Bible Believers' Newsletter 950
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; we are pleased you could join us in fellowship around God's unchanging Word.
Today we complete our study on the Book of Malachi with an exposition of the last two verses, placing the two Moses' and five Elijah's in the Scripture and providing answers to questions I know some of you have pondered.
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.
Human Rights Violations: North Korea vs. the US
November 24, 2016 — UN Third Committee Resolution L.23 IN, legitimizes stranglehold economic sanctions used as a means to "obliterate" North Korea. But in New York . . . recently published masterpiece, entitled "Blood in the Water," by United States historian Heather Ann Thompson documents the horrific tortures inflicted during the murderous repression of unarmed prisoners. Among those slaughtered in the massacre ordered by Governor Rockefeller, was "Kenny Malloy, His skull had been riddled with so many bullets that his eye sockets were shredded by the shards of his own bones."
Invading with chemical poison CS gas, orthochlorobenzyldene, the heavily armed state troopers began murdering the unarmed prisoners. The tortures to which the "surviving prisoners were subjected were described by victim Frank Smith.
Page 487: "He was chained to a table, 'They say you like to play football, we're going to put this football into you nigger, and then we're going to kill you.' The torturers shoved a football under his chin, and told him if he let it drop, they would shoot him. As recounted by Smith, the troopers kicked him 'repeatedly in the testicles, and were spitting on me, dropping lit cigarettes on me . . . I would flex my body to make the cigarette fall off me, so it wouldn't burn too long.' his legs hung over the edge of the table for six hours until they started to go numb. 'My head was hurting, my back was hurting, and the most excruciating pain I had was in my testicles. It was a very excruciating pain in my genital area.' He was then forced to run through a gauntlet with fifty armed officers on both sides, with broken glass on the floor. Still completely naked, he endured the blows of axe handles and the baton with pig handles as he was forced to run this gauntlet. The pain had been horrendous, 'unbearable pain; my testicles, my fingers gouged, and arms and back,' accompanied by endless barrage of vile racial attacks, slurs."
This was standard torture of the prisoners, including rape:
"An officer pulled out a Phillips screwdriver and told the naked inmate to get on his feet or he'd stab the screwdriver in his rectum . . . then he just started stabbing him."
When the prisoners' attorney, the great civil rights lawyer William Kunstler, witnessed the carnage of mangled dead bodies strewn everywhere on the ground, Kunstler, who had grasped that this was a legitimate political rebellion, wept uncontrollably at the sight of fascism's work . . . of course, Governor Rockefeller, the man responsible for the massacre, was never held accountable, but history condemns him for perpetrating this infamous state terror.
The New Yorker, May 2, 2016 describes current torture and murder of mentally disabled prisoners in Florida prisons. This is documented in an article by Eyal Press. As prisoner Darren Rainey, diagnosed as schizophrenic, had defecated in his cell, after being tormented by his guards, he was, as punishment, put in a "shower," "locked in a stall whose water supply was delivered through a hose controlled by the guards. The water was over one hundred and eighty degrees, hot enough to brew a cup of tea . . . It was later revealed that Rainey had burns on more than ninety percent of his body, and that his skin fell off at the touch."
Rainey was boiled to death in the shower, but it was learned that many other prisoners had been subjected to the same torture of being boiled alive. None of the perpetrators of this torture were held accountable. Prisoners were routinely beaten. Other prisoners were starved, some starved to death. Any witnesses who might have spoken against this abuse were threatened and silenced . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: Great to live in the exceptional 'Christian' country, the Jew-controlled home of the brave and land of the free. Jesus Christ prophesied church and state will unite making it "the image unto the beast" of the unholy Holy Roman Empire. Please read the full story and then turn to Trump and the 'Collapse of Capitalism' (COC): Foibles, Fables and Failures, The Financial Press and its Keepers. And Unbridled Global Capitalism: People Wake Up! Time is Running Out!
Obama tries to cover Tracks by ordering a Mop Up of Jabhat al-Nusra Leaders
November 15, 2016 — Washington created al-Qaeda back in 1988 to fight Soviet influence in Afghanistan. Similarly, a quarter of a century later, the Obama administration created and armed the so-called Syrian opposition, that was later transformed into a dangerous and pretty disgusting weapon—ISIS . . . It's true that Pentagon has wasted thousands of tons of ordinance, while pretending that it's trying to destroy ISIS and its affiliates in Iraq and Syria, but there has been no real struggle as it was officially admitted by the US State Department spokesman Mark Toner . . . according to the revelations made by a Jabhat al-Nusra militant in his interview for the German journal Focus, Washington has been directly supplying the group with TOW systems to increase its fighting capacity.
