount), it lies between the City and the desert toward the Dead Sea and completely obstructs the view in that direction. Around its northern side wound the road to Bethany and the Jordan. This mountain rendered access from the east to the city and temple difficult and intercepted the morning light and the flowing of the waters in that direction, both of which are mentioned in verses 6-9, "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be a unique day [or dispensation] which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be Light. And it shall be in that day, that Living Waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former [or Dead] sea, and half of them toward the hinder [or Mediterranean] sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. And the Lord shall be king over ALL the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord and His Name the only one".
All Scripture has a compound meaning and we live in the hypocritical gray day of apostasy in the Gentile churches which have compromised the faith until there is no clear right or wrong as foretold in Revelation 3:15-16. But in the evening time, just before the close of the dispensation, God sent the prophet of Malachi 4:5-6 who restored the transparent Light of understanding once delivered to the apostolic saints. At the dispensation change "Living Waters" will deliver grace for translation faith to Christ's end-time Bride and anoint two prophets to preach a former rain to 144,000 elect Israelites. "And the Lord shall be King over ALL the earth: in that day there shall be one Lord and His Name the only one".
Gihon, the only known living spring in the environs of Jerusalem, flows intermittently, only four or five times a day in the rainy season, and once a day in the dry summer season. Solomon was crowned at the spring of Gihon, and rode David's mule back into the city, signifying that he was king. Will Gihon be sealed, "for Living waters shall go out of Jerusalem" by the ministry of God's prophets: Light that overcomes all impassable obstacles by the fertile valley of faith, even mountains. Brother Branham said: "If the people get the true revelation of the true church and what she is, what she stands for and that she can do the greater works, she will be an invincible army" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 15:3).
The regeneration of elect Israelites who recognize and mourn the Day of Atonement their fathers rejected will herald Armageddon. The Millennium will "bring in everlasting righteousness" applied at the White Throne Judgment; then New Jerusalem under the eternal Shekinah of continuous day independent of sun, moon and stars will reign over a renewed earth (Isaiah 60:19-20; Revelation 21:25; 22:5).
Israel's anointed king David worshipped on the Mount of Olives rejected by his people and usurped by his beloved son Absalom (II Samuel 15:32)—a perfect type of Christ rejected by His people. In his decay Solomon profaned the mountain by building temples to the abominable gods of Moab and Ammon (I Kings 11:7). Good King Josiah defiled the high places Solomon had built (II Kings 23:13), and here "upon the mountain on the east of the city, the glory of the Lord hovered, when it had gone up from the midst of the city" (Ezekiel 11:23). Here the glory of the Lord sweated blood in anticipation of the ordeal He was about to endure in redeeming Israel that had rejected Him. Here also the Angel said, "this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen Him go into heaven" (Acts 1:11).
The prominence and position of the Mount of Olives standing between Jerusalem and natural S_U_N light was emblematic of the worldliness that stood between the S_O_N Light, the City and Temple of God. Natural events are SIGNS pointing to Spiritual things; in rending this hill, an enlightened Jerusalem will be prominent and clearly seen by all nations.
Isaiah 11:11-16, "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Upper Egypt, and from Pathros [Lower Egypt], and from Cush [Ethiopia], and from Elam [Persia], and from Shinar [Iraq], and from Hamath [Syria], and from the countries bordering the Mediterranean. [Nothing is said about the Ashkenazim who are Gentiles. The day of redemption for those of them who are in Adam's race is now, before God turns to Israel: or never]. And He shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth."
Brother Branham said that "ensign for the nations" was when the First Committee of the United Nations, on which each of the 55 members is represented, held twelve meetings, from May 6 to May 13, 1947, using the facilities for simultaneous translation available at Lake Success on May 6 to determine the make-up of the commission called the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP) that would determine the future of Palestine (UN docs. A/C.I/P.V.46-57 (May 6-13, 1947). And "the oldest flag in the world" the [occult] flag [of the House of Rothschild] was raised over Jerusalem [perhaps metaphorically] on May 6, 1947 as an ensign, signal or rallying point to the diaspora.
"The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim. But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them. And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall He shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dry-shod. And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt." The FIRST return was from Egypt. As He did for Moses, God will remove any obstacle hindering the return. The SECOND return was from the land of Babylon in 538BC. This return is from the diaspora in Daniel's Seventieth Week (Isaiah 19:23).
