Bible Believers' Newsletter 987"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
ISSN 1442-8660Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; we welcome your fellowship around God's unchanging Word.
May this week's study prove edifying, strengthening your faith by confirming your place in the Word and your position in Christ's Body while renewing your hope in the things that are to be. Our feature article is 'The New Creation of God-men' which has been growing for almost two thousand years and only marginally more than 144,000 are outstanding. The news items are definitely signs of the times with emphasis on the failing fractional reserve fiat money racket and the declining power of the united States outside her blooded military.
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
Ignoring Ignorance can be CostlyAugust 11, 2017 — The capacity to borrow today brings consumption forward from tomorrow. The world is awash with more than US$220 trillion of debt . . . future consumption that's already been consumed. Now we have to pay for it.
To make servicing this historically high level of debt a little easier, central banks have taken interest rates to historically low levels . . . wilfully persisted with an economic model . . . utterly dependent upon debt-funded consumption to produce growth . . . there's a limit on how much debt this world can service before we trigger another (and more catastrophic) debt crisis . . . taking us headlong into a Greater Depression.
This chart traces out five different market valuation measures on the S&P 500 index since 1947. The 0% line represents the 70-year fair-value average. Note the market spends most of its time . . . between under-valued and over-valued.
Since 1990, the market has spent most of the time in overvalued territory. This coincides with the time the Fed—led by Alan Greenspan—began . . . creating the so-called 'wealth effect' . . . A sharp fall back to the 0% line requires a correction of 65% . . . the coming market collapse could revisit the lows of the early 1980s . . . US market fall over 80% . . . Full story: marketsandmoney.com.au
Comment: The Babylonian fractional reserve banking system creates money by debt . . . Jesus is prudently saves. Nations have been transformed into corporations controlled by the Money Power through debt, an ancient scheme for peaceful conquest of the whole universe employing every endeavour to subdue countries by an economical conquest. The Cloward Piven Strategy seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse . . .
Avoiding Nuclear War: Why Kim Jong-Un's Strategy makes SenseAugust 11, 2017 — [T]he direction in which North Korea's nuclear program is headed ensures an important regional deterrent against Japan and South Korea, and in some respects against the United States, which is the main reason for North Korea's development of ICBMs. Recent history has repeatedly demonstrated the folly of trusting the West (the fate of Gaddafi remains fresh in our minds) and suggests instead the building up of an arsenal that poses a serious deterrence to US bellicosity.
It is not a mystery that from 2009 to date, North Korea's nuclear capacity has increased in direct proportion to the level of distrust visited on Pyongyang by the West. Since 2009, the six-party talks concluded, Kim Jong-un has come to realize that the continuing threats, practices, and arms sales of the United States to Japan and South Korea needed to be thwarted in some way in the interests of defending the sovereignty of the DPRK . . . The reason the United States continues to raise tensions with Pyongyang and threaten a conflict is not out of a concern for the protection of her Japanese or South Korean allies, as one may initially be led to think. The United States in the region has a central objective that does not concern Kim Jong-un or his nuclear weapons. Rather, it is driven by the perennial necessity to increase forces in the region for the purposes of maintaining a balance of military force (Asian Pivot) and ultimately trying to contain the rise of the People's Republic of China (PRC) . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: The 2014 Ukraine coup by the US and EU was as much about China as Russia, Eurasian trade and the New Silk Road. North Korea is ahead of the US in health, education and literacy.
Roth$child'$ Commonwealth Bank of AustraliaAugust 3, 2017 — The Australian Transactions Reports & Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) today launched civil proceedings in the Federal Court alleging that the Commonwealth Bank failed to comply with the law on 53,700 occasions . . . The maximum penalty for each of the 53,700 contraventions is up to $18 million . . . IDMs can accept up to 200 notes per deposit, or up to $20,000 per cash transaction, with no limit to the number of transactions made per day . . . The transactions in question had a total value of around $624.7 million . . .
Full story: abc.net.au.
In a run-down mall in one of Sydney's biggest Chinese neighbourhoods in 2015, 29-year-old Jizhang Lu showed up at the top-floor offices of a meat export company carrying a carrier bag stuffed with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash . . . eight times over three weeks . . . as much as A$530,200 ($416,840) at a time. reuters.com. Graphic on accusations against CBA
Comment: Rothschild's CBA made A$9.9 billion profit last year. Once "the people's bank," this "too big to fail" bank is protected by government that would have to borrow from Roth$child$ to meet its foolhardy commitment.
Commonwealth Bank & the 'War on Cash'August 16, 2017 — We may look back at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia money-laundering scandal and realise that it heralded the end of cash in Australia . . . UBS analyst Jonathan Mott pointed at the start of this month that this breach raised 'critical questions':
- Is the root of the problem the outdated high denomination cash notes? Should Australia move to phase out cash given its role in the black economy (including: proceeds of crime, money laundering, tax avoidance, welfare fraud)?
- Benefits may include reduced crime (difficult to monetise; increased tax revenue (fewer cash transactions) and reduced welfare fraud (claiming welfare while earning and hoarding cash).
- From the banks' perspective there would likely be a spike in deposits—if all the A$100 notes were deposited into banks (ignoring hoarded A$50s), household deposits would rise 4%. This would likely fill the banks Net Stable Funding Ratio (NSFR) gap and reduce reliance on offshore funding.'At the end of 2016, UBS was the first private group to make the case for banning large-denomination notes in Australia. Unsurprisingly, politicians are warming to the idea. Kelly O'Dwyer, the Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, suggests the $100 note's place in the Australian economy should be reviewed. Pretending to defend the $100 note, the Reserve Bank of Australia has said criminals much prefer to use $50 notes instead. In one fell swoop, the case was made to remove two large-denomination notes from circulation . . . Full story: marketsandmoney.com.au
Why Elites are Winning the War on CashAugust 16, 2017 — Visa is offering certain merchants a $10,000 reward if they refuse to accept cash in the future . . . Visa and MasterCard exist side by side with official efforts to eliminate or discourage the use of cash coming from governments in India, Australia, Sweden as well as the United States . . . But the so-called "cashless society" is just a Trojan horse for a system in which all financial wealth is electronic and represented digitally in the records of a small number of megabanks and asset managers.
Once that is achieved, it will be easy for state power to seize and freeze the wealth, or subject it to constant surveillance, taxation and other forms of digital confiscation . . . The US got rid of its $500 note in 1969, and the $100 note has lost 85% of its purchasing power since . . . The real burden of the war on cash falls on honest citizens who are made vulnerable to potential wealth confiscation through negative interest rates, loss of privacy, account freezes and limits on cash withdrawals . . . If the power grid goes out due to storms, accidents, sabotage or cyber attacks, our digital economy will grind to a complete halt. That's why it's a good idea to keep some of your liquidity in paper cash (while you can) and gold or silver coins . . . money good in every state of the world . . . Full story: dailyreckoning.com
Russians should urgently repatriate their Assets from the WestAugust 8, 2017 — The new law of sanctions on Russia is not just economic war—it is a war on the Russian people and now the millions of Russians who have assets in the West are on the frontline . . . These sanctions are no diplomatic squabble. They will get very personal for Russian businesses and professionals working with Russian companies. Any sector of business can be targeted by the US for such crimes as "closeness to elites," "oligarch" . . . reminiscent of Stalin's terror and kangaroo courts in which anyone could be charged, tried and convicted, property seized and banished without a right to appeal . . . Full story: russia-insider.com
Global Deception: 'The War on Terror' is a Campaign for Permanent War & TerrorAugust 8, 2017 — The "War On Terror," an outgrowth of the crimes of September 11, 2001, was never a war on terror. It has always been a campaign for permanent war and terror . . . terrorists in Syria, including al Qaeda, are proxies for the West's dirty war on Syria. They are aided and abetted by illegal sanctions and every tactic used by the West to destroy the country and its institutions. Any action that the West takes against the Syrian Arab Army or the Syrian government aids the terrorists, since the SAA and the Syrian government are the dominant forces fighting the terrorists.
The veil of confusion drops every time the official narratives change. The terrorists who reportedly flew into the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon were, reportedly, al Qaeda. Al Qaeda is the supposed enemy. But the West supports al Qaeda and all the terrorists in Syria, so whereas al Qaeda is one of humanity's enemies, al Qaeda is the ally of those who control the levers of power. The enemy consists of the neo-con "power elites" who are orchestrating the terror, the globalized war, and the globalized poverty beneath their public lies and deceptions. The enemy consists of publicly-financed warfare states, like the US, and increasingly its allies, which endanger and impoverish humanity for the perceived benefit of the elites and corporate profits. Whereas the public presumably believes that it is somehow benefiting from the carnage and mass murder, it is actually being fleeced . . .