But when Trump surprised everyone by winning the recent presidential election, the Obama administration has started covering up its criminal activities in the remaining 70 days before the new president is inaugurated. Thus, the group that was engaged in a number of fishy schemes of the Neocons over the years has found itself in the "to be cleaned up" list.
Pentagon knows the location of every hiding that shelters terrorist leaders, as has been repeatedly stated by US officials, however those hidings remained undamaged for years . . . now the Washington Post would report that President Obama ordered the Pentagon to find and kill the leaders of Jabhat al-Nusra . . . most Western media sources remain silent about the fact that Obama's newfound determination is provoked by the fact that Trump is taking office pretty soon. Should there be an inquiry into the activities of the Obama administration after it's gone those terrorist leaders would be able to testify against Obama and his affiliates . . . they are being murdered in a hurry now. Full story: journal-neo.org
'Fake News' on Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Ukraine, Yemen
November 24, 2016 — A smear campaign is currently underway accusing the alternative and independent online media of producing "Fake News" . . . analysis confirms that the corporate media rather than the alternative media are routinely involved in distorting the facts and turning realities upside down. They are the unspoken architects of "Fake News".
- They deny Israeli war crimes against Palestinians,
- They fail to mention that the US, Britain, France, Turkey and Saudi Arabia are providing covert support to both Al Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS-Daesh),
- They disregard the fact that two Neo-Nazi parties are part of the Ukrainian government coalition,
- They accuse the Syrian government of killing their own people.
In the words of Mark Taliano:
"The War on Syria is not a "civil" war; the "uprising" was not "democratic"; Assad does not "starve his own people"; Assad does not "bomb his own people", and, of course, there are no "moderate" terrorists."
The US and its allies are directly or indirectly involved in several illegal wars: Afghanistan, Ukraine, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen. These acts of military aggression are casually upheld by the mainstream media as "humanitarian wars" under the doctrine of "Responsibility to Protect (R2P).
In turn, the ongoing US-led bombing raids against Syria and Iraq resulting in countless civilian deaths are portrayed by the MSM as a "counter-terrorism campaign" against the Islamic State, which just happens to be financed by America's closest allies, including [Dönmeh Jew-ruled] Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: The mainstream corporate media is desperate. They want to suppress independent and alternative online media, which it categorizes as "fake news". Readers on social media are warned not to go onto certain sites. The intent of this initiative is to smear honest reporting and Truth in Media. Our analysis confirms that the mainstream media are routinely involved in distorting the facts and turning realities upside down. They are the unspoken architects of "Fake News". One area of routine distortion is the use of fake videos and images by the mainstream media (globalresearch.ca).
A pushback is coming to the Internet's success in giving the world access to diverse opinions and dissenting information. Politicians, mainstream media and technology giants are taking aim at what they call "fake news" (consortiumnews.com).
Cynthia: Flesh-Eating Synthetic Bacteria that has gone Wild
September 14, 2016 — the first synthetic bacteria—Cynthia, created "to combat oil pollution in the Gulf of Mexico" which, according to the various reports that are often ignored by the corporate media, has mutated and has started attacking animals and humans. Now this highly lethal microorganism is on its way to Europe . . . an oil slick produced by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill covered over sixty thousand square miles . . . Washington decided to take drastic measures . . . at that time when an artificially created microorganism nicknamed Cynthia was unleashed . . . was created and funded directly by BP. It was believed that Cynthia feeds on oil, but it turns out now that it is equally willing to consume all forms of organic life as well . . . Full story: journal-neo.org
Comment: "The Bible said that man would actually rot in their flesh" (William Branham, #56-0122 Five Junctions of Time).
Is Obama staging a Colour Revolution in the US
November 12, 2016 — Over the last eight years, the Obama administration has acquired a long list of tricks that were used against undesired governments in various parts of the world, while the most effective among them is the so-called "colour revolutions," where essentially a coup d’état is achieved by media manipulation and large mobs. US intelligence services are now prepared to unleash such a revolution on the home front, since they are fairly concerned about their future under Trump, as the Washington Post would report.
The fact that Obama still believes in Trump's inability to replace him in the White House has already been announced by the White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. At the same time, he would point out, while commenting on the anti-Trump protests in the US, that the right for freedom of expression must be exercised without violence, clearly alluding to the current administration's arsenal of "peaceful" tools that would allow it to get rid of Trump.
