Bible Believers' Newsletter #585
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are pleased you could join us in fellowship around God's unchanging Word.
Pilate asked, "What is truth"? It was a rhetorical question. Truth is the Absolute that will loose you from the world and the love of the world, from the grip of Satan, and if you are adopted or placed in Christ, from the power of gravity—even time. Today's leaders too, are disinterested in truth, which is why the world is again falling apart, but you who are predestinated to the adoption of Sons by Jesus Christ to God Himself love Truth. This issue will further examine the subject of adoption.
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
Iran: Who's diddling Democracy?
June 18, 2009 – Watching the protesters in Tehran, many Americans feel a strong sense of empathy, exhilaration and hope. I strongly share those feelings, especially since I know firsthand the danger the protesters face from government thugs on motorcycles, provocateurs and the secret police. But none of this should blind us to the likelihood that our own government is dangerously meddling in Iran's internal affairs and playing with the lives of those protesters.
Back in 2007, ABC News reported that President George W. Bush had signed a secret "Presidential finding" authorizing the CIA to mount covert "black" operations to destabilize the Iranian government. According to current and former intelligence officials, these operations included "a coordinated campaign of propaganda broadcasts, placement of negative newspaper articles, and the manipulation of Iran's currency and international banking transactions". . .
"I think everybody in the region knows that there is a proxy war already afoot with the United States supporting anti-Iranian elements in the region as well as opposition groups within Iran," said Vali Nasr, adjunct senior fellow for Mideast studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. "And this covert action is now being escalated by the new US directive, and that can very quickly lead to Iranian retaliation and a cycle of escalation can follow". . .
The New Yorker's Seymour Hersh subsequently confirmed the story, reporting that the Presidential finding focused "on undermining Iran's nuclear ambitions and trying to undermine the government through regime change." He also reported that the Democratic-controlled Congress had approved up to $400 million to fund the destabilization campaign. . . Some of that money appears to have made it into the hands of pro-Mousavi groups, who have ties to non-governmental organizations outside Iran that the National Endowment for Democracy funds. . . Full story: truthout.org
Comment: A covert operations funding agency housed in the State Department's US Information Agency, the ADL-led NED raised funds by covert arms sales through Israel to Iran in order to finance the Contra guerillas against the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua, and by working with Columbian Drug cartels to illegally ship cocaine into the United States. Now the City of London is meddling in Iran to provoke Ezekiel 38:5.
Senate adopts Slavery Apology Resolution
June 18, 2009 – The Senate adopted a resolution Thursday offering a formal apology for slavery and the era of "separate but equal" Jim Crow laws that followed. . . The non-binding resolution, which does not have the force of law, includes a disclaimer stating that the measure does not authorize or support reparations for the descendants of African slaves brought to the United States before the Civil War. . .
Steve Cohen, a white Democrat from Tennessee who represents a black majority district, sponsored a slavery apology resolution that was adopted by the House last year. Cohen, whose resolution was silent on reparations, said the House might act again this year. . . Full story: truthout.org
Comment: Representative Cohen doubtless knows Israel will not pay reparations for their black or their white slaves (to whom neither the Senate nor Congress has apologized).
Audit the Federal Reserve!
Since its inception in 1913, the Federal Reserve has helped to devalue our dollar by 95%. During the recent economic crisis, it has poured trillions of dollars into the economy with no oversight, made secret agreements with foreign banks and governments, and refused to tell Congress who is getting the money or to give it the details of what deals are being made.
HR 1207, Ron Paul's "Audit the Fed bill," and S 604, its Senate companion, will demand full transparency from the Federal Reserve for the first time in history by removing all restrictions from Government Accountability Office (GAO) audits of the Fed and mandating an audit by the end of 2010. . . There are already 234 Cosponsors for HR 1207! . .
Full story: campaignforliberty.com
Comment: 'Obamanation' is leading the USSA into bankruptcy under Rothschild's Federal Reserve. This fictional account describes how a previous Obama wrought "change" in the USSR newswithviews.com
Two Japanese carrying $134 Billion in US Bonds detained in Italy
June 11, 2009 – Italy's financial police said they asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to authenticate $134 billion worth of undeclared U.S. government bonds found in the false bottom of a suitcase carried by two Japanese travelers attempting to cross into Switzerland. A determination is expected within a few days. . .
Full story: nationalterroralert.com
UN Protocol used to regulate Homeschoolers
June 16, 2009 – "On June 11, 2009, a report on home education in England by Graham Badman, a former Managing Director of Children, Families and Education in the County of Kent, was accepted in full by the British Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families," according to today's report from the Home School Legal Defense Association.
"The report makes the case that homeschooling should be extensively regulated in England," the HSLDA continued. "Aside from registering with the state and mandating reports by homeschoolers, the Badman report makes references to balancing the rights of parents with the rights of children. This idea is expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)". . . under the international document parents no longer would be allowed to administer reasonable spankings to their children, children would be granted the authority by the state to choose their own religion, the "best interest of the child" would govern all decisions and give the government the authority to override any parental decision, children would have a legally enforceable "right to leisure" and parents would be required to have their children attend state-sponsored sex education courts.