Full story: globalresearch.ca
Polls: US 'Greatest Threat to Peace in the World Today'August 9, 2017 — On August 1st of 2017, Pew Research Center has issued results of their polling of 30 nations in which they had surveyed, first in 2013, and then again in 2017 . . . On page 3 of their 32-page pdf is shown that the "major threat" category was selected by 35% of respondents worldwide for "US power and influence," . . . on pages 23 and 24 of the pdf is shown the 30 countries that had been surveyed in this poll, in both 2013 and 2017; and most of these 30 nations were US allies; only Venezuela clearly was not. None of the 30 countries was an ally of either Russia or China (the other two countries offered as possibly being "a major threat"). And, yet, nonetheless, more respondents among the 30 sampled countries saw the US as "a major threat" than saw either Russia or China that way . . .
[T]he trend, in those 30 countries, throughout that four-year period, was generally in the direction of an increase in fear of the US—increase in fear of the country that had been overwhelmingly cited in 2013 by people in 65 countries in WIN/Gallup's poll, as constituting, in 2013, "the greatest threat to peace in the world today." Perhaps people around the world are noticing that, at least since 2001, the US is wrecking one country after another: Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine. Which is next? Maybe Iran? Maybe Russia? Maybe Venezuela? . . . the US has just increased its 'defense' spending, which already is three times China's, and nine times higher than Russia's. Do the owners of America's military-industrial complex own the US government, and own the US 'news' media, to permit this rabid military to control the government's budget, in a 'democracy'? Is that how it happens? Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: "You live in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see, and sees not" (Ezekiel 12:2). The (once Protestant) United States is "the image to the beast" (Revelation 13:11-18).
Australia begins questioning its Geopolitical Alliance with the USAugust 7, 2017 — With all the disastrous wars the US has led her into over the last 20 years, this should come as no surprise.
'[For us] it is one thing to remain a good friend, but too close an embrace will lead Americans and others to resurrect the "deputy sheriff" tag. The Americans have always put their own interests first and will continue to do so; we should follow their example. American interests will not always be the same as Australian and vice versa. The bottom line, however, is the domestic political one. Australians are afraid of the outside world and convinced of their inability to cope with it. Any Australian government which suggested that we do without a great and powerful friend to look after us would have to consider the electoral implications.' Source: Cavan Hogue—former Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative when Australia was last on the UN Security Council. He has also served as head of mission in Mexico, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow and Bangkok, along with other posts. He is an Adjunct Professor in International Communication at Macquarie University, Sydney . . . Full story: russia-insider.com
Comment: If you are an Australian or an American, you should read the Full story.
If America was trying to start a World War, this is how it would HappenAugust 8, 2017 — America continues its unilateral policy of bullying non-compliant states, further isolating itself from its traditional post-WWII allies . . . American-led sanctions push these defiant countries into the open arms of one another . . . If the US continues to use its global stranglehold over the financial markets as a tool to weaken other countries, these countries will also have no choice but to ditch the dollar and to seek alternative currencies through which to complete transactions . . . the US is at the crossroads of its dying status as a global superpower. In order to stay afloat, it has only one real option—to continue down the warpath it has set itself on and confront those countries that seek to rise up in the post-American led international order. The newly signed sanctions regime is just the beginning . . . It will be almost impossible to sell these wars to the American public and the international community at this stage considering the evidence shows the US is acting rashly and out of order with the rest of the world. However, if the US can provoke Iran or North Korea into doing something regrettable first, the US may finally reward itself with the justification to go to war which it so desperately needs . . . Full story: theantimedia.org
Scientists discover 91 Volcanoes below Antarctic Ice SheetAugust 13, 2017 — Scientists have uncovered the largest volcanic region on Earth—two kilometres below the surface of the vast ice sheet that covers west Antarctica . . . Geologists say this huge region is likely to dwarf that of east Africa's volcanic ridge, currently rated the densest concentration of volcanoes in the world. Volcanic eruptions may not reach the surface but could melt the ice from beneath and drastically destabilise it . . . These newly discovered volcanoes range in height from 100 to 3,850 metres. All are covered in ice, which sometimes lies in layers that are more than 4km thick in the region. These active peaks are concentrated in a region known as the west Antarctic rift system, which stretches 3,500km from Antarctica's Ross ice shelf to the Antarctic peninsula . . . Full story: theguardian.com
The New Creation of God-menAmos 3:7, "Truly the Lord God will do nothing, without [first] revealing His secret counsel to His servants the prophets".
II Peter 1:20-21, "No prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not by the will of man: but holy men moved by the Holy Ghost spoke from God".
Jesus came to apostate Israel preceded by the prophet John (Malachi 3:1; Luke 1:11-19); but when they rejected the Baptist and his Message they also refused the Logos and fullness of the Word he introduced, and thinking they were doing God a service they crucified Messiah. In these last days Christ came to the apostate Gentiles preceded by the Prophet William Branham (Malachi 4:5, 6b; Revelation 10:7); but when he was rejected along with his Message the world church system refused the Logos and fullness of the Word he introduced. "And because they rejected the love of the Truth, that they might be saved, God has sent them a strong delusion, that they should believe the lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the Truth, but took pleasure in unrighteousness . . . seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh" (II Thessalonians 2:11-12; Hebrews 6:6).
A vindicated prophet is a sign warning of imminent judgment. The Word of God comes only to a prophet, so if God has vindicated a prophet as His spokesman it means He has a Message to deliver. Multitudes witnessed and benefited from the miracles and healings of Brother Branham's vindication and believed Him to be God's prophet, yet scarcely any waited on the Message, and most who heard or read his 'third pull' walked away because it disagreed with their human understanding. Yet they acknowledged his vindication.
Please follow me in your Bible, beginning with Revelation 1:1. "The Revelation (Gk.) apokalupsis or unveiling of Jesus Christ, which God gave to Him, to show unto His servants the things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His angel [William Branham] to His servant John: who bore witness of the Logos of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, even of all things that he saw [in the visions on Patmos Island]."
The angel of Revelation 1:1 who spoke with and directed John throughout The Revelation of Jesus Christ was William Branham (Revelation 3:14; 10:7; 22:6-10). Jesus Christ broke the Seals and revealed their mysteries to his seventh angel in 1963, and from 95 to 96 John was caught up in the Spirit into the Lord's Day which is yet future and communicated with Brother Branham per medium of visions as he revealed these mysteries from 1963 to 1965. Jesus revealed the mystery of the Seven Seals to His Prophet after Christ's mediation, redemption, and the Laodicean Church Age were over. Since he revealed his Message only to John and Christ's end-time Bride we know that throughout the Book of Revelation John represents the end-time Bride just as in chapter four of Ezekiel, that prophet represented first the House of Israel and then the House of Judah.
"Blessed is he who reads aloud, and those who hear the Logos of the prophecy [in public worship in the days before printing, private ownership of Bibles and literacy], and heed the things which are written therein: for the (Gk.) kairos [opportunity or decision] time is at hand" [for these prophecies to be revealed as they unfolded through successive Church Ages].
There is an emphatic present blessing on the reader and upon the listeners whose mutual duty is to strive to understand these eschatological prophecies and observe what they have understood. It is not intended that all will attain to a full and complete understanding of all prophecies, but all are duty bound to study: much important understanding will be withheld from the negligent. Those who understand and become written epistles of "the present Truth" for their day will be born-again. Jesus rebuked the Jews and His disciples for not understanding prophecies relating to His first Coming (Matthew 16:3; Luke 24:25; John 5:39, 46).
Revelation 1:4-8, "John to the seven Church Ages: Grace to you, and peace, from Him [the ever-present (NOT omnipresent] I Am] who is and who was and who comes; and from the seven portions of the Holy Spirit that are before His throne (Revelation 5:6; Zechariah 3:9; 4:6-10); and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first born of the dead (Colossians 1:18; I Corinthians 15:20, 23), and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us, and loosed us from our sins in His own Blood (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:19; Revelation 5:9), [this was not human blood for Jesus was not born of human intercourse but was the Logos manifest in flesh as "the beginner and author of the new creation of God-men" (Revelation 3:12). [As the continuation of the same creation begotten by the Spoken Word] He has made us [New Testament saints a continuation of Himself] a kingdom, priests unto His God and Father; to Him be glory and dominion forever and into the ages of the ages. Amen."
Brother Branham taught: "Since it is the Blood of God, it is perfect blood; and if the perfect blood is loosing us from the power and bondage and defilement of sin, then the loosing is perfect and complete. There is now therefore no condemnation. "Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifies (declares us righteous). Who is he that condemns? It is Christ that died . . ." (Romans 8:33-34). There it is, His death gave us the Blood. The Blood has loosed us. There is now no condemnation. How can there be? There is nothing to be condemned for, because the Blood has loosed us from sin. We are free, guiltless. Don't listen to man, listen to the Word. You are loosed by the Blood.
