Bible Believers' Newsletter 704
"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. Your brother-in-Christ, Anthony Grigor-Scott
In this issue we continue our study of the Book of Zechariah with an exposition of Chapter Nine.
We encourage readers to make full use of the teaching sermons and other Christian resources on our Church Website, and invite you to request our free PowerPoint presentation, "The Second Coming of Christ".
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
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani
Please remember our Brother Youcef Nadarkhani imprisoned in Iran.
He is sentenced to death on the spurious charge of apostasy for converting to Christianity. Although Islam was the family religion he was in fact never a Muslim. The Supreme Court of the Islamic Republic of Iran has ordered the local court to examine whether our Brother was a practicing Muslim from the age of accountability, which they reckon as 15 years, until the time he became a Christian at the age of 19 years. The re-examinaton will take place on September 25, 2011. Once the matter has been reviewed the case it will be referred back to the Supreme Court for a final decision.
'Gaddafi's Billions' and Financial Terrorism?
September 11, 2011 The rebels' Transitional National Council captured the Central Bank of Libya, and announced the sale of 29 tons of gold to "provide citizens with wages." The new head of the Central Bank Ghassem Azzoz also pointed out that the bank's assets were fully preserved during the war, nothing has been stolen! Nothing! And nothing has been removed!
It is striking that as it turned out, "the corrupt tyrant" (as the "revolutionaries" had to admit, and this is worth a lot) was not tempted even by a gram of gold owned by the people. Not a gram!
However, knowing about the Colonel what we, friends of Libya, learned about him over the past six months, there's nothing strange about it. Another thing is surprising. So let's talk about it. . . Full story: Gaddafi's billions
Comment: NATO countries stole Libya's gold and replaced it with paper dinars.
The plundering of Gaddafi's privacy backfires! Gadaffi was a noble, humble and honest man who lived in a tent. The US image of the beast is even now killing as the Bible foretold. It is later than you think or dare imagine.
NATO's "Victory" in Libya: Genocide and Rebel Infighting
September 11, 2011 Desperate to declare NATO's mission in Libya a victory ahead of the September 19, 2011 deadline on their contrived UN Security Council resolution, already violated in every conceivable manner possible, NATO planes in tandem with NATO special forces obliterated Tripoli ahead of swarms of Libyan rebel troops led by notorious al Qaeda thug Abdulhakim Hasadi (aka Balhaj). Three weeks later, NATO's proxy Libyan representative, long-time globalist and servant of the West Mahmoud Gibril Elwarfally, touched down at Tripoli's airport, one of the few enclaves held by rebels in the city, to give the impression that his "National Transitional Council" (NTC) actually controls the capital and therefore the country.
In reality, Gibril (also spelled Jabril) is in control of nothing, apparently not even his own rebel forces, and stunts such as landing in Tripoli are desperate ploys to portray a sense of strength and resolve to garner continued "international support" as NATO's deadline quickly approaches. Libya's rebellion, despite the corporate-media's disingenuous presentation, is divided along tribal and ethnic lines, with most of Libya's rebels being motivated, not by aspirations for liberal-democracy, but rather by ideological extremism cultivated over the last 30 years by US and British intelligence in the eastern cities of Darnah and Benghazi. As NATO enables these violent ideologues to expand their control over the country, they are systematically committing war crimes including large-scale theft and looting, exiling entire civilian populations from cities, and wholesale genocide. They are also reportedly turning their weapons on one another.
To compound Gibril's precarious situation, the few fighters he has that are following orders are stretched thin between attempting to hold parts of Tripoli, holding other towns and cities beyond their Benghazi stronghold, and attempting to siege entire cities still standing defiantly against NATO and rebel conquest. The cities of Bani Walid and Sirte, both claimed by rebels as ripe to fall "within hours" have now entirely balked rebel advances, causing many forces to flee with reports that fighters coming back from the front lines are overwhelmed and demoralized.
