Bible Believers' Newsletter #576
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
By the grace of God Bible Believers' Church Newsletter has passed its eleventh anniversary. We appreciate the privilege of coming to know you fine Christians from around the world. I know some of you have been subscribers from our first issue, some have followed the ministry since Bible Believers' BBS in the early 90s while others have been born-again in this time. Each in his own way has participated to the edify the Body of Christ. Unseen guest contributors, researchers, WebMaster and friends have given to ensure this Newsletter is a blessing to God's Children.
Thank you, and God bless you all.
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
Israel planned to attack Iran on April 17: Debka
April 24, 2009 – "Israel was planning to destroy all 140 fighter-bombers concentrated at the Mehr-Abad Air Force base for an air show over Tehran on Iran's Army Day the following day," read the Debka report. . .
However, Debka, which has close links to the Israeli intelligence service Mossad, quoted intelligence sources as saying that the cancellation was announced after a tip-off from the Russians. . . Full story: Genesis 3:15
Mexico Swine Flu Deaths spur Global Epidemic Fears
Mexico City. April 24, 2009 – A unique strain of swine flu is the suspected killer of dozens of people in Mexico . . . The worrisome new virus—which combines genetic material from pigs, birds and humans in a way researchers have not seen before—also sickened at least eight people in Texas and California, though there have been no deaths in the US. . . CDC officials described the virus as having a unique combination of gene segments not seen before in people or pigs. The bug contains human virus, avian virus from North America and pig viruses from North America, Europe and Asia. . .
The most notorious flu pandemic is thought to have killed at least 40 million people worldwide in 1918-19. Two other, less deadly flu pandemics struck in 1957 and 1968. Full story: yahoo.com
Comment: Protocol 10:19: "It is indispensable to trouble in all countries the people's relations with their governments so as to utterly exhaust humanity with dissension, hatred, struggle, envy and even by the use of torture, by starvation, by the inoculation of diseases, by want, so that the "Goyim" see no other issue than to take refuge in our complete sovereignty in money and in all else".
The last time the US pulled the swine 'flu stunt not one case of human-to-human swine flu infection was reported outside Fort Dix; the only fatalities and hospitalizations resulted from the vaccine. And the pandemic of 1918-1919 was vaccine-related. One wicked nation can kill billions around the world . . . with one lie! Fort Dietrich is obviously working overtime.
Your body is healthy. The enemy of God and man seeks to infect your mind with FEAR. Your mind controls your body. Brother Branham said, "The world is going insane"! If these minions of Satan can control your mind they can rule the world.
Goodbye Global Warming, Hello to the Ice Age!
April 23, 2009 – The US EPA has declared carbon dioxide—what our bodies breathe out—a danger to human health and welfare. What might happen if CO2 was banned?
There are many factors outside of humanity's control, and outside the Earth's atmosphere which directly determine our climate. One of many cycles, sunspot activity on the Sun's surface measured over 11-year solar cycles, is at its lowest level in almost 100 years. "To find a year with more blank suns, you have to go all the way back to 1913," said NASA on 1st April, 2009.
The current cycle, known as Solar Cycle 23, was expected to end in January 2007. However in 2008, there were no sunspots observed on 73% of the year's 366 days. As of 9th April, 2009, there were no sunspots on 90% of the year's 99 days. Australian geologist David Archibald has shown that for every one-year increase in solar cycle length, there is a 0.5 degree Celsius decline in surface air temperature over the course of the following cycle. At minimum, temperatures could drop by as much as 1.5 degrees on average over the next 11-year cycle, at least two times the 0.6 degree Celsius rise in temperature in the 20th century.
The Arctic ice caps are not melting. NASA had to admit on 6th April 2009, that the Arctic ice cap refroze at near record rates, while comparisons between 1997 and 2008 show a much bigger ice cap last year.
The Antarctic ice is not melting either. The sea ice is expanding, while ice-shelves in east Antarctica, four times bigger than west Antarctica, are not falling apart, according to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research and the Australian Antarctic Division glaciology program. . .
"Global warming is a fake. Anybody who says they're a scientist, and says they believe in global warming, is a fake! And is not to be listened to. There are tens of thousands of competent scientists on this planet, who have signed on to attest to the fact, that global warming is a fraud. And therefore, the attempt to organize this planet and its economy, on the basis of an assumption of global warming, is a fraud! And it's deadly". . . Full story: Click here to read more about the fraud of global warming
Comment: Why do they continue to promote a lie? Because global warming never was about protecting the environment. It's nothing more than the excuse to enforce global governance on the planet by creating a new global economy based on the environment rather than on goods and services. . .
Torture Memos gave CIA Legal O.K. to bring Detainees to Brink of Death
April 17, 2009 – CIA interrogators were given legal authorization to slam an alleged "high-value" detainee's head against a wall, place insects inside a "confinement box" to induce fear and force him to remain awake for 11 consecutive days, according to a closely guarded August 1, 2002, legal memo released publicly by the Justice Department for the first time on Thursday.
The memo, signed by the former head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), Jay Bybee [who now has a lifetime judgeship], was written about a week after Bybee's office had given the CIA verbal authorization that subjecting the detainee to seven other brutal interrogation methods would not violate torture laws. . . Full story: truthout.org
Comment: Makes one proud to live in the home of the "brave," an apostate "Christian" nation ruled by self-styled Jews.
In July of 2002 the American Legion permitted Alan Dershowitz (a Zionist thug masquerading as a Constitutional lawyer) to publish an article in The American Legion Magazine wherein Dershowitz extolled the benefits and the virtues of physical torture. He then went on a national tour encouraging the USA to adopt as national policy the practice of torture. And the rest, as they say is history. Much to our shame, the practice of physical torture became national policy. The USA earned the indignation of the world, and predictably was dragged into the gutter with the rest of the barbarians. Now the American Legion expresses indignation and outrage with the DHS when the DHS intimated that veterans returning from the war in S.W. Asia should be put on the Terrorist Watch List. So there you have it. It is okay with the American Legion if those who suffer the abuse of power are the helpless, and the disenfranchised. After all they are only going to torture "Arab terrorist suspects." But now that the people who control our government have decided to focus that abusive power on "real Americans" then it is not okay with the American Legion. One of these days I pray that Mr. Rehbein, and all the rest of the moral degenerates, the hypocrites and the intellectual midgets at the American legion, will figure this out. But I doubt it. You lost your moral compass when you lost your ability to think. That was a long time ago. In the meantime, you are right about one thing: Real Americans are not the enemy. The real enemy are the ones who pretend to be Americans.
