Bible Believers' Newsletter #491
"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.
"Despite its vaunted First Amendment, America has also shown on countless occasions how it rids itself of its own heretics — often under cover of free speech and in the name of proverbial human rights. American politicians and academics are aware of the fact that even minor critical comment about Jews and Judaism can ruin their career — and life.
The Russian author, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, noted long ago, how the decline in courage had become a hallmark of America. America seems to have lost its civic courage, both as a whole and as a state of individual citizens. Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the American ruling class and intellectual elites, and has created the impression of a complete loss of courage by the whole of American society.
"Of course," writes Solzhenitsyn, "there are many courageous individuals but they have no determining influence on public life. . . This cowardice has today become the main political and academic pillar in America and Americanized Europe" (Tomislav Sunic, "Homo Americanus: Child of the Postmodern Age," 2007).
As Sydney gears up for next week's APEC summit, water cannon, tasers and dogs replace mounted police, quarantined by a timely pandemic of equine influenza. Is this to train "many courageous individuals" to march to the NWO beat, to protect the elected tyranny, or to teach China how we respect human rights and civil liberties in a democracy? Is it later than you think? Amnesty International’s yearly report has concluded the United States is now the principle violator of human rights and freedoms worldwide.
President Putin asked laughing, "Am I a 'pure democrat'? Of course I am, absolutely. The problem is that I'm all alone—the only one of my kind in the whole wide world. Just look at what’s happening in North America, it’s simply awful—torture, homeless people, Guantanamo, people detained without trial and investigation. Just look at what’s happening in Europe—harsh treatment of demonstrators, rubber bullets and tear gas used first in one capital then in another, demonstrators killed on the streets. . . I have no one to talk to since Mahatma Gandhi died." Americans cannot deny this, so long as mad king George II provokes mother Russia, Iran, or any other people against whom Israel bears a grudge.
Has the Fed lost control over US interest rates? "Securitization" is a strained legal and accounting fiction that converts equity into debt and is subsidizing a sector which makes the macro economy more vulnerable and exports "packaged" bad debt to investors overseas. Is the "phantom-GDP" invented by US statistics tending to world depression with a collapse of the US dollar as the reserve currency, and will the EU and China be sucked into the vacuum? Could instability of the US dollar induce China to attack Taiwan, giving the US an excuse to go to war, thereby preserving the value of the dollar in her interest? Tsun Tsu? Questions, questions. . .
This Newsletter serves those of like precious faith. Whoever will receive the truth is welcome to feed their soul from the waters of the River of Life. Everything here presented should be confirmed personally in your own Bible.
Your brother-in-Christ, Anthony Grigor-Scott
American Airlines — "9/11 didn't Happen"
August 26, 2007 – WikiScanner discovered that American Airlines changed their Wikipedia entry to state that Flights 11 and 77 never flew on 9/11.
Original entry was:
Two American Airlines aircraft were hijacked and crashed during the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack: American Airlines Flight 77 (a Boeing 757) and American Airlines Flight 11 (a Boeing 767).
New entry is:
Two American Airlines aircraft were hijacked and crashed during the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack: Flight 77 (a Boeing 757) and Flight 11 (a Boeing 767). Although these flights were daily departures before and a month after September 11, 2001. Neither flight 11 nor 77 were scheduled on September 11, 2001. The records kept by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (www.bts.gov/gis/) do not list either flight that day.
A Google search of the IP address that made the change — 18.104.22.168 — is located at American Airlines.
Why the change American airlines? Did the flights actually operate or did we just imagine all of that?
Full story: dailykos.com
Comment: "By Way of Deception Thou shalt make War."
The Ministry of Truth, Winston's place of work, contained, it was said, three thousand rooms above ground level, and corresponding ramifications below. The Ministry of Truth concerned itself with Lies. Party ownership of the print media made it easy to manipulate public opinion, and the film and radio carried the process further.
The primary job of the Ministry of Truth was to supply the citizens of Oceania with newspapers, films, textbooks, telescreen programmes, plays, novels — with every conceivable kind of information, instruction, or entertainment, from a statue to a slogan, from a lyric poem to a biological treatise, and from a child's spelling-book to a Newspeak dictionary. . . Full story: 1984, Chapter 16
Jesus in the Talmud
On 15 January 2007, Princeton University Press released a book by Professor Peter Schäfer, head of Princeton University's Judaic Studies Program and listed as "one of the world's most famous academic authorities on Judaism." The book is entitled "Jesus in the Talmud".
I read a review of this book and checked on Amazon.com just to be sure that what I read was true — even that such a book existed! According to the review, Peter Schäfer argues, contrary to the claims of the Jewish lobby, that Jesus is given a very poor and unflattering portrayal in the Jewish sacred texts of the "Talmud." It has often been claimed that only anti-Semites have promoted this allegedly false view of Jesus and that there are few Talmudic references to Jesus.
