Bible Believers' Newsletter 967
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ to our Brothers and Sisters growing in vitamin F for faith by receiving the word with all readiness of mind then searching the Scripture daily whether those things were so. Jesus and Paul foretold the Christian dispensation will end in apostasy like the Hebrew dispensation. Brother Branham, the lying media propaganda and government treachery daily confirm Romans 11:32, II Thessalonians 2:1-12, II Timothy 3:1 – 4:4 and Revelation 3:15-20 are indeed true.
In the last news item of Newsletter 966 we added a long comment concerning the Laodicean Church Age and the present holy convocation that is now taking us to the end of the Gentile dispensation of grace and the first resurrection. Jesus said "no man knows the day or the hour" to which His Prophet William Branham added, "Jesus did NOT say no man could know the year, month or week in which His Coming was to be completed." If you revisit the Newsletter on-line you will discover our former comments have been reinforced with further quotations and Scripture references.
Our main article this week compliments Newsletter 965, explaining the protocols in Israel's Temple with respect to priestly intercession in the days of Jesus. While our news items emphasise the characteristics of murder and lying identified by Israel's Messiah in the generation of leaders who rule the (once) Christian developed world (John 8:44) and observe that war is murder based upon the lies of Lucifer's vicarious offspring (I John 3:10-12).
A Russian travelled to the capital to see the Zoological Museum. Returning home he narrated how he had seen all that was there—even the insects.
"How does the elephant look?" asked a child.
"I did not notice the elephant," answered the peasant.
Our historians have written about all the periods of history, and even the "insects," but they have never "noticed" the chief instigator of all wars and revolutions, the 'Hidden Hand' of Cain's race whom God set at enmity with those born naturally of the first Adam and reborn spiritually of the last Adam (Genesis 3:15; John 3:3).
Once-Christian nations have surrendered government to the enemy of God and man through controlled Hegelian two party political systems so it matters not which party is elected. Democracy can only function until self-seeking politicians exhaust the national treasure and promise entitlements funded by loans from International banksters.
The 'Hidden Hand' sits in our parliaments, congresses and judiciaries ruling as dictators borrowing billions from bankster kin to divide and conquer nations from within by introducing unwanted inassimilable aliens of every race, colour, creed and passion as innocent unpaid foot soldiers whose utility also increases cash flow to buoy the Babylonian fractional reserve fiat money banking fraud. This WMD called multiculturalism is a euphemism for miscegenation that is accursed of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Genesis 1:22, 25). It resulted from the 'original sin' and was the cause of the Great Flood (Genesis 3, 6:1-4; Matthew 24:37; I John 2:13-14; 3:12); national leaders such as David Cameron, Barak Obama, the Clintons, Francois Hollande, Nicolas Sarkosy, Angela Merkel, and John Keys have fostered this biological genocide.
"How does the elephant look?" asked a child.
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.
North Korea threatens America. They're coming, they're going to blow Us Up
March 13, 2017 — What was indelible about . . . [the Korean War of 1950-53] was the extraordinary destructiveness of the United States' air campaigns against North Korea, from the widespread and continuous use of firebombing, to threats to use nuclear and chemical weapons, and the destruction of huge North Korean dams in the final stages of the war . . . (Bruce Cumings) . . . [Like Dresden, another real holocaust by the Jew-controlled 'Allies' (so-called), now bombing North Africa and the Middle East where the real Israelites live in what were once the ancient Empires of Babylon and Assyria].
Gen. Curtis LeMay who coordinated bombing raids against North Korea during the Korean War (1950-53) acknowledged that: "We went over there and fought the war and eventually burned down every town in North Korea anyway, some way or another, and some in South Korea too . . . Over a period of three years or so, we killed off—what—twenty percent of the population of Korea as direct casualties of war, or from starvation and exposure? (Strategic Air Warfare: An Interview with Generals (1988) . . .)"
According to award winning author and Vietnam war veteran Brian Willson: It is now believed that the population north of the imposed thirty-eighth Parallel lost nearly a third of its population of eight to nine million people during the thirty-seven-month-long "hot" war, 1950-53, perhaps an unprecedented percentage of mortality suffered by one nation due to the belligerence of another" . . . The World is at a dangerous crossroads. The architects of US foreign policy are insane . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: "At one of our first dinners in Pyongyang our host, Ri Myong Kuk, a lawyer, stated, on behalf of government, and in passionate terms, that the DPRK's Nuclear Deterrent Force was necessary in light of US world actions and threats against the DPRK. He stated, and this was repeated to me in a high level meeting with DPRK government officials later on in the trip, that if the Americans would sign a peace treaty and non-aggression agreement with the DPRK, it would de-legitimize the American occupation and lead to reunification. Consequently there would be no need for nuclear weapons.