The DHS report warns law enforcement to be on guard against anyone who opposes illegal immigration, same-sex marriage, "free trade agreements," gun control, the "New World Order," "One World Government," the outsourcing of American jobs, the "perceived" threat to US sovereignty by foreign powers, abortion, "declarations of martial law," "the creation of citizen detention camps," "suspension of the US Constitution," or the abridgement of State authority. Also branded are people who believe in "end times" prophecies, and who "stockpile" food, ammunition, or firearms.
The DHS report specifically warns law enforcement to be on guard against "disgruntled military veterans," especially veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Gold Wars
April 10, 2009 – Eventually, governments will run out of gold to sell, and so will the IMF. They will run out of gold to lease. While I do not think the politicians will ever catch on to the fact that their nations' gold is gone, leaving only IOUs for gold written by bullion banks that are on the verge of bankruptcy anyway, I do think that at some point the central banks will stop leasing gold. They will stop leasing it because they will not have enough to lease to substantially affect the price of gold.
I do not think the central banks will ever demand repayment of their gold by the bullion banks. The bullion banks would simply declare bankruptcy, and be done with it. That would publicly expose the central bankers as economic idiots, which happens to be the case, and the idiots don't want the bad publicity. So, the gold is gone . . .
At some point, the number of investors who figure out that they had better buy gold is going to go from less than 1% of the public to 5%. When that happens, the supply of gold will not increase, and the price of gold will skyrocket. If as many as 10% of the investing public tries to put 10% of their assets in gold, I suspect the price of gold would go to $10,000 an ounce. The gold market is so marginal in the overall commodities market that the attempted 10% of investors to increase their holdings of gold to 10% of their assets would make today's holders of gold very rich and very happy. I think at some point this is going to happen, but I think it is going to happen in a time of price inflation so bad that the purchasing power of the currencies will decline so fast and so far that the fact that you can get rich in fiat money by selling your gold will not persuade you to sell your gold. . . Full story: garynorth.com
Light Bulbs were used for Illumination in Ancient Egypt
April 5, 2009 – One piece of evidence that Ancient Egyptians may have used electricity is the absence of any traces of soot on the interior walls of their tombs and pyramids. If—as evolutionist archaeologists maintain—they used burning torches and oil lamps for lighting, then traces of soot would inevitably have been left behind. Yet there are no such traces anywhere, not even in the very deepest chambers. It would have been impossible for construction to continue without the necessary lighting being provided nor, even more importantly, for the magnificent murals to have been painted on the walls. This strengthens the possibility that electricity was, indeed, used in Ancient Egypt. . .
Full story: us1.harunyahya.com
God in Christ has Magnified the Law and made It Honourable
Nisan 16 is the anniversary of the inauguration of Christ's Church, the commencement of the Gentile dispensation and the long hiatus of God's dealings with Israel as a nation . . . other than in judgment. That ancient Sunday, Jesus Messiah, the Sheaf of the firstfruits of the Old Testament saints crucified with wicked hands, resurrected from the dead and was waved before the Lord for our justification (Romans 4:25; 11:16). "These Old Testament saints, all having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise [of "a better covenant" (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:26; Hebrews 8:6-13)] because God had reserved that better Covenant for us, so that they without us should not be made perfect" (Hebrews 11:39-40).
We are commanded to "be perfect, even as our Father who is in heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5:48). As Attributes of the Logos our destiny is perfection for we were reckoned in Christ on Calvary with the Old Testament saints who waited beneath the blood of natural lambs which had no redeeming virtue until the kinsman Redeemer paid redemption's price (II Corinthians 5:13-14). Now the Church Age saints are waiting in the Sixth Dimension until the last member of Christ's end-time Bride is baptized into the Capstone of the Body "for without us they cannot be made perfect." At that time a new offering of two loaves baked with leaven will be waved for acceptance before the Lord in the manifestation of the Sons of God, signifying the completion of the Body, the commencement of the first resurrection and our translation.
Let us consider Leviticus 23:1-44, remembering that God instructed Moses to fashion the tabernacle and its furnishings after the pattern of the heavenly tabernacle revealed to him in visions on mount Sinai (Exodus 25:40; Hebrews 8:5). Under the Old Covenant, which was not faultless otherwise it would not have been replaced by a second and "better Covenant" (Hebrews 8:7), the cycle of religious feasts followed the natural agrarian economy governed by local seasons ruled by the Sun and the Moon (Genesis 1:14) thus the Mosaic Covenant cannot be observed and is of no effect outside the Promised Land. Hence God can only deal with Israel as a nation under the Old Covenant within the Promised Land. World Wars I and II served God's purpose in restoring the national homeland to which elect Israelites from the twelve tribes descended from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—not Jews (Ezekiel 37; 48; Revelation 7:1-8)—will return for redemption following the invasion of Ezekiel 38 and 39.