There is a Parental Rights website that notes if approved, the treaty would supersede "the laws of all 50 states on children and parents". . . Full story: worldnetdaily.com
Comment: The UNCRC is The Making of a Deception. Jesus and Brother Branham foretold the spirit of Laodicea: "people's rights" or Judaeo-Communism, would imbue the US and other apostate "free world" colonies of 'the City'. In antithesis to his Judaeo-Communist insurgency, Satan will gather misguided nominal Christians into the religious federation Jesus called "an image unto the beast," leading to the annihilation of North America, followed by Armageddon and the consummation.
Rabbi in Australia charged with Fraud
Sydney, June 16, 2009 – An American-born rabbi and his wife living in South Australia were charged in an alleged funding scam for their school. Rabbi Yossi Engel and his wife, Chana, were charged Monday with 39 counts of dishonestly dealing with documents in connection with the Spirit of David Adelaide Hebrew School they reportedly founded in Adelaide, the Australian Jewish News reported Tuesday.
The Engels allegedly signed fake report cards to justify applications for funding for phantom Hebrew classes. They are scheduled to appear July 30 in the Magistrates' Court in Adelaide and expected to plead not guilty, the newspaper reported. The couple allegedly signed fake report cards between 2001 and 2004 for Jewish students who were registered at other schools in order to prove that the apparent Hebrew classes warranted funds from the Ethnic Schools Board of South Australia. . . Full story: jta.org
Comment: It is insanity for taxpayers of any nation to fund ethnic language instruction rather than assimilate immigrants, particularly children, in the national tongue/s. Multiculturalism is a repetition of the original sin prophesied by Jesus Messiah (Genesis 6:1-4; Matthew 24:37). The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob cursed miscegenation and separated the races (Genesis 1:11; 11:6-9; Deuteronomy 32:8-9; Joshua 1:8). The Rabbi should read Moses, not his Talmudic antithesis.
Predestinated unto the Adoption of Sons by Jesus Christ to Himself – Part III
Exodus 25:1-9, "The Lord said to Moses, Tell the Israelites to take up an offering for Me. Every man of a willing heart will contribute for the offering which shall consist of gold, and silver, and bronze; blue, purple and scarlet cloth of fine-twined linen, and goats' hair, rams' skins dyed red, and badgers' skins; and shittim wood, oil for the light, spices for anointing oil and for perfumed incense; onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and stones to be set in the breastplate. Also have them construct a sanctuary for me so that I may dwell among them; make it in exact agreement with all that I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and of all its furniture".
Notice every command of these instructions was in threes. Three, stands for that which is solid, real, substantial, complete, and entire. Three also denotes divine perfection. The tabernacle was divided between the outer court, the holy place and holy of holies, which signify the body, mortal spirit and soul of God's saints, who are the real and eternal Temple of the Holy Spirit. We type these divisions of the temple in explaining the Christian's pilgrimage from justification by grace through faith to sanctification by the blood, to the new birth by the baptism with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus comes three times. He came first to redeem His Church on Calvary, a physical (Gk.) 'erchomai' Coming; He came the second time when the revelation of the Seven Seals brought Him back to earth in W_O_R_D form "as a thief in the night" (I Corinthians 13:10; I Thessalonians 5:21; Revelation 16:15) in His unseen (Gk.) 'parousia' Coming to receive His Church the secret, sudden "rapture." His third Coming will be His second physical (Gk.) 'erchomai' return as King with His Queen and the Old Testament saints—all glorified—to step out on the ashes of the wicked for a thousand years of peace.
God is perfect in Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three offices or dispensation claims of the One Person. He wrote three Bibles: the witness in the stars, the Great Pyramid, and the Old and New Testament in paper and ink—each declaring the same revelation of His unchanging Word. There were three earthly witnesses to Jesus' natural life, the water, blood and mortal spirit, and three that bore witness in heaven, the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit (I John 5:6-7). The natural birth types the Spiritual birth.
Three is a witness. Jesus chose three intimate disciples, Peter, James and John (representing the 144,000), and on mount Transfiguration they saw Him conversing with two heavenly witnesses—Moses, representing the sleeping saints, and Elijah, representing "we who are alive and remain" for the translation. Three magi followed the Shekinah from the East to the honour and adore the infant Messiah. Jesus died to redeem an election from three families which will constitute His Bride—Shem, Ham and Japheth's people. In each group there are three classes of people: the believer, make-believer and the unbeliever. Three tribes of Israel guarded each approach to the Presence in the tabernacle of witness, the "rapture" is the threefold PROCESS of the "shout" of the end-time Message, the "Voice of Christ the Archangel," and Israel's Seventh "trump." This numerical pattern continues from Genesis to Revelation.
