Bible Believers' Newsletter #623
"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.
This week we proceed with our study in Zechariah. Please study this carefully along with its linked articles and Scripture references as we endeavour to draw a picture and chronology of end-time events.
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
Defections shake up Climate Coalition
February 17. 2010 — Oil giants BP PLC and ConocoPhillips and heavy-equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. said Tuesday they won't renew their membership in the three-year-old US Climate Action Partnership, a broad business-environmental coalition that had been instrumental in building support in Washington for capping emissions of greenhouse gases.
The move comes as debate over climate change intensifies and concerns mount about the cost of capping greenhouse-gas emissions. . . Full story: wsj.com
All in the Family
February 5, 2010 — Recent exposes reveal editors, senior journalists, foreign editors and TV correspondents reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for New York Times, Atlantic Journal, US News & World Report, NPR, San Diego Union-Tribune, Associated Press, Time Magazine, CNN, Tikkun and other media organizations are not impartial but Israeli citizens with family members or are themselves serving in the Israeli military, so news reaching the West is not impartial.
"It is common to hear Western reporters boasting to one another about their Zionist credentials, their service in the Israeli army or the loyal service of their children." Apparently, intimate ties to Israel are among the many open secrets in the region that are hidden from the American public. If, as the news media insist, these ties present no problem or even, as the Times Keller insists, enhance the journalists' work, why do the news agencies consistently refuse to admit them?
The reason is not complicated.
While Israel may be family for these journalists and editors, for the vast majority of Americans, Israel is a foreign country. In survey after survey, Americans say they don't wish to "take sides" on this conflict. In other words, the American public wants full, unfiltered, unslanted coverage. Quite likely the news media refuse to answer questions about their journalists' affiliations because they suspect, accurately, that the public would be displeased to learn that the reporters and editors charged with supplying news on a foreign nation and conflict are, in fact, partisans. . . Full story: counterpunch.org
Targeting the Wrong Kind of Tunnels
February 20, 2010 — At a time when extreme and even unthinkable measures are being taken to completely sever the few remaining passageways of life into Gaza through Rafah's underground tunnels into Egypt, other tunnels of a different kind and a different purpose are being dug elsewhere everyday in broad daylight for all the world to see in occupied East Jerusalem under the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and its surrounding areas . . .
Whereas Gaza's network of underground tunnels that reach the Egyptian side of Rafah are constructed out of despair and absolute necessity by a besieged and cornered population, Jerusalem's underground mining is carried out by—and with the tight guardianship of—the Israeli military; allegedly to unearth historical evidence for the presence of King David in that area when in reality these operations are solely driven by a salivating desire to Judaize the entire city and drastically alter its Palestinian identity. . . no . . . super steel walls and cutting-edge monitoring technologies to try and halt these illegal underground tunnels . . . Full story: palestinethinktank.com
Comment: Zechariah 14:5, "You will escape through the valley of My mountains, which will reach to Azal at the eastern gate: You will flee as you fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah".
Matthew 24:15-16, "When you see the desolating abomination spoken of by Daniel the prophet, FALL in the holy place, (you know what I mean): then let those in Judaea flee into the mountains" . . . AGAIN.
HAARP: Artificial Ionosphere creates Bullseye in the Sky
October 2, 2009 — HAARP's high-frequency radio waves can accelerate electrons in the atmosphere, increasing the energy of their collisions and creating a glow. The technique has previously triggered speckles of light while running at a power of almost 1 megawatt1. But since the facility ramped up to 3.6 megawatts—roughly three times more than a typical broadcast radio transmitter—it has created full-scale artificial auroras that are visible to the naked eye. . . The scientists believe that these dense patches of plasma could be gas that was ionized by the HAARP emissions. "This is the really exciting part—we've made a little artificial piece of ionosphere," Pedersen says.
"The novelty is not seeing the aurora—it's the fact that we can actually create enough high-energy electrons to form plasma," says Mike Kosch, chair of Experimental Space Science at Lancaster University, UK, and a former co-worker of Pedersen's who was not involved in the experiment. . . Full story: niburu.nl
Comment: The 8.8 February 27, 2010 earthquake in Chile (see above) was the seventh largest earthquake on record. According to reports our Brethren, their church and homes are unharmed. In this interview a witness reports seeing lights in the sky at the time of the earthquake, which is the signature of HAARP evident at the time of the 8.0 May 12, 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, said to have been induced to explode China's main nuclear arsenal as reported in Newsletter #530, and shown in this commentary.