That is why we already are witnessing a wave of 'protests' being unleashed under the control of the Obama administration. The corporate media and social networks are openly arrayed against the incoming 45th US President. These very tactics have been used by US intelligence agencies in Brazil, Nicaragua, Hong Kong, Thailand . . . across the Middle East and Eastern Europe to unleash a 'colour revolution.' In some countries, such actions have brought foreign government under the direct control of the White House, as in Ukraine, Brazil and several other countries . . . Full story: journal-neo.org
Comment: George Soros' Purple Revolution will resist all efforts by the Trump Administration to push back against the globalist policies of the Clintons and soon-to-be ex-President Barack Hussein Obama (journal-neo.org). The "Swamp Things" Quiver as Trump Presidency Aims Drain Hose (journal-neo.org). Post Election Chaos, Trump Presidency under Siege: Guided Anarchy and "The Purple Revolution" of black flag and false flag psyops by Soros, Clinton, CFR, MSM, illegal aliens and NWO globalist banksters
False Promise of EU Dream: Moldova and Bulgaria elect Pro-Russian Presidents
November 13, 2016 — As the European Union continues to spiral towards an all-out disaster due to significant economic problems, the migrant crisis, cultural decay, and an overall loss of purpose, countries like Moldova and Bulgaria, which were once blinded by the false promises of the European dream, are beginning to shift course back towards the only nation in Europe today that is experiencing a remarkable renaissance—yes, Russia.
In the second round of presidential elections . . . the pro-Russian candidates Igor Dodon of Moldova and Rumen Radev of Bulgaria have come out victorious over their pro-European rivals . . . Full story: theduran.com
If I was the Devil
Audio recording of a man predicting the future in 1965 with 100% accuracy. Full story: youtu.be
Malachi 4:5 - 6
"Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful Day of the Lord: and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse [following which] the righteous shall tread down the wicked; for they will be nuclear ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, says the Lord of hosts".
The Lord anoints five different prophets with the measure of the Spirit with which He anointed Elijah under the reign of Ahab king of Israel and his pagan Serpent's seed wife Jezebel. Elijah means 'Yahweh is God'; his mission was to bring His apostate people of the Northern Kingdom of Israel back to the one true God (I Kings 18:39) away from the worship of Baal and Astarte (Semiramis or Venus) introduced by Ahab and his idolatrous wife Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal (Baal with him), the priest of Astarte who murdered Pheles and usurped the throne of Tyre for thirty-two years. Ahab and his party represented Baal and Yahweh as essentially the same God in order to reconcile the people to idolatry as if it were "a light thing to walk in the sins of Jeroboam" and worship the God of Abraham under the symbol of a calf (Exodus 20:3-4; I Kings 16:31). Emperor Constantine and the non-Semitic self-styled Jews of Revelation 2 followed the same process at the First Nicaea Council where they married the apostate first church of Rome with the Roman state and its Babylonian trinity as they created Pharisaism in Babylon, and later Islam. Protestantism has since apostatised and they too claim to worship the God of Abraham, yet also without revelation (John 4:24). Elijah's work was to confound these sophisms and vindicate the one true God to the exclusion of all idols.
God instructed Elijah to anoint Elisha to succeed him so when he was caught up to heaven in a chariot of fire and horses of fire (II Kings 2), he received a double portion of the Spirit; and whereas God performed sixteen miracles at the hands of Elijah, He performed thirty two miracles through Elisha's ministry. The third prophet anointed by that spirit was John the Baptist who introduced Jesus' first Coming. He preached and baptized for repentance but no miracle is attributed to him (Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3:1; Matthew 3:1-11; 17:12; Mark 1:2-5; Luke 1:17-18; 3:2-17; John 1:15-37). After John's martyrdom and the death and resurrection of Jesus Messiah, his ministry turned the heart of our apostolic fathers to the primitive Church born of the faith of Jesus (Malachi 4:5, 6a; Matthew 11:7-18; 17:11). The fourth Elijah was William Branham (1909-1965) whose Message was vindicated by untold thousands of miracles (Isaiah 61:2b; Malachi 4:5, 6b; Matthew 17:10-11) to reveal "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday and today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8; 4:12. The fifth 'Elijah' will be the prophet who ministers to Israelites returned to the Land of the Covenant after its abandonment by the self-styled Jews; he will be associated with another prophet anointed by the Spirit that endued Moses "These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth" (Zechariah 4:12-14; Daniel 12:5-7; Matthew 17:3-4; 24:31; 11:2-12; Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 11:3-12; 22:2).