"Now don't get tied down again by traditions and creeds and organizations. Don't be led astray by listening to those that deny the power of the Word and deny that Jesus saves, heals, fills with the Holy Ghost and power. You are God's free men, loosed by His own Blood. If you still hold your faith to creeds and denominations, it is certain by the evidence that you have lost your faith in the Word (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 34:1 – 35:1).
The whole of divine Revelation, whose goal is "the restitution of all things [in the renewed heavens and earth] which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began" (Acts 3:21) is sealed in the earthen vessel of "the faithful witness, the first born of [the NEW CREATION]," our virgin-born kinsman Redeemer Jesus Messiah as typed in Jeremiah 32 (The Revelation of the Seven Seals, p. 91:1-93:1; 117:4-119:2; 231:5-235:4; 282:1 - 283:5).
"Behold, He comes with the clouds; and every eye [all mankind] shall see Him, and they who pierced Him: and all tribes of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen" (Zechariah 12:10; Ezekiel 39:29; Daniel 7:13; Joel 2:28-30; Matthew 16:27; 24:30a; 26:64; Mark 14:62; John 19:37; Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 1:7).
Brother Branham taught: "He is coming. Jesus is coming. God is coming. The Prophet is coming. The Priest and King is coming. The ALL in ALL is coming. Even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly. Amen."
"He is coming. He is coming in clouds, clouds of glory as when He was seen upon the Mount of Transfiguration, and His garments were shining as the power of God enfolded Him. And EVERY eye shall see Him. That means this is not the Rapture. This is when He comes to take over His rightful place as World Ruler (Zechariah 14:9; Revelation 19:11-21). This is when those who have pierced Him with their creeds and denominational doctrines shall mourn, and all the people shall wail in terror because of Him Who is the Word."
"This is the revelation story of Zechariah 12:9-14. [Israel's recognition of Christ's parousia (Revelation 14:1-5)]. Zechariah prophesied this about 2,500 years ago. It is just about to take place. Listen."
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:9; Revelation 11:18-19). And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me Whom they have pierced . . ."
"Now, when is the Gospel returning to the
JewsIsraelites? When the day of the Gentiles is finished. The Gospel is ready to go back to the Jews. Oh, if I could just tell you something that is about to happen right in this our day. This great thing that is about to happen [the former or teaching rain of Christ's parousia through the Message of the Elijah of Malachi 4:5, 6b; Revelation 10:7] will carry over to Revelation 11 and pick up those two witnesses, those two prophets, Moses and Elijah, turning the Gospel back to the JewsIsraelites. We're ready for it. Everything is in order. As the JewsIsraelites brought the Message to the Gentiles, even so the Gentiles will take it right back to the JewsIsraelites [in Gentile apostasy after the close of the Gentile dispensation Romans 11:21-32], and the Rapture will come".
"Now, remember what we have read in Revelation and Zechariah. Both come right after the tribulation. The Church of the First-born does not go through the tribulation. We know that. The Bible teaches that."
"At that time it says that God is going to pour out His Spirit upon the house of Israel. It is the same Spirit that was poured upon the Gentiles in their day. "And they shall look upon Me Whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for his only son, and they shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his first-born. In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadad-rimmon in the valley of Megiddon. And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart . . ." and each one of the houses apart when He comes in clouds of glory at His Second Coming. Those Jews that pierced Him shall see Him as it says in another Scripture, "Whence did You get those wounds?" and He will say, "In the house of My friends." Not only will it be a mournful time for the Jews who rejected Him as Messiah, but it will be a mournful time for those left of the Gentiles who have rejected Him as the Saviour of this day" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 36:3 – 37:2).
The Prophet continues, "Now getting back to the story of Joseph meeting his brethren. You recall that not all the brethren came. Joseph knew that and insisted that all the brethren appear before him, or he could not make himself known unto them. Finally they brought the one that was missing, little Benjamin. It was little Benjamin, the full [blood] brother of Joseph, that set his soul on fire. And when our Joseph, even Jesus, comes to the people who have kept the commandments of God and gone back to Palestine, His soul will be set on fire. Little Benjamin typifies the 144,000 Israelites from all over the earth who have gone back to Palestine for their redemption [not Jews, Edomites, Khazars or proselytes but sons of Jacob]. They will be standing there ready to receive Him, Whom to know aright is Life eternal. They will say, "This is our God for Whom we have waited." Then they will see Him Whom they have pierced. And they will cry out in dismay, "Where did these awful wounds come from? How did it happen?" And they will wail and cry, every family apart, each one apart in the agony of sorrow".
"Now where will the Gentile Church be while Jesus is making Himself known to His brethren? Remember that the bride of Joseph with the two children were in the palace, for Joseph had commanded, "Let everyone leave me; put them all out from before me." So the Gentile bride was hidden in the palace of Joseph. Where will the Gentile Church go in the rapture? Into the palace. The Bride will be taken off the earth. She will be caught up before the great tribulation to meet her Lord in the air. For three and one-half years while the retributive wrath of God is poured out, she will be in the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:1-9). Then will He return, leaving His Bride in "His Father's house," while He makes Himself known to His brethren. At this very time, the antichrist covenant that the Jews have made with Rome will be broken. Rome and her allies then send their troops to destroy all the God-fearing, Word-abiding
JewsIsraelites. But as they come against the city to destroy it, there will appear in the heavens the sign of the Coming of the Son of Man with His mighty armies to destroy them who have been destroying the earth (Revelation 19:11-14). With the enemy repulsed, Jesus then comes and presents Himself to the 144,000. Having seen His mighty acts of salvation, they have come to know His power. But also seeing His wounds and knowing that they had rejected Him even to that moment, causes them to cry out in the agony of terror and fear, even as did their brethren of old when they stood before Joseph, being sore afraid that they would be killed. But as Joseph said, "Don't be angry with yourselves. It is all right. God was in it all. He did it to preserve life." Even so will Jesus speak peace and love to them (ibid, p. 40:2).
"I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, who is and who was and who comes, the All-ruler [Supreme Deity]." He is the principle and the final goal, the Logos at the beginning and the Logos restored at the end; He was not the PART-Word in-between.
Revelation 1:9-11, "I John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation [throughout the Christian dispensation (I Thessalonians 2:14-16; Matthew 24:21-22; Luke 11:52; Revelation 1:9; 2:9; 7:14; 20:4)] and kingdom and endurance in Jesus, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the Logos of God, and for the testimony of Jesus. I was in the Spirit in the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a voice loud as a trumpet, saying, What you see, write into a Book, and send it to the seven churches; to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamos, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea".
In accordance with prophetic form, John begins his Book with the announcement of his calling and commission. His companionship with us has its foundation in Jesus, in fellowship with Jesus as a partaker in present tribulation while the Kingdom is only in hope, patiently enduring affliction in a hostile world for His name's sake, looking forward to the glory of the Kingdom (Acts 14:22; Colossians 1:24; II Timothy 2:10-12).
John was on the Isle of Patmos when he heard a loud Voice with the urgency of a trumpet sounding an alarm for Israel to break camp for the end of man's day; and John was caught up in the Spirit of the Lord to "the Day of Vengeance of our God" (Isaiah 61:2b). Indeed the vision is set after the Seventh Trump announced the close of the Christian dispensation and with both feet firmly on Patmos Island John was caught up in the Spirit into the visions of the apocalypse in the Lord's Day. Behind him (as he looked back through time) "loud voices in heaven declared: The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever and ever" (Matthew 24:31, I Thessalonians 4:16; I Corinthians 15:52; Revelation 11:15).
The Voice that spoke with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, with Moses on Mount Sinai and to the three disciples on Mount Transfiguration was now speaking to the seven Church Ages with a complete and final revelation of Jesus Christ for John to record for posterity. Of the many churches in proconsular Asia (such as Miletus, Magnesia and Tralles), the natural characteristics of the churches in these seven cities were representative of the chief spiritual characteristics of seven future universal dispensations of the Church, or Church Ages.
Revelation 1:12-20, "And I turned about to see the Voice that was speaking with me. And having turned about, I saw seven golden lampstands" [as described in Zechariah 4:1-6] whose Light is eternal Life to those who can receive and become "written epistles" thereof. And in the midst of the seven lampstands One like unto the Son of man, clothed with a [festal or priestly] garment reaching to the foot, girt round at the breasts [not as a working dress, about the loins], with a golden girdle" signifying Christ glorified in the midst of the Churches, He is no longer a mediator in the office Son of God; it is the Day of the Lord and as Son of man He is the coming Judge (Isaiah 11:1-5; Daniel 7:13; John 5:22; 12:48; Revelation 4:14; 15:6).
