Bible Believers' Newsletter 770
"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
As a subscriber you should not limit yourself to studying our Newsletters but make full use of the Christian resources on our Church Website. Our main article "The Time is at Hand Part II" concludes a study on Revelation 1. Last week we learned that the angel of verse 1 was William Branham (1909-1965), the angel of Revelation 10:7 who revealed these mysteries to John through the Patmos visions when he was caught up in the Spirit into the Day of the Lord. John represents Christ's end time Bride who will not see death in the flesh but be changed in the atoms to meet the Lord in the Air. This week we will show that the vision of verses 12-16 signifies Christ's Bride of all Ages drawn out of the Seven Golden Lampstands molded together as one great ransomed Body of the Lord.
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
Illegal Invasions, 'Rogue States,' Forgotten Victims and a Shaming Plea
January 31, 2013 The usual suspects have embarked on another mass butcherysorry, "training exercise"in mega-resource-rich Mali, and are meddling, with lethality, in Algeria. The UK, ever keen to kill, has gone from the Prime Minister's "no boots on the ground" assurances, to "Operation Creep" in barely over a week.
The US . . . assesses that "intervention" may "last for years." He was talking Mali. Think Africa.
The US plans a drone base on the Mali-Niger border, as John Glaser has written, one of '"a constellation of secret drone bases" in East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, in Ethiopia, Djibouti, the Seychelles, and beyondwhich bomb Yemen and Somalia and most likely perform surveillance missions in East Africa and the Persian Gulf'.
The disaster of a recent African foray, the ruins of Libya, lives lost ranging from 30,000 to 100,000, the horror of the plight of the country's Leader, his children, grandchildren, the murder of the US Ambassador, torching of his Benghazi residence and deaths of three US government employees are seemingly forgotten. No "lessons learned." The British Embassy in Tripoli has received "credible threats" with the Foreign Office advising against travel to the country, with Westerners facing a "high threat from terrorism."
Yesterday's gift of "democracy" to Afghanistanwhere US soldiers are being killed with relentless regularity by their Afghan "colleagues" who, of course, they have "trained"has brought poverty and desperation such that the BBCusually loyal to a fault to any colonial invasionis reporting that some families resort to selling one child, in order to gain enough money to feed the others. . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Why All Americans should care about the Holy Land Foundation Case
January/February 2013 In 2008, five directors of the Holy Land Foundation, formerly the largest Muslim charity in the US, were convicted on charges of material support for terrorism—essentially for feeding the poor and for building schools and hospitals in Palestine. Although none of the defendants were accused of violence or even encouraging violence, some of them received sentences of up to 65 years, and are incarcerated in mostly Muslim isolation prisons.
At their first trial in 2007, the government conceded that no foundation money had gone to any terrorist organizations; rather, some money went to the same zakat (charity) committees in Palestine that the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the UN, the Red Crescent and many NGOs used to distribute aid to the Palestinian community during the same period. The zakat committees were not designated as terrorist organizations, and no practical way existed to distribute aid except through these committees, which is why other charities and the US government itself used them. The first trial ended with a hung jury, without a single conviction on any count, and with some outright acquittals.
At the second trial, the government called an "anonymous expert" to testify that some of these zakat committees were "controlled" in part by Hamas—a designated terrorist organization but also, since January 2006, Palestine's lawfully elected government. The US government claimed that channeling the foundation's charitable activities through these "controlled" committees helped raise the prestige of Hamas and thus constituted material support for terrorism. . .
The government can now criminalize political, religious and social ideology and speech. Donating to peace groups, participating in protests, attending church, mosque or synagogue, entertaining friends, and posting material on the Internet, for example, could later be found to be illegal because of "associations," manufactured by anonymous experts, which in some way supposedly supported designated terrorist organizations one has never heard of.
In this decade during which our civil liberties have steadily eroded, Americans have seen their government claim, under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the right to hold citizens without charges indefinitely, and we've seen the president of the United States claim the right to assassinate American citizens anywhere in the world without due process by using a presidential "kill list." Now the government can convict any American of terrorism crimes he or she was not even aware of committing, based on information provided by an "anonymous expert" who can be neither challenged nor confronted. Full story: wrmea.org (Stephen Downs. ret. chief attorney NY State Commission on Judicial Conduct).
Comment: Speaking of terrorists, on September 25, 1997, the Israeli secret service tried to kill Khaled Meshaal, the Palestinian political leader of the Hamas movement. A six-member team had arrived in the Jordanian capital, Amman, a week before the date set for the assassination of the head of the Hamas political bureau who was living in exile. The Israeli agents had entered through Jordan's Queen Alia International airport from Amsterdam, Toronto and Paris using false Canadian passports. . . Full story: aljazeera.com
One question many people in the pro-Palestinian movement fail to understand is what motivates their Jewish fellow activists. Is it a sense of justice and fairness that supposedly all humans share? Is it a wishfor whatever reasonto prevent non-Jews from thinking that all Jews condone the appalling treatment of the Palestinians by their Israeli co-religionists? Or are they secretly trying to sabotage the movement, to render it utterly ineffective or at least minimise the "harm" for the Zionists? Full story: therebel.org
In the 21st century Americans have experienced an extraordinary collapse in the rule of law and in their constitutional protections. Today American citizens, once a free people protected by law, can be assassinated and detained in prison indefinitely without any evidence being presented to a court of their guilt, and they can be sentenced to prison on the basis of secret testimony by anonymous witnesses not subject to cross examination. The US 'justice system' has been transformed by the Bush/Obama regime into the 'justice system' of Stalinist Russia. There is no difference.
Full story: paulcraigroberts.org (Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Asst. Secretary of Treasury for Economic Policy, Reagan Admin).
Laying the groundwork for the "squeeze".
Holocaust was a Myth invented by US
January 30, 2013 A senior figure close to Egyptian President . . . Fathi Shibab-Eddim, who is responsible for appointing editors of all the state-run newspapers, claimed the six million Jews killed by Hitler had actually been moved to America. . . a week after it emerged that President Morsi himself had once described Jews as "descendants of apes and pigs."
Shibab-Eddim said: "The myth of the Holocaust is an industry that America invented. US intelligence agencies in co-operation with their counterparts in allied nations during World War II created it [the Holocaust] to destroy the image of their opponents in Germany and to justify war and massive destruction against military and civilian facilities of the Axis powers, and especially to hit Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the atomic bomb" . . . Full story: dailymail.co.uk
Comment: "Our race is the Master Race. We are divine gods on this planet. We are as different from the inferior races as they are from insects. In fact, compared to our race, other races are beasts and animals, cattle at best. Other races are considered as human excrement. Our destiny is to rule over the inferior races. Our earthly kingdom will be ruled by our leader with a rod of iron. The masses will lick our feet and serve us as our slaves" Menachem Begin (Israeli Prime Minister, 1977-1983), excerpt from a LEHI (the terrorist Stern Gang) training pamphlet, circa 1946, shortly before the organization began a series of murders of unarmed opponents of the establishment of the Jewish state of Israel.