Brother Branham said, "I just love to think on the numerics of the Bible, how the threes, sevens, twelves, twenty-fours, forties, fifties is God's numbers. That you understand. Forty is His temptations, and fifty is His jubilee. And if you get those numbers running right you can just place the Bible like one great picture." Should you wish to explore Bible numerics in greater depth Number in Scripture: Its Supernatural Design and Spiritual Significance, by Brother Bullinger, and Inspiration of the Scriptures Scientifically Demonstrated, by Ivan Panin, present a comprehensive coverage of this subject.
The number three features prominently in the adoption or placing of a son with authority in his position in the Word. While preaching brings correction and conviction in righteousness, the purpose of teaching is to confirm your place in the living Body-Word—not by learning or psychology but by revelation from Genesis to Revelation. Unlike the Church Age saints we are without a Mediator so we must say the right thing to God in order to manifest that we are the Sons of God with the mind of God, sharing Enoch's testimony that we "please God" such that He accepts the waving of the Holy Spirit in you and I as individuals, acknowledging our faith in the 'third pull' and changing us in the atoms. Teaching confirmed in your Bible instills security and imparts confidence to speak God's Word as the Sword of the Spirit with bold authority, free from condemnation, dressed the full armour of God to repel the fiery darts of the enemy and overcome time and gravity.
Romans 8:26-30 tells us that in Christ we are "already glorified," but we must take this back to John 17:5 and other Scriptures to put on the mind of the Spirit so our strength rests in the reality of faith, not good memory of the letter only. Satan's knowledge of Scripture is supreme, but his dialectic wisdom is abysmal in comparison to faith. You must absolutely confirm your place in the Body by "rightly dividing the Word of Truth".
Paul knew by revelation He was placed as "an apostle by the will of God," not man-ordained. With THUS SAITH THE LORD he declared without fear of condemnation, "If we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed" (Galatians 1:8).
Abraham had a son by Hagar, one by Sarah, and six sons by his third wife, Keturah, "but Abraham gave all he had to Isaac and gave gifts to Ishmael and the sons of Keturah and sent them away from Isaac his [only] son [by promise]" (Genesis 25:1-6). All of these men were the seed of Abraham, but God said, "in Isaac shall your seed be called." Quoting Genesis 21:12, Paul said, "I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my racial kinsmen who are Israelites. To them belongs the adoption as sons, and the glory, and the Covenants, and the giving of the Law, the worship and the promises. Whose [are] the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ [came], who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. It is not as if the Word of God had failed. For by no means do all who descend from Israel belong to Israel. . ."
As Israel types the Church it follows that not all who confess Christ are Christians and not all who follow this Message are in the Bride. ". . . not all are children of Abraham because they are the seed of Abraham, but through Isaac your descendants shall be named after you" (Romans 9:3-8). Abraham's seed are children born of the promise, not every one born of the sexual union of an Israelite man and wife is Abraham's seed. Paul narrows the field in Galatians 3:16, "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. It does not say, And to seeds, plural, as it would if the promises were to all of his sons; but to your seed, singular, which is Christ".
The adoption or placement as Sons of God is not to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Israel by natural generation, but to Sons of Adam re-born to Christ by the baptism of the Holy Ghost or Spiritual regeneration of the soul. Jesus Messiah is the "last Adam," He is not the "last Israel." Thus the folly of Esau/Edom, the non-Semitic, anti-Semitic self-styled Jews who impersonate Jacob/Israel and the Christian Identity/British Israel dupes of the cabbalist Jew hoaxers John Dee (1527-1608), and Rabbi Manasseh ben Israel (1604-1657) of Amsterdam, is made manifest to all men (II Timothy 3:9). God is not placing sex-born natural Israel as His Sons, but Spiritual Israel—children of the first Adam who have been renewed to eternal Life by the Spirit of the last Adam.
The Israelites were God's servant nation and could not be placed as Sons because they rejected their kinsman Redeemer and eternal Life, crucifying Him and declaring, "His blood be upon us and upon our Children!" And it is (Matthew 27:25)! Their 144,000 elect kinsmen will not be placed as Sons when they are born-again and martyred by self-styled Jews and the apostate Judaeo-Christian church, because the marriage of the Lamb and adoption of Sons will be long past. They will be placed as servants to us, Christ's Gentile Bride.
Natural Israel makes much of male circumcision, which was the token of being in God's Covenant with Abraham. Once again this points to sex, in particular to the original sin and was an evidence of separation from carnality. But true circumcision is the baptism with the Holy Ghost by which Spiritual Israel, the offspring of Abraham's Seed, Christ, is circumcised in heart and ears (Deuteronomy 10:16; Acts 7:51).
The adoption of Jesus Messiah was in a threefold manner. Mark 1:9-13, "In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. The moment He came out of the water He saw the heavens parted and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him: and a Voice came from heaven, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am pleased to dwell in."
"And without delay the Spirit drove Him into the desert where He remained forty days without eating, being tempted of Satan. He was with the wild beasts, and the angels ministered to Him".
