Bible Believers' Newsletter #564
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The last sign Jesus promised before the close of the Gentile dispensation was a repetition of the conditions of Sodom, and three men who would minister worldwide. One would veil God and reveal "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today and forever . . . discerning the thoughts and intents of people's hearts": healing the sick, raising the dead, restoring sight to the blind and casting out demons. This was fulfilled in the ministry of William Branham whose Message was directed to the souls of an elect and called out group separated from this Sodom civilization. The two other messengers were Billy Graham and Oral Roberts, who ministered to the churches in Sodom, whose spirit has taken over the White House . . .
"As it was in the days of Lot:" guests at Barack Hussein Obama's inauguration included homosexual Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson and antichrist minister Rick Warren of the City of London's Council on Foreign Relations, which selects US presidential candidates. Brother Branham said, "the word "Ricky" means "a rat." When you say "little Ricky" you mean "little rat." What you call him, that's what he is. If your kid's named that, change it quickly for the sake of the Gospel. You never heard such names as that back in the Bible or in any other age. It's the name for this age. If there ever was perverted rats and cats, it's there" (God of this Evil Age, p. 34:155).
The United States as an antitype of Israel (Ezekiel 22:23-31). But for His chosen, by their own choosing, God has made a way of escape called the mystery of the translation of the living saints, which is the subject of our main article this week.
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
W A N T E D
Anonymous self-described Israeli human rights activists have set up an Internet site detailing alleged war crimes committed by senior government officials and Israel Defense Forces officers. No known human rights organization is behind the site, whose founders refuse to give their names.
wanted.org.il includes "arrest orders," complete with pictures and personal details, for Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai, Public Security Minister Avi Dichter, National Infrastructure Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and his two predecessors, Dan Halutz and Moshe Ya'alon, former air force commander Eliezer Shkedy and others. It also explains how to inform the International Criminal Court in The Hague when the "suspects" are outside Israel—hence vulnerable to arrest.
How to Kill a Palestinian
January 29, 2009 – Commenting on the latest Israeli one-directional onslaught against the Palestinians of Gaza Strip, the Israeli 10th TV channel has disclosed that the Israeli genocidal forces had used half of its air force and had launched at least 2,500 air raids against Gaza Strip. The television military correspondent stated that the Israeli warplanes had dropped more than a thousand tons of explosives, including white phosphorous and DIME (Dense Inert Metal Explosive) bombs, during three weeks on the virtually unarmed densely populated 360 square Kilometers Strip. He added that the shells fired by tanks, artillery, gunboats, and infantry were not included in those fired by the air force.
After a whole week of continuous air bombardments Israel sent in its elite foot soldiers; 30,000 of them, and called in 10,000 of its reservists. Armed with the latest weapons of mass murder, covered with an umbrella of free reigning air force, and accompanied with raining shells of heavy artilleries, they drove their tanks into the civilian towns murdering civilians and destroying every structure in their path.
Living outside of Gaza one cannot fully understand the barbarity of this genocide especially when the Western media had barely covered any of its atrocity. To gain a slight idea of its enormity one should remember that, during the 6-days war of 1967, this same Israeli army was distributed on four fronts; Egyptian, Jordanian, Syrian, and Lebanese, and it was fighting regular armies. Now the whole brunt of this army is concentrated on a small strip against an unarmed and untrained civilian population.
Similar to all their previous wars the Israeli soldiers had committed massacres against Palestinian unarmed civilians. They have used internationally banned weapons such as phosphorous bombs, DIME, and depleted uranium, as reported by international physicians, eyewitnesses, and military experts. Israeli soldiers had mutilated the bodies of their victims to instill terror in the hearts of people hoping they will leave Gaza. . . "All of the Palestinians must be killed; men, women, infants, and even their beasts" cries the religious opinion of Rabbi Yisrael Rosen, director of the long-established Tsomet Religious Institute. . .
Israeli spokeswoman, Tzipora Menache, stated that she was not worried about negative ramifications the Israeli onslaught on Gaza might have on the way the Obama administration would view Israel. She said "You know very well, and the stupid Americans know equally well, that we control their government, irrespective of who sits in the White House. You see, I know it and you know it that no American president can be in a position to challenge us even if we do the unthinkable. What can they do to us? We control congress, we control the media, we control show biz, and we control everything in America. In America you can criticize God, but you can't criticize Israel". Full story: uruknet.info
Hate Bill, ENDA top Obama Wish List
January 26, 2009 – As a smiling Obama rides a tidal wave of public approval, the White House webpage ("Civil Rights") reveals his true identity: a left-of-left liberal determined to pass the most pro-homosexual, free-speech destroying legislation ever to come before Congress, including ENDA, expanded hate crime laws, and legal "support for the LGBT community".