Zechariah 4:7 takes up God's complaint. "Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain: and He shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, "Grace, grace unto it"
Zerubbabel was commissioned to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem; he typed the Holy Spirit who is to build a new Temple for the Living God: one not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. No obstacle should stand before His task. Even if a mountain must be plucked up and cast into the sea, He will reveal that Temple—Christ and His Bride—to Israel, and thus "remove the iniquity of the Land in one day." He will reveal this Light to His people in Jerusalem by sending two anointed prophets in the Spirit and power of Moses and Elijah, the Olive Trees of the Old and New Testaments (Zechariah 3 and 4). Their ministry will reveal the Light shone through seven golden lamp stands by seven Church Age messengers which is "the plummet (or judgment line) in the hand' of the Master Builder. Their ministry is represented by the two new mountain peaks that allow the S_O_N Light to shine upon Jerusalem and Mount Zion. This is Revelation 7:2a and 11:1-4.
Isaiah 40:3-4, "The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, "Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth" (Luke 3:4-5). Every obstacle will be removed; even the Mount of Olives shall be split in twain.
The earthquake that sinks Los Angeles (Revelation 18:21-24) will trigger another earthquake at the same latitude on the other side of the globe that will cleave and transform the Mount of Olives into two new mountains (Isaiah 29:6). These will be divided by a wide valley running from Jerusalem eastward, through which certain Israelites will escape the carnage to apprise their kinsmen living in Muslim lands concerning the fulfilment of Zechariah 14:4, the demolition of "the abomination" desolating Temple Mount, and the appearance of a strange Cloud—"the Sign of the Son of man in heaven." When all Israel sees the revelation in the latter half of the Week there will be "shouts of Grace, grace unto it" as when Governor Zerubbabel laid the foundation of the restored temple (Matthew 24:30; Zechariah 4:7; Ezra 3:10-13).
The earthquake in the days of Uzziah possibly occurred when or resulted from his forcing his way into the temple against the protests of the priests, to offer incense on the golden altar belonging to the Holy of Holies. The antitype will result when the Devil-incarnate "man of sin, the son of perdition" issues a papal bull whereby the United States of America as "the image of the beast" in union with the (once) Protestant churches "forces all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand (signifying submission), or in their foreheads (signifying acceptance of trinitarian doctrine): and that no man might buy or sell unless he has the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name" (II Thessalonians 2:1-9; Revelation 13:15-18).
The same divinely sent earthquake that swallows up Israel's foe, opens out a way of escape to God's people (Zechariah 14:6-9; Isaiah 29:6; 64:1-2; Ezekiel 47:1-10; Micah 1:1-4; Revelation 11:13, 19 and 12:15-16). As God divided the Red Sea to provide an escape for the children of Israel, now He divides the earth.
Zechariah 14:6-9, "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Light shall not be clear, nor dark: but it shall be a unique day [of apostasy, spiritual blindness and Christ's unseen second or 'parousia' Coming (Matthew 24:36; Revelation 3:17-20)] which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be Light."
Laodiceans are in the same spiritual state as Israel at the end of her dispensation. Isaiah 60:1-2, "Arise, shine; for your Light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoples: but the Lord will arise upon you, and His glory shall be seen upon you".
God is separating the uncertain chaotic disorder of denominational darkness as when the Spirit of the Lord moved upon the waters, and said, "Let there be light," with THUS SAITH THE LORD.
Brother Branham's evening time Message restored the apostolic faith, finished the mystery of God and introduced "that which is perfect," Christ the fullness of the Word and "Light of the world" (I Corinthians 13:10; John 8:12). Our 144,000 attendants will see the Light when the revelation of the Seven Trumpet mysteries delivered by their prophets quickens them to a belated recognition of Christ's second or 'parousia' Coming.
"And it shall be in that day, that Living Waters [of the Gospel] shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former [or Dead] sea [Israelites], and half of them toward the hinder [or Mediterranean] sea [Gentiles]: in summer [for the Church Pentecostal jubilee] and in winter [for our Israelite attendants' Day of Atonement jubilee]." They escape into the bosom of Jesus by the Living Waters and new birth (Daniel 12:5-13). Living waters shall flow from Jerusalem in summer and in winter, unaffected by the seasons like the Spring Gihon. This Latter Rain which anoints the Sons of God for the manifestation of the 'third pull' to produce rapturing faith in the Gentile Bride, will be followed by the teaching or Former Rain to Israel through the ministry of 'Moses' and 'Elijah'.