Although God had just placed His only begotten Son as Messiah, anointing Him with the Shekinah and publicly stating He was pleased to dwell in Him as His Temple, immediately He subjected Him to further testing by the Adversary to manifest that He is the Son of God, and Jesus defeated His enemy by the revealed Word of God. As the Logos made flesh the fullness of the Attributes of God's character were in Jesus—but how would we know? And how could God gather glory unless they were displayed in tribulation?
It would never have been known that He was Jehovah-Rapha unless He healed the sick by their faith in Him (Matthew 8:1-17). How would men glorify Him as Jehovah-Jireh unless He provided for their necessities (Matthew 14:15-21)? Indeed how ever would we know He was Jehovah-Saviour unless He fulfilled the part of Adam's Kinsman Redeemer on Calvary's cross, and His Life proven an acceptable sacrifice in that the Lord raised Him from the dead for our justification (Romans 4:25)? It was through tribulation that God perfected and displayed His character in our Lord Jesus, "Yes, and all who will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution". (II Timothy 3:12).
Quoting Brother Branham: "If there was tribulation in the first age, there is now predicted an intensified tribulation throughout the second age. There is no doubt but what the following words of Paul applied to the mass of Christians wherever they were in the world and in every age.
Hebrews 10:32-38: "But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and He That shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him".
The mere association of kindhearted people with the true believer might well bring death in return for their kindness.
Now the Lord God Almighty says, "I KNOW." There He is walking in the midst of His people. There He is, the Chief Shepherd of the flock. But does He hold back the persecution? Does He stem the tribulation? No, He does not. He simply says, "I KNOW your tribulation—I am not at all unmindful of your suffering." What a stumbling block this is to so many people. Like Israel they wonder if God really loves them. How can God be just and loving if He stands by and watches His people suffer? That is what they asked in Malachi 1:1-3, "The burden of the Word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi. I have loved you, saith the Lord. Yet we say, Wherein hast Thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the Lord: yet I loved Jacob, And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness." You see, they could not figure out God's love. They thought that love meant no suffering. They thought that love meant a baby with parental care. But God said that His love was "elective" love. The proof of His love is ELECTION—that no matter what happened, His love was proven truly by the fact they were chosen unto salvation (because God hath chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth). He may commit you to death as He did Paul. He may commit you to suffering as He did Job. That is His prerogative. He is sovereign. But it is all with a purpose. If He did not have a purpose, then He would be the author of frustration and not of peace. His purpose is that after we have suffered awhile we would be made perfect, be established, strengthened and settled. As Job said, "He puts strength in us." (Job 23:6b) You see He, Himself, suffered. He learned obedience by the things that He suffered. He was actually made perfect by the things that He suffered. Hebrews 5:8-9, "Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered; And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him." In plain language, the very character of Jesus was perfected by suffering. And according to Paul He has left His church a measure of suffering that they, too, by their faith in God while suffering for Him, would come to a place of perfection. Why did He want this? James 1:2-4, "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."
Why does He stand by? The reason is in Romans 8:17-18, "And if children, then heirs, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." Unless we suffer with Him we cannot reign with Him. You have to suffer to reign. The reason for this is that character simply is never made without suffering. Character is a VICTORY, not a gift. A man without character can't reign because power apart from character is Satanic. But power with character is fit to rule. And since He wants us to share even His throne on the same basis that He overcame and is set down in His Father's throne, then we have to overcome to sit with Him. And the little temporary suffering we go through now is not worthy to be compared to the tremendous glory that will be revealed in us when He comes. Oh, what treasures are laid up for those who are willing to enter into His kingdom through much tribulation.
"Think it not strange concerning the fiery trials that are to try you." That is what Peter said. Is it strange that God wants us to develop a Christ-like character that comes through suffering? No sir. And we all have trials. We are all tried and chastened as sons. Not one but goes through that. The church that is not suffering, and is not being tried, hasn't got it—it is not of God. Hebrews 12:6, "For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons."
Now this special condition in Smyrna must be applied to every age. There is no age free from it. There is no true believer free from it. This is of God. This is the will of God. It is needful. We need the Lord to teach us the truth that we are to suffer and be Christ-like in doing it. "Love suffereth long and is kind." Matthew 5:11-12, "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."
The cloudy skies and storms of life are no signs of God's disapproval. Neither are bright skies and still waters signs of His love and approval. His approval of any of us is only IN THE BELOVED. His love is elective which He had for us before the foundation of the world. Does He love us? Ah yes. But how shall we know? We shall know because He SAID SO, and manifested that He did love us for He brought us to Himself and gave us of His Spirit, placing us as sons. And how shall I prove my love to Him? By believing what He said, and by conducting myself with joy amidst the trials that He in His wisdom allows to come to pass.
"I know thy poverty (but thou art rich)." There it is again. See Him walking up and down in the midst of His Church. Like a father He is looking down upon His family. He is the Head of His household. He is the provider. He is the protector. Yet He looks on at their poverty. Oh, how the untutored believer stumbles at this. How can God bear to look upon His own in a time of need and not just stop it all—just give in and lavish everything material upon them?