From a search with a surf-the-net-literate friend we were unable to find a copy of this book in any library in Australia — surprise, surprise — although the book ranked 31,332 on the Amazon.com site. We will get the book and make our own assessment.
On 2 February 2007, in the case of Jeremy Jones v The Bible Believers Church  FCASS, Holocaust denial material, being allegations that the Holocaust did not occur (among other things), was found to contravene section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975, outlawing race hate. One wonders if Professor Peter Schäfer and Princeton University Press have also violated this Act, not on the Holocaust but on another "sensitive" ground, this time of religious difference? For the Race Hate Act, truth is not a defence, and all that matters is "offence" and also any "offence" that is "unreasonable" and "not in good faith".
Jeremy Jones ("The Last Word", Australia Israel Review June 2007) in commenting on the Bible Believers' Federal Court case finished his article with the following words:
"But on one issue I would hope that agreement by members of all faiths, and none, has been reached — that racism, and contempt for others, of the type expressed by the abovementioned sheiks (Muslimed) and the "pastor" (Christianed), is completely beyond the pale of acceptability."
Do the same standards apply to the Talmud and Judaism Mr. Jones? Maybe "the last word" hasn't yet been heard.
Full story: alor.org
Comment: On the website of the Orthodox Jewish Hasidic Lubavitch group—one of the largest in the world—we find the following statement, complete with Talmudic citations:
"The Talmud (Babylonian edition) records other sins of 'Jesus the Nazarene':
1) He and his disciples practiced sorcery and black magic, led Jews astray into idolatry, and were sponsored by foreign, gentile powers for the purpose of subverting Jewish worship (Sanhedrin 43a).
2) He was sexually immoral, worshipped statues of stone (a brick is mentioned), was cut off from the Jewish people for his wickedness, and refused to repent (Sanhedrin 107b; Sotah 47a).
3) He learned witchcraft in Egypt and, to perform miracles, used procedures that involved cutting his flesh, which is also explicitly banned in the Bible (Shabbos 104b). (End quote from Lubavitch website June 20, 2000).
Let us examine further some of these anti-Christ Talmud passages:
Gittin 57a. Says Jesus is in hell, being boiled in "hot excrement."
Sanhedrin 43a. Says Jesus ("Yeshu" and in Soncino footnote #6, Yeshu "the Nazarene") was executed because he practiced sorcery: "It is taught that on the eve of Passover Jesus was hung, and forty days before this the proclamation was made: Jesus is to be stoned to death because he has practiced sorcery and has lured the people to idolatry. . . He was an enticer and of such thou shalt not pity or condone."
Kallah 51a. "The elders were once sitting in the gate when two young lads passed by; one covered his head and the other uncovered his head. Of him who uncovered his head Rabbi Eliezer remarked that he is a bastard. Rabbi Joshua remarked that he is the son of a niddah (a child conceived during a woman's menstrual period). Rabbi Akiba said that he is both a bastard and a son of a niddah.
"They said, 'What induced you to contradict the opinion of your colleagues?' He replied, "I will prove it concerning him." He went to the lad's mother and found her sitting in the market selling beans.
"He said to her, 'My daughter, if you will answer the question I will put to you, I will bring you to the world to come' (eternal life). She said to him, 'Swear it to me.'
"Rabbi Akiba, taking the oath with his lips but annulling it in his heart, said to her, 'What is the status of your son?' She replied, 'When I entered the bridal chamber I was niddah (menstruating) and my husband kept away from me; but my best man had intercourse with me and this son was born to me.' Consequently the child was both a bastard and the son of a niddah.
"It was declared, '. . Blessed be the God of Israel Who Revealed His Secret to Rabbi Akiba. . ."
In addition to the theme that God rewards clever liars, the preceding Talmud discussion is actually about Jesus Christ (the bastard boy who "uncovered his head" and was conceived in the filth of menstruation). The boy's adulterous mother in this Talmud story is the mother of Christ, Blessed Mary (called Miriam and sometimes, Miriam the hairdresser, in the Talmud).
"The Editio Princeps of the complete Code of Talmudic Law, Maimonides' Mishneh Torah — replete not only with the most offensive precepts against all Gentiles but also with explicit attacks on Christianity and on Jesus (after whose name the author adds piously, 'May the name of the wicked perish'). . . (Dr. Israel Shahak, Jewish History, Jewish Religion, p. 21).
"The Talmud contains a few explicit references to Jesus. . . These references are certainly not complimentary. . . There seems little doubt that the account of the execution of Jesus on the eve of Passover does refer to the Christian Jesus. . . The passage in which Jesus' punishment in hell is described also seems to refer to the Christian Jesus. It is a piece of anti-Christian polemic dating from the post-70 CE period. . ." (Hyam Maccoby, Judaism on Trial, pp. 26-27).