Judaism with its Talmud is the antithesis of Moses and the Prophets. The Old and New Testaments, Josephus, rabbis, eminent Jewish scholars and every Encyclopedia—Jewish or otherwise—show that non-Semitic, anti-Semitic so-called Jews dwelling in modern-day Israel and around the world are unrelated to and "at enmity with" Israel's twelve tribes (Genesis 3:15; 27:39-41; Matthew 23:35). Indeed there was no such word as "Jew" is any Bible prior to the latter half of the eighteenth century, and the meaning of this new word is quite contrary to the meaning of the two words it replaced. According to her prophets, Israel will be ruled by non-Israelites "until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled," that is to the consummation of life (Daniel 9:27; Luke 21:24; Romans 11:25; Revelation 11:2, 8). "For fear of the Jews," the Israelites whose forebears were the people of ancient Israel and Judah will not return until the first half of Daniel's Seventieth Week (Psalm 17:7; Isaiah 6:10-13; 11:11; 19:23-24; 27:13; Jeremiah 3:12, 18; 16:15; 23:8; 31:8; Ezekiel 39:27; Micah 5:3; Zechariah 10:8; Matthew 24:31, etc). We are close to that hour.
The visions after which Moses patterned the tabernacle are a symbolic road map pointing the way back into the Presence of God and the glory of the renewed heavens and renewed earth where Christ and His glorified Bride, served by the Old Testament saints and elect New Testament Israelites, will govern the "saved." Jesus Christ is the kinsman Redeemer of the whole of Adam's race, not just the Israelites, the Law and its officiating priesthood "served as a representation, figure or shadow of heavenly things . . . For while the Law foreshadowed the promised blessings [of a "better Covenant" sealed by the Blood of our Kinsman Redeemer] it could not express the very image in reality, and can never perfect those who continually offer the same animal sacrifices year after year" (Hebrews 8:5; 10:1; Colossians 2:17). Besides, no Law can grant eternal Life and righteousness; the Law was given only as a "schoolmaster" or temporary measure to preserve and bring unbelieving Israel to Christ that they might be justified by faith (Galatians 3:21-29). Understanding that the Kingdom of God and His Christ is not confined to Palestine but is universal, Isaiah declared, "The Lord is well pleased for His righteousness' sake; He will magnify the Law, and make it honourable" (Isaiah 42:21).
It is evident from Jesus' exposition of Matthew 5:17-48 and the Spiritual antitypes of Israel's holy convocations that the Law of the Old Testament was fulfilled in Christ Himself and magnified doctrinally in the New Testament. In Matthew 5:17-20 Jesus says, "Do not jump to the customary conclusion of spurious traditionalists that I have come to annul the Law, or the prophets: I have not come to overthrow but to fulfil the Law and the prophets by obedience, to bring out the Spiritual meaning of the shadows and types exhibited in its ritual and prophecy, and by explaining, Spiritualizing, enlarging and elevating the moral law, writing it in the heart and giving grace to obey it; and by My obedience as kinsman Redeemer taking away its curse and replacing Death with eternal Life by free justification by grace through faith in Myself, which the Law foreshadowed but could not give." In verses 10-16 immediately beforehand Jesus had spoken of the blessedness of being persecuted for the sake of righteousness and for His sake, which implied a contrast between His righteousness and that of the Pharisees, whose Talmud destroyed the Law; the Scribes whose unbelief destroyed the Prophets, and the Essenes who destroyed both, whereas Jesus preserved the Old Testament in its entirety and fulfilled its deepest meaning. And He encouraged His "Do not to hide your righteous, lived faith under a bushel basket; remember you are new Jerusalem the City on the hill. Let your Light shine before men that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."
The "Place" of Sabbath:
Leviticus 23:1-3, "And the Lord said to Moses, Speak to the children of [natural] Israel, These are the appointed times of meeting which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, when all Israel assembles and worships in the place [in which I have chosen to place My Name" (Deuteronomy 16:2, 5-6)]. For natural Israel this place is in Jerusalem under the blood of the lamb; for Spiritual Israel the Place of meeting is in Christ, the anointed Word for our day. These sacred assemblies or sabbaths in which no servile work may be performed were in addition to the sabbaths of the seventh day.
"Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is a sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation; you shall do no work at all: it is a sabbath to the Lord in all your dwellings".
Christians are not natural Israel and few of us live in Palestine, which is the sole place on earth in which an Israelite can observe his sabbath day (Isaiah 66:1). His sabbath was a rest for his body and mortal spirit secure in a land of his own, but Jesus said, "Come to Me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find sabbath for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light" (Matthew 11:28-30). Our place of sabbath is not in earth-bound Jerusalem but with Christ in "the heavenly Jerusalem" (Isaiah 11:10; Hebrews 12:22); not for twenty-four hours, but eternity. Our soul cannot find rest in the Word for the days of Luther, Wesley or the Pentecostals; we must enter by revelation from Above through the Word for our day. As indicated by this diagram those members of the Body were made up ages ago: we must recognize our day and its Message and become written epistles of the present Truth—what Jesus is doing now. Jesus said, "I thank You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them to babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things are entrusted to Me by My Father. Only the Father knows the Son, and the Father is known only by the Son, and by those to whom the Son reveals Him" (Matthew 11:25-27; John 1:12).
The Lord magnified the Law of the sabbath from the seventh day of the week for the nation of Israel in their land, to an eternal sabbath twenty-four hours every day for every born-again soul wherever they might be. Hebrews 4:10-11, "For one who enters into his rest also rests from his own works, as God did from His. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall on account of disobedience as exemplified by Israel" (Acts 15:28-29; Matthew 11:28-29; Galatians 4:1 – 5:9; Colossians 2:16-20; Hebrews 3:1 – 4:11). The Christian sabbath is a revelation that places you in Christ, without this revelation sabbatarians will keep trying to merit righteousness, simultaneously blaspheming by denying the resurrection and rest of a "better Covenant." Those who claim to be Christians while observing sabbath days deny the Gift of God, which is the new birth by the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Christians customarily gather for worship on Sunday as a memorial of Christ's resurrection on the first or eighth day of the week, which speaks of Eternity. Sunday is not now and has never been the sabbath. The sabbath day was given by God to natural Israel alone and can only be observed in the place He gave for their natural rest: the Promised Land. Outside Israel no man, not even a rabbi, can observe the sabbath.