Here is where you have to believe again in the love, and goodness and wisdom of God. This, too, is needful. Remember He admonished, "Take no thought for the morrow, what ye shall eat or what ye shall put on. Your Father knoweth the things ye have need of. He who clothes the lily and feeds the sparrow shall do much more for you. These physical things are not the true basic necessities of your life, for a man's life consisteth not of the things he possesses. But rather seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all material necessities will be added unto you."
The people of God are not material minded. They are Christ-minded. They do not seek the treasures that are below; they seek those above. It is absolutely true, the majority of Christians are NOT wealthy. Rather they are on the poor side. It was so in Jesus' day. It was true in Paul's day and it should be true today. Oh, it is not too true today for the Laodicean Age is one of vast wealth where often the criterion of spirituality is an abundance of earthly goods. My, how rich the church is in goods. But how poor in Spirit. "Blessed be ye poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is NOT meat and drink." It is not material. It is WITHIN us. A rich man is rich in God, not in worldly things. (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 115:3 – 119).
Jesus said, "The Son of man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels; then He shall reward every man according to his works. I assure you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of man coming in His kingdom." Six days later Jesus ascended mount Transfiguration with Peter, James and John to see a vision of His second physical return with His angels in His Kingdom. Speaking with Jesus was Moses, who typed the resurrected angels, and Elijah who typed angels who will be translated without death. Then Peter said, "Lord, it is good that we are here, If you approve, I will make three tabernacles, one for You, and one for Moses and one for Elijah." And while He was still talking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a Voice said, "This is My beloved Son in whom I am pleased to tabernacle; listen to Him!" God was placing His Son in authority with Himself (Matthew 16:27 – 17:9; 28:18).
After six days of a thousand years man's labour against sin will be done and the reward of each elect determined according to his deeds (I Corinthians 3). The seventh day is the day of universal rest and worship—not Saturday as impersonators of Christianity suppose, but our Lord's return with the glorified saints of all Ages "to tread down the wicked, who will be atomic ashes under the soles of our feet" following the consummation. Then His Kingdom elect will be complete and fitted for perfect worship in the thousand year sabbath of the honeymoon of the heavenly Bridegroom and His earthly Bride.
Many believers do not understand that the four Gospels are actually set in the Old Testament. Hebrews 9:13-18, "If under the Old Testament the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer could cleanse men's bodies from sin, how much more surely will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself a flawless sacrifice to God cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new Covenant so that those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance that was promised since a death has occurred for atonement of the transgressions under the first Covenant. For where a will is involved, the death of the testator must be established. For a testament takes effect only at death: since it not of force so long as the testator lives. Hence the first Covenant was not ratified without blood".
Thus we see the New Testament did not come into effect until after Calvary and the promise of new birth fulfilled on the day of Pentecost. This brings us to the "full adoption" of our Lord and His resurrection from the dead (Luke 24) and Acts 1:6-12, "Another time those who were meeting together asked Jesus [apropos the vision on mount Transfiguration], Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel? He said to them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father has placed His own authority. (See the diagrams above). But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you: and you will be My witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and in Samaria, and to the remotest end of the earth. Upon saying this and while they were looking on, He gradually ascended, visible until a Cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they gazed intently toward heaven as He was lifted up, two men stood by them in white apparel, and said, You men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come again in the manner as you have seen Him go into heaven. (They were prophesying the sign of His second or 'parousia' Coming that manifest over Arizona on February 28, 1963, a photograph of this Cloud is superimposed over the head of Christ on the main page of our Church Website). Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount of Olives, which is a sabbath day's walk, about half a mile from Jerusalem." (The mount of Olives located across the Kidron creek, rises 100M above the old city; thousands of grave stones cover the entire hillside. To its north is mount Scopus, the base of the Romans during Titus' siege on Jerusalem).
The ascension of Jesus was at once the glorious termination of His terrestrial and the glorious commencement of His celestial life. His actual reception into heaven was invisible but announced by the two angels (Acts 1:11) and foretold by the Lord prior to Calvary (John 14:2-31). Although He had repeatedly appeared to His disciples during the forty days following His resurrection, on each occasion He had vanished from their sight as suddenly as He had appeared (Luke 24:31). But on His final departure He permitted their glance to dwell distinctly and continuously on His ascent as man into heaven, giving them perfect assurance by the testimony of their senses to be His eye-witnesses, that He no longer abode on the earth but, His work finished, had returned to the Father whence He had come.
As Christ is Head of the Church, His Body must follow Him through the same three stages of adoption. First God recognizes and places us as His Sons when He baptizes us into Christ, and our lives display the virtue of Christ's Character most prominent in the Word by which He is writing epistles in the lives of the saints of that day. This is the standard God lifted up against the enemy by that part of the Body in that Church Age.
In II Peter 1:1-12 the apostle teaches us how God will replicate the stature of the perfect Man. "Grace and peace will be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, for His divine power has bestowed on us every requisite for life and godliness, through knowing Him who has called us to His glory and virtue: by which He has granted to us His precious and great promised blessings: by means of which you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of passion."