Shadows and types
Elijah told King Ahab, "there shall not be dew nor rain all these years according to my word . . . three and a half years later he told Ahab, I will send rain upon the earth" (I Kings 17:1; 18:1; Luke 4:25; James 5:17). The Moses and Elijah of Revelation 11 will preach Israel's former or "teaching" rain for three and a half years of Daniel's Seventieth Week during which "if any one desires to harm them, Fire [of their 'third pull'] or spoken Word will devour their enemies and if any one desires to harm them, he must be killed [II Kings 1:9-15; I Kings 18:36-39]. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy [Israel's latter or "harvest" rain cannot fall until after their martyrdom, resurrection, glorification and assumption up to heaven in the pillar of Cloud witnessed worldwide on television (Revelation 11:7-13]: and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will." God will separate the borderline believers from the 144,000 elect Israelites.
When the Lord told Elijah to anoint Elisha to succeed him in the prophetic office he symbolically threw his cloak upon Elisha, then recovering it went his way. Elisha acted at once on God's first call, burnt his wooden plough and an ox, bid farewell to family and friends, and went after Elijah to serve him. After meeting his commitments Elijah crossed Jordan to the place where the Lord had told him he would be caught up to heaven by a whirlwind and asked Elisha if he had any special request before he is taken away (II Kings 2). Elisha asked for a double portion of the prophetic spirit that was upon him—the double blessing of the first-born [Deuteronomy 21:17]—Elijah's spiritual son heir to the prophetic office and gifts of his master (II Kings 2:9).
Elisha saw Elijah taken up, and taking the cloak that fell from Elijah he smote the waters saying, "Where is the Lord God of Elijah?" The waters parted from one side to the other and Elisha went over: a type of the Church following Jesus, seeing His power, seeing His miracles.
One day the mother of James and John asked Jesus, "Grant that my two sons may sit in Your Kingdom, one on your right hand, and one on the left".
Jesus asked, "Can you drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" They said "We are able." And He said, "You will indeed drink of My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with."
James the Great was decapitated in AD44 by Edomite Herod Agrippa seeking to ingratiate himself with Jewry. His accuser was brought to repent of his conduct by the apostle's extraordinary and undaunted courage, and fell at his feet to request pardon, professing himself a Christian, and resolving that James should not receive the crown of martyrdom alone. Hence they were both beheaded at the same time. And although John died a natural death at a very advanced age, spiritually his was the longest and deepest martyrdom of any of the apostles, and for the sake of Christ he underwent many and severe outward sufferings.
But to sit at My right hand, and on My left, is not Mine to give, and shall be given to them for whom it was prepared by My Father [before the foundation of the world]." As signified by the cherubim over the Mercy Seat on the Ark of the Covenant which Bezalel made "of pure gold [signifying deity]: two and a half cubits long, and one and a half cubits wide. And he made two cherubim of gold, of hammered work beaten out of one piece, on the two ends of the mercy seat; one cherub on one end, and one cherub on the other end: he made the cherubim of one piece with the mercy seat. And the cherubim spread their wings upward, covering the mercy seat, their faces toward each other and the mercy seat" (Exodus 37:6-9; Matthew 20:20-28).
"These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth" (Zechariah 4:12-14). The Cherubim represent Moses and Elijah and ultimately the redeemed saints of the Old Testament, in particular those under the Old Covenant, and the redeemed New Testament saints: the Church represented by the golden Menorah and the 144,000 elect Israelites represented by the Table of Shewbread which were in the sanctuary (Revelation 5:8-10). We were all present when the Lamb claimed and opened the Book of Life. Like Martin Luther, their sole standing is on the blood-sprinkled mercy seat toward which they gaze as the redeemed shall forever, and are "the habitation of God through the Spirit" at one with God in Christ (Ephesians 2:22). On that ground we are the habitation of God, from which His glory is to shine upon the world (Matthew 5:15; John 17:5; I Corinthians 2:7-8; 6:19-20; Revelation 21:22-23). Between the Cherubim was the glory of God, Jesus Christ (Psalm 99:1; Matthew 17:2-3; Luke 9:29-35; Acts 1:10-11; Hebrews 9:5).
After Calvary He resurrected and instructed His disciples, "that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name [which Name is LORD JESUS CHRIST according to Matthew 28:19] among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. And I will send the promise of My Father upon you: but wait in the city of Jerusalem, until you are endued with power from on high".