Christians have no command to worship on a specific day. Easter and Christmas have nothing to do with Christianity and are not the "doctrine of the apostles and prophets" on which Christ is building His Church. The natural, worldly church seeks to observe both a fixed date and a fixed day by their strange method of establishing Easter so that it always falls upon a Friday, Saturday and Sunday, which is unscriptural and impossible. Besides, Christmas and Easter are pagan feasts adopted by the Judaeo-Roman Catholic church.
Exodus 23:14-17, "Three times in the year every male Israelite from twenty years and upward is commanded to assemble in Jerusalem." (This did not prohibit the admission of women and children – I Samuel 1; Luke 2:41-52). Seven days for Passover and the feast of Unleavened Bread; for the feast of Harvest on the fiftieth day or Pentecostal Jubilee "when the day of Pentecost had fully come" and the first fruits of two leavened loaves made of wheat flour were offered (Exodus 34:22), and seven days for the rich abundance of the feast of Ingathering (of the fruit-harvest and vintage) or Tabernacles at the close of the agricultural season and the annual cycle of religious ordinances.
These natural festivals centered about the harvests of man's planting type the Spiritual harvests of God's plantings in their seasons. The harvest of the early-ripening barley types the glorification of the Old Testament saints on the third day after Passover, the harvest of wheat, the most noble grain, types the glorification of Christ's Church at the Pentecostal jubilee, while the ingathering of the fruit of the slow-maturing vines and trees whose roots witnessed both harvests represent the 144,000 elect Israelites after they mourn Calvary's Atonement and Jubilee on the eighth day of the feast of Tabernacles when they will be cut down root and branch (Leviticus 23:27-42; 25; Daniel 12:12; Revelation 7:1-3; 14:1-5, 13-20).
Leviticus 23:4-14, "These are the Lord's appointed feasts, the holy convocations you shall proclaim in their appointed times. The Lord's Passover is to be celebrated on Nisan 14 between the evenings." Israel's sacrifice of the Passover Lamb was a natural type of their sacrifice of Jesus Messiah, "the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world." Exodus 12:6, "Your Passover lamb shall be confined from the tenth to the fourteenth of Nisan (as Jesus was confined from the prophetic cursing of the fig tree and the cleansing of Herod's temple until His crucifixion): and the whole congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. . . And they shall eat the flesh in that night" (Matthew 25:27).
Whereas our days run from midnight to midnight, the Hebrew day reckoned from evening to evening began six hours earlier, so Jesus Messiah the real Passover Lamb was killed on the day of preparation for the Passover meal, Friday Nisan 14 which commenced at sunset Thursday (our time) and ended at Sunset Friday (our time). He died "at the ninth hour" or between noon and three p.m. when the Passover lamb for each house was slain. While it was being prepared for the Passover meal with the unleavened bread and bitter herbs, "the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world" was wound in a linen cloth with one hundred pounds of myrrh, a costly bitter herb signifying His innocent death for sinners, and precious aloes worth their weight in gold, signifying all that is lovely, fragrant, flourishing and incorruptible, then laid in the tomb of the wealthy Joseph of Arimathea (Matthew 27:46-61; Isaiah 53). The evening that ended Friday Nisan 14 at six p.m. was the evening that initiated Saturday Nisan 15, which was "a high day" since the holy convocation that began the feast of Unleavened Bread and Passover meal coincided with the weekly sabbath day. In our reckoning of time the Passover meal was eaten and the feast of Unleavened Bread commenced after six p.m. on Friday, which by Hebrew reckoning was the commencement of their sabbath.
The word "sabbath" applies not only to high days but to sabbatical years which also have fixed dates. The Bible describes two kinds of sabbath whereon all customary work was precluded: the regular weekly sabbaths which were fixed days, "the seventh day of the week," high days or "special sabbaths" that are fixed dates and can fall upon any day of the week, and the Millennium. The first day of the feast of Unleavened Bread, (the day following the death of our Lord), was a "special sabbath." That's why John 19:31 says, ". . . that sabbath day was a high day," or "special sabbath," that may fall upon any day of the week.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread:
The feast of Unleavened Bread commenced on Nisan 15 and for seven days the Israelites were to eat unleavened bread. The first day was a holy convocation and the seventh day was a holy convocation. No servile work was to be performed. Leaven and honey (which was liable to ferment) were forbidden from the altar of burnt offerings to the Lord (Leviticus 2:11) because it corrupts the mass with which it is mixed and symbolizes wickedness and malice as opposed to sincerity and truth (I Corinthians 5:6-8) and corrupt doctrine (Matthew 16:6). On pain of death the Israelites were commanded to have no leaven in their houses or in the land for seven days from Nisan 14 (which was the day of preparation of bread, etc., for the Passover meal – Exodus 12:15, 19; Deuteronomy 16:3-4). On the other hand, salt, representing the incorruptible imperishableness of the Lord's Covenant was never to be absent from the altar of burnt offering (Numbers 18:19; Colossians 4:6).
John 6:32-33, 48-51, "Jesus said, Verily, verily, I tell you, Moses did not give you that bread from heaven; but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven, and gives Life to the world. . . I am that bread of eternal Life. Your fathers ate manna in the wilderness, and are dead. [Blotted from the Book of Life for committing the unforgivable sin at Kadesh Barnea]. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, of which a man may eat and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eats of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give [in ransom] for the life of the world. . ."
Unleavened Bread represents the pure Word of God understood by faith unsullied by the sin of man-made doctrine. When we observe the Lord's Supper we partake a morsel of unleavened bread made by holy hands from flour thoroughly sifted to signify "Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, and today, and forever" indicating our soul is one with His unleavened Body-Word as our body becomes one with the unleavened bread; and we sip red wine made by holy hands (or feet) indicating our oneness with the Spirit and Life of Jesus Christ, who as God manifest in virgin-born flesh became one with Adam's race that He might pay sin's price in behalf of those who enter into oneness with Him by grace through faith in the revealed Word of the hour (John 17:20-26).
Leviticus 23:10-11, "Tell the children of Israel, When you come into the land which I give you, and reap its harvest, you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest: and he shall wave the sheaf of the firstfruits of the harvest before the Lord, to be accepted for you: on the day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it".
