Bible Believers' Newsletter #516
"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.
Brother Branham cautioned Brethren to pay off any lingering debt because the world is coming on hard times worse than the Great Depression. Taking a magnifying glass I read my own bank balance, and feeling glum remembered the old adage, "there is always someone worse off," and peeked at the account balances of nations. My country is fifth most indebted nation behind the USA, Spain, the UK and Italy on credit was created out of thin air borrowed on nonexistent money loaned at interest. Many third world countries to which we donate aid are billions in Credit. China is at the top of the list, 30% ahead of Japan, and 50% ahead of Germany.
Governments should create their own money and spend it into circulation as a credit. Subservience to 'the City' commits us to borrow "credit" from their banksters and circulate it as debt. Inflation is hereby built in to our economies in order to pay the interest. Nations that claim to be Christian, or Spiritual Israelites who have inherited the blessings of Abraham, are accursed, while pagan nations whose friendship we seek to buy with bribes of foreign aid are blessed. Read Deuteronomy 28:1-14 and ask yourself, "Has God abandoned His people? or have those who believe themselves God's people become His enemy and know it not (Revelation 3:17-20)?
In 1963 Brother Branham said, "The world coming to a place it's falling apart, politically, socially, economically. . . We're borrowed on taxes that'll be paid forty years from today. She's broke. She's bankrupt, the nation: not this nation, but all of them. And there's no way ever getting it back. And it's a trap set exactly to swing this nation into something. And all of you are wise on that. Well, who's got the wealth of the world? Who holds it? . . . Rome holds it" (Testimony, p. 9:20-21).
"For the church system of the Roman Catholic and the Protestant in coming together will control the whole wealth of the world system and force the whole earth into its religious trap, or will kill them, by refusing them the privilege of buying and selling whereby they would make a living. This will be accomplished simply, for the harlot's daughters are all but gone back to her. In the meantime, Rome has acquired nearly all the supplies of gold. The Jews have the bonds and all the paper. At the right time, the harlot will destroy the present day money system by calling in all the paper, and demanding gold. With no gold, the system falls. The Jews will be trapped and come into the alliance, and the harlot church will take over the whole world" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 314:1).
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
America: The Greatest Menace to Global Stability
November 11, 2006 – The 2006 Angus Reid World Poll: People in 13 countries believe the United States is the greatest threat to global stability, and residents of eight countries consider American foreign policy as the most menacing issue to the world, the Angus Reid World Poll conducted for Maclean's found. Overall, most people in the 20 countries surveyed chose the US as the greatest threat from a list that included Iran, China, Iraq, North Korea, Israel and Russia.
China appears, along with Israel, as the third most threatening country. . . Full story: angus-reid.com
No One is Safe: The Ruling Class Unleashed
February 13, 2008 – The Democrats may condemn the Iraq invasion and occupation as the worst "blunder" in our history, but they will not condemn it as the war crime it is. And they keep paying for it. They are not murderers themselves, but every member of Congress who votes to pay for this continuing obscenity is an accomplice to murder and genocide. . .
The Bush administration has announced to the world, and to all Americans, that this is what the United States now stands for: a vicious determination to dominate the world, criminal, genocidal wars of aggression, torture, and an increasingly brutal and brutalizing authoritarian state at home. That is what we stand for. . .
Full story: powerofnarrative.blogspot.com
Comment: Someone has been reading his Bible.
N. American Army created without OK by Congress
February 24, 2008 – In a ceremony that received virtually no attention in the American media, the United States and Canada signed a military agreement February 14 allowing the armed forces from one nation to support the armed forces of the other nation during a domestic civil emergency, even one that does not involve a cross-border crisis.
The agreement, defined as a Civil Assistance Plan, was not submitted to Congress for approval, nor did Congress pass any law or treaty specifically authorizing this military agreement to combine the operations of the armed forces of the United States and Canada in the event of a wide range of domestic civil disturbances ranging from violent storms, to health epidemics, to civil riots or terrorist attacks.