This map of the South American plates shows the San Andreas Fault is a continental transform fault that runs along the boundary of the Pacific and North American plates for about 810 miles through California in the United States, and Baja California in Mexico, continuing down the Mexican coast as the boundary between the Cocos and North American plates. Here the North American plate crosses the isthmus bridging North and South America, passing under the island of Hispaniola which straddles the Caribbean and North American plates. Haiti occupies the north-western third of this island. The continental transform fault also continues south between the Nazca plate and the South American plate which it is subducting, causing volcanism, earthquakes and orogenesis. Hence the Chilean earthquake.
According to research scientist Richard Gross at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the earthquake that struck Chile may have changed the entire Earth's rotation, having moved Earth's figure axis by about 3 inches and shortened the length of days on our planet by 1.26 microseconds.
The US military is now preparing to simulate how it would respond to a big earthquake in Alaska at the end of April.
The Whole Creation Groans in Travail – Part V
Israel's repentance and conversion foretold in Zechariah 12 – 13 will be realized in Zechariah 14 which describes Daniel's Seventieth Week in "the time of Jacob's trouble"—the consummation of their dreadful trials for rejecting the Holy Spirit and murdering Messiah, their glorious deliverance, and the martyrdom of an election (Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 27:24-26).
When Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion announced the establishment of the modern state of Israel on May 14, 1948, he read Ezekiel 37 which said it will be like dead men's bones. Joel 3:1-2 spoke of the day of the Lord under the Sixth Seal after our dispensation saying, "In those days, and at that time the Lord will gather the children of Judah and Jerusalem . . . and My heritage Israel, whom the heathens have scattered among the [now Muslim] nations of their [Assyrian] captivity," and unite them as one nation in the land of the Covenant by the revelation of the Feast of Trumpets. And after the midst of Daniel's Seventieth Week, their elect will realize Zechariah's "Light in the evening time" is the Logos, Jesus Messiah's second or 'parousia' Coming, and be filled with His Spirit (Hosea 6:1-3; Zechariah 14:7).
While the latter or harvest rain falls upon all flesh, and the just and the unjust manifest the life of the seed received into their soul (Daniel 12:10; Matthew 5:45; Hebrews 6:7-8; Revelation 22:11), the elect Israelites will receive their former or teaching rain through the prophets of Zechariah 4 and Revelation 11 ministering in Jerusalem "which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified." Here the folly of British Israel and Christian Identity doctrine is made manifest, for Israel's deliverance or new birth will be found only in Zion (Isaiah 4:3; 59:20-21; Joel 2:32; Obadiah 1:17; Romans 11:26). God deals with Israel as a nation, and consequently only in the land of the Covenant, for any Israelite outside the land is outside the Covenant. The judgment of the heathen nations, with the emphasis on Edomite Jewry, will be a means of delivering elect natural Israel, and the whole nation, all 144,000, will be born-again in one day.
Zechariah 14:1-2 marks the end of the Gentile dispensation and man's day when the Seventh Trumpet, Sixth Seal and Seventh Vial announce the day of the Lord with earthquakes that sink Los Angeles and cleave the mount of Olives. Then "the Lord will gather all the nations to war against Jerusalem (Joel 2:1-27; 3:2; Isaiah 13:6), which will be captured, its houses rifled and their spoil casually divided within the city. The women will be raped (Isaiah 13:16) and half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city".
Israel is a type of the United States, which will be invaded and conquered under the same circumstances and at the same time. "Because you have listened to such stuff as these television programs on rock-and-roll and sin, and some cold formal preacher not able to interpret the supernatural. The handwriting is on the wall. That's right. And we are weighed in the balance and found wanting. . . The Bible says it will happen" (William Branham, Handwriting on the Wall, p. 11:84-90).
Isaiah 13 describes the opening of the Sixth Seal at the end of our dispensation with a prophecy against the nations and a denunciation of judgment against MYSTERY Babylon (when the union between the spiritual and physical Serpent's seed disintegrates – Daniel 2:40-45). It is a compound prophecy. As the Medes and the nations of Persia and Armenia ended Judah's captivity under the first Gentile world empire by defeating ancient Babylon in man's day, in the day of the Lord He will assemble the modern "Medes" and all of the nations to execute judgment upon Judah's present-day captors as prophesied in Ezekiel 38 and 39 where Magog represents Russia, which sprung from intermarriage between Scythians and Medes. God will execute His fierce anger upon the arrogant non-Semitic, anti-Semitic self-styled Jews who are foreigners to Israel, bound neither by ties of piety nor possession and who will "flee like scared gazelles or a panic-stricken herd, every man to his own people, and flee every one into his own land" (Isaiah 13:14-17; Jeremiah 46:16; 50:16). As Brother Branham often sang:
The fig tree is growing, Jerusalem's restoring,
Her national life, long dethroned;
Today she is calling
Her latter rain's falling,
Return, O dispersed to your own.