And when the Day of Pentecost was fully come they were all baptized with the same Holy Ghost baptism or cloak that was upon Jesus as the same Holy Spirit that endued Elijah came upon Elisha in a double portion. The Church can do "greater (more) works" than He could, because we are many (John 14:12), and you'll be His witnesses in Roma, Gunnedah, Black Hill and Easley, Eagle Bridge, Makurdi, Pupplagutta, and all over the world. Every Brother and Sister born of the Spirit of God is a witness of the resurrection of Jesus Christ "and I will be with you always, even to the end of the world".
Elijah' was "a hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins" (II Kings 1:8). His hairy lambskin coat was assumed by Elisha; the "hairy" cloak afterwards became a prophet's conventional garb (Zechariah 13:4). John the Baptist "was clothed with camel's hair and with a girdle of leather about his loins" (Mark 1:6).
Like a Bedouin, Elijah and John the Baptist after him delighted in the desert, the heights of Carmel and the caves of Mount Horeb as William Branham, the Elijah of our day was a man of natural wilderness, deserts and mountains. But like Elisha, Brother Branham also ministered in centres of civilization in many countries. Whereas Elijah was a stern enforcer of the Law which had been forgotten and trodden under foot, Elisha's calling was to herald the divine tenderness, with tempting invitations to restore the hearts that had been broken by his predecessor with the hammer of the Law.
In delivering the Fourth Seal Brother Branham quoted Revelation 19:13-17 and said the Lord is smiting the antitype of Jezebel, the false church and her Ahab, the false prophet which will be eaten by wild beasts and fowls of the air as the dogs licked Ahab's blood and devoured Jezebel.
"Jezebel is the type of the modern church today because Catholics and Protestants are joined together now . . . Now, we notice, killed by a command of God was Jezebel—was killed because God had Jehu [Russia] to go down there and have her throwed out of the window and kill Jezebel, and the dogs eat her flesh. (Is that right?) literal Jezebel. Ahab, her king head: dogs licked his blood as the first Elijah predicted . . . And Jezebel and Ahab were the head of them churches—church and state, all together. And Elijah [William Branham] revealed Ahab's sins to him and commanded the whole church to turn back to the true Word . . ."
"Now if you want to see their bodies, let's turn over here to Revelations 19 after the Word slays them. Now, the Word's going to kill them. You know that. All right now, you just watch and see what happens when Christ coming in Revelations 19, beginning with the 17th verse . . ."
"And His vesture was dipped with blood, and He's called King of king and Lord of lords." (In the 13th verse, He's called the Word of God. See? Now, here He is King of kings and Lord of lords) . . ."
"And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: . . . (Out of His mouth, like from God's mouth to Moses' mouth. See?) . . . and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and . . . tread the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God. And He hath on His vesture (a Name) . . . on His thigh a Name written, KING OF KING, and LORD of LORDS."
"And I saw an angel . . . (Now, watch, now He comes forth smiting. Who's He smiting? Jezebel and her Ahab, false prophet). And I saw an Angel standing in the sun; and He cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls of the air in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together to the supper of the great God."
"He feeds them to the beasts and birds. Now, watch over here in the other chapter here of the Book of Revelations [2:18-23]. And . . . (Just a minute.) "Kill with the sword and death and beasts of the earth." See? The Jezebel church, her actually body, is to be eaten by fowls and beasts of the earth. Just exactly like Ahab and Jezebel was in the natural, so are they to be in the spiritual form a church. Do you see what I mean? All right."
"Elijah (Oh.), Elijah was the prophet in the days of Ahab and Jezebel, natural. And He's promised to do the same thing according to THUS SAITH THE LORD, in the Word to the Jezebel, spiritual: His Spirit form of ministry."
"Watch. Elijah, though in his day properly and profoundly vindicated, could not turn them back to the Word. Is that right? Though Elijah tried with everything; he did everything; he showed them signs and wonders; and they laughed in his face. Same thing they'll do with this spiritual. See? He could not turn them back to the Word."
"Now, listen, Church, close now you that is going to be confused on this. Out of the millions in the world in the days of Elijah, when Jezebel and Ahab was reigning in type of the antitype today—out of the whole world, there was only seven
hundredthousand saved of Elijah's preaching . . . Elijah never knew even one of them was that way. He thought he was the only one saved until God opened one of the Seals and showed him the mystery of the Book, that He had seven hundredthousand that never bowed down to them creeds that they had. When God opened His Book to Elijah, He said, "Now, wait a minute, son; I got seven hundredthousand that's tucked around out there: got their names on the Book since the foundation of the world. They're Mine." Whew. God opened the Seals. That's the reason I think John was doing all that shouting the other night. He must've seen his name on there" (The Revelation of the Seven Seals, p. 326:5 - 330:4).