Despite heavy, and quite obviously indiscriminate bombing by NATO for the better part of two weeks, resistance in these two cities is still fierce enough to keep the rebels well at bay. It is quite apparent that initial reports by Gabril's "NTC" that only 60-150 Qaddafi fighters remained in Bani Walid, were yet another lie and that the entire city's civilian population is putting up resistance. The number of "resisters" has gone up piecemeal as the rebel operation drags on, with the number of "Qaddafi soldiers" fighting in Bani Walid well past 1,000 now.
Bani Walid is predominately made of members of Libya's one-million strong Warfalla tribe, and is decidedly not interested in NATO's sponsored "Benghazi liberation." In the wake of NATO's bombing campaign and special forces entering Tripoli and their setting the stage for looting, torture, and genocide, and after months of reporting on the Libyan rebels' penchant for war crimes, the London Telegraph has finally admitted in short that the rebels are in fact genocidal racists. In the Telegraph's article "Gaddafi's Ghost Town after the Loyalists Retreat," it is reported that rebels have taken the city of Tawarga, where the entire civilian population was either killed or exiled. . . Full story: landdestroyer.blogspot.com
Comment: May God bless Col. Gadaffi and loyal Libyans fighting to preserve their nation from the Khazar's hordes.
Lloyd's sues Saudi Arabia for funding 9/11
September 16, 2011 A Lloyd's of London insurance portfolio is suing the Saudi government, Saudi charities and Saudi banks for financing the 9/11 terrorist attacks. On 8th September, Lloyd's Syndicate 3500 filed suit in the Federal District Court for Western Pennsylvania in Johnstown against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a number of Saudi government-run charities, and two major Saudi banks, demanding at least $215 million in compensation for insurance payments the syndicate made to victims of the 11th September, 2001 attacks. The 154-page suit charged and documented that, without the financial and logistical support of the Saudi government and government-controlled dawas (charities), the 9/11 attacks could not have occurred. . .
The Lloyd's suit was premised on the argument that, while the costs of the 9/11 attack per se were limited, al-Qaeda had a $35 million-a-year budget that was largely covered by payments from the Saudi Royal Family and allied circles. The suit provided very detailed allegations about the role of the Saudi régime in sponsoring, financing and supporting al-Qaeda over the 13-year period from 1988 through to the 11th September, 2001 attacks. . . Full story: cecaust.com.au
Comment: The Saudi Royal family are Jews.
Larry Silverstein caught Redhanded
Photography shows explosions in WTC Building 7. Full story: youtube.com
Danny Danon: Send African Migrants to Australia
June 30, 2011 MK Danny Danon (Likud) asked Australian MP Michael Danby on Wednesday to propose, in parliament in Canberra, sending African migrants from Israel to Australia. Danon and Danby discussed the issue during the Australian politician's visit to Israel for the World Jewish Congress's International Conference of Jewish Parliamentarians.
"The arrival of thousands of Muslim infiltrators to Israeli territory is a clear threat to the state's Jewish identity" . . . "The refugees' place is not among us, and the initiative to transfer them to Australia is the right and just solution. On the one hand, it treats the refugees and migrants in a humane way. On the other hand, it does not threaten Israel's future and our goal to maintain a clear and solid Jewish majority". . . Danon said Danby enthusiastically agreed to present the idea to the Australian Parliament . . .
According to the Knesset's Research and Information Center, there were 35,638 migrants in Israel as of May. Fewer than 1 percent are recognized by the UN as refugees. Some 61% of the migrants21,748 peopleare Eritrean, however, and categorized as members of a "temporary humanitarian protection group" by the UN, because they cannot be returned safely to their home country due to internal strife.
"Since Australia has a policy of accepting refugees and groups under protection, I would appreciate it if you could promote a solution in which Australia would accept those who seeking refuge," Danon wrote. Full story: jpost.com
Comment: With elected representatives and sayanim like that you don't need enemies.
Australian Passports: Male, Female and X
September 15, 2011 Australian passports will now have three gender optionsmale, female and x. The new category is only for use by intersex peoplewho are not biologically entirely male or female. Trangendered passport-holderswho have changed gender but not had surgerywill be free to choose either male or female, but will not be allowed to select 'x'.