"According to the Talmud, Jesus was executed by a proper rabbinical court for idolatry, inciting other Jews to idolatry, and contempt of rabbinical authority. All classical Jewish sources which mention his execution are quite happy to take responsibility for it; in the talmudic account the Romans are not even mentioned.
"The more popular accounts—which were nevertheless taken quite seriously—such as the notorious Toldot Yeshu are even worse, for in addition to the above crimes they accuse him of witchcraft. The very name 'Jesus' was for Jews a symbol of all that is abominable and this popular tradition still persists. . .
"The Hebrew form of the name Jesus—Yeshu—was interpreted as an acronym for the curse, 'may his name and memory be wiped out,' which is used as an extreme form of abuse. In fact, anti-zionist Orthodox Jews (such as Neturey Qarta) sometimes refer to Herzl as 'Herzl Jesus' and I have found in religious zionist writings expressions such as "Nasser Jesus" and more recently 'Arafat Jesus" (Dr. Israel Shahak, Jewish History, Jewish Religion, pp. 97-98, 118).
Full story: revisionisthistory.org Babylonian Talmud
According to The Australian Jewish News (Melbourne Edition, Volume 62 #43, p. 9) on July 26, 1996:
CHRISTIANS have to make a choice — "either retain their present belief system and be antisemitic or form a partnership with the Jewish people." This is the view of Bar-llan University's Rabbi Dr Pinchas Hayman, who is active in Jewish-Christian dialogue and in encouraging modern Christianity to return to its Jewish roots by observing the Seven Noahide Laws.
"As long as Christians keep Jesus as God, they will be antisemitic because that belief must lead them to believe that those who reject Jesus reject God. . . That's how the process of satanising the Jew's began. That belief is the root cause of 1,500 years of the Christian idolatrous antisemitism which led to the Holocaust". (END QUOTE).
"By Way of Deception Thou shalt make War."
Christians do NOT have "Jewish roots," our roots are in God's promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, thus to Israel, which is not "Jewish." The Noahide laws are fraudulent, and the evidence paints Zionists as the authors of three "holocausts," each of six million Jews, just in the twentieth century. I should mention that we had no legal representation in the hearings; our evidence was returned four times unread, and two judges neglected to test the correspondence, claims, or systematically misrepresented evidence of our persecutors of 13 years. The Bible, Jewish encyclopedias and historians agree very few Jews are related to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob or are even Semitic, and that Judaism is Pharisaism, the antithesis of Moses and the prophets of the Old Testament as Jesus described their holy book the Talmud (Matthew 15:1-9). "Now watch, not just the carnal church, the one out there, the regular routine carnal church, the Esau group. We got now the Judatarian group [in the circle of this Message], which is far more treacherous, far more treacherous, coming right up into the very hands of the blessing" (William Branham, Hearing, Recognizing, Acting on the Word of God, p. 15:105-106). Judas make-believer ministers permit rabbis to speak from their pulpits!
What do Primakov (Pinchas Finkelstein), (Jewish spymaster) Marcus Wolfe and DHS have in Common? Answer: Jewish Judge Michael Chertoff
And the greatest threat to liberty the world has ever seen.
For Instance: "This [National ID Card] "card" was designed for Homeland Security by the former East German STAZI chief, Marcus Wolfe, a master of manipulation and intimidation and Primakov the former head of the KGB in the USSR. These two former spy chiefs are who really run our SECRET National Interior Spy Service. Bush employed them specifically for what they brought from their communist states — now they decide who lives and who dies in America! These men have not changed, they are who they are, and that's why Bush and the Bandits hired them for HOMELAND Security. If these men appeared for work, in the uniforms of their former States, the public would be outraged, and rightfully so! How is it that the radical right continues to decry Communism, yet they have allowed Bush to employ top communist counter-intelligence officers to oversee every facet of our lives?" Full story: ziopedia.org truthout.org
US-approved Troop-hunts for Terrorists in Pakistan
August 23, 2007 – Newly uncovered "rules of engagement" show the US military gave elite units broad authority more than three years ago to pursue suspected terrorists into Pakistan, with no mention of telling the Pakistanis in advance. . .
Told of the guidelines, Pakistani military spokesman Maj. Gen. Waheed Arshad said, "This is all nonsense. Pakistan never allowed the coalition forces to enter into our territory while chasing militants. There was no such agreement, there was no such understanding". . . As for "geographic limits," the memo states: "General rule: penetrate no deeper than 10 km," or 6.2 miles. . . Full story: truthout.org
Islamabad, August 30, 2007 – President Pervez Musharraf has apparently agreed to resign as army chief during negotiations with former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on a deal that would allow him to serve another term as president and for her to return to Pakistan to contest elections, Pakistani officials said Wednesday.
Full story: truthout.org
Iraq Corruption Whistleblowers face Penalties
August 24, 2007 – One after another, the men and women who have stepped forward to report corruption in the massive effort to rebuild Iraq have been vilified, fired and demoted. Or worse.