"The Palestinians are beasts walking on two legs" Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted by Amnon Kapeliouk in, "Begin and the 'Beasts'," New Statesman, June 25, 1982.
When Chief of Staff in the early 1980's General Rafael Eitan (Israeli Deputy Prime Minister 1996 - 1999), announced that "Arabs were stoned cockroaches in a bottle" Gilad Atzmon December 29, 2008.
"I saw Ariel Sharon, then Israeli Defense Minister, murder two Palestinian toddlers in Lebanon. With his pistol, he shot them from a distance of 10 meters. It was near the Sabra Shatila refugee camp, where I was filming a documentary. Sharon killed two children of two or three years old; he shot them like you shoot rabbits" 1982, George Sluizer, famous Dutch-Jewish film director interviewed for Vrij Nederland, published on November 13, 2010, ahead of a screening of his film at the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.
"Blacks are like apes" 2007, Rabbi Mordechai Friedman
"Gentile sperm leads to cruel and barbaric offspring" 2011, Rabbi Dov Lior.
Pot can't call kettle black. Like to hear what Jewry's greatest sage, Moses Maimonides (Rambam) said of coloured people, or what the Jews' lewd holy book, the Talmud says of Christians, Egyptians and other Gentiles? Genesis 3:15 is revealed.
Israeli Anti-Missile Test blew up Space Shuttle Columbia
February 2, 2013 Ten years ago, the Space Shuttle Columbia exploded on descent during a top-secret mission. . . . my analysis of the cause of the blast drew support from American aerospace engineers along with angry death threats from zealots in the Israeli Air Force. Not only was the Israeli military incensed by my revealing that their faulty laser gun system had destroyed the US space craft from within but also that the expose was seen as insulting to astronaut Ilan Ramon, the Israeli war hero who had earlier led the air strike on Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor.
The Challenger disaster of January 28, 1986, was immediately followed by the greatest cover-up in aerospace history, an information blackout that continues till now, even after the termination of the shuttle program. The deaths of seven crew members and scientists on mission STS-107 launched January 16, 2003, were not due to an accident at launch that scraped foam insulation panels from the ship's hull, as claimed by NASA. That is an out-and-out official lie, and many NASA insiders are well aware that the foam story does not fit the facts.
The actual cause of the Columbia explosion was the malfunction of an anti-ballistic missile weapons systems designed by the Israel Defense Force, which had been secretly mounted aboard the shuttle in preparation for the Iraq War. The Israeli laser gun on the Columbia is not a sci-fi fantasy. It was the prototype for the current Boeing YAL-1 airborne laser testbed. Full story: rense.com
The Occult Establishment
Volumes have already been written about the money politics in the church, therefore I will make do with a few sentences from Karlheinz Deschner: "Where did this vast capital which the churches are hoarding come from? The Catholic church, above all, has still the most land in the Christian world at its disposal; it had stocks and investment capital estimated at 50 billion Marks a decade ago; alone in Rome almost a dozen banks are under its control, and in reality owns 51% of the largest private bank in the world, the Bank of America; and has large gold reserves at Fort Knox and has invested in all kinds of ventures: in big Spanish companies, in French oil companies, Argentinean gas and power stations, Bolivian tin mines, Brazilian rubber plants, in the North American steel industry, in General Motors Corp., 'Alitalia', Italy's biggest airline, in the Fiat car company, in a long list of leading Italian insurance and contracting companies, German life and property insurances, the Badischen Anilin and Soda factories, the paint factories in Leverkusen, the German Mineral Oil Corporation, the Hamburg electricity plants, the Essen stone coal mines, the Rhein steel mines, the United German metal plants, the Southern Germany Sugar Corporation, the Lindes Ice-cream Machines Corporation, in the Siemens & Halske AG; the Mannesmann AG, in BMW, and so on and so forth, not to mention the church banks. . . As early as the first decades of the twentieth century, the Jesuits alone controlled one third of the entire Spanish capital. And the Papacy of today is a financial-political world power which cultivates a close relationship with the underworld, including the 'Mafia bank' 'the famous bank of Sicily, a financial instrument of the curia. . ." (James Webb, The Occult Establishment, Open Court (La Salle, 1976).
"The Prelates' greed has been proven with documents throughout the centuries; documented, too, are the Popes', bishops' and abbots' private enrichments, their ridiculously vast number of luxuries, the squandering of church property on their relatives, simony, selling ecclesiastic titles, ousting anyone unwanted in the prebend, corrupting the elections of everyone from Pope to parish priest, to buying votes at Synods, to selling wine, beer, anointed oils, Hosts, a contraceptive named 'Luteolas', to the bribe money of the most famous church teacher, Pope Gregory I, His Holy Kyrill, who with the help of huge sums, put through the Dogma of the Virgin Mary, and much more, interest businesses, trade, usurious interest, Peter's penny, Indulgences, collections, legacy hunting for over two thousand years, and huge profits in armaments. Not to mention the Roman Pontiff's arrogance: soc volo, sic jubeo (As I wish it, so I order it). The economic side of stamping out heathens, Jews, heretics, witches, indians, and negroes. The business factor of the miracle cult, propagandizing the lives of saints, the holy miracle books, places of pilgrimage, and many more things" (Wilhelm Wulff, ThH., Zodiac and Swastika (Bertelsmann Sachbuchverlag, Reinhard Mohn, Gütersloh, 1968).
From Chattle Slaves to Wage and Tax Slaves
The following quotations will elucidate a point of recent ministry: "These are the words of the creditors of the world . . . who so succeed in taking advantage of the stupidity and weaknesses in character of many leading politicians that the world of today with its high debts and interest-slavery which always accompanies these debts is being threatened by a total economic breakdown and all it's lethal consequences. Although it is clear to me that the reasons for national debt can be varied, they are linked, as everybody knows, mainly with the sales or the production of arms. . . All large weapon businesses are in the hands of international concerns working together with the collaborating governmental offices. These groups normally supply weapons to all sides in a war . . . the victor can be predetermined at the onset merely by the amount of arms deliveries. The rebuilding of the destroyed nations will once again be subsidized by loans, which brings further dependence . . ."
. . . One can best control a government when it is in debt. A creditor is in the position to demand from those in power all of the privileges which go along with a monopoly (Dieter Rüggeberg, Secret Politics: The Schedule to World Domination, p. 9, 22).
"We shall soon begin to establish huge monopolies, reservoirs of colossal riches, upon which even large fortunes of the Goyim will depend to such an extent that they will go to the bottom together with the credit of the States on the day after the political smash . . ."