The Wave Sheaf:
The wave sheaf was part of the feast of Unleavened Bread and the feast of Pentecost which could not be observed until the entrance into the Land of the Covenant. Already on Nisan 14, the spot whence the first sheaf was to be reaped had been marked out by delegates from the Sanhedrin by tying the standing barley together in bundles. The barley had to have grown in an ordinary field in Palestine whose soil had not been manured nor artificially watered, and not in a garden or orchard. Samples were cut from different fields on the evening of the 15th of Nisan, just as the sun went down, which was the commencement of Nisan 16, and brought to the court of the temple where they were laid together in a sheaf or loose bundle. It was a proper and beautiful act, expressive of dependence on the God of nature and providence, especially becoming the Israelites, who owed their land as well as all it produced to the divine bounty. The grain was winnowed, parched on a pan perforated with holes, so that each grain might be touched by the fire, and bruised in a mortar. The flour was sieved until it was consistently fine (Hebrews 13:8). One omer of flour was offered in the Temple on Nisan 16, mixed with oil with a handful of frankincense sprinkled upon it. The priest waved the sheaf aloft before the Lord towards the four different points of the compass, took a handful of flour and burned it on the altar. The remainder belonged to himself. By this act Israel consecrated the whole of the harvest to the Lord (Romans 11:16) and were only permitted to use it when they received it back as a Gift from Him.
As bread is the staff of natural Life, the revealed Word that came down from God in heaven sustains the Spiritual Life we receive by the baptism with the Holy Spirit as the Gift of God. Jesus Christ was lifted up on the Cross as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness as a sign that sin was judged (Numbers 21:8-9; John 3:14-18). His substitutionary sacrifice was accepted in that God raised Him from the dead for the justification of all who come to the Father by faith in the Son. Like the first-born Son the firstfruits of the harvest were considered the choicest, and their acceptance consecrated the whole of the harvest as Christ's resurrection justified the elect of the three harvests mentioned above. This feast types the resurrection of Christ, who rose from the dead on the very day the first-fruits were offered (I Corinthians 15:20), and His resurrection types the resurrection of the Bride of all Ages (Matthew 27:50-53). He was that firstripe sheaf waved before the four cardinal points, signifying He is the firstfruits of a universal harvest from among the Gentiles, of whom we are Christ's at His 'parousia' Coming, which is now (ibid 15:23; see The Rapture and the Second Coming).
The Wave Loaves:
Soon there will be another resurrection: the sleeping New Testament saints will be raised incorruptible while we who are alive and remain will be waved as two loaves baked with leaven in the manifestation of the Sons of God, then we shall be changed in the atoms to meet Christ in the air. Whereas the Feast of Unleavened Bread 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 that represented the primitive Church who understood the faith pure and undefiled. Seven rests or sabbaths followed, representing the seven different baptisms of the Holy Ghost by the different measures of the Spirit that distinguish each of the seven Church Ages, and this holy convocation in which the apostolic faith has been restored, and the mystery of God finished.
The wave sheaf at the Paschal Feast, and the two loaves at Pentecost, could only be offered from what had grown in the place of rest—God's only provided place of worship (Deuteronomy 16:2, 5-6), which for natural Israel is in Palestine, while for Spiritual Israel it is in Christ. We are predestinated for the new wave offering of the Holy Spirit as representatives of the finished product of the wheat harvest—bread—baked with leaven because we will still be in these sin-born bodies of corruption. Paul called this new wave offering "the manifestation of the Sons of God." The Holy Spirit is to be waved in Christ's end-time Bride while the sleeping saints are being resurrected, or "harvested" in their glorified bodies.
Jesus is our type. His wave offering was not a public show because the dispensation of Law was over and His ministry to Israel ended in national apostasy so that after His resurrection He appeared only to the elect. And our wave offering will not be a public display of the Supernatural because the dispensation of Grace will be over and the Gentiles will be apostate (Romans 11:29-32). Were Jesus to physically return and explain all things with signs and wonders following, He could achieve nothing because there will never be another Gentile born-again and the world will be in a time of such catastrophe that the wise and foolish virgin will be a hunted and persecuted little group.
The purpose of the manifestation of the Sons of God is to endue us with faith to apply "the immeasurable greatness of God's power [to change in the atoms], the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead." Then, when we speak the Word, what we say God will do because we have the mind of God, being in the unity of the faith as Jesus prayed in John 17, and under preeminence to the Word as He was, speaking only what He inspires, and doing only what He shows in visions or dreams (John 5:19). So when the fiftieth day of Pentecost has fully come, we will see beyond the veil of flesh into the dimension where the resurrected saints are. This experience will supercharge our faith to change from this corruptible body to a glorified body like Jesus and join them in the Cloud of glory.
The two wave loaves were seven palms in length, four in breadth, and four fingers high, signifying "the full measure of the stature of Christ" in His Bride of all Ages redeemed by the seven-fold Spirit of God under the first Four Seals. They were prepared from wheat grown in the best land of the country, cut down, brought to the Temple, thrashed like other meat-offerings, ground, and passed through twelve sieves. Flour for each loaf should be taken separately from the same flour or Gospel, separately kneaded and separately baked in the temple (or Christ). The loaves were made the evening preceding the festival; or, in the event of a sabbath preceding, two evenings before. This shows (in type) that His end-time Bride predestinated to receive the perfect interpretation of the Word (I Corinthians 13:10; Revelation 10:7) was fully redeemed in Christ on Calvary, for redemption was over at the close of the forty-ninth day and the Laodicean Church Age. While the Pentecostal and Church Age saints required Christ's mediation for their ignorance of the fullness of the Word, all seven sabbaths or Church Ages were fulfilled after the forty-ninth day when He opened and revealed the Seven Seals. There was no further delay for mediation, yet Christ's end-time Bride was not born-again (Revelation 10:6), proving our dispensation is the holy convocation typed by the fiftieth day of the feast when all servile work is prohibited, including mediation; with "the true sayings of God" we do not require mediation for ignorance (Revelation 19:9; 22:10).