In Canada, the agreement paving the way for the militaries of the US and Canada to cross each other's borders to fight domestic emergencies was not announced either by the Harper government or the Canadian military, prompting sharp protest. . . Full story: worldnetdaily.com
Washington gets a New Colony in the Balkans
February 21, 2008 – In evaluating the recent "declaration of independence" by Kosovo, a province of Serbia, and its immediate recognition as a state by the US, Germany, Britain and France, it is important to know three things.
First, Kosovo is not gaining independence or even minimal self-government. It will be run by an appointed High Representative and bodies appointed by the US, European Union and NATO. An old-style colonial viceroy and imperialist administrators will have control over foreign and domestic policy. US imperialism has merely consolidated its direct control of a totally dependent colony in the heart of the Balkans.
Second, Washington’s immediate recognition of Kosovo confirms once again that US imperialism will break any and every treaty or international agreement it has ever signed, including agreements it drafted and imposed by force and violence on others.
The recognition of Kosovo is in direct violation of such law—specifically UN Security Council Resolution 1244, which the leaders of Yugoslavia were forced to sign to end the 78 days of NATO bombing of their country in 1999. Even this imposed agreement affirmed the "commitment of all Member States to the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of Serbia, a republic of Yugoslavia.
This week’s illegal recognition of Kosovo was condemned by Serbia, Russia, China and Spain.
Thirdly, US imperialist domination does not benefit the occupied people. Kosovo after nine years of direct NATO military occupation has a staggering 60 percent unemployment rate. It has become a center of the international drug trade and of prostitution rings in Europe.
The once humming mines, mills, smelters, refining centers and railroads of this small resource-rich industrial area all sit silent. The resources of Kosovo under NATO occupation were forcibly privatized and sold to giant Western multinational corporations. Now almost the only employment is working for the US/NATO army of occupation or UN agencies. . .
Full story: workers.org
Bush Solicitor General LIED! Barbara Olsen did not call Ted Olsen
February 20, 2008 – David Ray Griffin says the FBI has reported that no such call between Barbara Olsen and Ted Olsen ever took place on 9/11/2001. . .
It was part of the rapidly unraveling scam that is the official story of 9/11. In fact. . . there is zero evidence that any hijackers had commandeered a plane at all. . . there is no "EVIDENCE" of their existence. Which also reveals that mis-information shill, Popular Mechanics, in their 9/11 interview on the Charles Goyette Show months ago, lied when they told us there was DNA evidence of the so-called Muslim hijackers. LIES, all lies. . . Full story: opednews.com
Comment: It was not technically possible for anyone to call from that plane on their cell phone. Is there any reason to believe Mrs. Olsen or any of the other passengers were on that flight? Investigations have shown that many of the 9/11 passengers had passed from this life years before 2001, while many of the so-called "hijackers" were and are peacefully living and working in their home countries. And I seem to recall photographs of a woman claimed to be Mrs. Olsen overseas and very much alive after 9/11. Besides, there was no DNA!
The question is: "Who arranged for Ted Olsen and Popular Mechanics to lie to Americans, and to the world?
Wernher von Braun's Predictions
January 24, 2008 – The pioneer rocket [Wernher von Braun] scientist laying on his death bed confided in Dr. Carol Rosin his fears about the weaponization of space. He identified the scare tactics that would convince the public to accept that space-based weapons need to be built. . . Von Braun revealed to Dr Rosin a plan to justify weapons in spaced based on hoaxing an extraterrestrial threat. She was also present at meetings in the '70s when the scenario for the Gulf War of the '90s was planned.
When I was a Corporate Manager of Fairchild Industries from 1974 through 1977, I met the late Dr Wernher Von Braun. We first met in early 1974. At that time, Von Braun was dying of cancer but he assured me that he would live a few more years to tell me about the game that was being played—that game being the effort to weaponize space, to control the Earth from space and space itself.
The strategy that Wernher Von Braun taught me was that first the Russians are going to be considered to be the enemy... Then terrorists would be identified, and that was soon to follow. We heard a lot about terrorism. Then we were going to identify third-world country "crazies." We now call them Nations of Concern. But he said that would be the third enemy against whom we would build space-based weapons. The next enemy was asteroids. Now, at this point he kind of chuckled the first time he said it. "Asteroids — against asteroids we are going to build space-based weapons!!" And the funniest one of all was what he called aliens, extraterrestrials. . . He mentioned that extraterrestrials were going to be identified as the final enemy against whom we were going to build space-based weapons back in 1974. . .