". . . Economic crises have been produced by us for the Goyim by no other means than the withdrawal of money from circulation. Huge capitals have stagnated, withdrawing money from States, which were constantly obliged to apply to those same stagnant capitals for loans. These loans burdened the finances of the State with the payment of interest and made them the bond slaves of these capitals. The concentration of industry in the hands of capitalists out of the hands of small masters has drained away all the juices of the peoples and with them also the States . . ." [Evident in national and international supermarket chains displacing independent "Mum and Dad" stores and in franchising by "fast food" chains].
"Every kind of loan proves infirmity in the State and a want of understanding of the rights of the State. Loans hang like a sword of Damocles over the heads of rulers, who, instead of taking from their subjects by a temporary tax, come begging with outstretched palm to our bankers. Foreign loans are leeches which there is no possibility of removing from the body of the State until they fall off of themselves or the State flings them off. But the Goy States do not tear them off; they go on in persisting to put more on to themselves so that they must inevitably perish, drained by voluntary blood-letting." [Evident in third world and developing nations that in desperation exchanged equity in the national wealth for debt forgiveness].
"What also indeed is, in substance, a loan, especially a foreign loan? A loan is an issue of government bills of exchange containing a percentage obligation commensurate to the sum of the loan capital. If the loan bears a charge of 5 per cent, then in twenty years the State vainly pays away in interest a sum equal to the loan borrowed, in forty years it is paying a double sum, in sixty, treble, and all the while the debt remains an unpaid debt."
"From this calculation it is obvious that with any form of taxation per head the State is baling out the last coppers of the poor taxpayers in order to settle accounts with wealthy foreigners, from whom it has borrowed money instead of collecting these coppers for its own needs without the additional interest."
"So long as loans were internal the Goyim shuffled money from the pockets of the poor to those of the rich, but when we bought up the necessary person in order to transfer loans into the external sphere all the wealth of States flowed into our cash-boxes and all the Goyim began to pay us the tribute of subjects."
If the superficiality of Goy kings on their thrones in regard to State affairs and the venality of ministers or the want of understanding of financial matters on the part of other ruling persons have made their countries debtors to our treasuries to amounts quite impossible to pay it has not been accomplished without on our part heavy expenditure of trouble and money. . ."
"How clear is the undeveloped power of thought of the purely brute brains of the Goyim, as expressed in the fact that they have been borrowing from us with payment of interest without ever thinking that all the same these very moneys plus an addition for payment of interest must be got by them from their own State pockets in order to settle up with us. What could have been simpler than to take the money they wanted from their own people?"
"But when the comedy is played out there emerges the fact that a debit and an exceedingly burdensome debit has been created. For the payment of interest it becomes necessary to have resource to new loans, which do not swallow up but only add to the capital debt. And when this credit is exhausted it becomes necessary by new taxes to cover, not the loan, but only the interest on it. These taxes are a debit employed to cover a debit". Full story: The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, Protocol 6, Protocol 20 and Protocol 21.
Comment: USA, February 4, 2013 "All servants imported and brought into the country . . . who were not Christians in their native country . . . shall be accounted and be slaves. All Negro, mulatto and Indian slaves within this dominion . . . shall be held to be real estate. If any slave resist his master . . . correcting such slave, and shall happen to be killed in such correction . . . the master shall be free of all punishment . . . as if such accident never happened" (Virginia Slave Code of 1705, Virginia General Assembly).
Although many criminal justice activists are quick to denounce the most egregious race-based expressions of prison privatization, ranging from involuntary prison labor to racially disparate sentencing policies, few, if any, have attended to the deeply racialized, yet somewhat arcane, relationship developing between the private prison industry and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Curiously, one of the best ways to understand exactly how the private prison industry views itself and its fundamental mission is to analyze changes in the IRS corporate filing status of private prison companies.
In July 2012, the GEO Groupthe nation's second-largest private prison operator behind Corrections Corporation of Americasent a letter to the IRS requesting a conversion from a typical "class-c" corporation to a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT).
At the time, the Florida-based company specializing in "correctional detention and residential treatment services" billed its potential REIT conversion as a way to increase long-term shareholder value, lower the cost of capital and attract a larger base of potential shareholders.
According to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), an REIT is an entity that annually distributes at least 90 percent of its taxable income to shareholders in the form of dividends in exchange for a zero federal and state corporate tax liability. GEO estimates a $50 million annual tax savings), invests at least 75 percent of its total assets in real estate, andhere's the keyderives at least 95 percent of its gross income from real estate-related sources.
Over the last six months, the GEO Group has assiduously lobbied the IRS claiming that it meets REIT eligibility criteria. "Fundamentally, GEO is in a real estate intensive industry . . . and GEO has attractive real estate characteristics," reads an excerpt from its most recent investor presentationone that leaves out all mention of rehabilitation. On January 18, the GEO Group announced it had received a favorable private-letter ruling from the IRS in connection with its previously announced intention to convert to a REIT. Hours later, the company's shares hit an all-time high. . .
Full story: truth-out.org
Britain fulfils Scripture, passes Same Sex Marriage Bill, America falls Behind
February 5, 2013 House of Commons voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to approve a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Britain, indicating that the bill is assured of passage as it moves through further legislative stages. But in a major setback for Prime Minister David Cameron, who championed the measure, it appeared that more than half of the lawmakers in his Conservative Party voted against it or abstained.
After a 6-hour debate, the Commons vote was 400 to 175 for the bill. The legislation, which applies to England and Wales, would permit civil marriage between same-sex couples, but specifically exempt the Church of England and other faiths from an obligation to perform such ceremonies. . . Full story: nytimes.com
Comment: Watch America's homosexual crack-addicted POTUS come from behindpossibly with the Boy Scoutsbefore "fire and brimstone from heaven destroy them all" according to the last of seven continuous visions the Lord showed Brother Branham in 1933 is fulfilled: I heard a most terrible explosion. As I turned to look I saw nothing but debris, craters and smoke all over the land of America as typed in Luke 17:28-30 (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 322:4).
The Time is at Hand Part II
Revelation 1:4-6, "John to the seven churches in [proconsular] Asia: Grace unto you, and peace, from Him who is and who was and who is to come; and from the seven Spirits that are before His throne. And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first born of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loves us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us a kingdom, priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion into the ages of the ages. Amen".
This identifies Jesus as the Lord God Almighty, the self-existent One Himself, the "I AM"ever-present, nigh or "at hand" for His people: He "is, was, and is coming"Supreme Deity"the same yesterday, and today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8; Malachi 3:6); the allusion to three offices is no indication of a 'trinity.' The "seven Spirits" are seven measures of One Holy Spirit that endued the Church Age messengers with a clear understanding of the Word for their day as indicated by Zechariah 3:8-9, Revelation 5:6, and Brother Branham's vision of a constellation of seven angels described in his sermon "Sirs, is This the Time?" on December 30, 1962. The following day he left Jeffersonville for Tucson, Arizona, the country portrayed in the vision which came to pass on March 8, 1963, fulfilling Revelation 6:1 as he explains in "The Revelation of the Seven Seals" (p. 559:6 561:1 or p. 505:266-275 in the reprint):
"Notice, there was only one great burst of thunder, and seven Angels appeared. Is that right? One burst of thunder, seven Angels appeared. "And I saw the Lamb when He had opened the First Seal, and I heard as it was a voice of a thunder, and one of the four beasts said, Come and see." Notice, one thunder, seven messages that's been sealed up and cannot be revealed until the last day, at this age. See what I mean?"