Following the earthquake, Mount Moriah, bare of temple and mosque, will be a signal whereby the Lord beckons and calls to these "Medes," His "sanctified ones with the kingdoms of the nations He has mustered together to enter the gates of [Zion's] tyrants and execute His judgment" (1-5; Joel 2:1-11; Zephaniah 1:14-18). It will also signal the believing exiles of Judah, Benjamin and Levi, and Israel's ten tribes, to return to the land of the Covenant for their redemption (Matthew 24:3, 29-34). "The day of the Lord comes as a destruction from the Almighty. . . cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to make earth a desolation and to destroy the sinners out of it." As with the shock attack at Belshazzar's feast, men's hearts will fail as volcanoes and quakes "shake the heavens, turning the Moon into blood when Earth moves from its axis, darkening the Sun and extinguishing the stars; and for fear of [tidal waves, the great tribulation, biological and atomic warfare] prophesied to come upon earth" (7-10; Zechariah 14:12; Luke 21:25-28; Hebrews 12:25-29). Three and a half years later "All kindreds of the earth shall wail," when in hindsight they recognize this was Christ's second or 'parousia' Coming to Israel (Revelation 1:7).
In parallel with Zechariah 14, Isaiah 13 is prophesying the opening terrors of the Sixth Seal with the earthquakes of verse 13; 2:10-21; 29:6; 34:4; Joel 2:10-11; Haggai 2:6; Revelation 6:12; 8:5; 11:19, and 16:18-19. "I will stir up the Medes, who neither care for silver nor desire gold" and will be impelled by higher motives. The Lord will "raise up the spirit of the kings of the Medes as His device against the [violent last Gentile world empire] of [Judaeo-Catholic MYSTERY] Babylon," striking the earthquake-smitten belligerent terrorist twins, Israel and the united States of America, "to destroy [them all]; for that is the vengeance of the Lord, the vengeance for His temple"—not the temple razed by Nebuchadnezzar and Titus, but His millennium temple of 144,000 elect Israelites (Jeremiah 51:11; Isaiah 61:2; Luke 21:20-22). Under the real holocausts of Lenin and Stalin, those Judaeo-Communist golems of 'the City of London,' scores of millions of Christians were mercilessly slaughtered and 'false flag' massacres, assassinations and coups d'etat executed worldwide. Today sycophants of 'the City' are massacring millions of innocent Muslims to loot natural resources and realize the insane, unscriptural nightmare of a "greater Israel," eliminating genuine Israelites and encircling Judaeo-Communist Russia with military garrisons in the process. When this earthquake demolishes the Dome of the Rock the natural Medes will have a religious impulse, and their political offspring Russia, a strategic purpose to attack.
The Prophet said Russia covets Israel's vast mineral wealth whose estimated total value is four times that of the United States. "The Red Sea and all these things they're putting out the materials that's there [owned by Rothschild], the Jews, real rich, then that same thing [the abomination of Rome's heathen worship forcing her mark of the beast] will pollute their camp again (Ezekiel 7:20-22; 39:7; Daniel 11:30-39; 12:7, 13-14; Revelation 13:15-18). Yeah. [Again in the second half of the Seventieth Week . . .] They'll come right down, the cities of the world. Russia will come down, say, "We just got to have that stuff. That's uranium and everything down there; we got to go get it." And as they go down, then will be the battle of Armageddon. That'll be when God will stand like He did in the valley [of Jehoshaphat] for the children of Israel and fight again" (C.O.D., p. 77:111).
The Lord's Temple is Spiritual Israel—an election of Christians, and our 144,000 Israelite servants (living mainly in the Muslim lands of the ancient Assyrian empire) who will become the Temple of Christ and His Bride in the millennium. For this reason the Luciferian 'City of London' and Rothschild's fiefdom puppet state of non-Semitic modern Israel regard Christianity and Islam as "the enemy" (Genesis 3:15; 27:39-41).
"I will punish the whole world for its evil and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will put an end to the arrogance of the proud and will lay low the haughtiness of the ruthless. Few will live when I have finished My work. I will make men scarcer than fine gold, and mankind rarer than the gold of Ophir" (11-12; 2:10 – 6:13; Malachi 4:1). Truth and righteousness are so scarce today, particularly among our degenerate, dysfunctional national and world leaders, that when the wicked are destroyed the martyred remnant will be as scarce, pure and precious as fine gold in comparison: just 144,000 souls in a world of billions.