He stated sincerely: "It's important that lawyers are gathering to talk about this as lawyers regulate the social interactions within society and within the world," and added just as sincerely that, "the path to peace requires an open heart."
It appeared to us then and it is apparent now, in absolute contradiction to the claims of the western media, that the people of the DPRK want peace more than anything else so they can get on with their lives and endeavours without the constant threat of nuclear annihilation by the United States. But annihilation is what they in fact face and whose fault is that? Not theirs.
We were shown American documents captured in the Korean War that are compelling evidence that the US planned an attack on North Korea in 1950. The attack was carried out using American and South Korean forces with the assistance of Japanese Army officers who had invaded and occupied Korea decades before. The North Korean defence and counter-attack was then claimed by the US to be "aggression" which the United States manipulated in the media to get the UN to support a "police operation," the euphemism they chose to use to carry on what was in fact their war of aggression against North Korea. Three years of war and 3.5 million Korean deaths followed and the US has threatened them with imminent war and annihilation ever since.
The UN vote in favour of a "police action" in 1950 was itself illegal since Russia was absent for the vote in the Security Council. The quorum required for the Security Council under its Rules of Procedure, is all member delegations so that all members must be present or a session cannot proceed. The Americans used a Russian boycott of the Security Council as their opportunity. The Russian boycott took place in defence of the position of the Peoples Republic of China that it should have the China seat at the Security Council table, not the defeated Kuomintang government. The Americans refused to do the right thing, so the Russians refused to sit at the table until the legitimate Chinese government could.
The Americans used this opportunity to carry out a type of coup in the UN, to take over its machinery for its own interests by arranging with the British, French and Kuomintang Chinese to back their actions in Korea by a vote in the absence of the Russians. The allies did as the Americans asked and voted for war with Korea, but the vote was invalid, and the "police action" was not a peace-keeping operation nor justified under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, since article 51 states that all nations have the right of self defence against an armed attack, which is what the North Koreans faced and had reacted to. But the Americans have never cared much about legalities and they did not then for the American plan in its entirety was to conquer and occupy North Korea as a step towards the invasions of Manchuria and Siberia and the law was not going to get in their way.
Many in the west have little idea of the destruction carried out in Korea by the Americans and their allies; that Pyongyang was carpet bombed into oblivion, that civilians fleeing the carnage were strafed by American planes. The New York Times stated at the time that 17,000,000 pounds of napalm were used in Korea just in the first 20 months of the war. More bomb tonnage was dropped on Korea by the US than the US dropped on Japan in World War Two.
American forces hunted down and murdered not only communist party members but also their families. At Sinchon we saw the evidence that American soldiers forced 500 civilians into a ditch, doused them with gasoline and set them on fire. We stood in an air raid shelter with walls still blackened with the burnt flesh of 900 civilians, including women and children who had sought safety during an American attack. American soldiers were seen pouring gasoline down the air vents of the shelter and burning them all to death. This is the reality of the American occupation for Koreans. This is the reality they fear still and never want to repeat. Can we blame them? . . .
The question is not whether the DPRK has nuclear weapons which it is legally entitled to have, but whether the United States, which has nuclear arms capability on the Korean peninsula, and is now installing its THADD missile defence system there, a system that threatens the security of Russia and China, is willing to work with the North toward a peace treaty . . . the Russians and Chinese have nuclear weapons and built them to act as a deterrent to an attack by the United States just as North Korea is doing . . . they have seen what has happened to Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and countless other countries and they have no intention of having that happen to them . . . they think we were all born yesterday and that we haven't learned a thing or two about the character of the American leadership and the nature of their propaganda. Is it any wonder that the North Koreans fear that any day these ongoing war "games" can be switched to the real thing, that these "games" are just a cover for an attack, and in the meantime to create an atmosphere of terror for the Korean people? . . . (globalresearch.ca).
America's leadership is Jewish, and has been dividing to conquer since the Civil War. The united States is a colony of Jewry's City of London that Rules Britain, Australia and most of the world in pursuit of their g_d Lucifer's Talmudic one world government. Can anyone be so blind to true history as not to see that when the united States unites with apostate (once) Protestant churches it will become "the image unto the [Judaeo-Roman Catholic] beast" of Revelation 13:11-18?