To the desert dwellers of Palestine, the image of a rushing stream, whose grassy margin was overhung by waving trees, is about the most significant that could be used to express a living blessing. Joel 2:21-27 speaks of spiritual restoration in natural types, and Joel 3:18 speaks on millennium blessings. Isaiah 11:11-16 speaks of the remnant of Israelites gathered from the east and from the coasts of the Mediterranean. The vision of Ezekiel's temple is a motif of Israel's complete restoration as the millennium Temple will be the 144,000 themselves, the restored Kingdom under David's Greater Son (Ezekiel 47; Joel 2:21-32).
"In the dispensation of the fullness of ['kairos' or opportunity times as distinct from 'chronos' or chronological] times, God will gather together in one the full number of His elect in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth; even in Him in whom we have obtained an inheritance" (Ephesians 1:10-11). "And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and His Name the only one".
We are now studying the second half of Daniel's Seventieth Week. Joel 3:2, "I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the Valley of Jehoshaphat." This is the Valley of Kidron on the eastern side of Jerusalem between the city and the Mount of Olives; here Jehoshaphat defeated Moab, Ammon, and Edom (II Chronicles 20), three nations mentioned in Daniel 11:41. "Jehoshaphat" means Jehovah Judges. "Kidron" means to mourn in sackcloth; here emblematic of Israel's atonement and the scene of divine judgment "all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him" (Revelation 1:7). "Megiddon" means rendezvous. "Azal" means 'to join, to separate, hence to select, refuse, or contract.' In short, decision. This Valley is the place where God's decision and its consequences are revealed, the theatre of God's final judgments on Israel's foes.
The definite mention of the Mount of Olives in Zechariah 14:4, and the fact this was the scene of Christ's ascension confirms Zechariah is prophesying His unrecognized second or 'parousia' Coming to Israel (Acts 1:11) and signals the commencement of the first resurrection of Christ's Bride three days after the cleaving of the mountain (Zechariah 14:5; I Thessalonians 4:14; Jude 3). This is the one place in the Old Testament where the Mount of Olives is exactly so named although it is alluded to in II Samuel 15:30 as aforementioned. The high place of Tophet on the Mount of Olives foretells Armageddon (Jeremiah 7:30-34), and its southernmost peak is still known as the Mount of Offense, or the Mount of Corruption where Solomon built high places for idols (I Kings 11:7; II Kings 23:13)—abominations that make desolate.
". . . and I will enter into judgment with all nations in that Valley for My people and for My heritage Israel," with whom He has a covenant of love, and whom the Gentiles have scattered among the nations, selling boys to buy a harlot, and girls to buy wine—casting lots to divide the spoil in Jerusalem after 'Moses' and 'Elijah' are slain (Daniel 12:1; Zechariah 14:1-2; Obadiah 11; Revelation 11:7-10). Remember, the evil attributes of all four Gentile empires produce the New World Order under Papal Rome. God's grievances against the Gentiles span over 2,500 years. During the times of the Gentiles He used these nations to chastise His servant Israel, and His blessings upon the Gentile church were to make Israel jealous. But the nations exceeded their charge, and the churches apostatised and united with the State. Finally they set a man in the temple of God as if he were God, so that "all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond" must worship the beast (Isaiah 14:12-14; Daniel 9:27; 11:36; II Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 13:4-8, 17). Thus the iniquity of the Amorites is full. God will not share His glory with another.
Joel 3:4-8, "Yea, and will you dispute with Me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? Will you retaliate? Beware for I will strike back swiftly and speedily; because you have taken My silver and My gold, and have carried into your temples My goodly pleasant things: The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have you sold unto the Grecians, that you might remove them far from their border. Behold, I will restore the remnant whither you sold them, and will punish you for what you have done: I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the Lord has spoken it".
This is a direct address challenging the nations that managed the diaspora but exceeded their remit. God quickly offers an "eye for an eye" and enumerates the reasons for Divine justice. Tyre and Sidon and the five regions of the Philistines were hostile to God's people and therefore to God. Historically the Philistines had often plundered Israel (Judges 13:1; I Samuel 5:1; II Chronicles 21:17). Temples were the usual repositories for foreign booty (I Samuel 5:2; 31:10). The Lord's treasures are not only those of His Temple but of His land as a whole. Their recompense will be what they have done to the Israelites. The Sabeans, from Sheba in Southern Arabia were as far to the southeast as Greece was to the northwest.