A correct reading of Revelation 6:1 is "And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the Seals." This was NOT the First Seal, but the Seventh unwritten Seal of Revelation 8:1 that was opened to reveal the mysteries of the Seven Thunders of Revelation 10 which are the revelation of the previous Six written Seals promised to the seventh angel William Branham in Revelation 10:7. This will be clear as you read through Revelation 6, and Newsletter 752 at 4. The Cloud.
"And did you notice that one angel? I said, in there was a strange angel? He looked more to me [more like me] than any of the rest of them. [But of courseit was his theophany]. You remember that? They were in a constellation; three on a side and one on top. And the one right next to me here, counting from the left to the right, would've been the seventh Angel. He was brighter, meant more to me than the rest of them. You remember, I said he had his chest out like that, and was flying eastward [to Branham Tabernacle in Jeffersonville for the revelation of the Seven Seals]. You remember like that? And I said, "It picked me up, lifted me up." Do you remember that?"
"Here it is, the one with the Seventh Seal, the thing that I've wondered all my life. Amen. . ." Brother Branham himself is "the one with the Seventh Seal".
He recalls his anxious desperation after preaching "The Absolute" in Phoenix, Arizona on February 27, 1962, to learn the meaning of the burst of thunder and the constellation of angels, so early on February 28 he climbed Sabino Canyon where he implored the Lord (p. 561:1 562:5, or 506:276-289). "He sent a witness back . . . it was a furtherment of my work. . . as you seen that [vision of the constellation of angels] come to pass [on March 8, 1963]; those angels come right down [as I ministered the Seals from March 17 to 24] and a-vindicated every Message to be the same [in perfect alignment like the constellation of stars (Revelation 1:20; Zechariah 4:2, 10) because all prophecy is a contiguous continuous revelation]. Then you know whether it comes from God or not. It was foretold you by a vision. I couldn't tell you until the service was over, 'cause I was forbidden to [(Desperation p. 14:60)]".
"In Sabino Canyon . . . standing there with my hands up, praying . . . all at once something hit my hand . . . and I looked, and it was a sword, and it had pearl handles, real pretty; and had a guard over it with gold, and the blade looked like, something like a chrome, like silver, only it was real shiny. And it was so feather-edge sharp . . . just then a voice shook down through there that rocked the rocks, said, "It's the Sword of the King." . . . there's only one "the King," and that's God, and He has one Sword; that's His Word, what I live by. And so help me God, standing over His holy desk here with this holy Word laying here, It's the Word. Amen".
"Oh, what a day we're living in, what a great thing. See the mystery and secret? [(Revelation 10:1-7)]. The third . . . Standing there, when this left me, something just come to me and said, "Don't fear." Now, I didn't hear no voice, like on the inside of me spoke. I just tell you the truth, just exactly what happened. Something hit and said, "Don't fear. This is that third pull".
Zechariah 3:8-9; 4:2, 7, 10 describe the Stone of Daniel 2:34 cut out of the mountain by the spoken Word without hands, the kingdom of priests in verses 44-45 and Revelation 1:6; Christ and His Bride of all Ages, all of us riding on white horses (Revelation 19:11-14), introduced to Israel by Zechariah as a Lamb with seven horns, or Church Ages, and seven eyes, the sevenfold Spirit of God in the seven angels to the Church (Revelation 5:6).
God's Word is Spirit (John 6:63) in a form we can receive by faith. As natural procreation requires the life to pass through the body, Spiritual Life must pass through the Body of Christ to bring new birth. Hence it is impossible to be born-again by denominational teaching in this day because that is impersonating the Word for a day gone by and is not the Life of Christ. We must receive what Peter called "the present Truth" (II Peter 1:12), and "walk in the Light as Jesus is in the Light," not impersonate the Word for a day gone by (I John 1:7). Word and Spirit are two forms of the same thing, when we receive the Word for our day by faith or understanding we receive the Spirit and become written epistles of its Message.
Jesus Messiah the Logos or Word is the Holy Spirit in another form, not a second or third god (John 4:22). Now all these expressions, "Him who is and who was and who is to come," and "faithful witness" or Great Martyr, in a unique sense the Conqueror of Death and "first born of the dead" (I Corinthians 15:20; Colossians 1:18), and "the Prince of the kings of the earth"now "King of kings" since the saints crowned Him by faith when He claimed the Book (Revelation 5:7-14; 19:16), and "The Alpha and Omega," and "The Almighty," are titles and descriptions of One and the same Person, Who is the Lord Jesus Christ, "Who washed us from our sins in His blood" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 17:4).
He has liberated us from the liability of punishment for sin and from bondage to sin (Revelation 7:14), thereby redeeming us from the power of condemnation (Romans. 8:1). Christ has made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father. NOW we are true priests living our lives a sacrifice of praise to His Name with the Token on display (Hebrews 13:15); we rule by serving and serve by ruling because we have the ministry of reconciling the elect to God in the unity of the present Truth, which is able also to save the non-elect by sanctifying their names in the Book of Life (Matthew 20:25; II Corinthians 5:18-21; Hebrews 7:25).
With our conscience reconciled we have immediate access to Him in prayer for ourselves and intercession for others in the spirit of self-surrender, giving witness in living our lives a sacrifice to the Word as we "die daily" and "mortify the deeds of the body" (Romans 8:10, 13; I Corinthians 15:31; Colossians 3:3).
Revelation 1:7, "Behold, He comes with clouds; and (1) every eye shall see Him, (2) they that pierced Him [shall see Him]: and (3) all tribes of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so [correctly Gk. 'Yea'], [Heb.] Amen".
"Behold He comes" is the theme of the Book, and this announcement of His Coming is directed to three different groups. Not that He will come, but "He cometh" for He is continually on the way and now "the time is at hand". Before the Lord can "come" or do anything of great moment He must first display a sign in the heavens (Genesis 1:14; Psalm 19:1-5; 50:1-6; Romans 1:19-20; 10:18) and send a prophet with warning before judgment (Isaiah 42:9; Amos 3:7; John 16:13-15). The sign in the heavens for us Gentiles manifest over Arizona on February 28, 1963 according to Daniel 7:13; Matthew 26:64; Mark 14:62; Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 1:7), while Brother William Branham (1909-1965) was the vindicated prophet (of Malachi 4:5-6; Matthew 17:11; Revelation 1:1; 3:14; 10:7, etc).