Australian Senator Louise Pratt, whose partner was born female and now lives as a man, said the reform was a major coup for people who have trouble when going abroad because their appearance does not match their gender. . .
Full story: dailymail.co.uk
Comment: As it was in the days of Lot, so is it in the Australian Parliament.
Zechariah Chapter Nine
Zechariah chapters 9 to 14 foretell the future destiny of the people of the Old Covenant and state how the King of Israel, "despised and rejected," yields to humiliating and cruel martyrdom by His own people yet overcomes "not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of the Lord of hosts," attracting multitudes to His side in penitence and love, and establishing "His dominion from sea to Sea, and from the River Euphrates to the ends of the Earth" (Zechariah 4:6; 9:10). "Caiaphas the high priest said: It is expedient for us that one Man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. He said this not of his own initiative, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation, and not for that nation only, but to gather into one all the scattered children of God [both Israelites and Gentiles]. And from that day on the Jews laid plans to murder Him" (John 11:49-53). Brother Branham referred to the Pillar of Cloud that manifest over Arizona on February 28 1963 shown here and on the index page of the Church Website as the sign of Christ's second or 'parousia' Coming (Revelation 1:7, 14; Daniel 7:9; Matthew 26:64; Acts 1:9-11). There was a blast of thunder when the Lamb opened one of the Seals (Revelation 6:1), and "The Lord Himself descended from heaven with a Shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God" (I Thessalonians 4:16). Brother Branham said He does all three as He descends. We have another account of the second or 'parousia' Coming of Christ the Archangel in Revelation 10:1-7: "I . . . (place your name here as John represents Christ's end-time Bride throughout the Book of Revelation) . . . saw another mighty Angel come down from heaven clothed with a cloud: and the rainbow was upon His head [showing Him to be the Angel of the Covenant from Genesis to Revelation] . . .and He had a little Book open in His hand: [it was closed when He claimed it in Revelation 5:7]; and He set His right foot in judgment on [Rome, the beast from] the Sea, and His left foot on [the United States, the beast from] the Earth. And cried with a loud voice as when a lion roars: and after He had cried the seven thunders uttered their voices".
"All the people said, His blood be upon us and upon our children" (Matthew 27:25): they are still paying "life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, and foot for footseven times more" according to their Law (Deuteronomy 19:21; Leviticus 26:14-46). And according to Esau's oath (Genesis 27:41) the Gentile armies of the Jews' City of London are hunting Jacob wherever he lives in the ancient Assyrian empire in Iraq, Iran, Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Algeria. "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Hebrews 10:31).
To clarify the language of our post eighteenth century English Bibles Brother Branham said, "Jew just is a name that was give to them after they left, I believe, Nebuchadnezzar over, begin to call them Jews first because the tribe of Judah was taken then and given a name of Jew. Now . . . Because they came down from Judea and they got the name of Jew. But now, Israel is different. Israel and Jew is altogether different. . . Every Jew isn't an Israelite. No, he's just a Jew. . ." (The Revelation of the Seven Seals, p. 474:3-4).
At his surrender in 1781 General Cornwallis informed General George Washington, "a holy war will now begin on America, and when it is ended America will be supposedly the citadel of freedom, but her millions will unknowingly be loyal subjects to the Crown." NOT the British monarchy but the "Crown" of the Jews' City of London which now rules the United States. "Your churches will be used to teach the Jews' religion and in less than two hundred years the whole nation will be working for divine world government. That government that they believe to be divine will be the British Empire. All religions will be permeated with Judaism without even being noticed by the masses, and they will all be under the invisible all-seeing eye of the Grand Architect of Freemasonry" (The Legions of Satan, by Jonathan Williams; quoted by Senator Joseph McCarthy in his 1956 speech, "George Washington's Surrender"). Cornwallis was referring to the Talmudic objective of one totalitarian world government under Jewry espoused by the one world religion of Freemasonry which admits men of all religious persuasions; the one world philosophy of Judaeo-Communism that Jesus called "Laodicea" has since permeated all religions.