One loaf was given to the high priest typing Christ the Principal Man, the other to the ordinary priests or seven shepherds who ministered to the saints predestinated to PART-Word and mediation during His absence (John 14:1-3; Revelation 1-3). It was eaten that same night in the temple, and no fragment was suffered to remain till the morning, signifying that when we go Home there will not be much as a hoof left behind. Praise the Lord! Then the Angel of the Lord will reveal Himself to Israel in the office of Son of man (Revelation 7:1-2).
The Feast of Pentecost:
Pentecost commenced on the morning of Nisan 16 with the waving of the sheaf of firstfruits, or Christ's resurrection. The feast of Unleavened Bread types the crucified Word who, on the first day was vindicating the prophets and saints of the Old Testament in witness against the sinners (I Peter 3:18-20). His resurrection is the earnest and type of our resurrection and the foundation of the one and only faith once delivered to the apostolic saints (Jude 3). The remaining six days of Israel's feast of Unleavened Bread represent the manifold reproduction in the original Church of the Life of the Corn of wheat that fell into the ground and died (John 12:24). It held true to the pure Word until about AD53, shortly after the Council in Jerusalem (Acts 15). The Word was leavened through the first three Church Ages, and faith fell into the ground and died through almost a thousand years of Dark Ages until it was awakened by the reformers over the three last Church Ages. In this holy convocation of the fiftieth day of the antitype of the Pentecostal feast, the ministry of God's prophet has restored the apostolic faith (Malachi 4:5-6; Matthew 17:11). His Message is calling the wise and foolish virgin out from Rome and her harlot daughter churches into the unity of the faith. Jesus is the Alpha Church of Pentecost and the Omega Church of this last day; He is the Word at the beginning and the same Word restored at the end for the Holy Spirit to wave in the resurrection and "manifestation of the Sons of God" (Romans 8:19; I Corinthians 15:46-57).
The Oneness of the Father expressed visibly in a Son under pre-eminence set the pattern for the harvest wave offering of many Sons of God. All God was He poured into Christ; all Christ was He poured into His Church. This is God expressing His Attributes to gather glory unto Himself. This will be the manifestation of the Sons of God, the Wife of Christ under pre-eminence to the Word.
The first day of Pentecost was followed by seven sabbaths or Church Ages, each distinguished by a different baptism of the Spirit from the revelation of seven Messages of Part-Word (Revelation 2-3). Christ mediated for the ignorance of these saints because the Book was sealed and the faith became lost. After all seven Church Ages were fulfilled, the faith was restored for a new meat offering of two loaves made from fine flour as at the first, showing "Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, and today, and forever." Our acceptance will affirm that the Apostolic faith delivered by Paul, the prophet-messenger to the Ephesian Age was faithfully restored by William Branham, the prophet-messenger to the Laodicean Age.
"The husbandman who labors must be first partaker of the fruits" (II Timothy 2:6). Brother Branham was our husbandman in a sense and as Christ was the firstfruits in whom the Holy Spirit was waved for the acceptance of the Old Testament saints who slept, Brother Branham was the first mature son in whom the Holy Spirit was waved in the manifestation of the 'third pull' as a vindication of that by which we who are Christ's at His parousia are accepted (I Corinthians 15:20-23).
In Revelation 4:5-6, which took place after the close of the Laodicean Church Age and Christ's ministry of mediation, the seven portions of the Spirit that anointed the Church Age messengers, Paul, Irenaeus, Martin, Columba, Luther, Wesley and Branham, have left the earth, and signified as seven lamps of Fire they stand before the Throne (or Ark) which is now a Judgment Seat as there is no longer any blood on the Mercy Seat.
"When Christ opened the Seventh Seal [after the close of the Laodicea Church Age], there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour" (Revelation 8:1). In this interval "seven thunders" sounded their voices on earth which are the revelations contained in the Seven Seals symbolized by the sacrifices of the fiftieth day (Leviticus 23:17-21). The Seventh Seal was the unwritten revelation of the previous six written Seals, which brought Christ back to earth in W_O_R_D Form. This was His "parousia" Coming in 1963.
The Feast of Trumpets:
Revelation 8:1-6 is set in the present when the Spirit of God is about to return to Israel to reveal their Seven Trumpet mysteries through two Hebrew prophets—after the last member of Christ's Bride is received (or baptized into Christ). At that time a massive earthquake will mark the close of the Gentile dispensation, sinking Los Angeles and a section of earth 1,500x300-400 miles; a cleaving of the mount of Olives will demolish "the abomination of desolation that stands in the holy place" (Revelation 6:12; 8:5; 11:19; 16:18-19; 18:21-24; Zechariah 14:4-5; Matthew 24:15); the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead will be waved in the resurrection of the Church Age saints and in the manifestation of the living Sons of God (Romans 8:19; Ephesians 1:19-20; Revelation 8:3-5), and Christ's two witnesses to Israel will be endued with the Spirit that anointed Moses and Elijah (Zechariah 4:12-14; Revelation 11:3-12).
As the former rain fell in that first Pentecost the latter rain will also fall upon all flesh, but with the exception of 144,000 elect Israelites, the world like Esau, will have come to the place of no more repentance and "He who is unjust will remain unjust, he who is filthy will remain filthy; the righteous will still be right, and the saints will remain holy. I am coming soon and My reward is with Me to render to each according to his doings. I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have right to the Tree of Life, and may enter through the gates into the City. Without are the catamites and sorcerers and the immoral and murderers and idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood" (Revelation 22:11-15).