First let us speak of Christ's second or 'parousia' Coming which no one will see with the naked eye because it is not the physical return or 'erchomai' Coming of the glorified Man from Galilee who appears but the fullness of the Word seen with the eye of faith by a clear understanding of the end-time Message. Christ's second Coming to us Gentiles was through the mouth of Brother Branham in 1963: the revelation of the Seven Seals brought Him back to earth in W_O_R_D form (I Corinthians 13:10). "Every eye will see Him"Christ's end-time Bride sees Him without mediation by faith in the fullness of His Word, while the resurrected Church Age saints, "no matter how far back they died, they'll see Him" (The Seven Church Ages, #26:2, p. 13:99; I John 3:2).
Please follow in your Bible as I paraphrase II Timothy 3:16 4:1, which speaks about the living and the dead:
"Every Word of Scripture because it is inspired by God is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly furnished for every good work. I adjure you in the sight of God, and Christ Jesus, who will judge, [separate and approve the wise virgin from among] the living [at the manifestation of the Sons of God, then suddenly change them in the twinkling of an eye] and the wise virgin who fell asleep throughout the Gentile dispensation will be raised from "the rest of the dead" [(Philippians 3:11; Revelation 20:5)], and I charge you by His appearing and His Kingdom" (I Timothy 6:14).
This judgment is one of approval at His appearing by the power of the 'third pull' in the manifestation of the Sons of God at the first resurrection and glorification of His Kingdom. Paul explains "His appearing," the Gk. 'epiphaneia' or brightness of His Presence will change us by "the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead" (Ephesians 1:19-20). This is when we receive the incorruptible crown of Life in victory over the sting of death and the grave (I Corinthians 9:25; 15:51-55), not the visual appearance of the glorified Jesus whom we will not see until we meet Him in the air complete and glorified.
II Timothy 4:8, "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing".
After the last elected member of the Body comes in, Satan is cast down and earth will become a judgment seat so that at His appearing in His Kingdom He will bless the one and curse the other (John 5:26-29).
"The heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool [or judgment seat]" (Isaiah 66:1; Acts 7:49). The Fall brought judgment, death and corruption on the whole creation. Since that time, mercy has only been available under the blood of the Lamb, and the blood left the Mercy Seat on March 8, 1963 when Christ fulfilled Revelation 4, 5, 6:1 and 10:1-7, took the Book of Redemption and opened the Seventh Seal.
The seven portions of the Holy Spirit that anointed the angels to the seven Church Ages had left earth and stood before the Throne of God, which without blood, is a judgment seat! Revelation 4:5, "And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God." So where do you stand?
If you are a sinner your life is dependent on the presence of Christ's end-time Bride, because the life is in the blood and we are the blood of Christ by the baptism of the Holy Ghost with His Life is in us (Deuteronomy 12:23; I Corinthians 6:17; Galatians 3:26-29). As II Thessalonians 2:6-7 explains, our presence restrains God's wrath by transforming earth from His Judgment Seat to a Mercy Seat:
"Now you know what withholds Satan's casting down to earth and what impedes his revelation in the man of sin at this time. As for the work this son of perdition will perform when he comes, the mystery of iniquity is already at work: only the Holy Spirit who now withholds him will restrain him until He is taken out of the way by the departure of the Bride." So hold the Token over your loved ones.
II Corinthians 13:5: "Examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith; prove your own selves. Do you pass the test? Are you really Christians? Don't you know yourself whether you are a believer, a make-believer, or an un-believer? Don't you understand that unless Jesus Christ is in you, you are reprobates"?
The place of God's eternal sabbath and "House" is in Jesus Christ and His Bride of all Ages who are in Him. We are the Blood of Christ that makes Earth a Mercy Seat. Our presence is withholding the wrath of God and the Great Tribulation. When the resurrection of the sleeping saints is complete and we are changed and caught up with the rest of the Body to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb in the sky, God's wrath will fall. The Holy Spirit will leave earth in the form of Christ's Bride and return to anoint the two Hebrew prophets to Israel; then Earth will be His Judgment Seat.
Those who partake the first resurrection are accounted crucified and judged in Christ on Calvary, justified and raised in Him on the third day (II Corinthians 5:14; Romans 4:25; 8:28-39).
II Corinthians 5:6-11: "We are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord: for we walk by faith, not by sight. But we have courage, and would prefer to be absent from the body, and at Home with the Lord. Therefore we make it our aim to be pleasing to Him, absent or present. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that each may receive his due according to what he has done in the body. Therefore knowing the fear of the Lord, we seek to persuade men; but our motives and objectives are known to God, and I hope they are made clear as well to your consciences" (Romans 14:10).
The "judgment seat of Christ before which you will stand" is the Gk. 'Bema' judgment of reward in recognition of your service to Christ. Here at the Wedding Supper of the Lamb He will "present you to Himself personally as a member of His glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing but holy and without blemish" (Ephesians 5:27; II Peter 3:14). The dignity of your station and reward will be determined by your inward motives and objectives (not mere external acts) and the excellence or mediocrity of your character manifesting ('phaneroo') Him on earth, which He will announce with approbation to the saints of all Ages.
Second the Lord will display a heavenly sign to "they who pierced Him"Israelites and their impersonators the non-Semitic anti-Semitic self-styled Jews. This sign will herald Christ's unseen 'parousia' Coming to Israel descending in Supernatural clouds of glory on the Mount of Olives as it cleaves in two, demolishing the Dome of the Rock (Isaiah 64:1-2; Ezekiel 43:2; Micah 1:2-4; Habakkuk 1:6; Zechariah 14:4; Matthew 24:3b, 30-31; Revelation 16:19; 18:1). And He will send the Hebrew martyrs of Zechariah 4 and Revelation 11 with warning and the way to escape damnation.
In the second half of Daniel's Seventieth Week shortly after the martyrdom of these Hebrew prophets, "they who pierced Him shall see Him" by a clear understanding of the Seven Trumpet mysteries ministered to them and 144,000 Israelites in the land of the Covenant will be gloriously born-again in one day (Isaiah 66:8; Zechariah 3:9; 12-13); then they will be rounded up like dogs and martyred by the apostate church and Jewry (Matthew 23:33-36; 27:25; Revelation 6:11; 12:17; 14:1 15:4). Brother Branham called this "the revelation story of Zechariah 12:9-14" (An exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 36:5). These elect Israelites will not visibly see the glorified Jesus Messiah till they step out on the atomic ashes of the wicked for the Millennium wherein God's enemies are prostrate and the Kingdom is restored to Israel (Ezekiel 43 48; Daniel 7:27; Amos 9:11; Acts 1:6).