"His head and His hairs were like white wool, as snow [signifying experience, maturity, and wisdom (Daniel 7:9-14)]; and His eyes were as a flame of fire; [the day of mercy is over; He stands as Judge with flaming eyes to mete out judgment]; and His feet like unto a stream of molten brass as it had glowed in the furnace; [His brazen feet have withstood the test of the fiery furnace, a test no other has gone through. Brass signifies divine Judgment, a judgment God decreed and brought to pass (John 3:14-19). Judgment was already passed on Him when in God's foreknowledge He was slain from the foundation of the world when as yet there were no sinners]; and His voice as the sound of many waters [multitudes of witnesses, who by the Holy Spirit all through the ages have testified to Christ and preached His Gospel]: and having in His right hand seven stars [which are the angels to the Church]: and going forth out of His mouth went a two-edged sword [which is the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12; Revelation 19:11-16)]: and His countenance as the sun shining in its strength" [He is the glory of God, and God is Light. New Jerusalem will have no need of the sun or moon to lighten it, for the Lamb is the Light (Revelation 21:23; Malachi 4:2; Matthew 16:28; 17:1-13).
"And when I saw Him, I 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 unto the ages of the ages, and I have the keys of hades" (the grave, death).
"What is there to fear? The judgment that fell upon Him at the cross, at the grave, and when He descended, was for us. He absorbed the full brunt of the wound of sin and there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus . . . He is both "Attorney" and "Judge." As Judge the "case is settled"—it is finished. There is now therefore no condemnation. Why should the church fear? What promise has He ever failed to manifest before us? Why should it fear punishment or death? It has all been overcome. Here is the mighty conqueror. Here is the One Who conquered both worlds of the seen and unseen".
[A man fully surrendered to God is omnipotent. Jesus said, "All things for which you pray, believe that you have received them, and don't doubt in your heart, and they shall be granted you" (Mark 11:24). When God and man meet through omnipotence it creates a power that brings things to pass. Brother Branham described the vision of "one like unto the Son of man" in verses 14-18 as "the sevenfold glory of His Person," and "His sevenfold Personage" because it is Christ's elect Bride drawn out from the world to become His Body and His Voice to judge the world in righteousness (I Corinthians 6:2). Through our invisible union we are One with our Lord and as His image we are His glory].
"Write therefore the things which you have seen [in the vision (Revelation 1:11-20)], and both the things which are [the Seven Church Ages], and the things which are about to happen after these things [the breach between the Church Ages and the Seals, the birth of Israel in one day, the consummation and "restitution of all things" to wit the images, symbols and truths which are yet be disclosed]. As to the mystery of the seven stars which you saw upon My right hand, and the seven lampstands of gold: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven lampstands are the seven churches".
Brother Branham divided the Book of revelation thus: "Now, Revelation, the first three chapters, deals with the Church, then the Church disappears. We see it no more until the end time. From Revelation 1 to 3, is the Church; Revelation 4 to 19, is Israel, a nation; and 19 to 22, is both together, and the plagues and the warnings, and so forth, at the end! Set in three parts" (The Revelation of Jesus Christ, p. 13:24).
"He stands amidst the lampstands, with the stars under pre-eminence in His right hand. God's power and authority are behind His messengers who go forth in the fire and power of the Holy Ghost with the Word to every Age. It is night, for that is when we use lamps for light, and that is when the stars are seen shining and reflecting the light of the sun. The church is walking by faith in the darkness. Her Lord departed this earth but the Holy Spirit still shines out through the Church, giving Light to this old sin-cursed world. And those stars reflect His Light also. The only Light they have is His Light. How dark it is—how spiritually cold. Yet when He comes into the midst it is light and warm; the Church is empowered and through Him she does the works that He did." (Brother Branham's teaching on Revelation chapters 1 – 3 may be studied in An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 43-65).
As we have taught on the Church Ages in earlier Newsletters and since all seven Church Ages are fulfilled we will proceed to the holy convocation of the antitype of the fiftieth day of Israel's Pentecostal feast in which we live. The Laodicean Church Age ended in apostasy at Revelation 3:22 in March, 1963, "and knows it not." Fifty-four years later the Pentecostals plod around a spiritual wilderness behind Baptists, Methodists and Lutherans impersonating earlier Church Ages chasing a mirage of the Word for a day gone by. Christ's mediation for the ignorance of the Church Age saints on the fullness of the Word ended, and redemption was over at Revelation 3:22. The Church Age saints are made up and the Church will not appear until she returns with her Lord in Revelation 19, gloriously washed in the Blood.
Revelation 4:1-2, "After these things I . . . (insert your name here because throughout the Book of Revelation John represent's Christ's end-time Bride) . . . . saw, and beheld Jesus Christ—the door standing open in heaven [after the PART-Word saints had entered]: and that first voice which I heard as a trumpet speaking with me [Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:10, 13)]; said, Come up hither, and I will show you things which must be hereafter. Immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne stood in heaven, and One sat on the throne".
If you are in Christ's end-time Bride your name was in the Lamb's Book of Life from the foundation of the world, and you were represented by John, caught up in the rapture, for we are all one Body. It is possible you were not even conceived when Laodicea ended, and you almost certainly did not hear the "shout" of Brother Branham's Message until many years later (I Thessalonians 4:16; Matthew 25:6). We know this is so because "I saw, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing" (Revelation 5:11-12). You were one of those elect angels or theophanies, as you were "called according to His purpose," reckoned crucified in Christ on Calvary where you paid the wages of sin and justified when "He was raised for our justification" (Romans 4:25; 8:28-33; II Corinthians 5:13-18). There is no 'double jeopardy'.
"For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifies".
Revelation 4:3-11, "He who sat upon the throne was in appearance like a jasper and sardine stone [the birth stones of Reuben and Benjamin, Jacob's first and last as Jesus is Alpha, Omega; the beginning and the ending; He that was, which is and shall come; the Root and Offspring of David]: and there was a [full 360°] rainbow encircling the throne, in sight like an emerald. Round the throne were twenty-four thrones seating twenty-four elders, clad in white robes, with golden crowns on their heads. Out of the throne issued lightnings and voices and thunders: and before the throne burned seven lamps of fire, which are the seven measures of the Holy Spirit [that anointed the Messengers to the Church Ages; having finished their work on earth they stand before the throne which is now a judgment seat]. And before the throne was a sea of glass as clear as crystal [typing the laver in Jerusalem's temple and signifying that the sins of the Church Age saints were remitted]."
"Around the throne on each side were four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind. The first living being was like a lion; the second living being like a calf; the third living being had the face of a man; and the fourth living being like a flying eagle. They each had six wings, and were full of eyes round about and within: and neither by day nor by night do they cease singing, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God All-ruler [Supreme Deity], who was, and is, and who comes".
"And whenever the living creatures render praise and honour and thanksgiving to He who is seated on the throne, Who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and dominion: for You have created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created".
The Bible is the story of God changing His form or unfolding Himself from the eternal Spirit alone with His thoughts to their manifestation in the flesh of His glorified Family (Ephesians 1:3-23). Jesus Christ is the Author and Beginner of this new creation of God-men.
I Corinthians 15:22-28, "As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own rank, regiment, or dispensation: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His (Gk.) 'parousia' Coming. [Christ's end-time Bride and the 144,000 elect Israelites. After the 144,000 elect Israelites are born-again and martyred "in the great and dreadful day of the Lord" in the latter half of Daniel's Seventieth Week when Israel's two Witnesses have fulfilled their commission "the Son of man will come in His Kingdom" (Matthew 16:28 – 17:10, 13). Then God will smite the earth with a curse for the consummation of life and we will "step out on the atomic ashes of the wicked into the millennium" (Malachi 4; Matthew 3:11-12). The general resurrection and White Throne Judgment will follow]. Then comes the end, when He delivers up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign, until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. For He has put all things under His feet. But when He says, all things are put in subjection, it is manifest that He is excepted, who put all things in subjection to Him. And when all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will be subjected to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all". nl987.htm
Pass it on . . . please send this article to someone you knowBrother Grigor-Scott is a non-denominational minister who has ministered full-time since 1981, primarily to other ministers and their congregations overseas. He pastors Bible Believers' tiny congregation, and is available to teach in your church.
Friday, August 18, 2017
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Bible Believers' Newsletter 986"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
ISSN 1442-8660Hello! Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, it's good to see you.
Today we will study two Greek words, 'erchomai' and 'parousia' that have different meanings yet both are translated "come" in our English Bibles. Most brethren, even in the circle of this Message, do not go back to the original tongues to analyse the etymology of words such as the humble English verb "come." I fear few subscribers and readers dedicate time not only to read but to worshipfully study our Newsletters in communion with the Spirit of the Living God that they might hear the Voice of the Archangel Jesus Christ speaking personally to their soul, drawing them to maturity in the unity of the faith in readiness to receive His translation power.
If you run that extra mile, follow the links and prove all things you will make your calling and election sure, and knowing your position in the Body you will never fail. In this week's news items you will see clear evidence of prophecies made hundreds and thousands of years ago developing toward their dreadful imminent near term fulfilment.