The Pentagon leads over 300,000 troops in a rehearsal for an invasion one week after the White House announces it's considering military action against North Korea [obviously planned years beforehand as Woodrow Wilson was preparing to declare war even as he stood for election on the slogan "because he kept America out of war" (Stephen Gowans). William Branham prophesied: "Judgment is hanging in the skies right now. It's written on the face of every American . . . (A True Sign that's Overlooked, p. 43:252).
Our Age of Folly
March 9, 2017 — The United States has been growing progressively insane for a long time . . . America's participation in the Vietnam War lasted for a decade or thereabouts. The extraordinary carnage and war crimes served no interest other than the power and profit of the military/security complex and the paranoia of the arbiters of US foreign policy.
No lesson learned, we have spent the entirety of the 21st century to date repeating the mistake. This time it is stateless Muslim terrorists who somehow were merged in official US propaganda into the governments of seven countries in the Middle East and North Africa. After 17 years of murdering women, children and village elders, destroying the infrastructure of countries, and bombing weddings, funerals, children's soccer games, schools and hospitals, Washington has surpassed its criminal record in Vietnam . . .
Few remember that the Iraq War, ongoing since 2003, was supposed to be a "cakewalk" that would last three weeks. The war would not be the multi-trillion dollar event it turned out to be. We were assured the war would cost only $70 billion and be paid for with Iraqi oil revenues . . . Full story: paulcraigroberts.org (former US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy in Reagan Administration).
GCHQ sent Obama transcripts of Trump Tower wiretappings
March 15, 2017 — Judge Andrew Napolitano has declared on Fox News that it was not the NSA nor the CIA nor the US FBI that spied on Donald Trump when he was a presidential candidate and then President elect; rather it was the British GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters).
The links between the United Kingdom and the Obama Administration are all the more strong given that London funded the beginning of Barack Obama's presidential electoral campaign. A number of members of the first Obama administration had been chosen within the Pilgrim's Society, an organization that shies away from the spotlight and which is chaired by Queen Elizabeth II. Full story: voltairenet.org
Clexit: Trump must Dump Paris & defund UN Climate Industry
March 14, 2017 — The International Clexit Coalition today joined the growing chorus urging President Trump to keep his election promises and dump every climate treaty "agreed" in Kyoto, Paris and the UN/IPCC. Clexit could call on over 190 well-qualified climate realists from 26 countries to provide scientific, business, legal and political support and advice . . . it was obvious from the Brexit vote in Britain, the election of President Trump in USA, the rise of Marine la Pen in France and Geert Wilders in Holland and the election of Senator Malcolm Roberts in Australia that the general population no longer trusts the globalists controlling the UN, the EU, and the UN/IPCC.
"The whole war on carbon is merely a grab for power using a world tax on energy to fund global government. Voters of the world are waking up and unless the politicians trim their sails to the new sceptical gale they will be swept from office . . . The Paris Agreement will destroy industries and jobs and make electricity more expensive and unreliable. One bad winter blackout will be enough to cure the EU heartland of climate alarmism and green energy. Soon the only Paris supporters will be third world and Pacific Island mendicants hoping for climate handouts (but getting energy handcuffs)."
"This stupidity will surely end, but energy costs will rise for every day's delay." Full story: clexit.net
Comment: According to the testament of Montefiore, Zion is not sparing either of money or of any other means to achieve its ends. In our day, all the governments of the entire world are consciously or unconsciously submissive to the commands of this great Supergovernment of Zion, because all the bonds and securities are in its hands; for all countries are indebted to the Jews for sums which they will never be able to pay. All affairs—industry, commerce, and diplomacy—are in the hands of Zion. By means of its capital loans it has enslaved all nations. By keeping education on purely materialistic lines, the Jews have loaded the Gentiles with heavy chains with which they have harnessed them to their "Supergovernment."
The end of national liberty is near, therefore, personal freedom is approaching its close; for true liberty cannot exist where Zion uses the lever of its gold to rule the masses and dominate the most respectable and enlightened class of society..." (Sergius Nilus on the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion; easy to listen to audio).
Treason—Hawke, Keating, Rudd, Gillard, Turnbull, and the Jew World Order
August 21, 1916 — In November 1999 Australians through a nationwide Referendum decided NOT to create a Republic. This was a confirmation to the Government that Australians wanted to remain Australian with an Australian Constitution—we wanted to stay with what we knew. But what the Australian public didn't know is that our Labor politicians were working really hard behind our backs.
One month earlier, on United Nations Day, the UN introduced a Charter for Global Governance (One World Government under the United Nations). [Do you remember Matthew 4:8-9]? They called it Global Democracy but it really stands for 'International Socialism.' In October 1999 the UN voted us in to its ranks . . . one month BEFORE our Referendum.