What is our Goal? It is to be made partakers of the Divine nature, having escaped sensual worldly desires. How do we overcome the world? Through faith which unlocks every promise of the Bible. "For this very reason give all diligence to supplement your faith with VIRTUE; your virtue with KNOWLEDGE; your knowledge with TEMPERANCE; your self-control with PATIENCE; your patience with GODLINESS; your piety with BROTHERLY KINDNESS; and your brotherly affection with LOVE. For if you possess these things increasingly, they will render your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ neither ineffective nor unfruitful. While he who does not have these virtues is blind, and shortsighted, having forgotten that he was purged from his former sins. Therefore brethren, give diligence to confirm your calling and election: for if you practice these things you will never fall: for so an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ will be liberally provided for you."
Without the indwelling Spirit through new birth we are not "led into all truth and cannot see things to come" (John 16;13). The Token, or evidence of the new birth, is the Divine Nature, the Life of Christ on display, fulfilling the present Truth—what Jesus is doing now.
"I will therefore always remind you of these things, even though you are aware of them and are established in the present Truth."
As individual saints we strive to mature into the stature of the perfect man, however Peter's prophecy applies primarily to the development of the corporate Body of the Church as it grew through each Age, and which when complete will reproduce the fullness of Christ through the sabbaths or dispensations of the antitype of the Pentecostal harvest, to be revealed at the manifestation of the sons of God. Hence, "the reapers are the angels [to the Church Ages]" (Matthew 13:39; Revelation 1-3).
During the Church Ages neither the Body corporate nor individual saints could mature into the stature of the perfect Man, or even be born-again without Christ's Mediation for their ignorance of the fulness of the Word. They had only PART-Word because the Bible was sealed with Seven Seals, and the Body is incomplete without Christ's end-time Bride who grow to maturity "in the unity of the faith" by the revelation of the mysteries under the Seven Seals. As the Word comes only to a prophet (Deuteronomy 18:15-18; Amos 3:7; Acts 3:23; II Peter 2:20-21) it is clear from the above diagram that until God sent the prophet ordained to stand in the breach between the Church Ages and the Seals to restore the apostolic faith and "finish the mystery of God" (Malachi 4:5-1; Matthew 17:11; Revelation 10:7) we could not be placed in the Capstone of the Body, and without us the Church Age saints cannot be made perfect or glorified in the "full adoption".
The breach represents Revelation four and five that were fulfilled in 1963 after the close of the Laodicean Church Age and the end of Christ's Mediation, and immediately before Christ revealed the Seven Seals of Revelation 6 and 8:1 through His Prophet to bring His end-time Bride to the birth so that the Body can be brought to perfection.
The revelation of the Seven Seals joined the Capstone to the Body by "making known to us the mystery of God's will according to His purpose which He set forth in Christ, a plan to be brought to completion when the times or seven Church Age dispensations are complete (and "time [or the delay caused by interceding for the PART-Word saints] is no more"). Then He will gather the sleeping saints and "we who are alive and remain" as one completed Body in Christ" (Ephesians 1:9-11; Revelation 8:1; I Thessalonians 4:17).
This was the second stage of the adoption or placement of the Body, for the "midnight cry" of Matthew 25:6 is the "shout" of I Thessalonians 4:16, which was the Message of the prophet of Malachi 4:5-6, Revelation 10:7 and 14:9 revealing the Seven Seals and calling the wise and foolish virgin out from Babylon and her harlot daughters "into the unity of the faith" (Ephesians 1:13) for "the manifestation of the Sons of God" (Romans 8:9) and the translation (I Corinthians 15:46-57), declared THUS SAITH THE LORD by the heavenly Voice of Revelation 18:4 which echoed, "Come out of Babylon and be filled with the Spirit".
God led Jesus into a high mountain where "His face shone as the sun and His raiment was white as Light," and before witnesses He placed His Son equal in authority to Himself, declaring "This is My beloved Son, listen to Him." In parallel He led Brother Branham into the breach at the summit of the PART-Word Body, and "Every soul, that will not hear this prophet [whose Message finishes the mystery of God . . . and restores all things spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began] shall be destroyed from among the people. . . Listen to him" (Revelation 10:7; Acts 3:21-23). And as Moses climbed mount Nebo and beheld the Promised Land but could not enter, from the top of Laodicea Brother Branham saw the Capstone but could not enter as he was baptized into the Laodicean part of the Body.
Brother Branham was the forerunner whose Message that introduced the second or 'parousia' Coming of our Messenger, the Archangel Jesus Christ. Revelation 18:1, "I saw another Angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with His glory." Our Messenger is Jesus Christ who returned in the prophetic office of Son of man to incarnate His end-time Bride by bringing us to maturity in the unity of the faith and "speaking conditions" placing us in authority for the 'third pull' so that after the close of the Gentile dispensation what we say He will do.