Rome, the Black Nobility and the banksters of 'the City of London' all seek control of Jerusalem whence the pope will rule Lucifer's totalitarian one world government through the covenant of Daniel 9:27 and an impersonation of Bible Prophecy. Do you see why the USA is under submission to Israel? It is because, like Britain, she remains a colony of the Jews' City of London and will be in alliance with the Roman world church system. Even now "they are gathering the kings of the earth and of the whole world to Armageddon" (Revelation 16:13-16), and following a brief World War II in which Israel and the USA will be invaded by Russia and the Muslim nations, they will unite the religions and the nations under one world government, ostensibly to restore peace and restrain Judaeo-Communism. The heavenly sanctuary being cleansed by the casting out of Satan and the Seventh Vial having been poured out to separate the foolish virgin from the hypocrites (Revelation 12:7-12; 15:5-8; 16:17; 11:19), the Jews' daily sacrifice will be restored on mount Moriah and the abomination of a new temple "made with hands" will desolate the holy place (Isaiah 14; Daniel 8:23-25; Acts 7:48; II Thessalonians 2; Revelation 13:8).
Zechariah 12:2 states, "I will make Jerusalem a cup of staggering to the surrounding nations when they are in the siege against Judah and against Jerusalem" (Isaiah 29:9). This attack at the start of Daniel's Seventieth Week will activate the covenant between a revived Judaeo-Roman empire, the Black Nobility and Jewish plutocracy (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 17:12-14). The Lord will make a way of escape for His elect as He did in the days of Uzziah (Zechariah 14:5), and Lucifer will restore peace under Roman one world government (Revelation 13:4). Zechariah 14:3, "The Lord will go forth and fight against those nations as in His day of battle, in the day of conflict" when He fought for Israel against the Egyptians at the Red Sea (Exodus 14:14; 15:3). And as He then made a way through the divided sea, so now will He cleave in two "the Mount of Olives" to provide a way of escape for those not taken into captivity.
Zechariah 14:4-7, "In that day His feet will stand on the mount of Olives to the east of Jerusalem [asserting dominion and subjection in claiming His possession (Deuteronomy 11:24; Psalm 8:6; Daniel 12:1; I Corinthians 15:27; Revelation 10:1-2)], and the mount of Olives will cleave in the middle, forming a very wide valley running eastward and westward; half of the mountain will move toward the north, and half toward the south. You will escape through the valley of My mountains, which will reach up to Azal" by the eastern or St. Stephen's gate so as to enable the citizens to flee by this new passage immediately on leaving Jerusalem, and the same divinely sent earthquake that opens out a way of escape to the Hebrews will swallow up the foe as in the crossing of the Red Sea.
Brother Branham explained, this broad valley is not created by the earthquake but by the new fifteen hundred mile high mount Zion beginning to push up from beneath thrusting these new mountains apart. He was speaking metaphorically, for this new pyramid mountain will not rise until after the millennium and White Throne Judgment when heavens and earth are renewed. However, as Christ's Bride of all Ages is the Lord's Mountain Kingdom, when the earthquakes sink Los Angeles and cleave the mount of Olives, our part of mount Zion will begin to push up from beneath as our sleeping Brethren raise up out of the earth (I Corinthians 15:42-57). The earthquake of Zechariah 14:4-5, Isaiah 29:6 and Revelation 16:19 says that after three days the Mount Zion rapture will commence. Three and a half years later the 144,000 will recognize the "Rock of offence" God lay in Zion is the Capstone which the builders disallowed, as indicated by its want on Enoch's the Bible in Stone (Isaiah 8:13-14; I Peter 2:6-8).
Zechariah 4:7, "Who are you, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel [a type of Christ and lineal descendant of David who restored the first temple] you will become a plain (Isaiah 2:2; Daniel 2:35; Zechariah 14:10): and Christ shall bring forth the Capstone [completing the redemption of the last Temple] with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it." When Israel recognize the 'parousia' Coming of their rejected King they will see the Capstone fulfilled in His Queen, and themselves as their Royal millennium Temple.
Isaiah 2:1-5, "The Word which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. It shall come to pass in the last days, that the Mountain of the Lord's House shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and be raised above the hills, to which all nations shall stream. And many peoples shall go and exhort, Come! and let us go up to the Mountain of the Lord, to the House of the God of Jacob, that He may teach us concerning His ways, and we will walk in His paths. For instruction in Truth [which is the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Isaiah 42:1-4, 21)] sought by the nations [or innumerable offspring of Abraham's Royal Seed (Isaiah 53:10; 65:23) promised in Genesis 22:15-18: Spiritual Israel, the Gentile Church (Daniel 7:10; Revelation 7:9-17). The Gospel of Truth] shall go forth out of Zion and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem (Luke 24:47). And He shall judge between the nations (Matthew 25:31-32) and decide for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O House [descended from Abraham, Isaac and] Jacob, come, let us walk in the Light of the Lord" (Micah 4).