Jesus said, "unless those days [of tribulation following the destruction of Jerusalem] are shortened, there should be no flesh saved [for the translation]: but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened [by the revelation of Christ's second or 'parousia' Coming and the translation]. Then [in the days of His 'parousia'] if any man says to you, Look, Christ is over here, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs [NOT false Jesus' but false anointed ones], and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that IF it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect" (Matthew 24:22-24).
By the grace of God His elect cannot be deceived on the revealed Word of God of which they are written epistles. But the modern word "Jew" introduced into your Bible in the eighteenth century with a meaning contrary to the two words it has replaced has ensured "all religions [including Islam] have been permeated with Judaism without even being noticed by the masses, and they are all under the invisible all-seeing eye of the Grand Architect of Freemasonry." The NON-elect have been deceived into believing "Jesus was a Jew," which is blasphemy, and that "Jews are God's chosen people" when God "put enmity" between their forebears and Adam's race (Genesis 3:15) and charged Moses and the Israelites to "utterly destroy" them whenever they were found in the land of the Covenant (Deuteronomy 7:2; 20:16-17; Genesis 4:14). They are today a mostly non-Semitic people with no history in the Middle East. And yes, the vast majority in the circle of this Message is deceived and false anointed ones invite antichrist Talmudic rabbis into their pulpits. Cornwallis was referring to the "strong delusion to believe Satan's lie" and unite with the Judaeo-Roman church to bring an unscriptural false peace on earth before the millennium, and "be damned for not believing the truth" (II Thessalonians 2:7-12; Revelation 13:14).
Pharisaism is called Judaism today. When the legalist hypocrites of Jesus' day saw His miracles "they took counsel how they might destroy Him. But Jesus knowing this withdrew Himself. Many followed Him, and He healed them all and charged them not to make Him known, that Isaiah's prophecy might be fulfilled: Behold My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen, in whom My soul delights; I have put My Spirit upon Him: He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. He will not cry, nor lift up His voice, nor cause it to be heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break and the smoking flax He will not quench: He will bring forth justice in agreement with truth. He will not fail nor be discouraged, till He has established justice in the Earth, and [Gentiles in] distant lands will await His teaching" (Matthew 12:1-21; Isaiah 42:1-4).
As we reflect on the past we see these chapters place prophecy in the context of history. Zechariah chapter nine foretold the Syrian conquests of Alexander the Great (356-323BC) over a century beforehand, while during the Babylonian Captivity Daniel 8:5-8 foretold the rise of the Persian world power, its defeat by the rising Graeco-Macedonian Empire and its conquest by Rome. After the battle of Issus in 333BC Alexander captured Damascus, which Darius had chosen as the strong depository of his wealth, and this opened all Coele Syria, "the land of Hadrach." In 331BC he finally defeated Darius, and in 330 he burned Persepolis, the Persian capital. Thereafter Zechariah covers the Lord's intervention whereby Jerusalem and Judah found favour in the eyes of this great warrior king who conquered the known world by might of arms and blood, then he turns abruptly to another Warrior King who is to conquer by humility and His own Blood shed for many for the remission of sins, and by peace; He will deliver Jerusalem and restore Israel's Kingdom with universal dominion.
Zechariah 9:1-8, "The burden of the Lord's wrath will settle permanently upon the land of Hadrach and Damascus [until Syria is utterly prostrate, which was fulfilled under Alexander], for the Lord's providence extends over the whole earth as well as all the tribes of Israel; and on Hamath which borders thereon, and on Tyre with Sidon [lying in the conqueror's way on his march along the Mediterranean to Egypt], because it is shrewd and wise in its own eyes. [On expressing his wish to sacrifice in Hercules' temple in New Tyre on the island, she showed her wisdom in sending Alexander a golden crown, and replying that the true and ancient temple of Hercules was at Old Tyre on the mainland]. Tyre had the greatest confidence owing to her insular position, an immense apparently impregnable double sea-wall and abundant provisions, and heaped up silver like dust, and gold as the dirt of the streets. Yet with all her wisdom she cannot avert her doom: the Lord will dispossess her and smite her bulwark in the sea; and she shall be consumed by fire."