Obama says, "this nation is going to live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens with dignity and respect."
The White House webpage says he wants to:
Expand Hate Crimes Statutes
Fight Workplace Discrimination
Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples
Oppose a Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
Repeal Don't Ask-Don't Tell
Expand Adoption Rights
Full story: truthtellers.org
Comment: It took Obama only three days in office to unveil his homosexual agenda. Hate crimes legislation will outlaw the Bible and criminalize opposition to homosexuality "as it was in the days of Lot" (Luke 17:28-30). Homosexuals, atheists and Jews are protected while Christians, Muslims and heterosexuals are targeted by hate laws that empower minorities in order to disarm and disinherit the majority. This national apostasy is Satan's Eden in the making and a harbinger of the 'squeeze'.
Two US Airstrikes offer a Concrete Sign of Obama's Pakistan Policy
January 24, 2009 — The shaky Pakistani government of Asif Ali Zardari has expressed hopes for warm relations with Obama, but members of Obama's new national security team have already telegraphed their intention to make firmer demands of Islamabad than the Bush administration, and to back up those demands with a threatened curtailment of the plentiful military aid that has been at the heart of US-Pakistani ties for the past three decades.
The separate strikes on two compounds, coming three hours apart and involving five missiles fired from Afghanistan-based Predator drone aircraft, were the first high-profile hostile military actions taken under Obama's four-day-old presidency. A Pakistani security official said in Islamabad that the strikes appeared to have killed at least 10 insurgents, including five foreign nationals and possibly even "a high-value target" such as a senior al-Qaeda or Taliban official.
It remained unclear yesterday whether Obama personally authorized the strike or was involved in its final planning, but military officials have previously said the White House is routinely briefed about such attacks in advance. . .
Full story: truthout.org Pakistan in Peril US Missile Strikes in Pakistan Will Continue
Joe Brandt's 1937 Dream come True?
The pastor of one of our sister Churches made the following observations based on Joe Brandt's Spiritual dreams that formed the basis of the main article in Newsletter #346, which deserves fresh consideration.
In 1937, seventeen-year-old Joe Brandt received a series of Spiritual dreams in a Fresno, California hospital where he was recovering from brain concussion after falling from his horse. His dreams appear to accord with Brother Branham's prophecy of the sinking of Los Angeles and much of California, with tidal waves and volcanic activity devastating parts of countries bordering the "Pacific ring of fire," but also South America, Mexico—even England, Europe and Japan.
Joe Brandt noted his dreams were set in early Spring, which is Scripturally the time for the end of the Gentile dispensation when an earthquake will sink Los Angeles, commencing the first resurrection and the manifestation of the Sons of God. He noted the absence of birds which, in response to their God-given instinct had evacuated the city of Los Angeles, and said that the sound made by the earth was like the cry of a woman in childbirth.
This is what we wrote in Newsletter #346: "I wondered what year it was. It certainly was not 1937. I saw a newspaper on the corner with a picture of the President. It surely wasn't Mr. Roosevelt. He was bigger, heavier, big ears. If it wasn't 1937, I wondered what year it was. . ." I note political cartoonists sometimes accentuate George II's ears which can appear prominent from certain angles. I wonder . . . We should know the identity of this president after the November elections in two week's time".
The pastor wrote: "Last year, Obama's big ears and stature well resurged the 1937 dream of Joe Brandt to me . . ." (Obama by Calderon, Mexico's Leading Editorial Cartoonist).
(In Newsletter #409 we thought "Big Ears" might have been George II, but he turned out to be Noddy. Two weeks ago I read a file that observed Obama's ears "stick out" or are "big," not in size but in prominence. You will find the image half way down this page – Ed).
The pastor quotes CNN: "The myriad comparisons between the two skinny, big-eared Illinoisans—Obama's own fond description—are already entering the realm of modern legend. Both were believed too inexperienced to be president."
"Both were long-shot underdogs for their party's nomination. Yet each went on not only to win, but to nominate the defeated party favorite (who happened to be a senator from New York) as secretary of state. William H. Seward was Lincoln's choice, Hillary Clinton is Obama's".
In some of Obama's oath speeches, I detect he has taken an oath for the NWO and pledged to divide Iran and Afghanistan into several nations. During the Presidential campaigns late last year Joe Biden said that Barack Obama would be tested in his first few months in office. There will be an international crisis and he'll make the right response."
And now the time of depression.
(NWO/UN policy is to divide the nations up into tribes so that there can be no consolidated wealth or power to jeopardize their rule. He has taken the oath a second time. This time WITHOUT the Bible, so his "absolute" is whatever his masters want it to be – Ed).