Brother Branham said, "The Pharisees was keeping up their traditions, but behind their traditions was the true Word of God coming to shine forth. And when It did, It blinded their eyes. They couldn't see it, because they was watching something else. So is it today. May God let that soak in, till it really hits home to the people that should believe it. It's later than you think.
My son Billy Paul, he talks in his sleep, but he doesn't have dreams very often. He had one the other night that shook him up. Said he'd dreamed he was at a church, and . . . I hadn't come in yet. Said when I came in, fire was flying out of the eyes. And I said, "The time is here; it's over." And everybody begin screaming, "I can't, my children. . ."
My wife said, "I can't get Sarah to ask the blessing at the table," and so forth.
He said, "I've got to go get Loyce and the baby."
I said, "Loyce can't come now. The baby's too young to know. Billy the hour is here; we must go." I said, "It's midnight now, before daylight Jesus will be here. If it isn't then I'm a false witness of Christ."
And somebody spoke up and said, "No man knows the minute or hour."
"I never said minute or hour; I said sometime between now and daylight." I said, "Let's go, Billy. But we're at the time; let's go." And we got in the car and started. And we started up the mountain. And when we did, it looked like the light was coming, and the skies were dark upon the earth. He said I pulled off the side of the road, held my hands over like this, fire still flying from my eyes. And he said I said, "Lord, I have did this at Your command. I have did this just because that You told me to do it this a-way. I have did these things according to what You've told me." And I motioned to a big granite mountain, and a Light without hands cut a stone out of the mountain weighing hundreds of tons and here it come. I said, "Turn your heads; don't look. It'll be all be over just in a few minutes." Said, "Then a great holy hush come everywhere as this Stone come towards the place."
It may be later than we think. See, that's exactly Scriptural (You see?), the Stone without hands cut out of the mountain. And so one of these days it's going to be that way when you're going to scream for something. I said to him, "You've already had that time. God has constantly warned you time after time." Yeah, I said, "Even if it's my own kid or whoever it is, the hour is here. I can only say what He's told me to say, and it'll be here, and it was." And then all of a sudden here He come, a Stone cut out of the mountain without hands. Daniel saw that, you know, back many years ago. And Billy knowed nothing about that, but it was a dream sent to him from the Lord.
Now, see, they [the Pharisees – Ed] claim to be worshipping that very God that they were making fun of. And the same thing has reversed again today by the same reason, living in a glare instead of the Light. Great lights has a shine. . .
Now, they claim they're worshipping that Light. So did they [the Pharisees – Ed] claim they was worshipping that Light. But they were worshipping It in a glare of another light instead of the real. See? He was the Light. Creeds and traditions and their blinded condition had turned them from the true Light of the promised Word. The Word that God had vindicated by Jesus the Light of the world came and made that Word live right exactly through His time, exactly to the days. . . He came to His own; His own knew Him not. He came into the world; the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. See? But as many as did know Him, to them He gave power to become sons of God, to them that believed on Him.
Remember, we cannot live by yesterday's Light. Yesterday's Light is gone. It isn't no more. Yesterday's Light is only a memory. Yesterday's sunlight is only a memory, or it's history. We cannot live in yesterday's light. No more. . . Though it's the same sun, but each day it brings forth it's strength a little stronger to ripen the grain for the harvest. See?
The sun comes today, gets a little stronger. Each day now it'll get a little stronger, a little stronger until finally the wheat that's laying there, it'll go taking life. After while the life will come up. Then a little stronger, little stronger. March, April, May, June, July, she's in the harvest then. You see? The same sun shining today in January or December, that's up there bathing that snow and melting it down on that grain, bringing it water, it's the same sun, but that wheat could not live in that same sunlight in June. See? It can't do it. See, the sun comes a little stronger each day. And the grain should be a little more matured to receive the sunlight.
That's what's the matter today. The grain that was sowed in the early fathers back there in Luther and Wesley and them, it dwarfed; it can't take the sun. The sun killed it. It refused to grow. See? It took itself from the stalk Light and come over here [to America – Ed] and made itself a own little things, become a husk [denomination – Ed] then, no Life in it. The grain should be maturing and getting stronger as the sun becomes stronger each day.
Now, let's watch a minute. We'll watch the Church Ages. There's Seven Church Ages. In those Church Ages, each one, watch how He spoke to them what would do, how the grain would mature and come down to this last hour here, this last hour that we're living in. So the churches must do the same thing (See?) the churches.
Now, look, Luther sowed a grain all right. So was Wesley, and so was Pentecostal. So was the Baptist, the Nazarene. But, you see now, Luther would not go back and live in the Light of the first denomination, Catholic. No, sir. He was another Light. That was God ripening . . . Now, a little minority come out of that Lutheran revival. Then come along the Wesley revival. And then in that, why, they couldn't go back and do the Lutherans. See? And then along come the Pentecostals, and then the Pentecostals organized and done the same thing, taken the husk. Notice, but the grain goes right on.