Wernher Von Braun actually told me that the spin was a lie—that the premise for space-based weaponry, the reasons that were going to be given, the enemies that we were going to identify—were all based on a lie. . .
In 1977, I was at a meeting in Fairchild Industries in a conference room called the War Room. In that room were a lot of charts on the walls with enemies, identified enemies. There were other more obscure names, names like Saddam Hussein and Khadafi. But we were talking then about terrorists, the potential terrorists. No one had ever talked about this before but this was the next stage after the Russians against whom we were going to build these space-based weapons. . . Well, they continued the conversation about how they were going to antagonize these enemies and that at some point, there was going to be a war in the Gulf, a Gulf War. Now this is 1977, 1977! . . Full story: flashclub.ch disclosureproject.org
Comment: The Report from Iron Mountain on the Possibility and Desirability of Peace, planted such unheard of scenarios in the public mind in 1967: fictitious alternative enemies, a permanent inspection program for disarmament, an international police force, massive global pollution, an open-ended space program aimed at unreachable targets (in 2007 George II said the United States was planning to land men on Mars when the Moon landing was a hoax), an extraterrestrial threat, etc.,
We reported these plans since 1998, and Dr. Peter Beter's disclosures which revealed the hidden hand's achievements in space in far greater detail than Dr. Rosin. As FDR said, "If it happens in politics, it was planned that way".
Jewish Bolsheviks Murdered 66 Million in Russia
July 21, 2007 – How many people did Russia's Bolshevik Communists kill?
Israel's YNET News admits: "at least 20 million."
We mustn't forget that some of greatest murderers of modern times were Jewish.
Here's a particularly forlorn historical date: Almost 90 years ago, between the 19th and 20th of December 1917, in the midst of the Bolshevik revolution and civil war, Lenin signed a decree calling for the establishment of The All-Russian Extraordinary Commission for Combating Counter-Revolution and Sabotage, also known as Cheka. Within a short period of time, Cheka became the largest and cruelest state security organization. Its organizational structure was changed every few years, as were its names: From Cheka to GPU, later to NKVD, and later to KGB.
We cannot know with certainty the number of deaths Cheka was responsible for in its various manifestations, but the number is surely at least 20 million, including victims of the forced collectivization, the hunger, large purges, expulsions, banishments, executions, and mass death at Gulags. Whole population strata were eliminated: Independent farmers, ethnic minorities, members of the bourgeoisie, senior officers, intellectuals, artists, labor movement activists, "opposition members" who were defined completely randomly, and countless members of the Communist party itself. . .
And us, the Jews? An Israeli student finishes high school without ever hearing the name "Genrikh Yagoda," the greatest Jewish murderer of the 20th Century, the GPU's deputy commander and the founder and commander of the NKVD. Yagoda diligently implemented Stalin's collectivization orders and is responsible for the deaths of at least 10 million people. His Jewish deputies established and managed the Gulag system. After Stalin no longer viewed him favorably, Yagoda was demoted and executed, and was replaced as chief hangman in 1936 by Yezhov, the "bloodthirsty dwarf." . .
Full story: ynetnews.com
Alexander Solzhenitsyn states flatly: "66 million."
If not exaggerated, Solzhenitsyn asserts that since 1917, the Bolsheviks, continuing under assassin Stalin, through and even after WW2, systematically executed, and inside (and outside) their thousands of Gulags, worked, starved and froze to death, SIXTY-SIX million people, not all, but most of them CHRISTIANS (whom the Bolsheviks hated). This mass death was THE LARGEST REAL "HOLOCAUST" in modern history — but totally unknown today by most Americans, British and western Europeans and absent from our school books. [A. Solzhenitsyn, "Together for Two Hundred Years"]. Of course no publisher in the Western world dares reprint Solzhenitsyn's book in English. . .