Has America not come to its end in Obama presidency? Is not the cycle the Illuminati serpent tail inside it's head now full?
Brother Branham said: "A prophecy I made about 1935 or something like that said: "The time would come (It's written in a book somewhere) that the sea would weep it's way into the desert." Look what'll take place. If that thousands of square miles falls down into the lava of the earth and slides in, there'll be millions die at one time. And that'll cause such a tidal wave. . . Remember, plumb up into the Salton Sea is a hundred or two hundred feet lower than the sea level. That water will probably come almost to Tucson with that tidal wave coming across there. And the sea shall weep its way into the desert (William Branham, Trying to do God a Service without being in the Will of God, p. 6:25).
The Spirit of the Lord came upon the Prophet as he was preaching in Los Angeles: "We don't know what time. And you don't know what time that this city one day is going to be laying out here in the bottom of this ocean."
"O, Capernaum," said Jesus, "Thou who exalted into heaven will be brought down into hell, for if the mighty works had been done in Sodom and Gomorrah, it'd have been standing till this day." And Sodom and Gomorrah lays at the bottom of the Dead Sea, and Capernaum's in the bottom of the sea. Thou city, who claims to be the city of the Angels, who's exalted yourself into heaven and sent all the dirty filthy things of fashions and things, till even the foreign countries come here to pick up our filth and send it away, with your fine churches and steeples, and so forth the way you do; remember, one day you'll be laying in the bottom of this sea. Your great honeycomb under you right now. The wrath of God is belching right beneath you. How much longer He'll hold this sandbar hanging over that, when that ocean out yonder a mile deep will slide in there plumb back to the Salton Sea. It'll be worse than the last day of Pompeii. Repent, Los Angeles. Repent the rest of you and turn to God. The hour of His wrath is upon the earth. Flee while there's time to flee and come into Christ" (Choosing a Bride, p. 35:3-5).
And three is a witness: "The last meeting I had in California, while speaking, and didn't know nothing happened till I got on the street, It told California, said, "Capernaum, Capernaum, the city that's called by the name of the angels (that's Los Angeles), you've exalted yourself into heaven, but you'll be brought down into hell. For if the mighty works had been done in Sodom that's been done in you, it would've been standing till this day."
"Now, the last few days, the great roaring and popping. Then, here come out a paper of science, said, "It's all honeycombed; it's got to go under." They just know it."
"And you watch, the water will come plumb back into the Salton Sea. Los Angeles is doomed for judgment. I tell you before it happened, that you might know when it does happen. I never spoke that by myself. And I've never had Him to tell me one thing but what happened. And you can bear record of that. That's right. When? I don't know."
"I went out, and they told me what I said. And I listened, went back and searched the Scripture. You know, Jesus said, almost in them same words about Capernaum; and Sodom and Gomorrah was in the bottom of the Dead Sea, I suppose. And later, about a hundred years later, Capernaum slid into the sea, and it's in the sea. The same God that put Sodom in the sea for its sins, the same God that put Capernaum in the sea for its sins, the same God will put Los Angeles in the sea for its sins, that city of corruption" (Works is Faith Expressed, p. 8:61-64).
The Mystery of the Translation of the Living Saints
Psalm 16:8-11, "I have set the Lord at the forefront of my thoughts: and because He is so near, I shall never be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices: my body also dwells securely [in the hope of preservation from death]. For You will not forsake my soul in Sheol [the realm of departed souls as distinct from the grave, which is the place of the bodies of the deceased]; nor allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will make me know the [upward] way to perpetual life [in contrast to the downward way to Sheol]: in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand [to which Christ was exalted] there are pleasures enduring for evermore".
Based on verse 10, the Pharisees fantasized that the body of king David was preserved from decay. However, on the day of Pentecost Peter refuted the myth, testifying that this verse refers to the resurrection of Jesus. Acts 2:22-36: "You men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know: this Jesus being delivered by the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you have crucified and killed by the wicked hands of lawless men. But God raised Him up, having loosed the pangs of death, so He could not be held in its grip. For David says concerning Him:"
"I foresaw the Lord always before me, for He is at My right hand, that I may not be disquieted. For this My heart was gladdened and My tongue rejoiced; My flesh also rests in hope: because You will not abandon My soul in Hades, nor permit Your Holy One to see corruption. You have made known to Me the ways of life; You will fill Me with good cheer in Your Presence".
"Men and brethren, let me speak plainly to you of the patriarch David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn to him with an oath, that He would seat one of his descendants on his throne, David foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that He would not be abandoned to the realm of the dead; neither would His flesh see corruption. This Jesus has God raised up; of this we all are witnesses."
"Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He has poured out this, which you now see and hear. For David did not ascend into the heavens: but he says himself: The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand, until I make your enemies a stool for Your feet. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God has made this Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ".
Testifying to the resurrection in the synagogue at Antioch, Paul said in Acts 13:32-41: "We declare the good news how God has fulfilled His promise to the fathers of victory over sin and death to us their children, by raising Jesus from the dead; as it is written in the second Psalm: "You are My Son, today have I begotten You [from among the dead]." As for the fact that He raised Him from the dead [glorified], no more to see corruption, He said in this way, I will give you the sacred blessings assured to David (II Samuel 7:8-17). For this reason He says also in Psalm 16, "You will not suffer Your Holy One to see corruption." For David, after serving the purpose of God in his own generation, died and was buried with his fathers, and underwent decay: but He, whom God raised saw no corruption."
"It should be clear to you, men and brethren, that through this One Man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. In Him every believer is justified from all things from which you could not be liberated by the Law of Moses. Beware therefore, lest the prophetic utterance does not become your curse: Look, you scoffers, marvel, and perish: for in your days I will accomplish a deed such as you will never believe, even if someone relates it unto you".
Acts 5:30: "The God of Israel's forefathers raised up Jesus, whom the Judeans killed and hanged on a tree." But the question is how did God raise up our Lord Jesus? As His end-time Bride you must know in order to apply the answer to your own life with the same result. The mystery of God was finished forty-four years ago, yet how many within the circle of this Message have a revelation of the original sin? Most Brethren haven't a clue as to the identity of various groups of physical Serpent's seed, or a clear understanding of the true oneness of the godhead. Yet if we are to participate in the translation we absolutely need to know how God raised and subsequently translated Jesus, because God never changes His Word or His way, and this is how He will raise and glorify the sleeping saints and translate the end-time Bride (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8; Matthew 17:1-2; Acts 1:8-10).
From the start of His ministry Jesus knew the answer and He applied this insight to resurrect and later translate Himself. Speaking of the temple of His body, He told the Jews, "[When you] destroy this temple, in three days I will raise it up" (John 2:19, 21).
Jesus possessed a clear revelation He was one with the Father by the agreement of faith, and after overcoming His human desires in the garden of Gethsemane He prayed for you and me and every member of His Bride from the approaching day of Pentecost to the end of this present holy convocation, "That they all may be one; as You, Father, are one in agreement with Me and I am one in agreement with you, that they also may be one in us . . . and the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one, even as we are one" (John 17:21-26).
Jesus knew who He was and the prophecies of Scripture He was foreordained to fulfill. He knew it was necessary for the Israelites to reject Him as their Kinsman Redeemer in order that he could redeem His Gentile Bride (as prophesied by Moses in Deuteronomy 32 and typed in the Book of Ruth). Jesus knew He must first redeem Israel and as God's law of redemption requires a life for a life, that at the hands of self-styled Jews and Israelites blinded by apostate priests and denominational rabbis, His Life would substitute for theirs. He knew corruption sets in within three days, and that He must resurrect within that time in order to fulfill king David's prophecy in Psalm 16:10.
If you are a married man or woman you must have a revelation who and what your wife or your husband is. And if you are a Christian you must know who your Spiritual Husband is, and what Jesus is doing now. You will know by a clear revelation of the present Truth and see those Scriptures living through you automatically with no put-on, so that you know that you know that you know from God's Word you are Christ's Bride. Your love will make you intimate with the Message, taking the spoken Word of Brother Branham back to the written Word from Genesis to Revelation in order to show yourself approved of God with His mind in you (II Timothy 2:15; Philippians 2:5).
Those who believe themselves Christians because they recognize Brother Branham as God's Prophet and attend a Message Church are fool-ish virgins in a fool's paradise. If you hope to share the glory given to Jesus you must be made perfect in the unity of the faith as Jesus prayed, not the unity of church fellowship. The Christian walk is a one-on-one walk with Christ the Word whom to know by faith is to love, not with your pastor, Brother Anthony or anyone else. You cannot enter this unity of the faith independently of the Message of God's prophet, and you cannot grow to maturity in the faith unless you become familiar with the Message.
Many of us fail to appreciate the fulfillment of God's precious promise to us in the ministry of Brother Branham. Brother Branham was a Covenant prophet promised in Scripture four hundred years before the birth of Jesus. Can you imagine how difficult it was for this uneducated man born in poverty to see how he could "Pray for great men, statesmen, and kings of the earth" as spoken by the Angel of the Lord? And to reveal Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, and today, and forever before congregations of tens and hundreds of thousands (Luke 17:28-30)? This was the fruit of faith enabled by grace. Like Jesus Himself, Brother Branham knew who he was, recognized his place in the Bible, and brought his mortal senses under preeminence to the Spirit of the Lord so those Scriptures might be fulfilled in his life and ministry.