Next, the politicians removed the "Oath of Allegiance to the Crown" from our Law Courts. They sold us out to the United Nations expecting Australia to vote "Yes for the Republic" by Referendum.
BACKGROUND: The United Nations Security Council that oversees all the armed forces of the world was formed in 1943 based on the Communist Constitution of Russia. (All the way up to 1988 all Secretary's (Heads) of the UN Security Council were Communists.
Another UN body that looks after education—UNESCO was the same deal. The secretary, Vice President and President were all Communist. In fact 12 Judges of the World Court . . . were all Communists. Why this is important is because of the stated aims when it comes to the global education of our children. The original Commission of UNESCO was written in 1946 by Julian Huxley—and became the organisation's first director-general. He was a Fabian Socialist.
This is Huxley's basic philosophy about education for UNESCO—destroy patriotism of your country and make teachers and the State controllers of your children's education. (You only have to look at 'Safe Schools' to see how State governments had been planning to roll out this program without the parent's consent).
WHITLAM signed up to the 'UN—International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights' within 2 weeks of coming into power. A treaty that essentially gave cultures like Muslims the right to practice Sharia in Australia under the UN's mantra that "Every culture is Equal."
HAWKE [Jew] signed us into 6 different UNESCO Conventions.
KEATING signed us up to Convention Concerning Termination of Employment at the Initiative of the Employer that ended up as Unfair Dismissal—it was a UN initiative!
HOWARD Disarmed Australia in 1996 a key objective of the United Nations committee of Regional disarmament committee formed in 1990 which Australia supported from Day one.
RUDD in keeping with the requirements of the UN Rights of Indigenous Peoples—apologised to the Indigenous people of Australia—another UN initiative.
GILLARD came into power she signed us up to the UN Kyoto Agreement for Green House Gas Emissions.
BISHOP [Jewess] launched our bid to sit on the UN International Commission of Human Rights.
TURNBULL [Jew] signed us up to the UN Climate Change Convention, committing Australia to millions of dollars in Carbon emissions Taxation after Tony Abbott had refused to join and was deposed of weeks before the date of the UN convention.
Four 10 minute videos on the subject: 1, 2, 3, 4. Full story: concit.org
Comment: We are ruled by traitors working toward Lucifer's Talmudic one world government. You will have noted from Newsletters 959 and 961 that the Church made two submissions to the Parliamentary Joint Commission on Human Rights. There were over 11,000 submissions and no action was forthcoming. Praise the Lord for the meeting in the air.
Silence in Heaven the Space of Half an Hour
Luke 21:1-6, "Jesus looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And He said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow has cast in more than they all: for all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury has cast in all the living she had. And as some spoke of the Temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones [some 40 feet long] and gifts, He said, As for these things which you behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down".
As Jesus was still in the Temple at the time of this discourse, it marks the climax of His public ministry. He criticized the comfortable piety of the rich, contrasting their motive and objective with that of this poor widow. The moral is that it is not how much one gives materially, but how much one gives of oneself. The widow gave all that she had to God, thereby expressing her faith in Him to provide for her needs. The rich gave only from their excess, expressing no commitment at all but she gave all of her livelihood . . . and her heart.
In response to this allusion to its material grandeur which had become a stumbling stone and an idol to false piety, Jesus pronounced judgment on that Temple, He being the anointed and true Temple of God.
The ransom of souls required every male Israelite able to bear arms to be numbered annually and to pay tribute of one half shekel toward the continual sacrifice and other expenses associated with the Temple in Jerusalem. Many people contributed far more than the half shekel. Patriotism and religion swelled their gifts which far exceeded their legal dues. So many were the givers, and so large the gifts, and the richest contributions came from the crowded Jewish settlements in Mesopotamia and Babylon where special treasuries for their transportation to Jerusalem had been built, that they came by armed escort led by the most honorable of their citizens.
In the Temple their monies were emptied into three large chests which were opened with certain formalities at each of the three great feasts.
Great importance was attached to this payment as all Israel should appear represented in the purchase of the daily public sacrifices. So when the three chests were emptied, they took expressly from one "for the land of Israel," from another, "for Israelites resident in neighboring lands," and from a third "for Israelites in distant lands".
The Temple dues were to meet the expenses of animals, meal, oil, wine and incense, plus the wages of a large staff responsible for a multitude of Temple duties, from examining into the Levitical fitness of offerings, to making the curtains. And after all this there was sufficient to pay for repairs to the city walls, roads, public buildings, etc., about Jerusalem and to accumulate tremendous wealth in the sanctuary. The wealth and splendor of the Temple was reflected in its services.