Full story: rense.com biblebelievers
Europe told to Open Borders for 20m Asian and African Workers
A subscriber found this newspaper clipping by Andrew Bounds in Brussels on a German website. Unfortunately there was no source given, but its from an English Newspaper giving a report from Brussels. Many Years ago Count Kalergi-Coudenhove (President of the Pan-Europe Federation) said openly. Quote: "We intend to turn Europe into a mixed race of Asians and Negros ruled over by the Jews" (Endquote). The copy reads:
Justice Chief says all skills levels are required.
Europe must open its doors in the next two Decades to the extra 20 Million Workers from Asia & Africa. The EU must lower its barriers and instead build a corridor for those Asians & Africans that are now risking their lives to get here.
Germany, Italy and Hungary need the most immigrants in order to make up for their falling birth deficit. The EU Commission is currently setting up, first in Mali, at a cost of 10 Million Euros an Information Center in which those wishing to emigrate can learn about the entry and work possibilities in the EU. Other such facilities in other countries will follow. Further, said Frattini, We must not see this immigration as a danger, but as an enrichment and an unalterable Phenomena of today's world.
Comment: "We will openly reveal our identity with the races of Asia and Africa. I can state with assurance that the last generation of white children is now being born. Our Control Commissions will, in the interests of peace and wiping out inter-racial tensions, forbid the whites to mate with whites. The white women must cohabit with members of the dark races, the white men with black women. Thus the white race will disappear, for mixing the dark with the white means the end of the white man, and our most dangerous enemy will become only a memory" (Address by Rabbi Emanuel Rabinovich to the Emergency Council of European Rabbis in Budapest on January 12, 1952, originally published in full Common Sense and brought to the attention of Captain William Guy Carr by the Canadian Intelligence Service; who published it verbatim in Pawns in the Game (pp. 104-106). One of many similar quotes by prominent Jews like Theodore Herzl, Rabbi Reichorn, Dr. Oscar Levy, Bernard Lazare, Chief Rabbi of the United States Stephen Wise and Maurice Samuel, inspired by the Talmud. Jesus Messiah, who abhorred the Talmud, prophesied this evil for our day in Matthew 24:37.
"We Jews must realize that our party's most powerful weapon is racial tensions. By propounding into the consciousness of the dark races that for centuries they have been oppressed by whites, we can mold them to the program of the Communist Party. In America we will aim for subtle victory. While inflaming the Negro minority against the whites, we will endeavor to instill in the whites a guilt complex for their exploitation of the Negros. We will aid the Negroes to rise in prominence in every walk of life, in the professions and in the world of sports and entertainment. With this prestige, the Negro will be able to intermarry with the whites and begin a process which will deliver America to our cause" (Israel Cohen, A Racial Program for the Twentieth Century, 1912. Also in the Congressional Record, Vol. 103, p. 8559, June 7, 1957).
Mr. Lincoln the Racist
Several years ago, columnist Joseph Sobran wrote: "When Lincoln finally did grab the slavery issue in 1854, he again followed (Henry) Clay in advocating gradual emancipation, combined with a program of colonization—resettling former slaves outside of the United States. He expressly opposed political and social equality for Negroes in this country. They should be equal all right, but not here. . . Lincoln's segregationist views are soft-peddled, shrugged off, explained away, or simply ignored. . . the Fantasy Lincoln must be maintained at all costs." And this is exactly what many establishment scholars today do. They maintain the cottage industry that promotes the "Fantasy Lincoln" while conveniently ignoring his racist views— views they seem to find abhorrent in anyone else yet perfectly alright in Mr. Lincoln.
Full story: albensonjr.com
Comment: Christ's end-time Bride must base their understanding upon the Absolute of truth, not the fantasy of folk tales. Mr. Lincoln broke the US Republic with his bloody Civil War, dividing the nation between North and South as required by the City of London. It is still divided as the South remains under martial law, and in the very near future the North, too, will be under martial law.
Yellowstone Mystery: Where are all the rabbits?
New York, February 17, 2008 – The US Wildlife Conservation Society is trying to figure out why jack rabbits have vanished from Yellowstone National Park.