Isaiah, Daniel and Zechariah describe the same "Mountain Kingdom" which grows by faith in Christ's Bride of all Ages—"the many peoples" whose testimony passes His Life through the Body to God's elect; and which, after our Homecoming will enter the heart of an election from "the House of Jacob," our millennium Temple. In the renewed heavens and renewed earth One God will be manifest in the glorified Jesus Christ and His Bride as one City on one Mountain which alone will be exalted. "The haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day" (Isaiah 2:12-17) manifest in the flesh of His glorified Family. Millennial "realization" must be forerun by "revelation" manifest in the lives of His saints (Acts 3:19-28).
Zechariah 14:7-11 telescopes the "revelation" to the physical "realization" of the millennium and the renewed heavens and earth (Isaiah 66:8; Zechariah 3:9-10). "It will be one day known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but at evening time it shall be Light. In that day, living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them toward the Dead Sea, and half of them to the Mediterranean Sea continuously in summer and in winter. And the Lord will be King over all the earth. In that day shall there be One Lord, and His Name alone will be worshipped. And [relative to the fifteen hundred mile high mountain] all the land shall become like a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem. But Jerusalem shall remain elevated, from Benjamin's gate to the place of the first gate, then to the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel to the king's winepresses. And it shall be inhabited, for it will no longer be placed under a curse, Jerusalem shall dwell in security".
"You will flee as you fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord My God shall come, and all the saints with You." Once again we need to separate "revelation" from physical "realization." To the elect Israelites this speaks of their "revelation" of the 'parousia' Coming of "the Lord their God," Jesus Christ, attended by His Gentile Wife and the Old Testament saints. This "revelation" of the resurrected Messiah and His resurrected Queen returning with the resurrected Old Testament saints will cause the nation of 144,000 elect Israelites to be born in one day (Isaiah 66:8). However its physical "realization" will not take place until the millennium.
From our prospect as Christ's end-time Bride this speaks of our much earlier "revelation" of His 'parousia' Coming with the theophanies of the Church Age saints physically "realized" in the first resurrection of I Thessalonians 4:17. "If we believe that Jesus died and rose again, we can also believe that when Jesus returns God will bring back with Him those who have fallen asleep . . . For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with the shout [of Brother Branham's end-time Message], with the voice of the Archangel [Christ in the heart of His Bride placing the Message from Genesis to Revelation], and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord".
Thus the following Scriptures confirm that the earthquake of Zechariah 14:4-5, Isaiah 29:6 and Revelation 16:19 that cleaves the mount of Olives in Israel will be coincident with the earthquake that sinks Los Angeles beneath the Pacific (Revelation 6:12; 16:18-20 and 18:21-24).
Zechariah, Daniel 7:9-10 and Matthew 25:31-30 all telescope the "revelation" of Christ's 'parousia' Coming to Israel with His glorified physical "realization" in the millennium and the White Throne Judgment to follow after a thousand years, while Revelation 19:1-15 telescopes Israel's "revelation" of Christ's 'parousia' Coming with Armageddon.
Matthew 25:31-32 "When the Son of man comes in His glory with all the holy angels [the glorified saints of all Ages], He will sit on the throne of His glory [on this earth, as heaven is God's throne (Isaiah 66:1; Revelation 3:21)]: all nations will be gathered before Him: and He will separate them from one another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats"
Zechariah 14:6-7, "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Light shall not be clear, nor dark: but it shall be a unique day which shall be known only to the Lord (Matthew 24:36; Acts 1:6-7), not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be Light".
In Laodicea the Gentile world became lukewarm "lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God: having a form of godliness but denying His inherent power" (II Timothy 3 – 4). And as Israel apostatised when she rejected Christ's physical Coming, Laodicea apostatised when the evening Light of His second or 'parousia' Coming (Revelation 3:20) was obscured by the ambivalent gloom of man-made creed and tradition and Satan seduced worship from Logos to reason in the church. The following Scriptures describe the natural phenomena associated with the opening of the Sixth Seal when Israel's Seventh Trumpet announces Christ's 'parousia' return to Israel and calls the physical resurrection.
Isaiah 13:9-14; 34:1-8 and 63:1-6 speak of separating Edomite Jews from Israelites returning to the land of their Covenant. And Joel 2:10, 31; 3:15; Matthew 24:29-31; Mark 8:38 and Revelation 6:12-14 depict the convulsions of nature that will induce their exit and confirm that the earthquake of Zechariah 14:4-5 is coincident with that which will sink Los Angeles (Revelation 6:12; 18:21-24). Revelation 16:18-20, "The outpouring of the Seventh Vial will be followed by voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so extensive and severe [it will sink the Jews' Los Angeles and Hollywood, "whose sorceries deceived all nations," when a 1,500 x 300-400 segment of earth's crust falls beneath the ocean]. The great city of Jerusalem will be split into three parts; cities throughout the world will collapse in heaps of rubble, and [Rome, MYSTERY] Babylon the great will come in remembrance before God, to make her drink the cup of His furious wrath. Islands will vanish, and mountains flatten out." Once again we see the Sixth Seal is telescoped to the renewed earth.