Though without a navy, by incredible labor Alexander constructed a mole of the ruins of Old Tyre from the shore to the island, and, after a seven months' siege, took the city by storm, slew about eight thousand with the sword, enslaved thirteen thousand, crucified two thousand, and razed the city.
The Prophet now turns to the Philistines on the coast. "Ashkelon shall see it, and be afraid; Gaza also sees, and shall writhe in anguish; and Ekron [the northernmost Philistine city] sees and fears, because her expectation [that Tyre would withstand Alexander, and so check his progress southward through Philistia to Egypt] will be confounded and put to shame; and the king shall perish from Gaza [after a two month's siege, Gaza was taken by Alexander, ten thousand of its inhabitants slain, and the rest sold as slaves. Betis her vassal "king" was bound to a chariot by thongs thrust through the soles of his feet and dragged round the city], and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited."
"Ashdod will lose its native population and be inhabited by a mongrel race and I will end all that constitutes the pride of the Philistines [i.e. the five originally Canaanite cities which they conquered. The Philistines were a Hamitic people out of Philistim, great-grandson of Mizraim (Genesis 10:14)]. And I will take the blood of idolatry out of her mouth, and the abominable sacrifices from between her teeth: but the remnant [like Hadrach, Damascus, and Tyre, etc.,] will worship the God of Israel, and the Philistine princes with their respective states shall share equally in the communion of Israel as if they were among the "governors" of states "in Judah," and the [Serpent's seed of] Ekron shall be like the Jebusites [the original Serpent's seed inhabitants of Jerusalem who were incorporated with the Israelites but as bond-servants and tributaries (Genesis 9:27; I Kings 9:20-21). The land of the Philistines was allotted to Judah, but was never permanently occupied]".
Not only will a judgment fall upon the neighbouring heathen, and a remnant of them be converted, but "I will encamp about My house [Israel (Hosea 8:1) as a guard] from the expedition of Alexander marching to and fro]. When advancing against Jerusalem, Alexander was arrested by a dream, so that neither in "passing by" to Egypt, nor in "returning," did he injure the Jews, but conferred on them great privileges. Josephus (Antiquities of the Jews, XI.8.4-7) accounts for this remarkable fact, by the high priest in his ritual robes, followed by a train of priests and citizens arrayed in white going forth to meet him; Alexander was so impressed by the spectacle that he did reverence to the holy Name on the high priest's mitre; and when Parmenio expressed surprise at the act, he replied that he had seen in a vision at Dios in Macedonia, the God whom Jaddua the high priest represented, who encouraged him to cross over into Asia and promised him success. Afterwards he entered into the city, offered sacrifice, and heard a recital of the prophecies of Daniel (7:6; 8:3-8, 20-22; 11:1-4) which foretold his victory, in consequence of which he bestowed important privileges on the Jews".
Through Alexander the Lord began to bring Judah's foes to judgment. His career exhibited a secular preparation for the new and final form of the kingdom of God on Earth. The aims and results of Alexander's conquests were far beyond any contemplated by himself even in the most extensive of his far-reaching views. He tore down what others might build up. The humiliation of the Syrian powers and provinces was preliminary to their conversion to the true faith. Their cruel and debasing worship disappeared, the remnant became incorporated within the Christian Church, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians after the Lord's ascension (Acts 11:26).
The prophet next passes from the immediate future to the final deliverance and millennium to come and makes a sudden transition to the coming of King Messiah (Isaiah 60:18). "And no oppressor shall pass through them any more: for now have I seen with My eyes how Judah was oppressed by her foes."
Zechariah 9:9-10 is in parenthesis describing a vision: "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold [I see], your King, He comes to you: just and having salvation in Himself for you; humble and riding upon an ass and upon a colt the she-asses foal. And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the war horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and He shall speak peace to the Gentiles: and His dominion will be from sea to sea, and from the River Euphrates to the ends of the Earth".