After his anointing Elisha approached Bethel which was situated on a high hill and was the principal seat of calf and Baal worship, and was accosted by a group of irresponsible young men who scorned him because he was a prophet of Yahweh rather than Baal. "Go up [into our city], you bald head, [a mark of leprosy and disgrace an impure and expelled person, for priests were meant to be whole (Leviticus 21:5; Number6 6:5)] what do you want from us?" Note that to this day Jewish men and Muslims cover their head contrary to Scripture (Genesis 1:26; 5:1; 9:6; I Corinthians 11:7), and Muslim women cover their head with a kerchief or vail when in the Old and New Testaments uncut hair signifies she is covered by the headship of her father or husband (Numbers 5:18; I Corinthians 11:1-16).
The scorn of the delinquents attacked not so much the person of Elisha as the office supernaturally bestowed on him at his first appearance in that capacity, and in Bethel could not be allowed to pass in silence. He cursed them in the Name of the Lord and two she bears tore forty-two of the louts.
Brother Branham said, "If they'd have been taught reverence and respect, they'd have walked out there before that prophet of God and have asked for prayer for themselves. But they had been taught to snicker and laugh and to make fun about like the children of today. No, too many of them today would make fun at a street meeting; they'd make fun at the preaching of the Gospel.
So Elisha cursed them in the Name of the Lord. Not because of the children, but because of the irreverent parents that'd brought the children up that way to disrespect God. Two she bears come out and killed forty-two of them. Now, that's irreverence. God demands respect. When they disrespected His prophet, they disrespected Him; no matter if they didn't believe, they ought to kept their mouth shut, stay away from it. But no, they had to put in their nickel's worth. They had to say something that they ought not have said. And what happened to them? (Respects, p. 18:133-134). We may be certain this is a type that will be repeated in the near future (It becometh Us to fulfil All Righteousness, p. 6:39; Revelation 13:5).
John the Baptist's public ministry in the wilderness by the River Jordan, some seventy miles north-east of Jerusalem, was to call Israelites to the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins and to apprehend true holiness. He railed against their presumption that descent from Abraham, Isaac and Israel ensured eternal security. For it is a maxim among the Jews that "All Israel have a portion in the world to come, for it is written: Thy people are all righteous" (Mishnah Sanhedrin 10:1, Talmud Sanhedrin 90a). One midrashic passage reads, Said R. Levi, "In the age to come Abraham will sit at the gate of Gehenna [hell], and he will not permit a circumcised Israelite to go down there" (Jacob Neusner, ed. Genesis Rabbah ("Vayera" 45:8), Vol. II (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1985) 182). "[The wicked Jews] are at that time under sentence to suffer in Gehenna, but our father Abraham comes, brings them up, and receives them" (Talmud b. Eruvin 19a). The final blessing that is made at a 'Covenant of Circumcision' ceremony (performed on the eighth day of a male infant's life) includes the words: 'as a reward of this (circumcision), the living God, our Portion, our Rock, has ordained that the beloved of our flesh be saved from the abyss, for the sake of the Covenant which He has set in our flesh. Those who are descendants of Abraham according to the flesh will most certainly share in the eternal kingdom, even though they be faithless sinners and disobedient to God'.
Pointing to the pebbles baptized by the Jordan John cautioned, "Presume not to say confidently within yourselves, We have Abraham as our father, for I tell you that as God raised Adam from the dust of the earth, and children to Abraham from Sarah's dead womb, He is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham." And John denounced the Pharisees, Sadducees and other apostate Jewish sects, warning of the wrath that was to come upon Jerusalem [under General Titus] and Israel's disinheritance as they "transgress the Commandments by their Talmudic tradition" (Matthew 15:3), unbelief and infidelity—"for without holiness, no man shall see the Lord" (Hebrews 12:14).
It was the time of the Passover requiring all adult male Israelites to appear in Jerusalem. Deuteronomy 16:1-6 and the prophecy of Daniel 9:25 informed John and all Israel that the Messiah he was ordained to forerun must be in Jerusalem that Passover. Jesus was his cousin but having lived in the wilderness from the age of nine John "could not recognize Him but He who sent him to baptize in water, said 'He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit'."