Brother Branham was the firstfruit of we who are Christ's at His 'parousia' Coming (I Corinthians 15:23). His submission to the Word; his clear revelation of who he was, his office and sacred mission, his righteous humility, freed him from doubt or condemnation to take authority over Satan and his demons, demanding they loose their victims and depart. He stood on God's promises, entertained no doubt, and those promises were fulfilled. His faithful obedience is the pattern for all who will exercise the 'third pull' in the manifestation of the Sons of God.
"We are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise who is the earnest of our inheritance unto the redemption of His purchased possession to the praise of His glory." This is wonderful, but it is merely the conception of Spirit babes who must grow up and mature in every way into the likeness of Jesus, the Head of the Body, who set the pattern for our full adoption, to which end Paul prayed that the saints might receive faith for resurrection and translation. Ephesians 1:17-20, "May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know the nature of the hope to which He has called you, and what is the wealth of His glorious inheritance in the saints (new Jerusalem, which together with Jesus is God manifest in the flesh of His glorified Family), and how overwhelmingly great is His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty strength, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places".
Jesus' resurrection and subsequent translation was produced by living faith in the promises of God's unchanging Word. Paul prayed for the New Testament saints of all Ages, that our hearts might be enlightened by the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of the present Truth—the Word for our day, to recognize our position in the Word and our place in the Body. Brother Branham said, "Christ in the True Church is a continuation of the Book of Acts. But the Book of Revelation shows how the antichrist spirit would enter the church and defile it, making it lukewarm, formal and powerless. It exposes Satan, revealing his works (the attempted destruction of God's people and the discrediting of God's word) right down to the time he is cast into the lake of fire. He fights that. He cannot stand it. He knows that if the people get the true revelation of the true Church and what she is, what she stands for and that she can do the greater works, she will be an invincible army. If they get a true revelation of the two spirits within the framework of the Christian church, and by God's Spirit discern and withstand the antichrist spirit, Satan will be powerless before her. He will be as definitely thwarted today as when Christ withstood his every effort to gain power over Him in the desert. Yes, Satan hates revelation. But we love it. With true revelation in our lives, the gates of hell cannot prevail against us, but we will prevail over them" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 15:3).
Well, how will we be enabled to exercise the invincible power of the 'third pull' and manifest that we are the Sons of God when Christendom is divided into a Babylon of Judaeo-Roman confusion as regards doctrine, and our nations are ruled by Babylonian usurious banksters under Talmudic legislation? God's provided solution is called faith. His one and only Church is not built upon learning from "flesh and blood," but on Spiritual revelation from Above (Matthew 16:17). By faith, which is a clear revelation that agrees with God's Word from Genesis to Revelation we must discern and withstand the antichrist spirit.
Peter declared God's way in Acts 3:22-23, "The Lord your God will raise up an Israelite Prophet like Moses; Him shall you hear in all things whatsoever He shall say. And it shall come to pass, that every soul that will not listen to that prophet, will be utterly destroyed from among the people".
Turn with me to Matthew 17:11 and read what that Prophet commended, and remember, "every soul that will not listen to that prophet, will be utterly destroyed from among the people" (Heb. 'cherem' as we read in Revelation 22:19), including you and me. After God showed Peter, James and John a vision signifying Christ's 'parousia' Coming to Israel revealed by the two Hebrew prophets of Zechariah 4 and Revelation 11, "They asked, Why do the scribes say that Elijah must first come? Jesus responded, The Elijah Malachi 4:5-6 truly will precede these prophets to Israel and restore to the Church all things [spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began]. But John the Baptist was the Elijah of Malachi 3:1: he restored nothing, but laid the ax to the root Jewish denominational principles and was rejected and murdered by the people of Israel, who will murder Me too".
It is impossible for God to contradict His Own Word, which is His eternal thoughts expressed. To parse Luke 1:37 and declare, "with God nothing shall be impossible," is to misrepresent God (Revelation 22:19) who requires the agreement of two or three Scriptures to establish a context. As His first Bible was written in the heavens, it is impossible for God to do anything of great moment without first showing a heavenly sign (Genesis 1:14; Psalm 19:1-6; Romans 1:19-20; 10:18), and it is impossible for God to bring judgment without first sending a vindicated prophet with warning and a way to escape its oncoming storm (Amos 3:6-8; Genesis 18:17; Malachi 4:5-6; Isaiah 42:9; Revelation 10:7).