For daring to report illegal arms sales, Navy veteran Donald Vance says he was imprisoned by the American military in a security compound outside Baghdad and subjected to harsh interrogation methods. There were times, huddled on the floor in solitary confinement with that head-banging music blaring dawn to dusk and interrogators yelling the same questions over and over, that Vance began to wish he had just kept his mouth shut.
He had thought he was doing a good and noble thing when he started telling the FBI about the guns and the land mines and the rocket-launchers — all of them being sold for cash, no receipts necessary, he said. He told a federal agent the buyers were Iraqi insurgents, American soldiers, State Department workers, and Iraqi embassy and ministry employees. . .
Corruption has long plagued Iraq reconstruction. Hundreds of projects may never be finished, including repairs to the country's oil pipelines and electricity system. Congress gave more than $30 billion to rebuild Iraq, and at least $8.8 billion of it has disappeared, according to a government reconstruction audit. . . Full story: msnbc.msn.com truthout.org
Comment: God bless brave men and women who esteem truth and honour above their mortal lives. The motto and object of the Illuminati who rule the United States is to create (Lucifer's totalitarian New World) "Order out of Chaos." Illuminus F. D. Roosevelt knew, "If something happens in politics you can bet it was planned that way" as illustrated by the quagmire in Iraq, Afghanistan's record levels of opium in 2007 for the second straight year, led by a staggering 45 percent increase in the Taliban stronghold of Helmand Province, and also the New Orleans reconstruction fiasco.
Opened and Closed Doors
We need to learn to thank the Lord for closed doors just as much as we do for open doors. The reason God closes doors is because He has not prepared anything over there for us. If he didn't close the wrong door we would never find our way to the right door. Even when we don't realize it, God directs our paths through the closing and opening of doors. When one door closes, it forces us to change our course. Another door closes; it forces us to change our course yet again.
Then finally, we find the open door and walk right into our blessing. But instead of praising God for the closed door (which kept us out of trouble), we get upset because we "judge by the appearances." And in our own arrogance, or ignorance, we insist that we know what is right.
We have a very present help in the time of need who is always standing guard. Because He walks ahead of us, He can see trouble down the road and He sets up road blocks and detours accordingly. But through our lack of wisdom we try to tear down the roadblocks or push aside the detour signs. Then the minute we get into trouble, we start crying "Lord, how could this happen to me?"
We have got to realize that the closed door was a blessing. Didn't He say that "No good thing will He withhold from them that love Him?" If you get terminated from your job — don't be down, instead thank God for the new opportunities that will manifest themselves — it might be a better job, or an opportunity to go to school. If that man or woman won't return your call — it might not be them, it might be the Lord setting up a roadblock (just let it go).
One time a person had a bank he had been doing business with for many years tell him "NO" for a $10,000 loan. The Lord led him to call another bank. That bank approved a $40,000 loan for him at a lower interest rate than his own bank had advertised.
I'm so grateful, for the many times God has closed doors to me, just to open them in the most unexpected places. "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way" (Psalms 37:23). The mountain top is glorious, but it is in the Valley that I will grow!
Always Remember God gives you. . .
Enough Happiness to keep you Sweet
Enough Trials to keep you Strong
Enough Sorrows to keep you Human
Enough Hope to keep you Happy
Enough Failure to keep you Humble
Enough Success to keep you Eager
Enough Friends to give you Comfort
Enough Wealth to meet your Needs
Enough Enthusiasm to make you look forward
Enough Faith to banish depression, and
Enough Determination to make each day a better day than the last.
Life must be lived forward but can only be understood backwards. Commit to the Lord in whatever you do and your plans will succeed (Proverbs 16:3).
Lukewarm and Indifferent
Jesus said, "The entrance into My Kingdom is narrow, the way leading to eternal Life fraught with afflictions, and there are few who find it. Beware of false teachers who come disguised as sheep while inwardly they are voracious wolves" (Matthew 7:14-15). Paul said, "All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution at the hands of those who hate Him. In fact, evil men and false teachers will go from bad to worse, seducing others as Satan has deceived them" (II Timothy 3:12-13).
We enter Christ's Kingdom by "The washing of water by the Word," receiving the mind of God in us (Ephesians 5:26-27). Ministers and laymen teaching untruth are not necessarily deliberate liars and may be sincerely deceived by Satan, having failed to consult God. They will genuinely believe the Message but quote the letter contrary to the Spirit, and falling into error, mislead others into greater discrepancy. This is a trial to keep you watchful, receiving the Word with all readiness of mind then searching the Scriptures whether those things were so. You are either hot or cold, or you are lukewarm and indifferent like the lass saying, "He loves me, He loves me not," as she plucks petals from a flower.