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
Putin: Pope Francis is not a Man of GodAugust 4, 2017 — "Pope Francis is using his platform to push a dangerous far-left political ideology on vulnerable people around the world, people who trust him because of his position," Putin said . . . "He dreams of a world government and a global communist system of repression. As we have seen before in communist states, this system is not compatible with Christianity . . ." Earlier this year he called for a global central bank and financial authority, and more recently he said "Americans need to be ruled by a world government as soon as possible for their own good." Pope Francis' idea that Americans would be better off under a world government doesn't stop there. The radical leftist pontiff also went on record stating that Europe should become one country under one government.
He is also on record calling for a China-style one child policy for Western nations, as well as telling a congregation in Rome that having a personal relationship with Jesus is "dangerous and harmful," (transcript) . . . Full story: yournewswire.com
Comment: This is precisely what Daniel, Jesus Christ, Paul and other prophets foretold. Rome will rule the world to the consummation of life; her pope will accept the proposition Jesus declined (Matthew 4:8-9).
Ernst Zündel: UnbowedAugust 8, 2017 — A personal Telling Films tribute by Lady Michèle Renouf to German-Canadian artist, publisher and dedicated campaigner for historical truth Ernst Zündel, born 23rd April 1939, died 5th August 2017, the 72nd anniversary of the real holocaust of Hiroshima, at his ancestral home in southern Germany. Uniquely interviewed as he was released from Mannheim Prison in 2010 and during his journey back to his childhood home in the Black Forest, and updated in this unexpurgated version after Ernst Zündel's death, this film documents his decades of legal struggle for source-critical justice in Canada and Germany, literally illustrated by Ernst's own art works created during his years of imprisonment, and includes an interview with his lawyer Dr. Herbert Schaller. Full story: youtube.com
Comment: A great man and pacifist who took a firm stand for love, historic truth and righteousness against the enemy of God and man. "His lifelong campaign to counter anti-German hatred and Talmudic bigotry has been transformed through the alchemy of media falsification into itself an act of hate" (revisionistreview.blogspot.com).
RExxon Tillerson's Petro-Imperially Perfect Regime Change ThreatAugust 3, 2017 — "We are evaluating all of our policy options as to what can we do to create a change of conditions when either Maduro decides he doesn't have a future and wants to leave of his own accord or we can return the government processes back to their constitution."
That is the United States' top "diplomat" saying that a democratically elected head of sovereign state, Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro, must leave office or "we"—the US government that is—will reserve the right to remove him (absurdly described as "return[ing]" the Venezuelan government "back to their constitution.") It is a declaration of the United States' presumed entitlement to conduct internationally criminal regime change, confident that it is exempt from global sanction or prosecution. Because we own the world and what we say goes—especially in our hemisphere. Caprice?
Nobody should doubt that Tillerson is signalling Washington's willingness to carry out a coup in Venezuela. Full story: counterpunch.org
Comment: It's the hemisphere's model democracy, struggling in the face of US-orchestrated political and economic war, along with CIA-instigated street violence—classic Washington colour revolution tactics used to topple independent governments . . . Washington, its rogue allies and the Vatican oppose political affirmation of Bolivarian social democracy . . . Vatican history isn't pretty. Pontiffs notoriously meddle where they don't belong . . . Pope Francis' high-minded rhetoric belies papal tradition, supporting wealth and power, paying lip service alone to popular needs and welfare (globalresearch.ca).
The NoWar Network condemns the media's one-sided attack against the Venezuelan Government and its silence over the terrorist practices of the right-wing Opposition. The mass media in practically every NATO country have for months, dutifully re-echoed the US government's one-sided portrayal of the Venezuelan crisis. The USA is the 'rogue state' destined to become "the image of the beast" (Revelation 13:14-18). Confirmed by HR-3364.
US has budgeted $49 Million for Venezuelan Right-Wing since 2009May 17, 2017 — US Department of State has budgeted at least US$49 million . . . to support right-wing opposition forces in Venezuela who are now in their seventh week of violent protests to oust democratically-elected President Nicolas Maduro . . . According to a 2007 US strategic document leaked by former CIA-whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013, Venezuela was seen as the main adversary of the United States in the Western Hemisphere. The country was listed as one of the top six "enduring targets for the NSA," along with China, North Korea, Iraq, Iran and Russia. Full story: telesurtv.net
Comment: Rather the USA is the main adversary of Venezuela, China, North Korea, Iraq, Iran and Russia and other "enduring targets".
Trump Intel Chief: North Korea learned from Libya War 'never' give up NukesJuly 30, 2017 — The media is now filled with headlines about North Korea's missile test on Friday, which demonstrated that its ICBMs may be able to reach the continental US. What isn't mentioned in any of these stories is how we got to this point—in particular, what Dan Coats, President Donald Trump's director of national intelligence, explained last week at the Aspen Security Forum.
North Korea's 33-year-old dictator Kim Jong-un is not crazy, said Coats. In fact, he has "some rationale backing his actions" regarding the country's nuclear weapons. That rationale is the way the US has demonstrated that North Korea must keep them to ensure "survival for his regime, survival for his country."
Kim, according to Coats, "has watched, I think, what has happened around the world relative to nations that possess nuclear capabilities and the leverage they have and seen that having the nuclear card in your pocket results in a lot of deterrence capability." In particular, "The lessons that we learned out of Libya giving up its nukes . . . is, unfortunately: If you had nukes, never give them up. If you don't have them, get them."
This is, of course, blindingly obvious and has been since the US helped oust long-time Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011. But US officials have rarely if ever acknowledged this reality . . . North Koreans and other countries can read, and so understand what America's foreign policy elite has repeatedly explained why we want small countries to disarm. It's not because we fear that they will use WMD in a first strike on us, since nations like North Korea understand that would immediately lead to their obliteration. Instead, our mandarins explicitly say the problem is that unconventional weapons help small countries deter us from attacking them . . . For instance . . . Full story: theintercept.com
Going after ISIS, Killing Civilians as Military DoctrineAugust 2, 2017 — CIA stories are continuously shifting, but "going after ISIS" still seems to carry weight, so it is still used as a fake pretext to target civilians and destroy countries. Syrians saw through the lies years ago. A recent article from SANA media reports that (f)oreign and Expatriates Ministry urged the UN Security Council to assume its responsibilities, maintain international peace and security, halt the alleged international coalition's crimes against the Syrian people and oblige all states to abide by and implement all UNSC resolutions on counterterrorism, particularly resolution No. 2253.
Clearly, the UN is failing in its mandate to maintain international peace, largely because it is increasingly subservient to rogue US-led "coalitions" that are literally responsible for an overseas holocaust. But Syrians are aware. Amidst a tally of US perpetrated massacres on Syrian civilians, the Ministry accurately reports that terrorism could not grow without the unlimited support provided by the Coalition's member states to the terrorist organizations, particularly the ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra.
The report also notes that those attacks contributed to the spread of creative chaos, the killing and destruction which fulfil goals of the coalition and the terrorist organizations in destabilizing security in the region, destroying Syria's capabilities and prolonging the crisis in a way that serves the interests of the Israeli entity. "Creative chaos" is a euphemism for overseas holocaust (literally). When the lawless coalition bombs another country, it is bombing civilians, as it recently did in Mosul Iraq where 40,000 civilians were reportedly killed, and as it recently did in Syria.
Chaos and mass destruction is not collateral damage, it is the strategic goal. Thierry Meyssan explains it this way: (T)he simplest way to pillage the natural resources of a country over a long period is not to occupy the target, but destroy the state. Without a state, there can be no army. With no enemy army, there is no risk of defeat. Thus, the strategic goal of the US army and the alliance that it controls, the UNO, is exclusively the destruction of states. What then happens to the populations concerned is not Washington's problem.
Everything makes sense when seen through this lens. Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, have been, or are in the process of being destroyed, so they can be plundered, and rendered subservient to Imperial diktats. Massacring 40,000 civilians in Mosul was not a mistake, just like slaughtering over 500,000 Iraqi kids under five with pre-war sanctions was not a mistake. These are all strategic decisions.
Prof. Chossudovsky explains that "The 'Liberation' of Mosul constitutes an extensive crime against humanity consisting in actively supporting the ISIS terrorists' occupation of Mosul, and then waging an extensive bombing campaign to 'liberate' the city."
Martyred journalist Khaled Alkhateb was also aware of Washington's criminality. In one of his last reports, before being killed by Washington's terrorists, Alkhateb reported that the Coalition was attacking civilians, hospitals, schools, and food production in the Homs region . . ."