Now, we're in another age. Why won't they receive it? Why won't they see that the grain is matured? Here's the promised Word for this day. Why don't they see it? Because they're living in Lutheran glare, Wesleyan glare, Baptist glare, Pentecostal glare. They're living in the glare of another light. That's the reason they can't receive the Light of the total Word being a-vindicated as God promised of them Seven Seals, where the whole mystery was revealed, would come back and tell why these mysteries was done like that. . . And yet when that comes in, they walk farther away from it than ever. They're without excuse.
God has done it through Spirit, through revelations. He's proved it perfectly by scientific and everything else that it's the Truth. And still they want to live in a Pentecostal glare: "I am the Assemblies"; "I am the oneness"; "I'm the Church of God"; "I am this." See? Living in a glare of a age forty, fifty years ago. Living in a Lutheran glare, living in a Wesley, a Baptist, a Presbyterian, or some Nazarene glare of another Church Age that went on and organized and done the same thing, and refused and reject the Light when It's actually shining. . . And you're living in a mirage.
I only say that reverently (See?), not to hurt you, but to wake you up. You're living in a mirage where Jesus said, "Why, you're blind and you're leading the blind." He tried to tell them [Pharisees – Ed] and then just said, "Let them alone. If the blind leads the blind, they'll all fall in the ditch." That's the hour I've come to. If they're going to stagger, I can't help it. I've done all I can do. I've done exactly. I've done this at Your command, Lord. You're a witness. Since 1933 down on the river when that Light there you see shined down, It's been right here in the tabernacle and witnessed to you all these years. And everything It's said's come to pass. And continually they go on. Let the blind lead the blind. I'll just wait for that hour. He'll arrive one of these days.
Notice, living in a glare of Luther, living in a glare of Wesley, living in them glares back there, that's the reason they can't see true Light. If they would stop for a few minutes and just pick up the Bible and read It, they would see that this is Light promised for the hour" (There is a Man here that can turn on the Light, p. 24:137-159).
Isaiah 28:9-13, "Whom shall He teach knowledge? and who will be made to understand the Message? those who are weaned from the milk, and taken from the breasts (Hebrews 5:11-14). For He tells us everything precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little. But with stammering lips and an alien tongue the Lord will speak to this people, to whom He said, This [baptism with the Holy Spirit – (Matthew 11:28-30; Galatians 4:4-12; Colossians 2:6-23; Hebrews 3 – 4)] is the sabbath of rest by which you may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing (Acts 2:38-39; 26:20; 3:19; II Thessalonians 1:7; Hebrews 4). Yet they would not listen. [And neither will the Gentile denominations listen]. But the Word of the Lord will spell it out for them again, repeating the simplicity of precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little [preaching "to the total LOST"]; that they may go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken".
Now we are approaching the third stage or "full adoption," a quick work transforming the Body from perishable material to imperishable glory, from mortal to eternal Life, and from earth to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb in the sky. You will notice from the representation of Christ's Bride in God's stone Bible how the numbers of elect diminished as God built the Body adding line upon line by the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge and into the likeness of our Head, finally reproducing the Life of the original Grain of wheat that fell into the ground and died that day on Calvary. If you picture the great mountain as a cube from which the Stone was hewn by the Word predestinated to each Age you will recognize how in this Capstone Age the make-believers and unbelievers among confessing Christians vastly outnumber God's elect, as in the days of Noah, when Enoch, one Man in six billion was translated (Matthew 24:37).
It took perhaps twelve years for Christ's end-time Bride to recognize the revelation of Prophet's Message, to distinguish the Spirit from the "letter only," and separate from the Laodiceans. Since we have reached maturity we live in the terminus of the holy convocation or antitype of the fiftieth day of the Pentecostal feast, which will be our jubilee and gravitational release. The Capstone is honed to razor-sharp perfection and your revelation of God's "Word is [becoming] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword" as you rest under the Son-Light of the fullness of the Word (Hebrews 4:12). Revelation 22:17-19, "And the Spirit and the Bride say, "Come!" And let he who hears say, "Come!" And let he who thirsts [after righteousness] come. And whosoever desires let him take the water of Life freely without money and without price (Isaiah 55:1-5). For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, I warn everyone who hears the Words of the prophecy of this Book; if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the Words of this prophetic Book, God will take away his share in the Book of life, and out of the holy city, as described in this book." It is that sharp at the Capstone.
Unlike the ascent of our Head, there will be no eye-witnesses to the ascent of His mystic Body. His end-time Bride will be so few and as our departure will be in a time of unprecedented natural catastrophe in which millions worldwide will perish consequent upon tectonic activity, we will be scarcely missed except by our familiars.
Romans 8:15-23, "The Spirit of adoption bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God, and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; provided we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified with Him. For I reckon that this temporal suffering is not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation eagerly awaits the manifestation of the Sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it] in hope, because creation itself will be liberated from the bondage to decay into the glorious liberty of the children of God." And this is the hope of we who are predestinated unto the Adoption of Sons by Jesus Christ to Himself. nl585.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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