The report, published in the journal Oryx, said there have been no confirmed jack rabbit sightings in Yellowstone since 1991 and only three in Grand Teton National Park since 1978. Historical records indicate that white-tailed jack rabbits were once abundant in Greater Yellowstone, a 23,166-square-mile ecosystem that contains the Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, the group said Thursday in a release. . . Full story: google.com
Comment: The rabbits have gone because the caldera is active and an eruption may be triggered by tectonic activity that will sink Los Angeles.
The Virtues of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
February 25, 2008 – Why are these people doing this? Why has Al Gore positioned himself to become a historical laughing stock, and why have a few hundred United Nations climate change-funded "scientists" joined them? The reason surely is not global warming. . .
If Al Gore were truly alarmed about hydrocarbon use, he would be clamoring for nuclear power plants. The construction of just 50 nuclear installations similar to that partially completed at Palo Verde near Phoenix would erase most of the US carbon dioxide output — and would also erase most of the US trade deficit at the same time. . . Al Gore. . . has already accumulated astonishing personal wealth during his campaign against world energy technology and is now a principal in a new corporation being formed to profit from public fear of global warming. Meanwhile, UN bureaucrats are mesmerized by the prospect of taxing and rationing world energy supplies — a position of virtually unlimited wealth and power that would give them life-and-death control over both world technology and the human race. . . Full story: newswithviews.com Forget global warming.
Comment: The program is de-industrialization, famine, impoverishment, the elimination of a middle class, disempowerment, massive global depopulation, and a return to serfdom for most people under Lucifer's totalitarian one world government.
Pentecost Types the Gentile Dispensation
Genesis 1:27-28, "God created mankind in His own image: in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them, and He blessed them".
God's purpose in the creation of man is to (Gk. 'phaneroo') make His true character so thoroughly understood by teaching that He becomes visibly manifest in the material form of His Body, the Church, who are His Attributes reflecting the glory of His Being in whom as His glorified Family He will be worshipped throughout eternity. This is the true Temple or dwelling place of the Lord God foreordained from the foundation of the world, and He showed Moses the pattern in conformity to which it must be made. Moses and Solomon built its representation with human hands, but as Paul explained, "God who made the world and all it contains, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples built by human hands" (Acts 17:24). "We are to come to Christ, that living Stone, rejected by men but chosen by God and precious, and be built up as living stones into a Spiritual house, a dedicated priesthood, to offer Spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (I Peter 2:4-5; I Corinthians 7:19).
Thus "we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has foreordained that we should live in" becoming "written epistles" of the Word for our day (Ephesians 2:10; II Corinthians 3:2-3). This is the creation of God, whose Head and beginning is Jesus Messiah, born of a virgin just 2,000 years ago. His mystic Body, the Church, is the continuation of the same creation through her second birth by the spoken Word of Promise (Revelation 3:14).
Although we are individual members of Christ's Body with different abilities, personal obligations and responsibilities to the Brethren, we were all baptized into the Body by a measure of the faith commonly ordained to meet challenges peculiar to our day. So the corporeal Body is built up of nine dispensations of grace each defined by the measure of faith ordained to the gift of Christ for each Age. Christ's gift to the Church is the five-fold ministry of men who are apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, or teachers. Their vocation is to equip those who are saints for the task of ministering toward the building up of the Body of Christ by admonishing, helping and encouraging the Brethren, supporting their pastor and living so that their Token of the Life of Christ is on public display, "trusting Christ in their hearts as Lord and ready always to answer anybody who asks for a reason of the hope that is within them, yet with gentleness and reverence" (I Peter 3:15). Christ's Bride is in the stature of a perfect Man, God's second Masterpiece built of lively stones.
Christ's gift of the five-fold ministry will be in the Body "until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and that understanding of that Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: that we should no longer be babes, swung back and forth, and carried here and there with every wind of doctrine that springs from human craftiness and ingenuity for devising error. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we should grow up in every way toward He who is the Head, into Christ" (Ephesians 4:13-15).