Third the righteous non-elect from "all [Adamic] tribes of the earth" who fail to see or recognize the significance of the signs of Christ's imminent 'parousia' Coming to us Gentiles and to Israel and the ministry the three prophets will choose martyrdom rather than take the mark of the beast in their right hand by yielding their will in servitude to the beast of papal Rome, or in their forehead by receiving his trinitarian doctrine. The foolish virgin will recognize they have missed the 'rapture' and must be martyred. By preferring martyrdom these and other groups of the "saved" will retain their names on the Book of Life and be granted in to eternal Life by the saints at the White Throne Judgment.
Let us briefly consider the White Throne Judgment.
Daniel 7:7-14: "After [Alexander's empire broke up into four divisions] I dreamt and saw a fourth beast [Imperial Rome], dreadful and terrible, and exceedingly strong; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the remainder beneath its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns [the European kingdoms into which it would divide]."
"I studied these horns and while I was contemplating them attentively, up rose another horn, a little one [at first, but afterwards waxing greater than all otherspapal Rome], by which three of the first horns were uprooted. This little horn had the eyes of a man, and a mouth boasting great deeds and uttering proud words." [While its eyes signify intelligence and culture, with his heart and mouth he blasphemes God. This fellow did not become a pagan king like his predecessors, but "diverse from all kingdoms" he became pope, usurping Christ and proclaiming authority over heaven, earth, and a mythical domain called purgatory (II Thessalonians 2:3; Revelation 13:1-10].
"As I looked the thrones [kingdoms] were cast down [at the close of the Gentile dispensation and gave place to Messiah (Daniel 2:44-45; Revelation 11:15; 12:10)], and the Ancient of days [Christ] sat [as Judge (Revelation 1:13)], whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head like pure white wool [signifying righteousness, judicial purity through wisdom of experience]: His throne was like flames of fire, and its wheels were burning fire [oriental thrones moved on wheels]."
"A stream of fire flowed and came forth from before Him, a thousand thousands [Christ's Bride of all Ages (Matthew 19:28; Luke 22:30; I Corinthians 6:2-3; Revelation 2:26; 4:4; 7:9-17)"One like the Son of man" (Daniel 7:13)]served Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand [non-elect] stood before Him [to be judged]: the court sat in judgment and the books [of sinners (Revelation 20:12)] were opened".
[This is the White Throne Judgment after the millennium and the general resurrection described in Matthew 25:31-46: "When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the [thousand thousands of] holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory, [which is this earth (Matthew 19:28; Revelation 3:21)]: And before Him shall be gathered [all who missed the first resurrectionten thousand times ten thousand individuals of] all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats: and He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say to those on His right hand, Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world . . . And these [on the left] shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal"].
Turning back a thousand years to Daniel 7:11 we come to the battle of Armageddon. Revelation 19:12-16: "I saw the heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes a flame of fire, and on his head many crowns (Revelation 4:10; 5:8-14) having a Name written, that no one knew but Himself, and He was clothed in a vesture dipped in blood: and His Name has come to be called The Word of God."
"And the armies in the heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and pure. And out of His mouth goes forth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall shepherd them with an iron rod: and [with His brazen feet of Divine justice] He treads the winepress of the wine of the anger of the wrath of God the All-ruler. And He has on His vesture and on His thigh a Name written, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS".
Daniel 7:11: "I looked then because of the proud words which the horn was speaking; I beheld even till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed, and given for burning to the flame (Revelation 19:20). And the rest of the beasts [or Gentile powers], had their dominion taken away [for a thousand years (Revelation 20:5)]: yet [unlike the fourth beast who was cast into the lake of Fire], their lives were prolonged for a season and time [for the general resurrection and White Throne Judgment (Daniel 7:25; Revelation 20:3), and the "saved" of those nations will continue in the renewed heavens and renewed earth]".
The fourth Gentile world empire, though Christianized since the organization of the Judaeo-Roman Catholic false church in AD325 is not distinguished from the previous heathen monarchies or from its own heathen portion but epitomized as the most God-opposed. It consolidates the most insidious evils of the previous three Gentile world empires, and after the end of the Gentile dispensation culminates with Satan, cast down to earth incarnate in its pope and ruling one totalitarian world government. Hence Daniel who prophesied the times of Gentile dominion, makes scant mention of Rome until the "little horn" of the papacy takes over the Imperial Empire.
Jesus prophesied "great tribulation" for Christians from the time Rome's legions pitched camp on the Mount of Olives. "And except those days should be shortened, there would be no flesh saved [for the translation]: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened" (Matthew 24:21-22). Faith for 'rapturing grace' in this end-time Message is "shortening the days" for Christ's end-time Bride. Speaking of Christ's Bride of all Ages, Brother Branham told John, "These are they which came out of great tribulation and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb" (Revelation 7:9-14). For the kingdom of God is His elect, disregarded by the world and "filling up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in our flesh for His Body's sake, which is the Church" until we are glorified together (Romans 8:17; Colossians 1:24; 3:2-3; II Timothy 2:11-12).
Rome was worldly while heathen and remains worldly in spite of her pseudo Christian veneer. So the New Testament sees the present world order as essentially heathen which we cannot love without forsaking Christ (Romans 12:2; I John 2:15, 17). Christians are not called to convert this present world whose god is Satan but to pass the Life through the Body to His elect "for Christ has given us the Word of reconciliation" (II Corinthians 5:18). Our hope is not to reign in the present world order (I Corinthians 4:8; II Corinthians 4:18; Philippians 3:20; Hebrews 13:14).
There must be a "regeneration" of the world as of the individual, a death previous to resurrection, a destruction of the world kingdoms before they rise anew as the kingdoms of Christ (Matthew 19:28). Even the millennium will not perfectly eradicate the world's corruption; another apostasy and judgment will follow (Revelation 20:7-15) in which the world of nature is to be destroyed and renewed as the world of history will be destroyed before the millennium (II Peter 3:8-13); then comes the perfect earth and heaven (Revelation 21:1). Thus there is an onward progress and the Christian is awaiting the consummation (Mark 13:33-37; Romans 8:18-23; I Thessalonians 1:9-10) as His Lord also is "expecting till His enemies be made His footstool" (Hebrews 10:13).
This is the renewed heavens and renewed earth.
Daniel 7:13-14: "In a dream I saw one like the Son of man [His Bride] come with the clouds of heaven and come to the Ancient of days [Christ], and was presented before Him (Ephesians 1:20-22; Philippians 2:9-11). And He was given dominion, glory, and a kingdom (Daniel 2:37), that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: [we serve Him now by manifesting the "present Truth," our lives writing epistles of the Word promised for this day]. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which will not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed" (Hebrews 12:28).
Daniel and John did not say this was the Son of man but that it was "one like the Son of man".
Daniel 7:13-14 is I Corinthians 15:21-28: "Since by man came death, by Man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all are dying, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own turn: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His 'parousia' Coming. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have abolished every ruler and all authority and power. For He must reign, till he has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For He has put all things under His feet. But when He says all things are put under Him, it is manifest that He who put all things under Him is excepted. When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all."