The Lord sent us the Elijah of Malachi 4:5-6, Matthew 17:11 and Revelation 10:7 to restore our heart to the faith of our apostolic fathers and finish the mystery of God, which is the revelation of Jesus Christ hidden under the Seven Seals. This was William Branham, whose ministry revealed Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, and today, and forever by "discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart" in this sodomite world "as it was in the world of Lot," which was the last sign Jesus promised before the close of the Gentile dispensation (Luke 17:28-38; Genesis 18; Hebrews 4:12; 13:8). His Message was the midnight cry" of Matthew 25:6, which is "shout" of I Thessalonians 4:16 that was confirmed by the heavenly "Voice" of Revelation 18:4, calling the wise and foolish virgin out from Rome and her (once) Protestant daughter churches "into the unity of the faith" (Ephesians 4:13) for "the manifestation of the Sons of God" (Romans 8:19) and the translation (I Corinthians 15:46-57).
The revelation of the Seven Seals in 1963 brought Christ back to earth in W_O_R_D form as prophesied in I Corinthians 13:10; I Thessalonians 4:16, and Revelation 10:1-7. So you see, Christianity is not a "do it yourself" religion, for the Lord God established a certain Church Order. He gave us prophesies that must be fulfilled and shadows and types by means of which we may know what to watch for, and He ordained a fivefold ministry of men, not women, to perfect the saints for the work of ministering to those who are without the Body, and to edify those who are within.
There have been three resurrections to glory in the Old Testament, and three is a witness. Enoch and the first Elijah were translated without seeing physical death (Genesis 5:24; II Kings 2:11), and Jesus was resurrected on the third day after His crucifixion (Luke 23:50 – 24:46).
Enoch—one man called from the seventh generation from the first Adam had the testimony that he pleased God (Hebrews 11:5). Enoch types Christ's end-time Bride, called out from the seventh generation from the last Adam, who before she is translated, will have the testimony that she pleases God by being at one with Him in the unity of the faith. Elijah exercised the 'third pull' and so pleased God, He chose to endue four more prophets with the same anointing—Elisha who received a double portion, John the Baptist who introduced Christ's 'erchomai' Coming to Israel, William Branham who introduced His 'parousia' Coming to we Gentiles, and the Elijah of Zechariah 4 and Revelation 11 who, with a Hebrew prophet endued with the anointing of the Spirit that rested upon Moses, will introduce Christ's 'parousia' Coming to Israel.
God being omniscient, can never change His Word or His ways. What He did the first time, He must do every time because that was perfect to begin with. All of His actions, and His motives, and His power, and all that He is was perfect from the beginning (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8). This means that the resurrection of the PART-Word Body of the Church Ages and the translation of the living Body-Word will follow the pattern observed in the resurrection of the Old Testament saints and the translation of our Head. The Word of the Lord came to Enoch. The Word of the Lord came to Elijah, who was also a prophet, and the Word of the Lord was Jesus, the God-Prophet. Now the Word of the Lord has come to His end-time Bride—not PART-Word as revealed to the Church Age Saints during Christ's mediation for their ignorance of the fullness while the Book was sealed, but the fullness Himself (I Corinthians 13:10; Revelation 10:1-7).
There will be three resurrections to glory in the New Testament. There was the resurrection of the Old Testament saints (Matthew 27:50-53) and Jesus' translation from the mount of Olives in view of His disciples thirty-seven days later, ten days before the fiftieth day of the Pentecostal feast (Mark 16:19-20; Acts 1:9-11). Second will be the resurrection of the Church Age saints and translation of Christ's end-time Bride (I Thessalonians 4:12-18); third will be the resurrection and translation of Israel's two prophets (Revelation 11:7-12).
The resurrection and translation of the New Testament Church was typed by the Old Testament Church and our Lord Jesus Christ who is the keystone that unites and raises the saints of all Ages to glory. Matthew 27:50-53 explains how Christ's death marked the close of the dispensation of the Law, "And the curtain secluding the Holy of Holies in the Temple was torn apart from top to bottom; and there was an earthquake that split the rocks; and the tombs were opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised [in glorified flesh] after His resurrection, and they went into the holy city, and appeared to many." Then on the fortieth day Jesus was taken up from the earth and a cloud received Him out of their sight. Acts 1:10-11, "And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, two men stood by them in white apparel; who said, Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same manner in which you have seen Him go into heaven".