With respect to Daniel 12:1, Brother Branham said: "It is in the midst of a time of great trouble that Jesus comes. And with His Coming there is a resurrection. Many are to come forth out of the dust and rise with those who are alive but waiting for His return. And these will be given crowns. Why? Because they are Sons of God. They are kings with Him. They are reigning with Him. That is what the crown signifies—reigning and ruling with the Great King, Himself. That is the promise to all those who suffer with Him here on earth—all those who endured patiently knowing that God, the Just Judge would reward them. They who gave up all for Him and committed all to Him will sit down in His throne and share in His glorious kingdom" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 315:2).
As indicated by the sign of His 'parousia' Coming to Israel (Zechariah 14:4; Matthew 24:29-30), "Michael will stand up" or commence His reign (Daniel 11:2-3) when the day of the Lord begins and He casts Satan and his angels down to earth (Revelation 12:7-13). After the siege of Jerusalem at the start of Daniel's Seventieth Week, "The Lord will go forth and fight against those nations," however Israel will not recognize this sign until the beast having ruled forty-two months, "makes war with the saints" and "thy people" are born-again (Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 11:45; 12:5-8; Revelation 13:5). Thereafter they will be martyred and enter the first resurrection to return with the saints of all Ages for the millennium (Malachi 4:1-3), while the rest of the dead will be sleep until the second or general resurrection (Daniel 12:2).
This Cloud over mount Zion signifying Christ's second or 'parousia' Coming (Daniel 21:1; Zechariah 14:4; Matthew 24:30) will be the countersign to the Cloud of glory over Sunset mountain, Arizona, on February 28, 1963. His precious feet will not touch this earth until He returns with the glorified saints of all Ages to step out on the atomic ashes of the wicked for a thousand years of peace (Malachi 4:1-3; Matthew 3:12; Revelation 19:20; 20:5). Its important significance will be unrecognized until after the midst of Daniel's Seventieth Week, as the significance of our Cloud was not recognized for some years. For Israel this will fulfill the prophecy of Acts 1:10-12:
"Jesus was taken up into a Cloud of glory that carried Him from their view. And as they strained their eyes for a further glimpse of their Lord, suddenly two men in white apparel stood by them, and said, 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 same manner in which you have seen Him go into heaven. Then they returned to Jerusalem, which is a sabbath day's walk from the mount of Olives".
Jesus appeared many times in the visions of Ezekiel 1 – 11 in which the Lord anathematized Israel's idolatry and Levitical uncleanliness, foretelling the destruction of Jerusalem and its people. Ezekiel 5 – 9 prophesied the siege of Titus and Judea's dispersion among the Gentiles, which Jesus affirmed on the mount of Olives before His crucifixion (Matthew 24:3). In Ezekiel 9 the prophet saw Jesus Christ, Israel's Messenger of mercy become her Messenger of judgment after "He came to His own nation, and His own received Him not" (John 1:11). Israel's Mercy Seat became her Judgment seat, the priesthood was no longer her mediator with God but her executioner, and Christ, clothed in white linen, was seen as High Priest and Mediator for the PART-Word Church sealing the saints before Titus besieged the city. In Ezekiel 10:2 Christ was told to, "Go in between the whirling wheels beneath the cherub and take a handful of blazing coals, and scatter them over the city," signifying God's judgment to be exacted on Jerusalem wherein the people ate bark from the trees and even their own children. And when the armies of Titus finally entered the through the treachery of Edomite Jews, the city with its temple were leveled with the ground and its citizens scattered to "the four winds," of war and strife for two thousand years under Seven Trumpets of judgment.
Even before Nebuchadnezzar razed the Temple, Ezekiel saw "The cherubim lift up their wings and rise into the air with their wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel stood above them. Abandoning the Temple as His abode, the Shekinah went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mount of Olives East of the city" (Ezekiel 10:18-19; 11:22-23). The abandonment of the Temple was the abandonment of the city also (Hosea 5:15; Matthew 23:38-39), and a prophecy of Christ who is the glory of God turning from Israel to the Gentiles. The rainbow of grace and mercy seen in Ezekiel 1:28 was absent, for the six men with slaughtering weapons were commanded to "smite without mercy or pity all Judeans not baptized into Christ: slay old men, young men and maidens, children and women alike, but do not approach anyone who is sealed. Begin at My sanctuary. So they began with the old men who were in the Temple. And Christ said, Defile the Temple and fill its courts with the slain. Go out, and slay in the city. . . The guilt of the house of Israel and of Judah is exceedingly great; the land is full of bloodshed and the city full of injustice".