We must remain vigilant to guard against becoming lukewarm. I Peter 4:12, "Do not be surprised, Brethren, at the fiery trials that are coming as if this were some strange, unusual thing that is going to happen to you." The trial is firstly to prove your faith. For as Eve discovered, just one word off is the kingdom of Satan. Remember, those loveable, caring people who are deceived sincerely believe they are right; yet they "compass sea and land to convince one proselyte, and when he is deceived, they make him twofold more the child of hell than themselves."
Don't look for short cuts, run the extra mile along the hard road and enter by the narrow gate. "Give diligence to present yourself to God approved, a workman with no cause to be ashamed, correctly dividing the Word of truth" (II Timothy 2:15). The interpretation of a message of unknown tongues given to Brother Branham said, "Because you have chosen the narrow path, the harder way, you have walked in your own choosing. You have picked the precise and correct way, and it is My way. Because of this momentous decision, a huge portion of heaven awaits you. What a glorious decision you have made. This in itself is that which will make, and come to pass, the tremendous victory in the love Divine." The realization of the capstone revelation replicating the stature of the perfect Man.
God wants us to develop a Christ-like character through suffering as He suffered (Hebrews 2; James 5:10-11). We are all tried and chastened as sons. The church that is not suffering, and is not being tried, is not of God. Hebrews 12:6, "Whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives: if you are without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then you are bastards, and not sons".
Other than those who are saints, the whole world is in Laodicea. Laodicea means "people's rights," or communism, it is a woman's name and a spirit we must overcome. She has "crept in unawares" and seduced the once Christian world. The only exit out of Laodicea is the entrance into Christ. Every soul in the circle of this Message who has not been born again is imprisoned in Laodicea now.
Revelation 3:14-19, "To the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; The Words of the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the Creation of God." This is the Capstone Revelation of Himself that causes Christ's end-time Bride to cry, "Grace! Grace!" as she hears her name called from the Lamb's Book of Life and comes out of death in church creeds into the living Body Word of God (Zechariah 4:7; Revelation 18:4). When Christ's end-time Bride hears the Word for her hour she will come out of her, the church, with PART-Word and no Mediator, into Him, the fullness of the Word.
Jesus is the God of the Amen, the perfect and complete personal conclusion of the revelation of God (John 1:18). Jehovah of the Old Testament is Jesus of the New (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 65:16-19; John 10:30). Amen means, "So mote it be." As the God of the Amen His ways can never change; His Word is final and cannot be added to or diminished (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8; Revelation 18-19).
He is eminently faithful, "In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace; wherein He has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He has purposed in Himself: that in the dispensation of the fulness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him." For God is governing in the affairs of men "to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He has made us accepted in the beloved" (Ephesians 1:6-10). As He abides faithful, we may "be confident that He who has begun a good work in us will perform it until the day of the Lord" (Philippians 1:6).
He is the faithful and true witness. That word "true" expresses perfect realization compared with partial realization. John the Baptist and all previous prophets expressed certain Attributes of the Logos, whereas Jesus was the Logos or fullness of God manifest in flesh, of whom Job said, "After my skin worms have destroyed this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God." During the Church Ages when the Bible was sealed with Seven Seals we knew Him imperfectly by PART-Word, and saw as it were His reflection in a mirror dimly; now, since we have the fullness of the Word, that which was in part is done away; we see Him face to face, and know as we are known" (I Corinthians 13:9-12; Hebrews 4:12). But one day we will be changed in the atoms. We will put on immortality and be all swallowed up in Life. Then we will realize realization — that which is true, manifested eternal Life.
The word witness means "martyr," and Jesus was faithful unto death. The coming of the Holy Spirit to redeem and regenerate men's souls is witness that Jesus was a faithful martyr. He was the Comforter who came back in Spirit upon the souls of His elect (John 14:18). But one day when He comes back in flesh, He will prove who is the only wise potentate and Lord of Glory, the Faithful and True Witness, Creator and Sustainer, Perfect Realization, the Amen of God. In Jesus Messiah is realized all that belongs to a true and faithful witness. He saw with His own eyes that which He professes to attest. He was competent to relate this for others, and willing to faithfully and truthfully do so.
As the Logos — or expressed eternal thoughts of God, He is God, the Creator of a finished physical creation, but here He is speaking of creating Himself a part of another creation, a special designation of Himself in the form of His glorified Family, the true and elect Church of which, as Jesus Messiah, He is the beginning. This is the new creation in which God and man are united as Jesus prayed in Gethsemane, "I pray not only for My disciples, but also for those who will believe on Me through their Word; that they all may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that You have sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are one: I in them, and You in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them, as You have loved Me" (John 17:20-23). II Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if any one is in Christ he is a new creation: old has passed away; new Life has come".
Though man was of the old order or creation, in union with Christ he has become the new creation of God. Ephesians 2:10, "For we are His workmanship created in union with Christ Jesus unto good works." Ephesians 4:24, "Put on the new nature that is created in God's likeness in genuine righteousness and true holiness".