Joel 3:9-12 "Proclaim this among the Gentiles; "Prepare war, conscript your mighty men and muster your troops: beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, "I am strong." All nations assemble yourselves. And cause Thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord. Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about".
Sanctifying for war was done by religious rites (I Samuel 7:8-9). The call is to all nations to prepare themselves for battle and to appear in the Valley of Jehoshaphat or Armageddon (Zechariah 4:2). "Jehoshaphat" means God Judges, so this is the valley of God's Judgment or Decision. "Decision" means something sharply or clean cut as with the sharp two-edged sword that proceeds from the mouth of Him whose name is called "the Word of God".
Armageddon demands all possible weapons and warriors; even the weak must volunteer for service. Their adversary, however, is not to be Israel as they suppose, but the God of Israel.
Joel 3:13. "Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down and tread the grapes; for the wine press is full, the vats overflow with their wickedness".
The nations have been summoned, their armies enlisted, and their false pleas have been heard. The Judge now orders His angels to carry out the sentence. In Palestine, grain harvest is followed by the vintage. The ripeness of the harvest, the fullness of the wine press, and the overflowing of the vats all express metaphorically, their "great wickedness" (Revelation 14:15-20).
Joel 3:14, "Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision".
"Multitudes" implies noisy or tumultuous crowds. Vast multitudes of the heathen are (metaphorically) assembled in the valley—NOT to make their decision but to receive God's verdict, His decision. God's enemies are caught in the valley between two mountains. Like Mount Ebal, which represented the curse of disobedience, and Mount Gerazim and the blessings of obedience (Deuteronomy 11:29). Man's day will end with the Gentile dispensation at the cleaving of the Mount of Olives. What the Adventists term 'probation' was fulfilled with the seven Church Ages of PART-WORD and Christ's mediation for ignorance of the fullness in 1963.
Redemption is over and there is no possibility of escaping God's verdict upon their decisions of the past. Revelation 22:10-12, "And He said to me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this Book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he who is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according to his works".
Joel 3:15-16, "The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of His people and the strength of the children of Israel".
Darkness symbolizes judgment, as when sin was judged on the Day of Calvary (Matthew 27:45) then everything in earth and sky begins to crumble (Hebrews 12:27). God's voice condemns the nations, but is a refuge and stronghold for the 144,000. His Word is creative and though He is longsuffering, it produces what was spoken for those of the faith of Jesus Christ, whilst sinners are accursed. Revelation 19:15, "And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God." Those who take the sword perish by the sword. The conquering power in the final destruction of the foes of God is no human instrument but by the sword of the Word which has already proceeded from the mouth of all His holy prophets and apostles.
Joel 3:17-18, "Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, dwelling in Zion My holy mountain: then Jerusalem will be holy, and strangers not born into the Kingdom shall pass through it no more (John 3:3; Revelation 21:27). And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drip with new wine, and the hills will flow with milk, and all the brooks of Judah shall flow with water, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the Lord, to water the valley of Shittim".
Revelation 21:22-27, "And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it and the Lamb is the Light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defiles, neither whatsoever works abomination, or makes a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's Book of Life".
Streams which usually run dry shall water the Valley of Shittim from the house of the Lord (Ezekiel 47:1-12; Zechariah 14:8; Revelation 22:1) and the desert shall blossom as a rose. The stream from Zion connects the Presence of God in His Temple with the future redemption of nature. This Messianic stream of blessing was probably suggested by the waters of Shiloah (Isaiah 8:6; Psalm 46:4) which flow from the spring Gihon under the Temple mount and irrigate the Kidron Valley for a short distance which is certainly the valley down which Ezekiel's stream was to flow.
Shittim was the last of the stations in the wilderness, and where Balaam allured the Israelites into the sin of Baal-peor, and from where Joshua sent out two spies to view Jericho and led them across Jordan to Gilgal in Canaan where the penitent Israelites renewed their covenant of circumcision and entered once more into possession of all the privileges of the people of God (Joshua 3:1; 4:20-21; 5:1-12).
Joel 3:19, "Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land". This is an illustration of cherem or anathema. By punishing the Egyptians and Edomites, who enslaved and betrayed Israel, God declares His servant nation innocent. The enemies of God's redeemed become His enemies (Genesis 12:3; Zechariah 14:21). Joel 3:20-21, "But Judah shall dwell forever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation. For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the Lord dwells in Zion".
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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.