Next to the sacrificial rite was the hymnody of the sanctuary. Thus when the twenty-four elders representing the chiefs of the twenty-four courses of the priesthood, and afterward the 144,000 representing redeemed Israel in its fullness, sing "the new song"the former in heaven, the latter on Mount Zionthey appear as "harpers, harping with their harps." The harpers and their new song are a key to understanding and placing the "present truth"what Jesus is doing now.
Revelation 5:8-6:1, "And when He had taken the book, the four living creatures and twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints. And they sang a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the Book, and to open its Seals: for You were slain and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation [speaking of the Gentile Bride]; and have made us kings and priests to our God: and we shall reign on the earth".
"And I saw and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders [the redeemed Bride foreknown of God]: and their number was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing."
"And I heard every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be to Him that sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb forever and ever. And the four living creatures said, Amen. And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshipped Him that lives forever and ever. And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the Seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, Come!"
Revelation 5:8 is set at the conclusion of intercession. The Lamb stood by the altar of sacrifice to make intercessions for the redemption of the Church Age saints on account of their ignorance of the faith while God held the sealed Book in His hand. The sacrifice is complete, their offering of PART-Word has been received, and intercession is finished. The elders have their revelation (prayers) in golden vials to present to the Lamb to offer up before God with the revelation of the Seven Sealed Book, which calls and perfects His end-time Bride. For without us, they cannot be glorified. There is no more blood on the Mercy Seat, the Lamb has advanced and claimed the Book. He is worthy. When He took the Book, redemption was over. The elders have reason to rejoice with the harp and "a new song," because Gentile days are numbered and the Wedding Supper of the Lamb is at hand.
The harpers harped and the music began in the Temple service just as the joyous drink offering was poured over the ashes. Wine represents the joy of faith, or revelation; it was "strong wine poured out unto the Lord" (Numbers 28:7). The worshiper had seen the lamb slain as atonement for his own guilt, and the meal offering presented as a type of his total dedication to the Lord. Properly speaking, the drink offering was not a part of any sacrifice; though it was never offered by itself alone but poured out willingly over the ashes of the sacrifice, and the memorial of the meal offering, expressing the worshipers' concurrence in all that he saw done at the altar. Yes, the Church Age saints were at-one by virtue of Christ's intercession and the Bride is in oneness by virtue of her revelation of the Seven Thunders.
The Lamb departed from the brazen altar, advanced to the Holy of Holies, took the scroll of Redemption from Jehovah, and sat down on the Judgment Seat to reveal its contents, which indict the world and call His Bride. If we had time we could follow this through the Bible in the unveiling of the Seven Seals in Revelation 6:1-17 and 8:1, the offering up of the Bride of all Ages by the incense of the Seventh Sealperfecting that which was in part; judgment being cast onto the earth, then the unfolding of Israel's Seven Trumpets of Revelation 8:2, 6 9:21 and 11:14-17. Visualize the scriptures, remembering Revelation 7; 8:3-5; 10 11:13 and 12 18 are in parenthesis as a soliloquy in a play, for they describe events that are revealed after the close of the Church Ages. Now close your eyes and focus your mind on the layout of the Temple as I describe the order of the evening service.
The sacrifice was offered and the meal offering was brought. Oil and salt were added and it was laid on the fire. Next, the High Priest's daily meal offering consisting of twelve cakes broken in halves was presented for Israeltwelve half-cakes in the morning, twelve in the evening. Finally, the appropriate drink-offering was poured out upon the foundation of the altar where we see the Hebrew "souls under the altar" in Revelation 6:9-10. The incense was burned, not, as in the morning, before, but after the pieces of the sacrifice had been laid on the fire of the altar in the form of the lamb, typing the finished mystery of God, or Fullness of the Word by the revelation of the Seven Seals. This knowledge enables us to place the setting of Revelation 5:8-9 and 8:1-5 as the antitype of the evening service.
It was at this point that the Temple music began. It was the duty of the priests who stood on the right and the left of the marble table on which the fat of the sacrifice was laid, at the proper time to blow the blasts on their silver trumpets. On a signal, cymbals were struck. Immediately, the choir of Levites, accompanied by instrumental music, began the Psalm of the day, which was always sung in three sections. At the close of each, priests blew three blasts from their silver trumpets, and the people bowed and silently worshipped.
But "when He had opened the Seventh Seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour" (Revelation 8:1).
In this most solemn period, throughout the vast Temple buildings, deep silence rested on the worshiping multitude, while within the sanctuary itself, the priest was alone. He laid the incense on the golden altar, and the cloud of odors rose up before the Lord, which serves as the image of heavenly things in Revelation 8.