At the end of Laodicea Jesus Messiah is ready to reveal His fullness, characterised by certainty, sincerity, and truth: "the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the Creation of God. . . in whom all the promises of God are assured, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God by us" (II Corinthians 1:20). He can look with approbation only on the same in others. In contrast, she who claims to be His image reflecting His glory, is His antithesis, apostate and insincere. With great displeasure He says, "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I wish you were cold or hot. Because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue you out of My mouth".
Here we have three kinds of believer. Those whose service to the Lord is "hot," are true believers, the "lukewarm" are make-believers in the circle of the Message who have "tasted of the heavenly gift, and are partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good Word of God, and the powers of the world to come" (Hebrews 6:4-6); but grace having failed to kindle the spark, they are indifferent to the promises and threats of God's Word as though preaching and teaching were as vain as the wind. He who is cold is the "unbeliever," but it was from among those without, not the lukewarm and indifferent, that Jesus drew His recruits.
In Luke 7:36-50, "One of the Pharisees invited Jesus home for dinner, and a sinner woman of the city, learning that Jesus was there, brought an alabaster flask of perfume, and going in, knelt behind him, weeping; she began to wet His feet with her tears, then wipe them with her hair, and tenderly kiss and anoint them with the perfume. Now when His host saw this, he said to himself, If this man were a prophet, he would have known what manner of woman is touching Him, for she is devoted to sin."
"Discerning the thoughts and intents of his heart, Jesus said, Simon, I have something to tell you. And he said, Master, what is that? Two men were in debt to a moneylender: one owed him five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when neither could pay, he forgave them both. Now which of them will love him more? Simon answered, The one to whom he forgave more. Jesus said, you have judged correctly."
"Then turning to the woman, He said to Simon, You see this woman? As I entered your home you gave Me no water for My feet: but she has washed My feet with tears, and wiped them with her hair. You gave Me no kiss, but from the moment I came in she has not stopped tenderly kissing My feet. You did not anoint My head with oil, but she has anointed My feet with perfume. So I tell you, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she has greatly loved. But the person who is forgiven little loves little."
"And he said to her, Your sins are forgiven. Those at the table with Him began to say to themselves, Who is this that even forgives sins? And he said to the woman, Your faith has saved you; go in peace".
Those who claim to be "hot" are often "lukewarm," but God has good and kind people whom He will reward at the Great White Throne (Matthew 25:25:45). Our Scripture Concordance to Sermons by William M. Branham was printed by a university at cost; the program for the computer version was compiled by a USAF officer, while a school, a home, and three stores donated computer time. When we needed images for the slideshow FaithNow, a friend photographed, scanned and retouched photos from Spoken Word Books, and an art school printed large posters. Now we seek high resolution clear images to produce a better quality version of Footprints on the Sands of Time.
In Matthew 22:1-14, "Jesus again spoke to them in parables, saying, The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a King, who prepared a wedding feast for His son, Jesus Messiah, and sent out His servants the prophets to notify those who were invited to the wedding, but Israel would not come. Once more He sent other servants, saying, Tell those invited, Behold, I have prepared My dinner: My oxen and My fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come to the marriage feast. But they made light of it, and went off, one to his farm, another to his merchandise; the rest took His servants, and ill-treated and killed them" (Matthew 23:34-35).
"Infuriated, the King sent Roman General Titus, whose troops destroyed those murderers and burned Jerusalem. He then told His servants, The banquet is ready, but the invited guests proved unworthy, so go to the highways, and invite to the marriage the Gentiles. So the angels to the seven Church Ages went out into the highways, and gathered together as many as they could find, both bad and good: and the wedding hall was furnished with guests."
"But when the King came in to meet the guests, He noticed a man quoting the Message who had no wedding garment of the revelation for his day, to whom He said, Friend, how did you enter here without the baptism with the Holy Spirit? And he was speechless. Then the King said to His servants, Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into outer darkness; there men will be weeping and gnashing their teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen".
Jesus found those who claimed to be "hot" believers to the exclusion of all else, were lukewarm hypocrites and make-believers open to any excuse as to why it can't be done, or why God's Word won't work; and who sold out for popularity with the world just like Judas. Brother Branham said, they would not be Methodists or Baptists, who are unbelievers to begin with; they are in the circle of this Message, quoting the Prophet from the pulpit — so close "that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." Were we to apply this parable to the end-time church which has been called to the wedding feast of the Lamb, we would recognize that they make so many excuses as to why they should not display the Token and courageously accept unpopular truths, they will be shut out and go to the judgment instead.
Our "works" reveal the quality of our character: lukewarm hearts produce lukewarm works. Today there is no desperation because life is materially easy; we live in a wasteful, "throw-away" society so focused upon ten senses, the wrapping is prized more than the product or soul inside. An obsessive fantasy with illusions that serve the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life, has made men lukewarm and indifferent to the reality of God's creative Word.