I see no Biblical evidence regarding any Shekinah glory present in either the Temple of Zerubbabel or Herod since the sacred fire lit by God, Ark of the Covenant and the Urim and Thummim had been destroyed in the first Temple. The absence of the Shekinah in the Temples of Zerubbabel or Herod is established by Ezekiel 43:2-4 which signifies the Presence taking residence in each of the elect Israelites as it has entered each Christian temple.
In these visions the Lord foretold the initiation of 2,000 years of vengeance upon apostate Israel (Luke 21:20), and His return in mercy to an election of 144,000 blood Israelites—not so-called Jews—when retribution is ended. Once they are sealed into the Kingdom God will destroy the sinners. The ungodly character of Israel at their rejection of Messiah's first Coming is seen today in the apostate churches, politicians, businessmen, institutions and the Gentile world generally since its rejection of His second Coming.
Judah's servitude, captivity and desolations, and Nebuchadnezzar's razing of God's Temple and Jerusalem were a warning and foretaste of "seven times more" chastisement Israel would receive under 2,000 years of Roman domination owing to its wicked recalcitrance foretold in Daniel 9. The departure of the symbol of God's Presence from the Temple preparatory to the destruction of the city was foretold by Moses, "This people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land among whom they are about to come, and will forsake Me, breaking the Covenant I have made with them. My anger will be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them and hide My face from them, and they will be devastated; and calamities and troubles will befall them. In that day they will cry out and say, Have not these evils come upon us because our God is not among us? But at that time I will withdraw My face from them because of the sins they have committed in turning to other gods" (Deuteronomy 31:16-18; Hosea 9:12).
This is precisely what has happened to the Gentile churches at the end of the Laodicean Church Age when the sevenfold Spirit of the Lord left earth and returned before the throne of God (Revelation 4:5). Christ's mediation for the ignorance of PART-Word was fulfilled, and the Blood removed from the Mercy Seat; Christ claimed the Book of Redemption, loosed its Seven Seals (Revelation 5:1-7; 6; 8:1) and returned to earth, placing judgment on Rome, the beast from the sea, and on her (once) Protestant image, the US beast from the earth. He revealed the mysteries of the Seven Thunders which are the revelations contained in the Seven Seals to the seventh angel (Revelation 10:1-7) whose Message is the "shout" of I Thessalonians 4:16, which is the "midnight cry" of Matthew 25:6 calling the wise and foolish virgin out of MYSTERY Babylon the great to be filled with the Spirit (Revelation 18:4).
After Brother Branham had addressed a Full Gospel Business Men's breakfast in California on February 11, 1961 a Baptist Brother said, "That sermon could be put into the Book of Revelation. I want to pray for you, Brother Branham." He threw his arms around the Prophet and began to speaking in tongues. When he had spoken a Frenchman from Louisiana said, that wasn't an unknown tongue, it was French. And a woman from Lausanne, Switzerland, followed by a young man who was an interpreter with the UN came forward with the translation:
"Because thou hast chosen the narrow path, the harder way, thou hast walked in your own choosing. Thou hast picked the correct and precise decision and it is My way. Because of this momentous decision, a huge portion of Heaven awaits thee. What a glorious decision thou hast made! This in itself is what will give and make come to pass the tremendous victory in the love divine".
Heaven consists of the Word or Logos, not PART-Word. Revelation 19 depicts Jesus coming to Armageddon to judge and make war. He is crowned with many crowns, His garments are dipped in blood, and His Name is called The Word of God, or Logos. With Him is the vindicated Word of His resurrected saints. The prophecy matches God's Commission and promise to Brother Branham on August 7, 1957, which was Joshua 1:5-7:
"No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with you: I will not fail you, nor forsake you. Be strong and of a good courage: for you will divide the land for an inheritance to this people, which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, to observe the whole Law, which Moses My servant commanded you: do not depart from it to the right hand or to the left so that you may prosper wherever you go".
Brother Branham's sermons are in the beloved Book of Revelation sealed under Old Testament symbols. The spoken Word of his Message revealed the mysteries of the Seven Thunders Daniel and John were told to "seal up unto the time of the end" (Daniel 12:4, 9; Revelation 10:4). They are the revelations contained in the unwritten Seventh Seal that unfolds the six written Seals, "finishing the mystery of God" and revealing the fullness of the Word as prophesied in I Corinthians 13:10. They brought Christ back to earth as the Logos or (W_O_R_D) form. His Message is that "huge portion of Heaven . . . [which] . . . in itself is what will give and make come to pass the tremendous victory in the love divine" as without the Capstone Bride the PART-Word saints of the Church Ages cannot be raised and glorified (Hebrews 11:39-40). The "tremendous victory in Divine Love" engraved in the Capstone is faith's victory of eternal Life over death (Matthew 12:20; I Corinthians 15:16-26; 54-56).