The "daughter of Zion" is always Christ's Bride, while the "daughter of Jerusalem" is the 144,000 elect Israelites. The horse is a symbol of war and judgment while the ass is a symbol of peace. As the first fruit of the harvest of souls Jesus Messiah was waved before the Lord and adjudged to be just as vindicated by His resurrection for our justification, for if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy (Leviticus 23:10-14; Romans 4:25; I Corinthians 15:20-23; II Corinthians 5:14-21). The King is "saved" not for His own sake but for His people, and the blessing therefore is not personal, but extends to His Bride and to all of His subjects. Our king triumphs through suffering and His crown springs out of His cross. He is afflicted and bowed by outward circumstances and inwardly bowed in that He is meek, patient and lowly. That this King should ride not upon a horse but upon the untrained foal of an ass indicates how far He was from worldly splendour and would conquer the world through suffering and dying, then rise from lowliness to might and glory, uniting in Himself the extremes of majesty and humiliation as foreshadowed in David.
Not only will this King extend His reign by peaceful methods, but all the instruments of war will be "cut off" from His people, "and He will speak peace to the Gentiles." Not that He will teach or command peace, but by the 'third pull' of revelation He will speak peace to the elect of all nations of Adam's race "from sea to sea, and from the River Euphrates to the ends of the Earth" (Psalm 72, Micah 5:5).
What other kings accomplish by force, Zion's King effects without weapons or armies. He told Pilate, "My Kingdom is not of this world: if My Kingdom were of this world, then My servants would fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but at this time My kingdom is not from here".
"Surprised, Pilate responded: So you are a king? Jesus answered: You say that I am a king. I was born for this purpose, and for this cause I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice" (John 18:36-37).
Truth and revealed truth is the only weapon this Conqueror employs, yet with it He has built the mightiest empire the world has ever seen, "a kingdom, which will never be destroyed: and the kingdom will not be left to other people, but it will break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever" (Daniel 2:44).
Luke 23:38, "And a superscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JUDEANS," bearing witness that despite their unbelief He was their King, and King also of the Gentiles.
Two thousand years have passed since organizational clerics blinded the Israel nation for whom Messiah was the central thought of Scripture from the bloody skins of lambs slain in Eden until with measured determination they murdered God's Messiah. The history of Israel may be thus seen to constitute successive steps in the development of God's purpose to bring many sons to glory through a captain of salvation, so "the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of [all] prophecy" from Adam to William Branham and the two Hebrew prophets yet to witness to Israel. In preparation for their ministry in the Spirit and power of Moses and Elijah we find organizational clerics have blinded the Gentiles that Paul's prophecy might be fulfilled, "Note the kindness and severity of God; severity towards those who have fallen; but towards you kindness, provided you continue in His kindness; otherwise you too will be cut off. . . Lest you be wise in your own conceits, I want you to understand this mystery, that Spiritual blindness has come over the Israel nation, until the full number the elect Gentiles have come into the Kingdom" (Romans 11:22, 25).
In Matthew 21:1-11, "When Jesus drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the mount of Olives, He sent two disciples, saying to them, Go into the village opposite and as you enter you will find an ass tied, and a colt with her: untie them and bring them to Me. If any one says anything to you, say: The Lord has need of them; and he will send them immediately. This was done so that the Words of the prophet might be fulfilled":
"Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your King is coming to you, riding humble on an ass, a colt the foal of an ass. The disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them; they brought the animals to Him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat thereon. Many of the great multitude spread their garments on the road while others cut branches from the trees and strewed them on the road. And the crowds surged ahead and pressed along behind, shouting, Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest"! And when He entered Jerusalem, all the city was agitated, saying: Who is this? And the crowds said: This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee".
"The common people heard Him gladly" whereas the leaders and educated folk whose theologians could recite Moses and the prophets from memory could not recognize the Scripture being fulfilled before their eyes. People who had gathered in Jerusalem from throughout the Roman Empire to attend the feast of Unleavened Bread and Passover could not recognize their day and its Message coming as the real Passover Lamb according to the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9-10. Their false anointed ministers were so confident in their manmade theology they would crucify Jesus Messiah five days thence on the hour, day, week, month and year and in the place foretold by Moses (Exodus 12:3-6; Deuteronomy 16:5-6), Nehemiah 2:1-8, and Daniel 9:25-26.