Brother Branham asked, "What about the Pentecostals? Do they have the Word? Give them the Word test and see. They will sell out the Word for a sensation just about every time. If you can produce a manifestation like oil and blood and tongues and other signs, whether in the Word or not, or whether properly interpreted from the Word, the majority will fall for it. But what has happened to the Word? The Word has been put aside, so God says, "I am going against you all. I will spue you out of My mouth. This is the end. For seven out of seven ages, I have seen nothing but men esteeming their own word above Mine. So at the end of this age I am spuing you out of My mouth. It is all over. I am going to speak all right. Yes, I am here in the midst of the Church. The Amen of God, faithful and true will reveal Himself and it will BE BY MY PROPHET." Oh yes, that is so."
Revelation 10:7: "And in the days of the Voice of the seventh messenger, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished as He hath declared to His servants the prophets."
"There it is. He is sending a vindicated prophet. He is sending a prophet after almost two thousand years. He is sending someone who is so far from organization, education, and the world of religion that as John the Baptist and Elijah of old, he will hear only from God and he will have "thus saith the Lord" and speak for God. He will be God's mouthpiece and HE, AS IT IS DECLARED IN MALACHI 4:6, WILL TURN THE HEARTS OF THE CHILDREN BACK TO THE FATHERS. He will bring back the elect of the last day and they will hear a vindicated prophet give the exact truth as it was with Paul. He will restore the truth as they had it. And those elect with him in that day will be the ones who truly manifest the Lord and be His Body and be His Voice and perform His works. Hallelujah! Do you see it? (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 339:1).
Revelation 3:17-18, "Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel you to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness does not appear; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see".
Jesus is indicting the church for spiritual conceit. Not only is Laodicea materially rich, she is suffering the "strong delusion" prophesied by Paul in II Thessalonians 2:11-12, "that they should believe the lie" Satan told the first Eve – that God loves the prostitute second Eve and her (once) Protestant harlot daughters so much they will not "surely" die; even though He has said He will cast them all into the tribulation and kill them with the second death (Revelation 2:20-23; 20:14-15).
This is Laodicea, but do not you see that it also applies to the majority of those within the circle of this Message? The whole world is in Laodicea, and the only way out is to be baptized into Christ by a clear revelation of the end-time Message. Unless a Message believer is born-again, he is in Laodicea. Oh, we have the Message, we recite and preach the Message quotes. So did Judas Iscariot. This is aggravated ignorance over against a supposed multiplied knowledge, but the one who thinks he has need of nothing needs counsel on the vital points of self-preservation.
The purchase price of "gold tried in the Supernatural Fire of the Holy Spirit" is surrender of self — self-sufficiency, self- pride, self-confidence, self-involved intellectual reasoning; that is, a penitential sacrifice in self-denial, in order that the Lord's counsel may be followed knowingly, intentionally, with eyes wide open.
"Eye salve" indicates justification by grace through the clear understanding of faith. "White raiment" signifies the righteousness of sanctification within and a visible modesty without, whilst the "gold" which cannot be seen represents indwelling Deity by the baptism with the Holy Ghost. Our wealth is the heavenly treasure of the imputed righteousness of Christ (II Corinthians 8:9).
Revelation 3:19, "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent." His rebuke and chastening is an expression of His love with a view to correction in contrast to indifference which perverts love into laxity and accounts punishment as harshness (Hebrews 12:5-13; Proverbs 3:12). "As many as I love," not as many as love Me. II Thessalonians 2:10-11, "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (The Truth, Jesus Christ, did not love them — John 14:6). And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie" that Jesus loves us all.
It is His love for us, not our love for Him. It is all of grace. His love is elective love by His sovereign choosing. Romans 9:11-13, "Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. . . (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of Him that calls)".
If you can see this, you will recognize that it is not the false church He is calling to repentance but His elect, "as many as I love." Brother Branham said, "this false church has zeal; make no mistake about that. Her zeal has literally been that of the Jews, John 2:17, "The zeal of thine house hath eaten Me up." But it is a wrong zeal. It is for the house of their own building. It is for their own creeds, dogmas, organizations, their own righteousness. They have put the Word out for their own ideas. They deposed the Holy Ghost and made men into leaders. They have put aside Eternal Life as a Person, and make it good works, or even church conformity rather than good works."
(Now bring that home into the circle of this Message, as discussed in Newsletter #488, Brethren are "hot" for the quotes from which they are building a house of creed and dogma, not having taken the Message back to Scripture from Genesis to Revelation to understand what the Spirit is saying).
"But God is calling for another zeal. It is the zeal to cry "I AM WRONG." Now who is going to say that he is wrong? What is it that all these denominations are based upon?—the claim to originality, and that of God,—the claim that they are right. Now they ALL cannot be right. In fact NOT ONE of them is right. They are whited sepulchres, full of dead men's bones. They have no life. They have no vindication. God has never made Himself known in any organization. They say they are right because they are the ones that are saying it, but saying it does not make it so. They need the vindicated "Thus saith the Lord" of God, and they don't have it."