Daniel 7:27-28: "And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High [joint heirs with Christ (Daniel 7:18, 22; Isaiah 54:3)], whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him" (Isaiah 9:7; 60:12). At this point the revelation ended. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly alarmed me, and my face grew pale, but I kept the matter in my heart".
After those tangents let us proceed with Revelation 1:9-11 which is the Patmos Vision: "I John, your brother, and fellow partaker in the tribulation [subsequent to the destruction of Jerusalem (Matthew 24:3, 21)], and in the Kingdom and patience of Jesus, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the Word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus. I was in the Spirit in the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, What you see, write into a book, and send to the seven churches; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea".
As we learned from part I of our teaching, throughout the Book of Revelation John represents you, Christ's end-time Bride. Physically he was on the Isle of Patmos in man's day AD95-96 to receive and record the Patmos visions for the edification of Christians throughout the Gentile dispensation, as you are physically on earth to "read and hear the Words of this prophecy." However in the Spirit of revelation he was caught up into the Lord's day which will commence with the manifestation of the Sixth Seal at the sounding of the Seventh Trumpet and the pouring out of the Seventh Vial.
The Prophet said, "John was in the Spirit, and when he was, he saw the great and wonderful day of the Lord Jesus and all His holy power. The future was about to unfold for God was about to teach him. John did not say it was a trumpet. It was like a trumpet. Now when a trumpet is blown it has an urgency about it. It is like the herald, the king's messenger, coming to the people. He blows on a trumpet. It is an urgent call. The people gather to listen. (Israel was always assembled by the sounding of a trumpet). Something important is at hand. "Listen to it." So this voice had the same urgency of appeal as did the trumpet. It was clear and strong, startling and awakening. Oh, that we might hear the voice of God as a trumpet this day, for it is the 'Gospel Trumpet' sounding forth the 'Word of Prophecy' to make us aware of, and prepared for, what is coming upon the earth" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 48:2).
This was after the Seventh Trumpet because "the Lord's Day" commences with the Seventh Trumpet. This Trumpet opens the revelation of Jesus Christ (I Thessalonians 4:16) who identifies Himself to John (Christ's end-time Bride) in verses 11-16 as the risen Jesus Messiah, the Almighty God, the Word manifested as the first-ripe sheaf at the beginning (Alpha, Jude 3), and the Word restored at the end of the Gentile dispensation (Omega, Malachi 4:5; Matthew 17:11), but NOT the PART-Word revealed to the Church Ages in between. "The Seven Seals were only given to make known [to Christ's end-time Bride] what had been left off in the dispensations behind us" (COD, 145-146). That is, the mysteries of the Seven Thunders of Revelation 10 to COMPLETE "that which was in PART" (I Corinthians 13:10). But when John, that is, Christ's end-time Bride was caught up in the Spirit in Revelation 4:1-2 it was after the Church Ages had ended but still in man's day before the Seventh Trumpet.
In Exodus 19:19 the trumpet signaled the revelation of the Law, "And when the Voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by a Voice." The blowing of a trumpet was the signal to gather together the congregation of Israel, while the sounding of an alarm signaled the breaking of camp. The Seventh Trumpet will call the congregation of blood Israelites to break camp from their formerly safe exile in Muslim lands and gather to the Land of the Covenant (Matthew 24:31; Revelation 11:15).
When John hears the "certain sound" (I Corinthians 14:8) of a Voice as of a Trumpet he is caught up in the Spirit in the Lord's day after the close of the Gentile dispensation which is yet future, so in the Spirit Israel's Seventh Trump is behind him in time. We see symbolized the appearance of the face of one like the Son of man as Moses saw His "back parts" (Exodus 33:16:23). In each instance the visions signified God's presence with an election called out and separated to Him from all other people on earth (Exodus 33:16).
Revelation 1:12-16, "And I turned about to see the Voice that was speaking with me. And being turned, I saw [behind me, or in the past] seven golden lampstands; and in the midst of the seven lampstands one like the Son of man, clothed with a garment reaching to the feet, and girt about the breast with a golden girdle. The hair of His head was like white wool, white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire; and His feet like fine brass, as it had become glowing in a furnace; and His Voice as the sound of many waters: and having in His right hand seven stars: and from His mouth there issued a sharp twoedged sword: and His face as the sun shines in its strength".
The Voice and the Person is the same and Christ and His Bride are one through their invisible marriage union. John, who represents Christ's end-time Bride caught up into the rapture by the "shout," turned to see the Voice and saw seven Golden Lampstands with one like the Son of man dressed as Judge in their midst with His arms still outstretched from Alpha to Omega, for Christ "the door [and grace] remained open in heaven." Christ does not depart from the midst of His Church as He departed from Eden and will be in the midst until the final age calling all to "Come" (Matthew 28:20; II Peter 3:9). As the Head of humanity, He is the essential and apparent image of Godthe Son, the Man, "the last Adam" (I Corinthians 15:45), and as the promised "Seed" He is the Son of man (Genesis 3:15).
In Revelation 1:13-16 we see that Christ is no longer Mediator in the office of Son of man for the golden girdle is about His breast as Son of Man and Judge (Josephus, Antiquities III, 7, 2). His eyes are a flame of fire, the eyes of the Judge who will recompense those who rejected Him. His feet of brass will execute Divine judgment on the church and on the world (Revelation 10:4). "When He had opened the Seventh Seal" Brother Branham said: "Jesus comes from heaven with ten thousands times ten thousands of His saints, and the Bible said that the heavens was empty for the space of a half hour" (Sardis Church Age, p. 348:96; I Thessalonians 4:14-16; Jude 14-15; Revelation 8:1). He is the Angel of the Covenant united with His wife drawn out from the Church Ages of PART-Word. He descended in man's day with the unsealed Book of Redemption in His hand and placed judgment on Papal Rome, the beast from the sea, and on the United States her (once) Protestant image, the beast from the earth (Revelation 10:1-6). Revelation 1:16 shows Him as "the Sun of righteousness with healing [for our glorification] in His wings [Gk. 'epiphaneia' or beams of brightness in the glorious shining forth of His appearance]" (Ezekiel 43:2; Revelation 18:1; Malachi 4:1-3; Matthew 3:11-12; 24:30, 40). Daniel saw this vision five hundred years before John (Daniel 7:9-13; Matthew 25:31-32; John 5:22-27).
Brother Branham says, "And in the midst of the seven golden lampstands One like the Son of man . . ." What? One like Him. Who was this? His Bride. One like Him, watch how it was . . . "clothed with a garment down to the foot . . ." The holiness of Jesus Christ covering Her has washed us from our sins with His Own Blood. All right . . . "girded about the paps . . . (not a man; a woman). . . with a golden girdle . . ." (The Gospel that held the power and glory of God over the Body of Christ) [Ephesians 6:14]. Oh, what a beautiful picture we got here under consideration. Looky here . . . "down to the foot, and a gird about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hair was white as wool . . . white as snow . . . (Righteousness, holiness, white speaks of. . .); and His eyes like flames of fire" . . . (Looks right through us). Don't try to hide from Him. He knows who you are, where you are, and what you done. Yes, sir. He sees everything. Oh, God. . . Notice. "And his feet were like fine brass . . ." Brass always is judgment . . ."