The accompanying diagram illustrates how the pattern of God's second Bible, which Enoch wrought in stone before the Flood, has been transformed into the "substance of things [God had] hoped for"—a true living Temple. The double line at its base signifies the "foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone" (Ephesians 2:20; I Corinthians 3:11-13). This we call Alpha, or the Word at the beginning, which was the brief holy convocation of Pentecost (AD33-53) wherein the saints received and understood the pure Word of God (Jude 1:3).
The Bible was sealed with Seven Seals unto the time of the end (Daniel 12:4, 9; Revelation 10:4), so from Pentecost until the close of the Church Ages the saints had only PART-Word with Christ as a mediator for their ignorance of the fulness. So long as one understood and was living the Word for his day Christ received His faith, placed his ignorance under the Blood and baptized him into his position in the Body. As Jesus explained in Revelation 1 to 3, He sent an "angel" or major apostle to each of the seven Church Ages inspired by a different measure of the Spirit to rebuke and correct those who had fallen away from the Message of the preceding Age, then reveal the Word for the new Age.
The evidence of the baptism with the Holy Spirit or new birth is a clear revelation of the Word for the hour, this causes our life to display a particular virtue of the Life of Christ as indicated on the diagram (II Peter 1:1-8). The seven Church Ages represent Revelation 2 and 3. The world church system apostatized in 1963 "and knows it not." This is illustrated by the breach between the close of Laodicea and the Capstone and represented by Revelation 4 and 5 which show the Blood removed from the Mercy Seat made it a Judgment Seat. Now Jesus advanced from the Outer Court where the bloody body of the Lamb had lain on the altar of sacrifice as a memorial, claimed the Book of Redemption, tore open its Seals, and sat down on the Judgment Seat. He is no longer in the office of Son of God and Mediator but as Son of Man He is Judge (John 5:27).
In Revelation 10:1-6 (I Thessalonians 4:14-16) the Lord Himself descended, placing judgment on the beast of Papal Rome, on the United States of America (the image of Imperial Rome) and her (once) Protestant daughter churches, which are the image of Papal Rome (Matthew 25:6; Revelation 18:4). At this point Brother Branham received His "Elijah" anointing to reveal the mysteries of the seven thunders of Revelation 10:3-7 which are the revelations contained in the Seven Seals. It is these Divinely revealed "mystery-truths" that are literally turning the hearts of the children back to the apostolic faith (Malachi 4:5-6).
The revelation of the Seven Seals brought Christ back to earth in WORD form (I Corinthians 13:10; Revelation 10:1-7). "The restoration of all things spoken by the mouth of all God's holy prophets since the world began" is the fulness of the Word which is Christ, the Logos. Brother Branham's Message is the "Shout" of I Thessalonians 4:16 calling the wise and foolish virgin out from the world church system into Christ for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation.
Born of the fulness of the Word, Christ's end-time Bride is forming the Capstone of the Pyramid. As Jesus Christ, "the Head of the corner" was rejected by the builders, Christ's end-time Bride will be "set at nought" by the world church system as they "crucify unto themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame" (Hebrews 6:6).
The corn of wheat fell to the ground and died on Calvary, but within three days it rose again and brought forth the Alpha Bride of Pentecost. The apostolic saints sowed and their Message brought forth, "a hundredfold, sixty, and thirty fold" in the first three Church Ages as the faith was hybrid with Jewish fables, Gentile myths and organizational creeds until it, too, fell into the ground and died. It did not revive until God inspired Martin Luther, the angel to the Sardis Church Age, with the mighty revelation, "the just shall live by faith" (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38).
Brother Martin Luther started the reformation of the Roman Catholic system of worship in which the corn of wheat put forth leaves, then the tassel in Philadelphia, and the shuck in Laodicea. In the third day God sent forth the Prophet William Branham whose ministry sowed for the "latter rain" and brought forth original grain who will manifest the Sons of God and be translated. He is Alpha and Omega, the Word at the beginning and the same Word restored at the end; He was not the PART-Word that made up the Church Ages in between. All seven Church Ages are over, and since we now have the perfect interpretation of the Word we are in the holy convocation of the fiftieth day of the Pentecostal Feast and unlike the Church Age saints we do no servile work presuming to interpret God's Word.