In Matthew 16 Jesus said to His disciples, "There are some standing here who will not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His Kingdom." And after three days, Peter, James and John—three is a witness—typing the 144,000 elect Israelites, saw the order of the resurrection rehearsed, and Christ's 'parousia' Coming to Israel. Moses typed the sleeping saints who will be resurrected, and Elijah typed the end-time Bride who will be translated. I Thessalonians 4:14-17, "If we believe that Jesus died and rose again, in a similar way through Jesus, God will bring with Him the New Testament saints who have fallen asleep. For this we declare by the Word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the 'parousia' Coming of Christ will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself (not a second or third person) will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Afterward we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. which are dead; for the trumpet of God shall sound, and the dead in Christ shall rise first; we which are alive and remain, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we always be with the Lord."
We see the "shout" signified in Revelation 10:1-4 when Christ descended with the open Book, placing judgment on Rome, the beast from the sea, and the United States, the beast from the earth, "while with a loud voice like the roar of a lion, He gave a shout, and as He shouted, seven thunders raised their voices." The mysteries of the seven thunders are the revelations contained in the Seven Seals, which is Brother Branham's Message that literally turns the heart of the children back to the faith of their apostolic fathers. His Message rouses the virgin from their slumber in denominational creeds and traditions to the revelation of "the faith once delivered to the apostolic saints" (Jude 3). So it ought to be clear that "every soul that will not listen to that prophet, will be utterly destroyed from among the people" because God is known by revelation from Above, not human reason (Acts 2:3:23; Malachi 4:6; Hebrews 6:8; Revelation 16:17-21; 22:17-19).
The Lord does all three things as He descends accompanied by the theophanies of the Church Age saints. The revelation of the Seven Seals brought Christ back to earth in W_O_R_D form, and He is present now with the saints. Revelation 8:1, "When He had opened the Seventh Seal, there was silence in heaven for a short space of time."
Jude 14-15, "Enoch, the seventh from [the first] Adam, prophesied saying, Behold, the Lord [Jesus in the office of Son of man] comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment against all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their impious activities which they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh words which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him." So if Jesus has come from heaven with ten thousands of His saints, and the Bible said that heaven was empty for the space of a half hour. Where is this big fellow God, if He is not manifest in Christ?
Jesus returned "as a thief in the night" when Christendom had apostatised and "would not endure sound doctrine; but in order to satisfy their carnal desires, gather to themselves teachers to suit their own likings and turn away from listening to truth, and wander into fables" (II Timothy 3:4; II Thessalonians 2:3-12).
John 5:16-30, "The Jews persecuted and sought to kill Jesus because He had healed a man on the sabbath day. But Jesus answered them, My Father has not ceased working even until now, and I must be about My Father's business. For this the Jews sought the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the sabbath but also called God His own Father, making Himself equal with God. Jesus replied, Truly, I assure you, The Son is not able to do anything of Himself, but only what He sees the Father doing: for what ever He does, the Son does in the same way."
Jesus spoke only what was inspired to Him by the Spirit, so it was THUS SAITH THE LORD, and did only what He foresaw by vision, so He knew His actions were THUS SAITH THE LORD. Brother Branham's life and ministry emulated His example of preeminence, as must your life and ministry in order to glorify God the Token on display.
"For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him everything that He Himself does (see John 16:13, which applies to you and to me): and He will show Him still greater deeds than these, that you may marvel. For as the Father raises up the dead, and gives them life even so the Son quickens whom He will [principally to spiritual Life]. The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, so that all may honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He who does not honour the Son does not honour the Father who sent Him" (John 12:47-48).
This is a condemnation of the Jews who according to their hierarchical status would hinder Jesus in His work of spiritual and physical quickening having set themselves as judge of the world, and condemn it to death. Their rejection of Messiah is blasphemy of the Father who sent Him, for one cannot worship the Father without worshipping the Son (Isaiah 45:21-25; John 20:28; Philippians 2:10-11). Times have not changed, and judgment is still committed to the Son but not until after the dispensation of grace that followed the dispensation of Law and the ongoing indictment of the world order since the revelation of the Seals in this present holy convocation.
"Truly, I assure you, he who receives My Message and believes on Him who sent Me has eternal Life and will not come under condemnation, but has passed from death into eternal Life. (The dispensation would soon change from God above His people under the Law, to God in His people by grace through faith in Jesus Messiah, who at this point was God with His people. The manifestation of His Message in believers is the operation of imparting eternal Life – John 6:63; James 1:18; I Peter 1:23). Truly, I assure you, The hour is coming—and is now being heralded by signs and wonders—when the [spiritually] dead (Matthew 8:22) shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live (John 4:23 – Jesus was pointing His disciples from the Law of sin and death to grace and eternal Life through faith in their kinsman Redeemer with the promise of Spiritual resurrection or new birth for the saints from Pentecost to the Laodicea Church Age which closed in March, 1963, through His mediation in the office of Son of God for their ignorance of the fullness of the Word while the Bible was sealed). As the Father has eternal Life in Himself, so has He granted the Son to have eternal Life in Himself; and has given Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of man" in this holy convocation of the antitype of the fiftieth day of the Pentecostal feast following the revelation of the Seven Seals.