These people had certainly learned the letter of God's Word, but teaching for doctrine the commandments of men made it of no effect. The New Testament theologians having followed the same course, fail to recognize that since the revelation of the Seven Seals we now have the perfect interpretation of God's Word so that Christ is no longer a Mediator excusing denominational error, and almost two billion souls who claim to be Christians are crucifying to themselves the Son of God afresh on a cross of man-made creed and tradition and know it not.
History was in the making, prophecy was being fulfilled, salvation for the world was riding on a donkey. This was the great day for which all of the prophets and saints had yearned. This was the hope of the righteous, many of whom had been martyred for their faith. Three days hence Jesus would shout, "Oy vey to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you tithe mint and anise and cumin, and have omitted the weightier aspects of the Law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these you ought to have done without neglecting the others. You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!"
"Oy vey to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of extortion and greed. You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and plate so that the outside may be clean as well. Oy vey to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are resemble whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within they are full of dead men's bones, and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity."
"Oy vey to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, saying, Had we lived in the days of our fathers we would not taken part in shedding the blood of the prophets."
"Thus you witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up the measure of your fathers. You serpents, you progeny of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell? Therefore I [will] send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from town to town: that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of innocent Abel to the blood of Zacharias son of Barachiah, whom you slew between the temple and the altar. I assure you, that all these things shall come upon this [Serpent's seed] generation [of Cain's lineage]."
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often have I wanted to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not! Behold, your house is left forsaken and desolate [and is no longer God's House]. For I tell you, You will not see Me again, till you say, Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord" (Matthew 23:23-39).
Whereas everyone in Jerusalem should have been joyously shouting: "Hosanna to Messiah who comes in the Name of the Lord," the mindless mob sought approval from renowned men who were critics. Howbeit God deals with individuals one-on-one, and true believers are His "little flock" disrespected and scorned by society.
As the Israelites and proselytes had gathered to Jerusalem for the feast of Unleavened Bread, Christ's end-time Bride has gathered for the holy convocation of the antitype of the fiftieth day of Israel's Pentecostal feast that types the end of the Gentile dispensation (Leviticus 23:16-21). Ours is a seven-course Spiritual feast of the fullness of the Word unveiled by the Seven Seals of Revelation that finish the mystery of God:
They've come from the East and West,
They've come from the lands afar,
to feast with our King, to dine as His guests;
How blessed these pilgrims are!
Beholding His hallowed face
Aglow with love Divine;
Blest partakers of His grace,
as gems in His crown will shine.
The full adoption or bodily redemption had been delayed for two thousand years while Christ interceded for the imperfect revelation of the Church Age saints who had only PART-Word so long as the Bible was sealed with Seven Seals. However when the last saint predestinated to the Laodicean Church Age was born-again Christ claimed the Book; Redemption was over and He announced "there should be time [or delay] no longer." Now redemption was to be revealed, namely who was redeemed in each Age and how they were redeemed. Thus, "In the days of the voice of the seventh angel when He shall begin to sound his Message, the mystery God has already declared to His servants the prophets should be finished".
On about March 9 1963 at the opening of the First Seal Brother Branham was caught up from Sunset Mountain into a constellation of angels and told to return to Jeffersonville where Jesus would reveal the mysteries of the seven thunders of Revelation 10 which are the revelations contained in the Seven Seals.
In Luke 17:28-30 Jesus said the conditions of the days of Noah and the days of Lot would repeat in the day when the Son of man was revealed. As it was in the days of Noah we live in a day of great scientific achievements, engineering projects, immorality, violence and miscegenation between the seed of the Serpent and the seed of Adam now glorified as 'multiculturalism.' As Enoch was called out from the seventh generation from the first Adam and translated, we have been called out from the seventh generation of the last Adam and as he was changed in the atoms and translated we await our body change and translation. The wicked abominations of the days of Lot have repeated with homosexuality rampant. Three created men visited Abraham's group who were separated from Sodom. Two, like Billy Graham and Oral Roberts, preached a basic salvation Message to the Churches in Sodom, while one veiled God, who identified Himself as the Word by "discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12). The same sign identified Him veiled behind the virgin-born flesh of Jesus Messiah, and revealed "Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, and today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8) veiled behind the flesh of Brother Branham, a sinner saved by grace in whose ministry the dead were raised, sight restored to the blind, demons cast out and cripples made whole.