One cannot but witness the undisguised amorality of the barbarians that lead this world, who kill, maim and torture millions. They lie, cheat, propagate narcotics, spread contagion, initiate terrorism, encourage miscegenation, calumniate religious, historical, educational, societal, juridical, biological and other truths, debase currencies and steal taxes in service to their god Mammon for Lucifer's soon-coming totalitarian one world government. The spirit of antichrist works in these children of disobedience to whom the end justifies the means. Imagine their profligacy once Satan, cast down to earth, incarnates the pope, and his (once) Protestant ministers are cast out with him (Revelation 12:9-16)? A persecution upon the Bride will invoke the authority of the real and living Word, which she is. She will suffer, but she will endure. Fear not those things that are coming upon the earth, for He "Who loved His own, loves them unto the end" (John 13:1). After forty-odd days and a short and powerful demonstration of the Spirit this little hunted and persecuted group will be "changed and caught up together with the Church Age saints in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: so shall we forever be with the Lord." Then God will pour out His wrath in the tribulation plagues while Israel's two prophets are inspired by the seven portions of the Spirit that anointed the angels to the Church Ages and wrought judgment upon the Israelites who refused to "bow the knee" when the Gospel Trumpet announced the Coming of our "Joseph" in each of the Church Ages. The revelation of their seven Trumpet mysteries will call Israel to mourn the atonement they rejected and fulfil the sixfold purpose of Gabriel's visit to Daniel, sealing 144,000 elect Israelites into eternal Life (Daniel 9:24).
As Brother Branham explains, "the Jews [he means Israelites] rejected that [Pentecostal jubilee]; now the Trumpets is to call them back to. . . the atonement they rejected" (The Feast of the Trumpets, p. 29:223-224). Six Trumpet judgments manifested throughout the antitype of the Pentecostal Feast or Gentile dispensation as plagues of natural wars upon Israel to chastise the Israelites for crucifying Messiah and rejecting His Atonement, so He turned from Israel to we Gentiles to call out a people for His Name, a Bride (Amos 9:11-12; Acts 15:14). Israel is still blind to these Scriptures; the feast of Trumpets will open their eyes so they can recognize their King and His Queen.
The Seventh Trumpet, Sixth Seal and Seventh Vial commence their manifestation at the end of the Gentile dispensation, as will Ezekiel 38 and 39. Isaiah called the Seventh Trumpet "the Great Trumpet," it opens Daniel's Seventieth Week, and calls the twelve tribes sprung from Abraham, Isaac and Israel—not Jews—home to the promised land for their redemption. Isaiah 27:12-13, "The time will come when the Lord will gather the [144,000 elect] children of Israel one by one, like handpicked grain, selecting them here and there from His great threshing floor that reaches from the Euphrates River to the brook of Egypt. (So you see, God will only redeem Israelites within the land of the Covenant). In that day, the Great Trumpet shall be blown and those whose ancestors were transported to the land of Assyria, and those whose forefathers were driven out to the land of Egypt, will return and worship the Lord in the holy mountain at Jerusalem," but Israel will continue to be ruled by non-Semitic aliens to the consummation as prophesied by Daniel, Jesus, Luke and John.
In Matthew 24:29-31 Jesus spoke of the manifestation of the Sixth Seal and Seventh Trumpet, when the sign of Christ's second or 'parousia' Coming to Israel in the office of Son of Man will be seen as a Supernatural Cloud similar to the Sign of His 'parousia' Coming to we Gentiles that manifest in the West on February 28, 1963 (and is featured on the main page of our Website). "And He will send His angels with the great sound of a Trumpet, and [these two prophets will prophesy the first three and a half years of Daniel's Seventieth Week clothed in sackcloth mourning Israel's murder of Jesus Messiah to] gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." Here is one more witness to confirm that the inhabitants of modern Israel, like the inhabitants of Judea in the days of our Lord are generally not children of Israel, but Edomites, Canaanites and Hittites or Khazars.
With these Words Jesus affirms it will be the ministry of His prophets preaching the Seven Trumpet mysteries, or "feast of the Trumpets" (Leviticus 23:23-25), after the Seventh Trump at the end of the Gentile dispensation that recalls the curse of the Law of sin and death instituted by Moses on mount Sinai because of Israel's unbelief (Malachi 4:4) and following the climax of national sin at Calvary, "seven times more plagues [throughout the Gentile dispensation] according to its sins" (Leviticus 26:21): "to finish the transgression (by turning away the ungodliness of Jacob – Romans 11:21-26), to make an end of sin (Matthew 27:23-25; Zechariah 12:10-14), and to make reconciliation for iniquity (in crucifying Jesus Messiah – Zechariah 13:1, 6-7), and to bring in everlasting righteousness (with the binding of Satan and the commencement of the Millennium when the Kingdom is restored to Israel – Revelation 20:1-3; Habakkuk 2:14; Acts 1:6), and to seal up the vision and prophecy (by the revelation of Jesus Christ through the preaching of the feast of Trumpets, writing the new covenant in the hearts of Israel's elect – Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 37:20-28; Daniel 12:1-10; II Thessalonians 2:7-12), and to anoint the most Holy (by the return of the Shekinah to dwell in the Millennium Temple or heart of 144,000 elect Israelites where Jesus their King-Messiah and His Queen, the Church, will abide and be worshipped through the millennium – Jeremiah 3:12-18; Isaiah 65:17-25; 11:1-11; Revelation 19:1-16).
Scripture states emphatically the ten tribes of Israel and the two tribes of Judah will not return to the Promised Land, now occupied by Jews, until the ministry of Israel's two prophets after the Seventh Trump. The Lord has chastened Israel and Judah for apostasy from the time they began worshipping the Babylonian Trinity, which is "the mark of the beast" since imposed upon Christendom by the Judaeo-Roman Catholic false church and soon to by forced upon the world by apostate Christendom and the United States military (Revelation 13:11-18). It will be the Message of these prophets revealing the mystery of the Seven Trumpets, NOT the Message of William Branham revealing the Seven Seals, that calls the offspring of the twelve tribes back to Israel and baptizes them into Christ.