"Do not be astonished at this: for the hour is coming when all who are in the graves shall hear His voice, and come out; those who have done good to the resurrection of eternal Life; and those who have done evil to the resurrection of damnation." (This is not the spiritual resurrection or new birth of the Church under His dispensations of Son of God and Son of man, but the second or general resurrection for the White Throne Judgment one thousand years later (Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 20:7-15). "I can do nothing on My own authority: I judge as I hear, I judge and My judgment is just, because I seek not My own will, but the will of Him who sent me."
You may think I am being pedantic but the "Voice of the Archangel" is Jesus Christ in you, placing the Message from Genesis to Revelation to bring you to maturity in the unity of the faith so you will be qualified to speak the Word for the 'third pull' in the manifestation of the Sons of God. As Peter turned the "[faith] keys of the Kingdom of heaven" to initiate the new birth for Israelites, Samaritans and Gentiles (Matthew 16:19, Acts 2:14-41; 8:14-17; 10:34-48), our Message is the fullness of the Word, which is "the keys of Hell and of Death," so that when the last member of Christ's end-time Bride has come in, there will be a resurrection of the sleeping saints who will appear to many in new Jerusalem, as they are reunited with precious Brethren and loved ones, while the living saints manifest that they are the Sons of God. These are waved as a two loaves baked with leaven, then translated (Romans 11:25; Revelation 1:18; Leviticus 23:15-21). As Christ's end-time Bride we must recognize our position in the Word, otherwise we will not know our place in the Body and find ourselves impersonating the dispensations of Luther, Wesley, the Pentecostals, or the Word for some other day gone by (I John 1:7).
"The trumpet of God" will be Israel's Seventh Trumpet (Revelation 11:15) signaling the end of the Gentile dispensation and calling Israel to a memorial of blowing of Trumpets, which will be the revelation of the Seven Trumpet mysteries preached by the Hebrew prophets of Zechariah 4 and Revelation 11. There will be an earthquake as there was at the end of the dispensation of the Law, an earthquake more powerful than any since men were upon earth. "The dead in Christ shall rise first. Afterward we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air." We meet one another before we meet Him; the saints from Pentecost to Laodicea will resurrect dispensation by dispensation, while we as a hunted and persecuted little group manifest that we are the Sons of God. This will not be a public demonstration, but the exercise of the 'third pull' for the provision of our necessities by the spoken Word that we may know the exceeding greatness the resurrection power which God wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and translated Him in heavenly places. The manifestation of the Sons of God is for the purpose of instilling faith for translation grace, for as God raised Christ by the operation of His own faith, we must apply the greatness of God's resurrection power so that when one of the resurrected saints appears to us, that encounter will instantly supercharge our faith to change in the atoms without death into glorified flesh, and caught up together with our resurrected Brethren. Mothers and fathers will meet one another. Children and loved ones will meet, then we'll be caught up to meet the Lord in the air.
God sent us a prophet in the same spirit as John the Baptist to introduce Christ's second or 'parousia' Coming. But how will churchgoers know him unless they are constantly in the Word to know what they should be looking for? Daniel said, "The wise shall understand." So we must circumcise our hearts from the things of the world and separate from the world church system as the "Voice of the Archangel" confirms the spoken Word in the written Word (Revelation 18:1-4).
Naturally we would like to know when the earthquake that marks the close of the Gentile dispensation will take place? Political, economic, religious and social affairs moving at a quickening pace toward a climax and the fulfillment of Scriptures. According to the shadows and types of the Law the Gentile dispensation will end and the earthquake will take place one Nisan 14 very very soon.
Brother Branham said, "They're going to find out someday that they're not seeing a hundred and fifty million years of light space . . . they're going right around in a circle. . . You're going to find out one of these days that when you go to heaven, you don't fly off somewhere else; you're still right here, just in another dimension faster than this. Right through this room's coming color. Every color shirt, dress, whatever you got on is eternal, laying right on records, going around and around the world. Every time you bat your eyes, it's right on record. . . television will prove that. . . If Einstein had only had the spiritual application, as he had the physical application . . . he could've told us something. When I heard his message on that great center somewhere into the skies, that whoever contacted with that center, could create earths, do anything—the power would be unlimited" (Christ Revealed in His Own Word, p. 14:63, 67; Ephesians 1:17-20).
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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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