In Luke 1:8-11, Zacharias ministered, "the people praying without at the time of incense." Incense is symbolic of prayer, and prayer is an appeal through revelation. Psalm 141:2, "Let my prayer be set forth before You as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice." So the acceptance given to the burnt offering, representing faith in Jesus Christ, is the basis and measure of the acceptance of our prayers. Jesus said, "If you abide in Me and My Words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you" (John 15:7).
When the morning and evening sacrifices were placed on the brazen altar, fresh incense was poured on the censer on the altar of incense at the time of the trimming of the lampsboth morning and evening. And it was at the time of the evening sacrifice, when the Seven Seals are revealed, that the Shout of the Message of the seventh angel aroused the wise and the foolish virgin to trim their lamps, which symbolize their revelation (Matthew 25:6-7). Zechariah foretold "that at evening time it shall be Light." Jesus said His parousia would restore to the West the Light that illumined the apostolic saints in the East (Matthew 24:29). That is, at the sun-setting or evening time.
It was at the time of the evening oblation that Daniel received his revelation from God concerning the future of His people and their holy city (Daniel 9:21). It was at this time that God answered the prayers of Elijah in the Mount Carmel showdown with the priests of Baal (I Kings 18:36-38); and brought judgment upon King Uzziah when he usurped the office of the priests in offering incense before the Lord (II Chronicles 26:17-19).
Paul said, "I am, by the grace of God, the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost" (Romans 15:16). That was in the morning time of the Church. Paul's revelation was restored in the end-time through the ministry of Brother Branham in order that the offering up of the evening time Bride might also be acceptable to God (Malachi 4:5-6; Revelation 10:7). What sanctifies the saints is the revelation of Jesus Christ unveiled in the Seven Seals (Hebrews 11:39-40).
Revelation 8:3, "And another Angel came and stood at the Sacrifice Altar, having a Golden Censer; and there was given unto Him much incense, that He should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the Golden Altar which was before the Throne".
The difference between the Golden Altar in Revelation 8:3 and that in the Temple is the absence of the veil that once separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies. Seeing it has been rent in two, we now have boldness to enter the Presence. The Altar of Incense was of acacia wood and goldso closely joined as to form an inseparable union, typing Deity and humanity united in Jesus Christ, the first God-man, and the invisible union between the Bride and Christ. Acacia was the most common tree of the wilderness, a stunted and shaggy thorn-bush, close grained and not readily attacked by insects, as Jesus Christ lived by every Word and did not succumb to sin's attack. The Altar was foursquare, thus pointing in every direction. Jesus Christ as the Brazen Altar is the Lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world. And as the true Incense Altar, the High Priest who ever lives to make intercession for all who come to God by Him.
As there was no window or ventilation in the Holy Place, the position of the altar, close to the veil, enabled the incense to find its way into the Place of the Presence in the Most Holy Place, permeating it with its beautiful fragrance. It had to do with both places as Jesus links heaven with earth in His relation between God and Man. "No man has ever ascended to heaven, but there is One who came down from heaven, even the Son of Man whose Home is in heaven" (John 3:13). And "no man comes to the Father but by the Son" (John 14:6).
In Hebrews 9:1-5 there is no mention of the incense altar because this chapter deals chiefly with the Day of Atonement. On that day the high priest carried the coals in the golden censer, not to the altar of incense as usual, but right into the Holy of Holies where the censer took the place of the altar of incense. This is why in this chapter it is counted among the furniture of the Holy of Holies rather than to that of the Holy Place to which at all other times it belonged. Thus we see that the service of Revelation 8:1-5 is not the Day of Atonement.
Revelation 8:2-5, "And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets." Brother Branham taught that these seven trumpeting angels were heavenly beings sent from the Presence of God (Psalms 104:4; Acts 5:19; 8:23; 12: 7; Hebrews 1:7; An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 323:3).
"And another Angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto Him much incense [of the revelation of the Seven Seals], that He should offer it with the prayers of all saints [for we are one Body] upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the Angel's hand." This Angel is William Branham veiling Christ the Angel of the Covenant who "received the revelation God gave Him, to show to His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it in symbols of the earthly Temple by His angel [William Branham] to His servant John [who signifies you and me as members of Christ's end-time Bride to whom Brother Branham's Message is directed]" (Revelation 1:1).