The "Coalition" and its mercenary proxies have been doing this for almost seven years now. Embassies need to be opened in Syria and beyond, the truth needs to be widely accepted, not ignored, and the carnage must stop . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Imagine what would happen if China decided to impose Economic Sanctions on the USA?August 3, 2017 — In June, Washington threatened Beijing with a sanctions regime, in response to China's increased bilateral commodity trade with North Korea. Initially, the US sanctions were not intended to be against the Chinese government: selected Chinese banks and trading companies involved in the financing of China-DPRK commodity trade would be potential targets of US reprisals . . . Coupled with the aggressive legislative sanctions "package" recently adopted by the US Congress directed against Russia, Iran and North Korea, Washington now threatens China in no uncertain terms.
China is not dependent on US imports. Quite the opposite. America is an import led economy with a weak industrial and manufacturing base, heavily dependent on imports from the PRC . . . "Made in China" also dominates the production of a wide range of industrial inputs, machinery, building materials, automotive, parts and accessories, etc. not to mention the extensive sub-contracting of Chinese companies on behalf of US conglomerates . . . And with an internal market of more than 1.3 billion people, coupled with a global export market, these veiled US threats will not be taken seriously by Beijing. Full story: globalresearch.ca
Mass Palestinian Outpouring defeats Israeli Land Grab at al-Aqsa MosqueAugust 3, 2017 — Mass civil disobedience of thousands of Palestinian people has defeated an Israeli attempt to take territory around al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem by installing barricades and metal detectors at entrances . . . "practicing Muslims and non-practicing Muslims and even Christians, have taken part in directly protesting the closure of al-Aqsa. We all recognize the significance of this battle, and so we all resist," according to Jalal Abukhater, who lives in East Jerusalem (Electronic Intifada, July 25).
For two weeks Palestinian worshippers refused to go through metal detectors, and prayed in the thousands in the streets outside the compound, day and night. Thousands of jubilant, chanting Palestinians surrounded the Israelis removing the final security obstacles in the early hours of July 27 . . . Western media has given scant coverage to this important struggle, nor to the increasing repression which ignited it. Corporate media reporting on Palestine, when it does happen, often obscures the issues. For instance, recent reporting in the New York Times and other outlets gives the impression that Israel has some claims at al-Aqsa. The reality is that Israel's presence there violates international law . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: Millions will invade and occupy when an earthquake demolishes es Sakhra, the Dome of the Rock as prophesied by Zechariah and Jesus.
A Picture paints a Thousand WordsAugust 4, 2017 — The Dow Jones hits a record high. The New York Stock Exchange margin debt reaches a record high. Complacency, as measured by VIX, the fear index, is at an all-time low. Don't people realise that when anything market-related is prefaced with 'record' or 'all-time' it's closer to the end, and NOT the beginning, of a trend? . . . Haven't US investors seen the chart? Or heard the saying 'a picture paints a thousand words'?
Apparently not . . . Extrapolation—projecting the past into the future—is one of the biggest mistakes investors make . . . Full story: Vern Gowdie
Comment: The red dotted line on this graph is actually how the Dow Jones Industrial Average has performed in 2017. Look at what's ahead. When the US share market falls hard from its historic high, shockwaves will be sent around the world.
In 1962 Brother Branham we are now spending taxes that'll be paid forty years from today. "When God sends forth a Message and . . . people . . . don't receive it, then He withdraws His servant and sends His plagues: famine, death, spiritually speaking, physically also. You watch for a depression, brother. You think you've seen something; you just wait after while. You haven't seen nothing" (Jezebel Religion, p. 22:100).
Sexuality and GenderFall, 2016 — Questions related to sexuality and gender . . . have also vexed American politics . . . written by Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer, an epidemiologist trained in psychiatry, and Dr. Paul R. McHugh, arguably the most important American psychiatrist of the last half-century . . . Examining research from the biological, psychological, and social sciences, this report shows that some of the most frequently heard claims about sexuality and gender are not supported by scientific evidence. The report has a special focus on the higher rates of mental health problems among LGBT populations, and it questions the scientific basis of trends in the treatment of children who do not identify with their biological sex. More effort is called for to provide these people with the understanding, care, and support they need to lead healthy, flourishing lives. Full story: thenewatlantis.com
Comment: From Genesis to Revelation gender equality is contrary to God and nature, and same sex relationships are abomination.
Christ's ParousiaThe power of words and languages leads one to "study diligently to present oneself approved to God as a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth," ever conscious that eternal Life derives not from what the "letter" states but what the "Spirit" means because eternal Life is "the mind of Christ in you".
Concerning Jesus Christ "Abraham rejoiced to see His Day" (John 8:56), "Moses esteemed the reproaches of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt" (Hebrews 11:26). And a thousand years before Mary conceived "David said I keep the Lord always in my mind, for He is at my right hand" (Psalm 16:8). While the "letter" of these words will mean different things to different people their revelation by the Spirit will be THUS SAITH THE LORD what He means (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8).
The world and especially denominational folk reproach us because we do not believe their trinity of gods and baptism by sprinkling in three Titles: they decry our Prophet, the Scriptural holiness of our women who dress modestly, are "keepers at home," obey their menfolk, and have uncut hair. Their reproach is our glory as it is a reproach against Christ Himself for which they must answer at the judgment (Matthew 12:31-32). Jesus said, "Blessed are you who are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for yours is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you, when men revile and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you" (Matthew 5:10-12).
Faith is understanding that takes command over one's mortal spirit and corruptible flesh, bringing them subject to the measure of the stature of the fullness of the anointed Word that is the Husband of our soul shining His glory in the darkness of this world.
Our New Testament was written in Greek and later translated into our English Bibles. The Greek language has many words with subtle distinctions in the expression of thought which are sometimes translated as one English word. This lack of biblical precision in our English Bibles has contributed greatly to the confusion regarding the nature and timing of Christ's Coming and the events that will occur in conjunction with that Coming.
Take for instance Jesus' cry in John 19:30: "It is finished" (Gk.) 'tetelestai' which means to bring to a close, complete, fulfil a commission and pay sin's price. The Messianic prophecy is accomplished; redemption is completed; "He has finished the transgression, made reconciliation for iniquity and brought in everlasting righteousness" for the Old Testament saints and those who have received the Pentecostal blessing (Daniel 9:24).
What makes Jesus' exclamation truly unique but is lost in translation is the Greek tense. He spoke in the Perfect tense, which has no English equivalent, and is a combination of the Present tense and the Aorist tense that is punctiliar: meaning something that happens at a specific point in time. The Present tense is linear: meaning something that continues on into the future and has ongoing results and implications. So what Jesus means is "It is finished and will continue to be finished to the end of the age".
The first element of the perfect tense: the Aorist, punctiliar, points to that exact moment in which the counsels of the Father concerning His sufferings were fulfilled, and all types and prophecies of the Old Testament pointing to the sufferings of Messiah, were accomplished. The shadow of the Law is abolished and the substance is come as in I Corinthians 13:10, "When that which is perfect [or complete—the fullness of the Word] is come (Revelation 10:1-7)], that which was in part [PART-Word and Christ's Mediation for ignorance of the fullness], will be done away," as it has been, because the work of man's redemption is complete and redemption is over (Hebrews 4:1-11).
The second element of Jesus' statement is the Present, ongoing, linear component of the Perfect tense that will continue until "It is done!" (Revelation 16:17; 15:8; and for Israel, Revelation 14:1-5, 12 – 15:4; 19:1-9). In Jesus' statement "It is finished" we have a declaration of salvation that is both momentary and eternal, Aorist and Present, linear and punctiliar as foreknown "from the foundation of the world," we now rest in the holy convocation of the antitype of the fiftieth day of Israel's Pentecostal feast pending the Seventh Trump and our full adoption (Ephesians 1:4-9; Romans 8:28-33; II Corinthians 5:9-21).
Christ comes only three times. His first Coming was through the womb of the virgin Mary who conceived by faith in the Word of promise and remained a virgin until after Jesus was born. As the last Adam, Jesus came to pay the wages of sin for all whose names are written in the Book of Life. Sin is unbelief in the revealed Word of God, the wages of sin is death, and the Book of Life is the genealogy of the first Adam. So long as the names of Adam's children are in that Book they are "saved" and will be granted into eternal Life at the White Throne Judgment. Those whose names are removed are lost. "As it was in the days of Noah" most are not in Adam's race owing to the original sin (Matthew 24:36; Genesis 6:1-4) and without redemption as our KINSMAN Redeemer is not the last Cain.
Christ's first Coming was a (Gk.) 'erchomai' or physical Coming to meet sin's price and redeem His Bride. Erchomai means to physically come, enter or arrive; ex-erchomai means to physically depart, exit or go.