In Ephesians 1:3-14 Paul expounds Genesis 1:27-28 and God's purpose, "How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every blessing in the Logos because we belong to Christ, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless in His Presence. In love He has predestinated us to be recognized as His children through Jesus Christ according to the kind intent of His own will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He has bestowed on us in the beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood and the forgiveness of trespasses, to the measure of the riches of His grace; which He lavished on us, making known to us in all wisdom and insight the secret of His purpose, according to His kind intention which he proposed in Christ: a plan to be brought to completion in the fulness of times (Gk. 'kairos,' opportunity, or "once in a lifetime" times. See Newsletter #286) to unite everything together in Christ, things in heaven, and things on earth."
"In Christ we too were made His Heritage, being predestinated according to His purpose, who works out everything in agreement with the design of His own will, so that we, the first to put our hope in Christ, might bring praise to His glory. In Him you also, after listening to the Message of Truth, the good news of your salvation, have as believers in Him been sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, which is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory".
The expression, "In the image of God He created him," with no mention of the word "likeness," shows us that in God's great thinking mankind received the dignity of His image as an Attribute of the Logos, which is His eternal, unchanging thoughts expressed. That is we, our soul, is a spirit as God is a Spirit, but the perfection of His "likeness" in us has been reserved for the consummation, because that is the Christ-like character to which we attain only by overcoming adversity and acquire for ourselves as individuals by the exercise of our free moral agency in diligent imitation of God. The possibility of attaining to perfection was granted to Adam's race "in the beginning" through the dignity of the divine image with the perfect realization of the divine "likeness" being reached in the end by becoming a written epistle of the present Truth or recognizing our day and manifesting its Message in our life. Thus works are faith expressed (James 2:18).
"It is at the resurrection that the Royal Seed will see many royal seeds like unto Himself, and they will be even as He is, for says John, "we shall be like Him." This is what John the Baptist was referring to when He said that Jesus would gather the wheat into the garner. That was the resurrection where the redeemed who had been elected unto eternal life came in" (William Branham, An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 283; I John 3:2).
Our Lord will appear when that last elected member to the body of Christ comes in, and manifest Himself in his resurrected and translated Body (John 6:37-39). Philippians 3:21, "He will transform and fashion anew the body of our humiliation to conform and be like the body of His glory and majesty, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself." Then we shall be "like Him" and manifest that we are the Sons of God (Ephesians 1:19-23; Romans 8:19).
I John 2:28-3:3, "Now, little children, remain permanently in Him so that when He is (Gk. 'Phaneroo') manifested to reveal His true character, we may have confidence and bold assurance, and not be ashamed and shrink from Him at His (Gk. 'parousia') Coming. If you are sure that Christ is absolutely righteous, [conforming to the Father's will in purpose, thought and action], you will be just as confident that every one who does righteousness [and therefore in like manner conforms to the divine will] is born of Him".
"See, what an incredible quantity of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be named and called and accounted the Sons of God! And so we are! The reason the world does not recognize us, is that it does not acknowledge Him. Beloved, we are right now the Sons of God, and it is not (Gk. 'Phaneroo') made clear what we shall be: but we know that, when He (Gk. 'Phaneroo') is manifested [in us] we shall be in His likeness; for we shall see Him as He really is. And every one who has this hope in Him purifies himself, even as He is undefiled and guiltless."
John points out with the utmost certainty, that not only was the end of all things to be hoped for, but also the likeness to God. "We shall walk with Him in white, for we are worthy." We have identified ourselves with Him on earth and He will identify Himself with us in the New Jerusalem. God is going to reward those who follow His advice in Revelation 3:4-5. When Peter, James and John saw Him on Mount Transfiguration His clothes were as white as light. That is how the saints are going to be clothed. Their garments will be shining, exceedingly white. "Fine linen is the righteousnesses of saints".
Now we shall consider the Pentecostal Feast from Leviticus 23.