Christ's Body lay on the sacrifice altar in the heavenly temple and His Blood sprinkled the Mercy Seat as a memorial while He interceded for the ignorance of the Church Age or PART-Word saints. When the last name was born-again in Laodicea Christ's mediation was fulfilled and redemption was over. Revelation 4 was fulfilled, and without Blood the Mercy Seat was now a Judgment Seat. The Lamb advanced from the Altar of Sacrifice as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, claimed the Book of Life which is the Title Deed to all He had redeemed, and fulfilled Revelation 5.
The end-time Bride and the 144,000 elect Israelites were fully redeemed in Christ on Calvary being foreknown respectively as receiving the fullness of the Word through the revelation of the Seven Seals delivered by the Prophet William Branham, or the Seven Trumpet mysteries that will be delivered by the two Hebrew Prophets of Zechariah 4 and Revelation 11. Here Christ is offering the whole Church up to God, incensing the prayers or revelation of all saints with the revelation of the fullness of the mysteries of the Seven Thunders.
In the Bible, garments (Psalms 45:9), beds (Proverbs 7:17), the Groom (Songs 3:6), and guests of honor (Luke 7:46) were all perfumed with incense as a sign of honor and dedication. In Israelite worship it usually accompanied sacrifices as a device to take away any suggestion of carnality, and was the prerogative of the priest (Numbers 16:6-7; II Chronicles 26:16-18). A combination of incense with the prayers (or revelation) indicates Divine acceptance.
This "vast quantity of incense" is the "huge portion of Heaven . . . [prophesied by Danny Henry which] . . . in itself is what will give and make come to pass the tremendous victory in the love Divine" (Paradox, p. 41:300-311). This incense of THUS SAITH THE LORD offered with the prayers or revelation indicates all of the saints have "come in the unity of the faith, to the stature of the fullness of Christ".
Revelation 8:5, "And the Angel took the Censer, and filled it with fire of the Altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake." The Censer is used for judgment reminiscent of Genesis 19:24 and Ezekiel 10:2. Gentile days are over. Judgment is cast down to earth, and that earthquake will be the sinking of Los Angeles, the manifestation of the Sixth Seal and the Seventh Trumpet calling the first resurrection (I Corinthians 15:52; I Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 6:12-17; 11:15-19).
Revelation 11:15-19, "The Seventh Trumpet angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdom of this world has become our Lord's and His Christ's; and He shall reign forever and ever. And the twenty-four elders who sit before God fell upon their faces and worshipped God, saying, We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, who is, and was, and is to come; because You have taken Your great power, and have reigned."
"And the nations were angry, and Your wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should give reward to Your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear Your name, small and great; [in the resurrection and 'Bema' judgment at the Wedding Supper] and should destroy them that destroy the earth. And the Temple of God in heaven was seen to be open because there was no veil and the ark of His testament was seen in His Temple [signifying God's favour toward Israel]: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake [sinking Los Angeles], and great hail [which will be the judgment of Rome]".
The Roman Beast will slay the elect Israelites but their martyrdom will seal them into the Presence of God, as the laver wherein they are washed by fiery tribulation stands before His throne (Revelation 4:6). Revelation 15:2-4, "And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with Fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the Beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God [tuned solely for His praise]. And they sing the Song of Moses the servant of God, and the Song of the Lamb, saying: Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Your ways, You King of saints. Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your Name? For You alone are holy: for all nations shall come and worship before You; for Your judgments are revealed".
The 144,000 acknowledge God's justice in chastising Israel over the past 2,000 years, leading to the revelation that the veil in the Temple is no more. They recognize Christ enthroned and His justice through the years in the punishment of the false church in each Age is about to be revealed, distinguishing the Bride Church. "And the Temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from His power; and no man was able to enter into the Temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled" (Revelation 15:8). When the Tabernacle and Temple were dedicated the Cloud or Shekinah manifested signifying God's Presence in grace (Exodus 40:34-36; I Kings 8:10-11). Here, however, the Temple is filled with the smoke of Judgment in association with the bowls or Vials of God's wrath against the false church (Revelation 15:7; Exodus 19:18; Isaiah 6:1-4).
"And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, unprecedented in magnitude since men were upon the earth" (Revelation 16:18). God's judgment on the false church is such that no man could be resurrected until the last Trump sounds with the sinking of Los Angeles, the Seventh Vial is poured out, grace ended, satisfaction rendered His holy wrath and the smoke abated.
Revelation 15:5-6, "And after that I looked, and, behold, the Temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: and the seven angels came out of the Temple, having the seven plagues. . ." Revelation 11:19, "And the Temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His Temple the ark of His Testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail".