Like Joshua, Brother Branham put God's Word first, and as Joshua divided the Land for an inheritance to the people under the Old Covenant, he defined the inheritance of the saints under the New Covenant to show us, Christ's end-time Bride, what parts of the Word were fulfilled in the Church Ages, and that all seven Church Ages are fulfilled, so we will not err by impersonating the Word for a day gone by, but recognize our day and its Message, become written epistles of our part of the Word and enter our place in the Body.
As stated, Christ's Mediation was fulfilled when the last saint predestinated to the PART-Word division of the Body was born-again in Laodicea, then redemption was over. In Revelation 5 the elders advertised for a Kinsman Redeemer and the bleeding bloody Lamb advanced from the altar of sacrifice where His body had lain as a memorial, took the title deed to redemption and became the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Before Him were the elders with "golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of the saints".
Revelation 8:3-5 is in parenthesis explaining what takes place during the Silence in Heaven the Space of Half an Hour following the opening of the Seventh Seal. "And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and a vast quantity of incense was given to him to mingle with the prayers of all saints [for we are one Body] upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand".
This "vast quantity of incense," the Prophet is mingling with the prayers or revelations of all saints is "the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him, to show to His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and Jesus sent and signified it by His angel [William Branham] to His servant John" (Revelation 1:1; 3:14; 10:7; 14:8; 22:6, 9-10, etc). It is the "huge portion of Heaven . . . [which] . . . in itself is what will give and make come to pass the tremendous victory in the love divine." A combination of incense with the prayers (or revelation) indicates Divine acceptance. Added to the faith of all saints it presents a perfect and acceptable offering "in the unity of the faith".
Then "the angel took the censor, and filled it with fire of the altar (as prophesied of Christ in Ezekiel 10:2, 7 following His crucifixion), and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake." These coals from the altar of incense in the heavenly Sanctuary had sanctified and offered back to God the revelation of His Word made flesh in the Bride of each age. When the last saint predestinated to Christ's end-time Bride has taken his place in the Body, the evening service of the Pentecostal feast will have ended, and the cinders will be cast down to earth with Satan and his angels, cleansing the heavenly Sanctuary of their dross and marking the close of the Gentile dispensation with judgment smiting the earth (Malachi 4:6; Matthew 3:12). The Alaskan earthquake on Good Friday 1964 was a token of what will take place at the Seventh Trump of Revelation 11:15-19, the Sixth Seal, the Third Woe and the Seventh Vial.
Zechariah 14:4-7 foretold how, under the Sixth Seal an election of Israelites will flee eastward through the valley of God's mountains, escaping their enemies. And later in Daniel's Seventieth week, Revelation 7, which is a parenthesis under the Sixth Seal, records the sealing of the 144,000 elect Israelites upon their revelation of Christ's parousia and the sign of the Cloud returning from the East three and a half years previously.
Ezekiel 43:1-2 and 7 also describes the Presence returning from the East as foretold to the disciples by the two Hebrew witnesses anointed with the Spirit that endued Moses and Elijah (Acts 1:10-11). Once "the Holy Place, and the Altar of Incense, and they who worship therein" are measured (Ezekiel 40:3; Revelation 11:1), the 144,000 who will comprise the millennium temple will all have been hewn from the world and gathered by the feast of the Trumpet mysteries as Solomon's temple "was built of stones finished in the quarry: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was being built" (I Kings 6:7). Thus the millennium temple will complete and finished as an actual house for the Lord, signifying Israel's two witnesses "shall have finished their testimony" (Revelation 11:7).
Ezekiel is taken back to the East gate that He may see the return of the glory of the God of Israel to take His rest in the millennial Temple by the new birth of the 144,000. "And I beheld the glory of the God of Israel come from the east: and the sound of His Coming was like the sound of many waters: and the earth shone with His glory. And He said to me, Son of man, this is the place of My throne, and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and the house of Israel shall no more defile My holy Name, neither they, nor their kings, by their idolatry, nor by the idolatrous adulation and adoration of them and their religious edicts".
God from the first claimed to be Israel's King politically as well as religiously: He had resisted their wish to have a human king, as implying a rejection of Him as the proper Head of the state. Even when He yielded to their wish, it was with a protest against their king ruling except as His vicegerent. When Messiah reigns at Jerusalem, He will then first realize the original idea of the theocracy, with its at once divine and human king reigning in righteousness over a people all righteous (Ezekiel 43:12; Isaiah 52:1; 54:13; Zechariah 14:20-21; Revelation 21:27; 22:15).
When Israel is born-again in one day, "they will sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb [to Jesus Messiah], Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Your ways, You King of saints. Who shall not reverence You, O Lord, and glorify Your Name? for You alone are holy: for all nations shall come and worship before You; for the justification of Your judgments upon Israel is made manifest" (Revelation 15:3-4). nl623.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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