On the third day after the Passover, the sheaf of the firstfruits of the barley harvest was waved by the priest. By this act Israel consecrated the whole of the harvest unto the Lord, and were only permitted to use it when they received it back as a Gift from Him. This wave sheaf represented Christ who was lifted up on the Cross as Moses lifted up the serpent before the people in the wilderness showing sin was judged (Numbers 21:8-9). Jesus was waved before the Father and accepted in that God raised Him from the dead for the justification of everyone who comes to the Father by faith in the Son. Like the first-born Son, the firstfruits of the harvest was considered the choicest. Their acceptance consecrated the whole of the harvest.
Jesus was the firstfruits of the Old Testament saints who rose after His resurrection, and the New Testament saints who are Christ's at His parousia — that's NOW (I Corinthians 15:23). We becoming one with the Bread of Life or finished product of the wheat as the gift of the Holy Spirit in a new birth. Soon there will be another resurrection: the sleeping New Testament saints will be raised and waved as a loaf baked with leaven while we who are alive and remain will be waved in the manifestation of the Sons of God as a second leavened loaf, then we shall be changed in the atoms to meet Christ in the air.
The Sheaf Wave Offering introduced the Feast of Firstfruits, or Weeks: better known as Pentecost. Whereas the former festival marked the absolute beginning of the grain harvest, with barley, the Pentecostal Feast marked its completion with the reaping of wheat. It was divided into nine divisions, beginning with the last six days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which represented the primitive Church who held and understood the pure Word of God undefiled. Seven rests or sabbaths followed, representing the seven different baptisms of the Holy Ghost, or new births that distinguish the seven Church Ages. Moses and Joshua led Israel to a place where they could find natural rest for their body and mortal spirit. Jesus said, "Come unto Me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and you will find Spiritual sabbath for your soul" (Matthew 11:27-29). The sabbath for Christians is a rest for the soul, or new birth. When we enter our Spiritual Promise, we've ceased from our own works. But our sabbath can only be observed if we're in God's provided Place of worship, in Christ the Word, but the living Word for our day, not the Word for the days of Luther, Wesley, or the Pentecostals; just as Israel's sabbath can only be observed in the Promised Land, outside which the Old Covenant is of no effect.
These seven rests or Church Ages were followed by another rest on the fiftieth day, which is this present holy convocation wherein: "the mystery of God is finished," the apostolic faith is restored, and God's elect are called out from all man-made systems into oneness with the fullness of the Word. It's called an holy convocation because unlike the Church Age saints, who presumed to interpret God's Word, we do no servile work as we have "the true sayings of God" who sent us a prophet with THUS SAITH THE LORD, that finished the mystery of God by the revelation of the Seven Seals to bring Christ's end-time Bride to maturity by agreement with the fulness of the Word, for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation.
As we study the types in Leviticus 23:15-22, we discover that in the fiftieth day after the presentation of the Wave Sheaf offering (which was fulfilled in the resurrection of Jesus Christ), "a new grain offering of two loaves baked with leaven" was to be waved before the Lord. One loaf represents that which is perfect—made manifest in his living Bride, the other represents the Church Age saints—who manifested that which was in part, back in the days when Christ was a Mediator.
The end-time Bride under pre-eminence to the Fullness of the Word by her revelation of the Seven Seals will be waved before the Lord at the manifestation of the Sons of God, in behalf of our brethren who fell asleep since Pentecost. We are all one body, and without us, the sleeping saints cannot be made perfect, or glorified. Together we are waved before the Lord as the finished product—grain prepared for food. The Church is symbolized as two loaves baked with leaven, on account of our sinful flesh, for all are not yet glorified.
Leaven represents sin. Because of the Eve's sin, all are born in sin, shaped in iniquity, and come into the world speaking lies. On account of the leaven of our sin-born bodies we who are alive and remain cannot be offered on the altar. This proves the true Church does not go through the Tribulation. Because Christ is accepted, we too are accepted, and when we change in the atoms, this corruptible flesh puts on incorruption, mortality puts on immortality, and we lose the leaven.
Pentecost types the harvest of the firstfruits or elect of all Gentiles in Adam's race. The firstfruits of the Gospel sowing is the harvest of the true Church. The Church Age saints resurrect and the wise virgin or true Church of the end-time will be translated before the Tribulation period when God turns back to Israel. nl516.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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