His second Coming was a (Gk.) 'parousia' Coming to gather His Bride Home for the Wedding Supper in the air. Parousia means arrival and subsequent presence and not necessarily a physical coming. We might speak over the 'phone, and although I am in Hong Kong and you are in India, we would be in one another's presence. Similarly, were we to view film of Brother Branham He would have come into our presence yet we would not be in his presence. Thus Christ came back to earth in W_O_R_D form through the mouth of William Branham, the Prophet of Malachi 4:5-6 and Revelation 10:7 by the revelation of the Seven Seals, which was the "shout" of I Thessalonians 4:16. It is not Jesus the Man who has come but Christ the fullness of the Word. I Corinthians 13:10, "when that which is perfect and complete has come [by the opening and revelation of the Seven Seals], PART-Word and Christ's intercession for ignorance of the fullness will be done away".
The Church Age saints were all made up when the last one was baptized into the Pentecostal or Laodicean part of Christ's Body in 1963. The Bible is no longer sealed, yet millions of Anglicans, Lutherans and Presbyterians are impersonating the Sardis Church Age; millions more Methodists and Baptists are impersonating the Philadelphian Church Age, and millions in Pentecostal circles are impersonating Laodicea. These are all "good people," but God is looking for believers in "the present truth." As the Israelites rejected John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ's first Coming, and clung to their animal sacrifice and Babylonian theology, the Gentiles have rejected the forerunner to His second Coming and cling to their substitute Babylonian creeds and barren traditions, "crucifying to themselves the Son of God afresh" (Hebrews 6:6).
Having recognized the "shout" of I Thessalonians 4:16 the only way one can "see" Christ's second or 'parousia' Coming is through the eyes of Melchisedec and the "Voice of Christ the Archangel" whispering His amours to their heart.
After He takes us Home for the Wedding Supper in the Sky, He will gather the elect Israelites to the Land of the Covenant where they will receive the revelation of the Seven Trumpet mysteries. This will bring the nation to new birth in one day, all 144,000 of them. They will seal their faith in martyrdom as prescribed by Law and by the oath of their forefathers (Matthew 27:25).
These two Greek words 'erchomai' and 'parousia' have very different meanings, but both are translated "come" in our English Bibles. Herein lies the confusion of ministers and congregations who do not "study diligently to present themselves approved to God as workmen rightly dividing the Word of truth" (II Timothy 2:15); "proving all things and holding fast that which is good" (I Thessalonians 5:21) with "diligence to make their calling and election sure: hereby an entrance into the everlasting Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ will be liberally ministered" (II Peter 1:10-11).
For Christ's end-time Bride His parousia is limited to the space of about half an hour from the opening of the Seventh Seal to our translation (Revelation 5:5 – 6:17; 8:1; I Thessalonians 4:14-17; II Thessalonians 2:6-8). His parousia Coming to the 144,000 elect Israelites will also be in W_O_R_D form through the mouth of the two witnesses of Zechariah 4, Matthew 24:31 and Revelation 11, limited in duration to Daniel's Seventieth Week. Thus Christ's unrecognized parousia Coming to Israel will commence with the Seventh Trumpet (Zechariah 14:1-9; Matthew 24:31; Revelation 11:15) and continue to the vision of His parousia at the consummation of Life (Isaiah 11:4-5, 10 - 5:6; 63; Ezekiel 34:1-17; 39:17-29; Revelation 19:11-21). As Christ's end-time Bride did not begin to recognize His parousia to us Gentiles until about 1977, the elect Israelites will not recognize His parousia Coming to them until the second half of Daniel's Seventieth Week. The resurrection of their two witnesses, and subsequently our 144,000 martyred attendants, will be a later stage of the first resurrection.
Christ's third Coming will be the (Gk.) 'erchomai' physical return of the King and Queen to earth with the glorified Old Testament saints and the 144,000 elect Israelites to restore the Kingdom to Israel. His precious feet will not touch this earth until after the consummation of life which will leave the non-elect neither root nor branch. "We will tread down the wicked who will be nuclear ashes under the soles of our feet" (Malachi 4:1-3; Matthew 3:12).
Multitudes of these people believing denominational guesswork and the traditions of ministers who have rejected the Elijah of Malachi 4:5-6 will be slain in God's wrath (Revelation 13:15-18; 19:20) as the denominational Israelites who rejected the Elijah of Malachi 3 were slaughtered by His servant General Titus. The Israelites were looking for Messiah's first Coming according to the prophecy pertaining to His third Coming as a General to defeat and expel the Romans and restore the Kingdom to Israel. Today's denominations are looking for the second Coming according to the prophecy of His third physical or 'erchomai' Coming that cannot take place until after the consummation of life.
I suspect the difficulty some find in understanding the distinction between Christ's 'parousia' and 'erchomai' comings stems from the absence of a clear revelation of the true Oneness of the godhead. God is omniscient, knowing all things, past, present and future, and being all-mighty He is omnipotent. He is not, however, omnipresent. God is one Spirit Being, not two spirits, Father and Holy Ghost, and one Man, but as Jesus explained to the elect Samaritan woman at the well, God is One Spirit Being. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three offices or dispensation claims of the One Person of God who cannot be in two places at the same time anymore than you or me, but as He is omniscient and omnipotent He has the authority and ability of one who is omnipresent.
Were God omnipresent Cain could not have departed from His Presence, and both Cain and the Devil would be full of the Spirit. Now you might ask, if the Holy Spirit is One Being, how can He be in you, in me, and thousands worldwide? God's Word is Spirit in a form we can receive and carry in our heart by faith. Hereby God can manifest physically as the Pillar of Cloud or Fire, a Man, rock or whirlwind in one spot at one time, while those with a clear revelation of "the present truth" enable the 'parousia' of His Presence to manifest simultaneously in many different people and places. Thus by the Word of faith the One Person of God is manifest in the many-membered Body of Christ throughout the world and in heavenly places (I Timothy 3:16).
Four related Greek words are:
'Epiphanaea' which means appearing, brightness, or shining forth;
'Apokalupsis' which means revelation, exposing to understanding, uncovering or unveiling mysteries such as the last Book of the Bible, "The Revelation [(Gk.) Apocalupsis or unveiling] of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 1:1). Christ loosed the Seven Seals in Revelation 5:5 – 6:17 and descended upon Mount Sunset with the little Book open in His right hand as seven thunders roared. He commanded His Prophet, "Return to Jeffersonville where I will reveal the mysteries of the Seven Thunders"—your 'third pull.' From March 17, 1963 to December, 1965 it "finished the mystery of God" (Revelation 10:1-7). Soon "the manifestation [or apocalupsis] of the Sons of God" (Romans 8:19) will be the 'third pull' of Christ's end-time Bride, not for a public display, but to elevate faith in us for translation grace.
'Phaneroo' which means manifested to reveal in one's true character, and
'Pareimi' which means to be physically near, at hand, or present.
The emphasis of today's teaching will be on the word 'parousia'.
Matthew 24:1-3, "As Jesus was leaving the Temple precinct, His disciples came forward to point out the buildings of the Temple. But He said to them, Do you see all these buildings and their massive and durable appearance? I assure you, not one stone will be left here on another, that will not be thrown down. And as He sat on the Mount of Olives [overlooking the Temple], Peter, James, John and Andrew asked Him three questions privately:
- "Tell us, when will the Temple be thrown down"Jesus answered this question in Matthew 24:15-21, "When you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet stand in the holy place, understand this is the prophecy of Daniel 9:26 coming to pass, the people of the Roman prince [Titus] that will come [after My crucifixion] will overflow and destroy the city and the sanctuary as by a flood, and there will be warfare to the consummation of life" (Daniel 7:19-26). Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14 refer to the pennants of the Roman legions rising over the temple from the Mount of Olives, they bore the insignia of a red dragon signifying the holy place had fallen under the dominion of idolaters. So when they saw the Roman legions surveying Jerusalem from Mount Scopus the Christians fled to Pella in the Jordan valley and were saved. "Then shall be great tribulation such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be" (Matthew 24:1-3; 15-21; COD, p. 720:164).
- "And what shall be the sign of Your [parousia] Coming?"Jesus answered this question for the Church in Matthew 24:22-29. "And unless those days are shortened, there should be no flesh saved [for the translation]: but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened" [by the restoration of the apostolic faith and the revelation of the Seven Thunder Mysteries which brought Christ back to earth in W_O_R_D form (I Corinthians 13:10; Revelation 10:7; 16:15)]. The revelation of these mysteries is bringing Christ's end-time Bride to maturity in the unity of the faith for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation.
"Then [in the time of the shortening of days," which is Christ's (Gk.) 'parousia' Coming to us, His Bride, "descending from heaven with a shout, and the voice of Christ, the Archangel" (I Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 10:1-4)]. "If anyone says to you, Look, here is Christ, or there He is; do not believe them. For false Christs, and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders; so as to deceive the very elect, if it were possible. Behold, I have told you in advance. If they say to you, Behold, He is in the desert; go not forth: behold, He is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning comes from the east, and flashes even to the west; so shall also the [parousia] Coming of the Son of man be. For wherever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together." Jesus was speaking of the holy convocation of the fiftieth day of the antitype of Israel's Pentecostal feast, where we are feeding right now; we call it the Capstone Age.