Judea was apostate and knew it not: being religious they were expecting Messiah, but the Talmudic traditions of their denominations had made the Word of God of no effect to them and they were looking for His third Coming as a General to expel Rome and restore the Kingdom to Israel rather than their KINSMAN Redeemer. So when Jerusalem "sent priests and Levites to ask John who he was, he confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ." And they asked him, Then are you Elijah [of Malachi 4:5 preceding the great and dreadful Day of the Lord]? And he said, "I am not." Are you the Prophet [Messiah of Deuteronomy 18:15]? And he answered, "No." So who are you, that we may have an answer for those who sent us? What do you say about yourself? He answered, "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Isaiah" (Isaiah 40:3; Mark 1:3l Luke 3:3).
A prophet is a sign of judgment and no genuine prophet needs to speak for himself. God will vindicate him by His Word and works and the elect will not be deceived. Now the priests and Levites sent by the Pharisees could not see John's vindication in the Scriptures he quoted to identify himself because they were looking for the Elijah who would come before the consummation (Malachi 4:5; Matthew 17:10) after which the Kingdom would be restored to Israel (Acts 1:6) and Messiah would reign from Jerusalem throughout the millennium.
"They had been sent by the Pharisees [who are now called Jews). And they asked Him, Why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Messiah [coming to take the Throne as Son of David (Matthew 9:27; 15:22, 20:30-31) nor Elijah (of Malachi 4:5, 6b, William Branham), neither that Prophet (of Deuteronomy 18:15 and 18, Jesus Messiah)?
"John answered them saying, I baptize with water: but among you stands One, whom you do not know. It is He who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie".
The blindness prophesied of the Jewish religious leaders is mirrored today by the world church system (Isaiah 29:10; Romans 11:8, 25; Revelation 3:17) that claims we are in "the time of the end" which commenced after the revelation of the Seven Seals (Daniel 12:4, 9; Revelation 10:4). But since they believe John was the prophet of Malachi 4:5-6 and Matthew 17:11, which he was not, they are not seeking a prophet. Yet "the Lord God can do nothing without first revealing His secret to His servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7) and displaying a sign in the heavens (Genesis 1:14; Psalm 19:1-4; 50:6; Matthew 24:3, 22-28; Romans 10:18; Revelation 10:1-4). Until the prophet of Malachi 4:5, 6b and Revelation 10:7 reveals the mystery of the Seven Seals there can be no "end time," no rapture and no first resurrection. And because of their error they are looking for the visible second physical return of the glorified Man in the heavens contrary to Matthew 24:22-28. His precious feet will not touch this earth until after the consummation (Malachi 4:1-3). It is the unseen second or (Gk.) 'parousia' Coming of Christ "as a thief in the night" (I Thessalonians 5:2; II Peter 3:10; Revelation 3:3; 16:15; 3:17-19) in W_O_R_D form they must recognize (Zechariah 14:7; Matthew 24:28; I Corinthians 13:10; Revelation 10:7).
"As Jesus, Peter, James, and John came down from Mount Transfiguration where in a vision they had been shown a preview of Jesus' return glorified preceded Israel's two witnesses of Revelation 11 who also signified the prior resurrection of the sleeping Church Age saints typed by Moses who died on Mount Nebo, and the translation of "we who are alive and remain" represented by Elijah who was translated. His disciples asked Him, Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come before the Day of the Lord (Malachi 4:5)? Jesus replied, [the fourth] Elijah [William Branham] truly shall first come, and restore the faith once delivered to the apostolic fathers" [Malachi 4:6b; Jude 3]. The manifestation of the Sixth Seal, Seventh Trumpet and Seventh Vial will signal the end of the Gentile dispensation, then the Church will be resurrected and translated before Israel's second 'Moses' and fifth 'Elijah' come or receive their anointing (COD, p. 1091:Q336). "But I tell you that Elijah has already come (Malachi 3:1), and they did not recognize him, but have done to him as they pleased. In a similar way the Son of man will also suffer at their hands. Then the disciples understood that He was speaking of the decapitation of Israel's third Elijah, John the Baptist".
After Abel's death the Lord excoriated Cain: "The voice of your brother cries unto Me from the ground." And four months before Brother Branham's death the late Orman Walker, a minister from Oregon related a dream in which the Prophet said, "I'll ride this trail once more." It corresponded with the spiritual dreams of several other saints repeated in the sermon, "And Knoweth it Not." This meant he will preach his Message once more. Three months later he said, "Why, me an old man, suffered all my life, why did He heal me now? I believe I'll ride this trail again; I got to bring a Message. And I say to my Father tonight (as Junior seen in a dream the other night of the wings of this Dove moving in these windows here), Lord, Your servant's reporting for service. Amen, I'm ready" (On the Wings of a Snow White Dove, p. 35:225).