The reference to harpers in Revelation 15:2 is not to the ordinary, but to the sabbath services in the Temple. We must remember that whereas Revelation 5:8 was set in March of 1963, when the Laodicean Church Age ended, and Christ came forward from intercession to claim and open the Sealed Book. Revelation 15:2 is to be fulfilled in the second half of Daniel's Seventieth Weekmore than three and a half years after the translation of the Church as illustrated below. Here, the harpers are "they that had gotten the victory over the beast" and stand victorious on the sea of glass and sing "the song of Moses, the servant of God." They are the 144,000 elect Israelites who have entered their sabbath by the baptism of the Holy Ghost, sealing their testimony with their own lives, and will shortly enter the Millennium.
After their deliverance out of Egypt and escape through the Red Sea, the people of Israel stood on the shore, and seeing their enemies overwhelmed by the waters, sung the triumphant song of Moses. Here, having passed through the fiery trials of the tribulation and gotten the victory, Israel stands on the crystal clear sea of the brazen laver acknowledging the wonderful greatness of Christ's works and revering His justice and power against His enemies. They are also about to catch the revelation of the Seven Vials through history to that time.
Moses brought Israel a natural deliverance; the Lamb brought them full redemption. The two songs in their unity as one song, speak of the whole redemption as mediated by Moses and Christ in the harmony of the Old and New Testamentstype and antitype (Hebrews 10:1).
On the sabbath, besides the Psalm for the day at the ordinary sacrifice (Psalm 92), they sang at the additional sabbatic sacrifice (Numbers 28:9-10), in the morning, the song of Moses in Deuteronomy 32, and in the evening, that in Exodus 15. The 144,000 celebrate their true sabbath of rest by singing "the song of Moses and of the Lamb".
(The order of Psalms in the daily service in the Temple is as follows: Day ONE Psalm 24, "The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein, etc.," Day TWO Psalm 48, "Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, in the city of our God, in the mountain of His holiness. etc.," Day THREE Psalm 82, "God stands in the congregation of the mighty; He judges among the gods. etc.," Day FOUR Psalm 94, "O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongs; O God, to whom vengeance belongs, show Yourself. etc.," Day FIVE Psalm 81, "Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob. etc.," Day SIX Psalm 93, "The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith He has girded Himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved. etc.," And day SEVEN, the sabbath, Psalm 92, "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto Your Name, O most High: etc.," because the sabbath is emblematic of the Millennium at the end of the 6,000 years dispensation).
Three trumpet blasts sounded seven times on ordinary daysa short sound, an alarm, and again a sharp short sound. Symbolizing the proclamation of the kingdom of God, Divine Providence, and the Final Judgment. (We might say, Passover and Unleavened Bread for Jesus was anointed to "proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord" and Calvary made the entrance to the Kingdom. By Divine Providence His elect receive the Atonement and Grace in a new birth under the antitype of the Pentecostal Feast, and at the fulfillment of the Feast of Trumpets comes "the day of vengeance of our God" and a final disposition of judgment).
Three trumpet blasts sounded seven times on ordinary days:
The first: Three at the opening of the gate of Nicanor. (Proclamation of the kingdom of God).
The second, third and fourthnine blasts at the daily Whole Offering: when the drink offering was poured out, the Levites sung the Psalm of the day in three sections. After each section there was a pause, when the priests blew three blasts, and the people worshipped. (Divine Providence).
The fifth, sixth and seventhnine more: The practice of the morning sacrifice was repeated for the evening sacrifice. (Final Judgment).
On the eve of sabbath six more blasts. Three to cause the people to cease from work and three to mark the break between sacred and profane.
On Sabbaths, when besides the ordinary, an additional sacrifice was brought, and the 'song of Moses' sung, (not in its entirety, but divided in six parts, one for every sabbath)the priests sounded their trumpets three additional times in the pauses of the sabbath Psalm (i.e. 10 x 3 blasts in all).
The Seven Seals reveal hidden mysteries to the true Bride of Christ, the Seven Trumpets announce Messiah to Israel, and the Seven Bowls or Vials distinguish and separate the foolish virgins from those who are faithless reprobates. Last horseman leads the carnal non-elect to the great tribulation, natural and spiritual death (Revelation 6:8). The first four and the Sixth Trumpet brought chastisement upon the third part of earth, the Israelites. The Fifth Trumpet is to Gentiles who have not received the revelation of the Word for their day as well as to Israelites and their impersonators who are blinded whilst the Seventh Trumpet will pour out the wrath of God's judgment upon all the non-elect. Like the Trumpets, the Seven Bowls have been poured out following each of the Gospel Trumpets.
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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.