God has fulfilled a multitude of Scriptural signs and prophecies in this our day, and the denominational people are neither anticipating nor are they interested to learn of these promises written in their own Bibles. Their ministers are too busy with social welfare programs to bother with the present Truthwhat Jesus is doing now. Zechariah 9:9-10 has repeated: Christ has returned, performing the same miracles, more abundantly before larger crowds among the Gentile nations. He did not return "lowly, riding on an ass' colt," but veiled behind a humble uneducated man, and as Jesus indicted the Pharisees and the Israel nation, Brother Branham indicted and called the wise and foolish virgin out from the Gentile denominations and warned of earthquakes splitting open the Earth, which we will discuss in Zechariah 14.
The last seven verses, which for us are purely historic, prophecy the warlike period of the Maccabees with the promise of deliverance to be accomplished by conflictthe Lord fighting from heaven for the Covenant people, granting them victory and general prosperity. As the four books of the Maccabees are not canonical you will probably not be too familiar with them unless you read the Apocrypha in the Septuagint or a Judaeo-Roman Catholic Bible. They began with a few personal followers, and they ended with a strong and well-organized nation. The struggle lasted for a quarter of a century (168 143BC), and notwithstanding the unequal resources of the combatants. the Lord of Hosts made feeble Jews like the sword of a hero, while the mailed warriors of Syria were trodden down like the small stones of a sling.
Zechariah 9:11-17, "As for You also [Ephraim and Judah as in verse 10 and Zion in verse 13, despite your forlorn condition I have mercy in store] for the sake of your Covenant-blood I have sent forth your prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water [an allusion to Joseph signifying the general distress under Seleucid dominion]. Return to the [inaccessible] strong hold [of security], you prisoners of hope [in the Covenant]: even to day do I declare that I will repay double the prosperity you formerly enjoyed; when I tread the bow of Judah for Me, and fill the bow with [the arrow of] Ephraim, and stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and made you as the sword of a mighty man. And the Lord shall appear above them [because He fights from heaven on their behalf], and His arrow shall go forth as the lightning [flashing instantaneous destruction to the foe]: and the Lord God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go forth like [the violent desert] storms of the South. The Lord of hosts shall protect them [as a shield]; and they shall devour [as a lion who eats the flesh and drinks the blood of his victim], and subdue the enemy [contemptuously likened to slingstones or pebbles from the brook]; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls [used by priests to catch the blood of a sacrifice sprinkled on] the corners [and horns] of the altar [indicating this is a holy war]. And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of His people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, which sparkle as an ensign upon His land. For how great is His goodness, and the beauty which He bestows! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids [indicative of abundance]".
Brother Branham referred to the Pillar of Cloud that manifest over Arizona on February 28 1963 shown here and on the index page of the Church Website as the sign of Christ's second or 'parousia' Coming (Revelation 1:7, 14; Daniel 7:9; Matthew 26:64; Acts 1:9-11). There was a blast of thunder when the Lamb opened one of the Seals (Revelation 6:1), and "The Lord Himself descended from heaven with a Shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God" (I Thessalonians 4:16). Brother Branham said He does all three as He descends. We have another account of the second or 'parousia' Coming of Christ the Archangel in Revelation 10:1-7: "I . . . (place your name here as John represents Christ's end-time Bride throughout the Book of Revelation) . . . saw another mighty Angel come down from heaven clothed with a cloud: and the rainbow was upon His head [showing Him to be the Angel of the Covenant from Genesis to Revelation] . . .and He had a little Book open in His hand: [it was closed when He claimed it in Revelation 5:7]; and He set His right foot in judgment on [Rome, the beast from] the Sea, and His left foot on [the United States, the beast from] the Earth. And cried with a loud voice as when a lion roars: and after He had cried the seven thunders uttered their voices".
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