In Revelation 10:5-7 we read, "The Angel [Christ] which I saw stand [in judgment] on [Rome, the beast from] the sea and upon [the beast from] the earth [the United States image of Rome wherein the apostate (once) Protestant churches are united with the State under Rome] lifted up His hand to heaven, and swore [an oath] by Him Who lives forever and ever, Who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be 'chronos' time no longer [or delay as all Seven Church Ages and Christ's Mediation are fulfilled and redemption is over]: but in the days of the Voice of the seventh angel [William Branham], when he shall begin to sound [His Message—the mysteries of the seven unwritten thunders of Revelation 10—the revelations contained in the Seven Seals]—the mystery of God should be finished, as He has declared to His servants the prophets".
John the Baptist foreran Messiah's first physical or (Gk.) 'erchomai' Coming, and "laid the axe to the root of all trees" or spiritual principles of Pharisees, Sadducees, Herodians, Essenes, Zealots and all other Jewish sects. Three and a half years after his death John's Message "turned the heart of the apostolic fathers—Peter, James, John, Luke, Paul, etc., to the elect children of God" (Malachi 4:6a). When God commissioned His fourth Elijah William Branham, the Shekinah like a star descended as he was baptizing in the Ohio River and a Voice said, "As John the Baptist foreran My first Coming, your Message will forerun My second [or (Gk.) 'parousia'] Coming" (Revelation 1:20). Fifty-two years after his death "the Message of the seventh angel" is "riding this trail once more," preaching the "shout" of I Thessalonians 4:16 which is the "midnight cry" of Matthew 25:6 calling the children of God out from the Judaeo-Roman church and her Lutheran, Methodist, Pentecostal, etc., harlot daughters into the unity of the faith for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation (Revelation 18:4; Romans 8:19; I Corinthians 15:52).
In Malachi 4:5 God promised: "I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful Day of the Lord." This will be the consummation of life and its aftermath foretold in Malachi 4:1-3 which are yet to be fulfilled.
Malachi 4:6a promised: "Elijah shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children." In John's day the fathers were Reuben, Ephraim, Judah, Napthali, etc., but they died more than a thousand years before John was born so his ministry could not turn their heart. But from the Day of Pentecost three and a half years after John's death, his Message resulted in the heart of the apostolic fathers turning to God's elect children out of every nation, tribe and tongue in Adam's race. And we should remember that since Calvary, God's servant nation Israel has been disinherited "until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in" (Romans 11:25), then, and in the second half of Daniel's Seventieth Week the Israel nation will be born-again in one day, all 144,000 of them (Isaiah 66:8).
Malachi 4:6b continues: "and [after two thousand years another] Elijah will turn the heart of the children to [the faith of] their [apostolic] fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." This Elijah was most definitely not John but the Gentile prophet William Branham (1909 – 1965) whose Message restored "the faith once delivered to the apostolic saints" (Mark 9:11-12) and brought Christ the fullness of the Word back to earth in W_O_R_D form (I Corinthians 13:10; Revelation 10:7), warning of the imminent curse that will smite the earth and instructing us how to escape God's wrath.
After the Church is taken away Israel's two witnesses—two Israelites of the blood of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, not Jews—will receive their anointings for ministry. One man with the Spirit that endued Moses the Law giver who ministered only to the Israelites, the other man with the Spirit that was upon Elijah who was a prophet to all nations.
There has been confusion as to whether these two prophets might be the original Moses and the original Elijah. They will be a second 'Moses' and a fifth 'Elijah' because "It is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). Moses has already died once; these two men must die as martyrs and then resurrect (Revelation 11:7-12). Brother Branham confirms this when he says, "They're not here; [Moses and Elijah] won't be here until the [glorified] Church is taken away" (COD, p. 1091:Q336). The original Moses and Elijah will be among the "friends of the Bridegroom" at our Wedding Supper in the Air. They are already glorified and impervious to death or harm so they cannot possibly be the two witnesses of Revelation 11 who must yet die.
And in his Message "The Rapture" (p. 34:166-180) Brother Branham quoted Matthew 18:16, "In the mouth of two or three witnesses let every Word be established" and showed us that there were three 'raptures' in the Old Testament—Enoch, Elijah, and Jesus—and there will be three 'raptures' in the New Testament—the first included the original prophet Moses (Matthew 27:50-53; Ephesians 4:8). The second 'rapture' in the New Testament will be "we who are alive and remain" after the resurrection of the sleeping saints, and the third 'rapture' in the New Testament will be the second 'Moses' and the fifth 'Elijah'. God bless you. nl950.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.