"And his feet was like. . . fine brass, as if they had been burned in a furnace . . . [That's all the dross taken out] . . . and his voice the voice of many waters." Watch, it's the Church speaking to Him now. "Waters. . ." Revelation 17:15, said, "Waters means thickness and multitudes of people." Now, "His voice," or this Being that was standing there looking like this, Christ in His Church, as the Bride and Christ being one, like husband and wife is one; the Church and Christ being molded together with one Person, the same Holy Spirit."
"This is the White Throne Judgment, for these are the voices of multitudes of witnesses, who by the Holy Spirit all through the Ages have testified to Christ and preached His Gospel. It will be the voice of every man rising in judgment against the sinner who would not take warning . . . all of them were the Voice of Jesus Christ by the Holy Ghost down through the Ages" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 57:1; Patmos Vision, p. 111:204).
"And the things that Christ did, the Church does also. Do you see it? That beautiful Church there in holiness, in power, in majesty, with seeing visions, signs, wonders, everything just like He did, here it is on earth; giving all praise to God, saying, "I can do nothing except the Father shows Me; but He showed Me, and here it is." And they come see these things go to taking place."
"Now, Christ molded into one . . . and the voice . . . of many waters . . . Many people, not just the one; it was the whole Church, the Seven Churches molded together as one great ransomed Body of the Lord. The Methodists, the Baptists, the Presbyterian, all that's born again with the Holy Ghost, speaking with the power of God, that's the Body. . ."
"Now, "Out of His mouth goes a sharp two-edged sword," [the Word, Hebrews 4:12]. Out of the mouth of This standing there, Christ and the Church as one . . ." (The Seven Church Ages, p. 27:205-215; Mark of the Beast #26:3, p. 7:49-50). I Corinthians 6:2-3, "the saints shall judge the world? . . . Know ye not that we shall judge angels"? That Word has never failed in the mouths of believing Christians. And in this last age it is here stronger and greater than ever in the true Word Bride. You little minority, hold on to the Word, fill your mouth and heart with it, and some day God will give you the kingdom."
"When He comes [at the judgment], that Word will come against all nations and all men. And none will be able to stand against it. It will reveal what was in every heart as He did with Nathanael. The Word of God will show who did the will of God and who didn't. It will make known the secret works of every man and why he did them. It will divide asunder."
Brother Branham said the "One like the Son of man" so clothed is the elect Bride drawn out of the Church" (Why are We not a Denomination, p. 37:180-181; The Patmos Vision, p. 124:270).
At the close of the Laodicean Church Age redemption was over and judgment was upon all outside Christ's end-time Bride (Isaiah 61:2b). Without a Mediator for ignorance and the fullness of the Word as judge, "the evildoer is left to do evil, and the filthy to remain filthy: and the righteous to do right, and the holy to remain holy . . . and although the Spirit and the Bride say "Come." And let he who hears say, "Come." And let he who thirsts come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely," Brother Branham "testifies to every man who hears the Words of the prophecy of this Book, "If any man shall add to these things, God shall add to him the plagues that are written in this Book: and if any man takes from the Words of the Book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this Book" (Revelation 22:11, 18-19).
Do you see where we are? Brother Branham said, "The mere association of kindhearted people with the true believer might well bring death in return for their kindness" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 116:1).
"And His face shone as when the sun shines in its full strength." In Matthew 16:27-28 Jesus told His disciples, "The Son of man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his works. Truly I assure you, There are some standing here, who will not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His Kingdom." In Matthew 17:1-13 we learn that after six days Jesus took three witnesses, Peter, James and John on to a mountain where He was transfigured as the Sun of righteousness in His second physical return or 'erchomai' Coming on the seventh day for a thousand years of peace preceded by the two witnesses to Israel.
Revelation 1:17-18, "And when I saw Him, I . . . [your name here] . . . fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying, Fear not; I am the first and the last and the living One; and I was dead, and, behold, I am living into the ages of the ages; and I have the keys of death and of Hades".
Before the fall, Adam and Eve walked with God in the cool of the evening and they were not afraid, but after sin entered Adam said, "I heard your Voice in the Garden, and I was afraid, because [even behind my so-called Apostle's Creed of fig leaves] I was naked; and I hid myself" (Genesis 3:10). Sin had separated man from His Maker, and John (your name here) was overwhelmed by the visionnot by sin because he was born again and "whoever is born of God does not commit sin," then the Lord laid His right hand on us as He did to the prostrate disciples on Mount Transfiguration, of whom John was one (Matthew 17:6-7), and He confirmed our faith saying, "Fear not; I am the first and the last (Isaiah 41:4 44:6 48:12). [From eternity, and enduring to eternity: "the First by creation, the Last by retribution: the First, because before Me there was no God formed; the Last, because after Me there shall be no other: the First, because from Me are all things; the Last, because to Me all things return"] and the living One; [Him who is the fountain of all life, and who now restores life and animation to John, the paralyzed end-time Bride, but "fear not," You speak the Word and I will perform it; and the friendly touch of His hand, as of old, imparted strength]. And I was dead, and, behold, I am living into the ages of the ages; and I have the keys of death and of Hades."
When Jesus died He conquered Death, and when He arose He conquered Hades, taking authority over Death. Death is personified for the spirit of mortal life was now powerless in its presence; now Death has lost its lordship over Hades, and so paradise was done away at Jesus' resurrection (Matthew 28:19).
We now have the 'third pull' . . . "But it will not be used in a great way until this [World] Council [of Churches] begins to tighten up. . . The Pentecostals and so forth can almost impersonate anything could be done, but when that time comes, when the squeeze comes down, then you'll see what you have seen temporarily, be manifested in the fullness of its power . . . this will be the thing that will start the rapturing faith for the going away. . . . There's coming a time in this nation, to where this nation is going to exercise all the power that the beast had before (which was pagan Rome, when it become papal Rome. See?) this nation will do that. Revelations 13 plainly explains it. The lamb came up out of the earth. The other beast came up out of water, thickness and multitudes of people. This lamb came up where there was no people" (Look Away to Jesus, p. 5:39-45).
Revelation 1:19-29, "[Because you are now freed from your dread], write therefore the things which you have seen [the Patmos vision]; and both the things which are [the Church Ages], and the things which are about to happen after these [from the breach between the Seals and the Church Ages to the renewed heavens and renewed earth]; the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven lampstands of gold. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven lampstands are seven churches". nl770.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.