The Day of Atonement:
"As it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment," Israel's Day of Atonement will not be a re-killing of Jesus Messiah, but their mourning for His killing two thousand years ago (Hebrews 9:27-28; Leviticus 23:26-32; Zechariah 12:10 – 13:6). The revelation of the Seven Trumpet mysteries will unveil Christ to Israel and the whole nation—all 144,000 elect Israelites—will be born-again in one day (Isaiah 9:14; 66:8; Ezekiel 39:22; Zechariah 3:9-10; 14:9; Revelation 7:1-8). Thereafter the Devil-incarnate pope "as God" will usurp universal religious authority at the dedication of a new temple in Jerusalem, and in league with her once-Protestant daughters and the non-Semitic, anti-Semitic self-styled Jews, Rome will force her "mark of the beast," which is Trinitarianism, and martyr the two witnesses and the 144,000 in answer to the curse sworn by their forefathers:
John 11:49-52, "Caiaphas, the high priest said . . . it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. He spoke not on his own initiative: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; and not for that nation only, but that also He should gather together in one God's children out of every nation".
Matthew 27:25, "All the people said, His blood be on us, and on our children." And it has been from that day to this. According to Revelation 6:9-11, righteous non-elect Israelites through the Gentile dispensation blinded to the Gospel by their rabbis were martyred for their Mosaic faith—not the Babylonian Talmud and not Jews—and will be granted into eternal Life at the White Throne Judgment. The curse sworn by their forefathers will cause the elect nation born-again after the midst of Daniel's Seventieth week to be martyred for their testimony of Christ (Revelation 14:1-5, 12-20; 15:2-4). The Day of Atonement was Israel's only prescribed fast and marked the complete removal of all the sins of the nation which stood between them and God hindering complete restoration of His favor. "Who ever does not afflict his soul on that day and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord shall be cut off from among his people" (Leviticus, 23:29-30). Israelites not born-again on this final Day of Atonement will be lost.
The Jubilee Trumpet that sounded the glad note of restoration at the close of the Day of Atonement, signified everything that had been alienated would be returned to its original owners, and secured rest and restoration to the body politic. For the nation of 144,000 it was the promise of imminent restoration of the Kingdom to Israel in the Millennium of rest wherein God's elect will be instructed in subduing the earth and exercising dominion over every living thing.
The Feast of Tabernacles:
This feast of Ingathering the fruit-harvest and vintage at the close of the agricultural season represented the harvest of Israel at the close of the cycle of religious ordinances under the Law. As Israel had rejected the Passover the nation could not be gathered into the Lord's Pentecostal harvest, and as it had rejected His Atonement at Passover it must receive the revelation who Jesus Messiah is, the ransom He gave, repent and mourn its great evil, finish the transgression, make an end of sins, and make reconciliation for its iniquity in the Day of Atonement before it can be gathered in the final harvest of the firstfruits of God's planting.
After the harvest of 144,000 elect Israelites has been gathered in, the feast of Tabernacles will be kept seven days unto the Lord. The first six days of the feast represent six thousand years in which man has laboured against sin. The seventh day represents the millennium of rest, while the eighth day represents eternity. Thus God in Christ has magnified the Law and made it honourable.
John 7 tells how Jesus traveled incognito to Jerusalem for the feast of Tabernacles "for fear of the Jews" who sought to kill Him. The first day was an holy convocation and the octave (corresponding to Sunday) was a holy convocation called "the great day of the Feast." On each day water drawn from the Pool of Siloam was poured on the sacrifice in memory of the rock at Rephidim where Israel murmured against God, who commanded Moses to smite the rock on their account and it brought forth water for life. Paul said, "that Rock was Christ," who was smitten by murmuring Israel that we might have eternal Life (I Corinthians 10:4). This ceremony was added in later times. Water was drawn from the fountain of Siloam (which means 'sent') and poured on the sacrifice, together with wine, amid shouts of joy.
We can now in some measure realize the event recorded in John 7:37-38. The festivities of the Week of Tabernacles were drawing to a close. "It was the last day, that great day of the feast," after the priest had returned from Siloam with his golden pitcher and for the last time poured its contents to the base of the altar; after choir sang the great hallel to the sound of the flute, and worshipping as the priests three times blew the threefold blasts from their silver trumpets—just when the interest of the people had been raised to its highest pitch, from amidst the mass of worshippers waving a forest of leafy palms towards the altar as the last words of Psalm 118 were chanted—a raised voice which resounded through the temple startled the multitude, and carried fear and hatred to the hearts of their leaders. It was Jesus, who "stood and cried, saying, [I am the living Rock of the living water]. If any man thirst, let him come to Me, and drink." (Then by faith in Him each should become like the Pool of Siloam, and from his inmost being flow rivers of Living waters). This He spoke of the Holy Spirit, which those who believe on Him should receive".
Coming at daybreak the next day to the temple court as they were extinguishing the artificial lights—two colossal golden candlesticks in the centre of the temple court typing the pillar of fire in the wilderness—Jesus said, "I am the Light of the world: he who follows Me will not walk in darkness, but have the Light of Life" (John 8:1-2, 12). As the natural light of the sun was eclipsing those artificial lights, Jesus implied, "I am the Sun of Righteousness, superseding your typical light." This will be realized in the feast of Tabernacles that closes the harvest of God's elect.
After He had identified his detractors as physical Serpent's seed, Jesus said to Israel, "You will not see Me henceforth, till you say, Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord" (Matthew 23:33-35, 39). He was pointing to their national conversion and the Words of the hallel (Psalm 118:25) sung at "that great day of the feast . . . Save we beseech You." This is reflected in the Bride's joy at the sealing of the 144,000 Israelites in Revelation 7. Joy was the prominent feature of "that great day of the feast." Just as the two great feasts of Passover and Pentecost have their antitype in Christ's sacrifice and the rest received by us, on "that great day of the feast," the Hebrew remnant will give glory to the God of heaven and "sing a new song before the Throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man can understand that rejoicing of revelation but the 144,000 who are redeemed from the earth" (Revelation 11:13; 14:3), and not Israel only, but the whole of the Lord's harvest will be gathered in to the millennium. nl576.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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