"Now let me say this here. I don't believe that God is calling only to the false church to repent. In this verse He is talking to His elect. They have some repenting to do, too. Many of His children are still in those false churches. They are those of whom it speaks in Ephesians 5:14, "Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee Light." To be asleep is not to be dead. These are sleeping amongst the dead. They are out there in the dead denominations. They are floating along with them. God cries out, "WAKE UP! Repent of your folly." Here they are lending their influence, giving their time and their money, actually their very lives to these antichrist organizations, and all the while thinking it is all right. They need to repent. They must repent. They need to have a change of mind and turn toward truth" (ibid. p. 355:3 - 361:1).
This rebuke is such an iron-clad presentation of the truth it leaves the object without excuse for not believing. The sinner must first allow himself to acknowledge his fault, and become convicted, penitent and corrected intellectually before grace can begin to exercise an affectionate discipline over his consciousness and life. Romans 2:13-15, "It is not the hearers of the Law that are righteous before God, but the doers of the Law who will be justified. When the Gentiles who lack the Law do by nature what the Law requires, they are a law to themselves, though they have none. they show that what the Law requires is written in their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their thoughts accuse or excuse them".
Revelation 3:20, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me." This prophecy touches upon Christ's 'parousia' and is directed to those who will receive His rebuke in Brother Branham's indictment of apostate Laodicea and "go forth to Him without the camp, bearing His reproach" (Hebrews 13:13; Matthew 25:6; I Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 18:4). Yes, it is a reproach to bear the Message; speaking the truth in love without respect of persons can have you hauled before the unjust judge.
Revelation 3:22, "He who overcomes, I will grant to sit with Me in My throne [which is the Millennium], even as I also overcame and sat down with My Father in His throne [which is heaven]. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches".
One day the lukewarm and indifferent will say, "I thought there was going to be a 'squeeze'." We have been experiencing a squeeze for thirteen years already, four of them before the Federal Court trying to defend ourselves against the lies of those who hate the first and last Adam and their children. What will it be like after the dispensation change when Satan is cast out and the real squeeze strikes?
I fear for the mass in circle of this Message who believe they are "hot," and they may be so in works and emotion, but has the spark of faith been kindled into flame? Or are they "lukewarm" and indifferent, presuming themselves "rich and in need of nothing"? If so, will they lay down their lives in the tribulation in order to maintain their names on the Book of Life? Or will they forsake Him then, and be LOST? George Orwell revealed the principle: "He who controls the present controls the past. He who controls the past controls the future." By manipulating the beliefs about past events, it is possible to influence future behavior as social attitudes are based on the experiences of the past. Denominationalism within and outside of the Message confirms this. If Christ's Bride is willing to bow the knee to the lies of the Pharisees who presently hold all but the Islamic world to ransom—and they are provoking the Muslims to choose submission or death—whence will our foolish virgin draw courage to refuse the mark of the Beast? If we cannot find the audacity to withstand thought control and speak the truth now under protection of the First Amendment, won't it be too late when this is withdrawn? It will certainly be too late to be born-again, for grace will be over, yet they will be required to speak out and die in martyrdom, or maintain their cowardice and have their name blotted from the Book of Life.
In Matthew 10:33, Jesus said, "Whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father who is in heaven." Jesus is the Truth, and you deny Him when you wink at the historical lies and propaganda delivered as truth by alien-controlled media, education, and "politically correct" pulpit educators of the non-elect. (See Newsletter #490).
How many ministers and Brethren in the circle of this Message are sufficiently "hot" as to inform themselves of the fact the Islamic people are innocent pawns insofar as 9/11 and WMD in Iraq and Iran are concerned, and to discover that World War III, which is to be between Political Islam and the political Zionists, was planned in the mid-nineteenth century along with World Wars I and II? What percentage of Christ's so-called Bride realize, or care that Osama bin Laden was a CIA employee, and that he will never be apprehended because he is dead, or that the "Saddam Hussein" who was hanged was not the man deposed by the USA? How many wise virgin understand that war against the abstract noun "terror" cannot be won by the (once) Christian nations as their alien masters are waging that war against them in order to realize Lucifer's totalitarian one world government? Remember the motto? "By Way of Deception Thou shalt make War" (John 8:44).
If you do not know these things, ask yourself, where is the Holy Spirit who guides into all truth? . . . And tell your pastor to get his feet off the desk, or you will vote with yours! Brother Branham said, "The church will say, "Well, wait a minute. I thought there was supposed to be a Bride, a ['parousia'] Coming of the Lord and a Bride." It's been gone for a long time. You knew nothing about it. It came secretly" (Door in a Door, #63-0223). nl491.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 in other countries. He pastors Bible Believers' tiny congregation, and is available to teach in your church.
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