Those without spiritual vision are looking for a man but He comes unseen "as a thief in the night"; those with eyes of faith see Him in the fullness of His Word for we are in His Presence. In these verses Jesus says "DO NOT LOOK FOR THE MAN, or even a man! God is Light: look for Light on the Word, the Light of revelation that shone in Jerusalem in the morning of the Gospel has circled the world and is restored in the evening time of the Gospel" (Zechariah 14:7; Malachi 4:5, 6b; Matthew 17:11; Revelation 10:7).
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days [of oppression by Jewry and the Judaeo-Roman Catholic church throughout the Gentile dispensation (I Thessalonians 2:14-16; Luke 11:52; Revelation 20:4)] the sun will be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light; the stars will fall from heaven and the powers of the heavens will be shaken" in the manifestation of the Sixth Seal and Seventh Trumpet and the outpouring of the Seventh Vial that ends the Gentile dispensation.
The Sign of Christ's parousia Coming to Israel is in verse 30: "And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming [erchomai] in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels [the two Israelite prophets of Zechariah 4; and Revelation 11] with a great sound of the [Seventh] Trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other [back to the Land of their Covenant for redemption]".
The Mount of Olives will be overshadowed by the Pillar of Cloud at Christ's unrecognized second or parousia Coming to Israel. The mountain will cleave in two demolishing the Dome of the Rock, the "abomination that [now] desolates the holy place" (Isaiah 29:6; Zechariah 14:1-5; Revelation 16:19). This event will ignite the invasion of Israel leading to the 'hot stage' of World War III, the utter defeat of the modern State of faux Israel, and the mass exodus of non-Semitic, anti-Semitic Israeli self-styled Jews, enabling the Israelites to safely return.
- "And [what will be the sign] of the end of the age?Matthew's Gospel is addressed to Israelites; the Sixth Seal is manifesting, the Seventh Trumpet has sounded and the Seventh Vial has been poured out. An earthquake has divided the Mount of Olives, demolishing es Sakhra, the Dome of the Rock, and the twenty-first century 'Moses' and 'Elijah' have been commissioned to gather the 144,000 elect Israelites to the Land of their Covenant. These signs confirm the end of Man's day and the beginning of the Day of the Lord as in Revelation 1:10 and 4:1.
Matthew 24:32-35, "Now learn a parable of the fig tree [Israel—not Jewry who display the rustling leaves of religious profession, sterile traditions of the Pharisees, and exhuberent chutzpah of vain words, not merely unfruitfulness but deceptiveness]; when his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer [and the harvest of 144,000 elect Israelites] is near [for the fig tree bears its fruit before its leaves]: you too, when you see all these things, know that the end is at the doors. Truly I say assure you, this Israelite race shall not be consumed until all these signs are fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall change but My Words will never change".
Earlier we said the Perfect tense describes an event that has happened and will continue happening until the end when its objective is completed. Our example was Jesus' cry from the Cross, "It is finished! He has finished the transgression, made reconciliation for iniquity," and that will continue until the restitution of all things in the renewed heavens and renewed earth (Acts 3:20-26).
Additional examples will help bring these prophecies into real time:
Ezekiel 39:6-8, "I will send a fire on Magog [Russia] . . . So will I make My holy Name known in the midst of My people Israel . . . and the heathen will know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel. Behold, it is come, and it is done . . ."
Revelation 6:10-11, the Fifth Seal Israelites under the blood of the Altar of Sacrifice "cried with a loud voice, How long, O Lord, holy and true, will you refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth? And they were assured of salvation at the White Throne Judgment and told that they should rest a little longer until their 144,000 elect brethren should also be martyred [in the second half of Daniel's Seventieth Week]."
Revelation 10:5-6, "And the Angel [Christ] which I saw place judgment upon Rome, the beast from the sea and upon her (once) Protestant image, the united States, the beast from the earth lifted up His hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be (Gk.) 'chronos' time no longer".
"Time is no more" for Christ's end-time Bride and the 144,000 Israelites; we are predestinated to receive the fullness of the Word by revelation of the Seven Seals or Seven Trumpet mysteries and were fully redeemed in Christ on Calvary. Since Revelation 4 and 5 were fulfilled in 1963 there has been neither sacrifice or blood on the altar, so when Christ took His Title Deed to redemption the martyrs under the Fifth Seal recognized Him as their kinsman Redeemer and demanded vengeance. His descent on Mount Sunset with the little Book open confirmed the Church Ages, His mediation and redemption are over. Israel will fulfil the sixfold purpose of Daniel's Seventieth Week as martyrs and appear with the Church in the vision of Christ's parousia Coming in judgment when Armageddon ends "the world that now is" (Revelation 19:1-21).
Revelation 12:12, "Rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea [apostate Christendom, Rome and her (once) Protestant US image); the Third Woe will commence with the 'hot stage' of World War III and end after Armageddon with earth's cleansing by nuclear fire]! For the Devil is come down to you [incarnate in Rome's pope], having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time [namely seven years]".
Revelation 15:8, "And the [heavenly] temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from His power; and no man was able to enter into the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels are fulfilled." Brother Branham will pour out the Seventh vial of jealousy on the non-elect church at the close of the Christian dispensation to distinguish the foolish virgins from the unbelievers and make-believers (Revelation 16:17). Then the resurrection and glorification of the sleeping Church Age saints and the manifestation of the Sons of God "who are alive and remain" will commence.
Revelation 16:17, "And [William Branham] the seventh angel poured out his Vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne breaking the "Silence in heaven" saying, It is done," as the Seventh Vial of God's wrath pours out upon the apostate world church system.
Revelation 21:6-7, "The seventh angel, William Branham, told John, It is done. [The perfect tense of Jesus' declaration, "It is finished," continues "to be finished" to the end of the age, through the millennium to the general resurrection and white throne judgment, until sin, sinners, history and anything that is an affront to God is cast into the Lake of fire where the pope and Satan are (Revelation 20:10). Then John (representing Christ's end-time Bride) sees New Jerusalem, Christ's Bride of all Ages "prepared as a bride adorned for her husband" descending from God out of heaven to a fifteen hundred mile high Mount Zion on the renewed earth. This will be "the restitution of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began" (Acts 3:20-26). "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of Life freely. He who overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son".
This will be the eighth day and eternity, the end that has no end.Having answered these questions, Jesus prophesied the world conditions "we who are alive and remain" have endured over the past fifty-four years of the rapture. This English noun (not found in the Bible) derives from the Latin verb 'rapio' which literally means "I catch up" "or "I snatch." The Greek verb is 'harpazo.' Jesus cites the days of Noah prior to the consummation by water as the type foreshadowing societal conditions preceding the consummation by nuclear fire (Malachi 4:1-3; Matthew 3:11-12; II Thessalonians 1:3-10; II Peter 3:1-10; Revelation 19:17-21).Homework: Parousia of I Thessalonians 4:16, The Parousia [Presence] of Christ
Matthew 24:37-39, The [parousia] Coming of the Son of man found a prosperous godless civilization of advanced scientific and engineering prowess: sensual, morally and criminally corrupt and violent, its besetting sin is miscegenation as it was in the days of Noah. Life continued unrepentant as usual until the day that Noah entered the ark, and knew not until the flood came and took them all away; as it will be in the [parousia] Coming of the Son of man (Revelation 3:15-20).
Noah preached for a hundred and twenty years, and continued preaching to those who could no longer be saved after God shut the ark. Much of our ministry is to souls that are in prison now, but here and there one is caught up into the revelation by the "shout" of the Prophet's Message, and the other is left behind. The world does not understand that the Lord has come and He is present now.
I Corinthians 15:20-23, "Now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of the Old Testament saints that slept. For since by man came death, by Man came also the resurrection of the dead (Matthew 27:50-53). For as in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in according to his Church Age: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His [parousia] Coming [in the first resurrection after the close of the Christian dispensation]" (I Corinthians 15:50-57).
I Thessalonians 4:14-15, "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the Word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the [parousia] Coming of the Lord shall not precede those who have fallen asleep".
II Thessalonians 2:1-9, "Now we ask you, brethren, regarding the [parousia] Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together unto Him [by the "shout" of I Thessalonians 4:16], that you do not allow yourselves to be upset by the rumour that the Day of the Lord has already begun".
Paul was refuting this ridiculous claim. The Day of the Lord will be "the day of vengeance of our God" proclaimed by Brother Branham's Message (Isaiah 61:2b; I Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9-10), and the day of Satan's [parousia] coming (II Thessalonians 2:9) to incarnate the pope after the resurrection and translation of Christ's Bride of all Ages. Not until then will that Wicked one be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and with the (Gk.) 'epiphenaea' brightness of His [parousia] Coming: even him [the pope], whose [parousia] coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders . . .
James 5:7-8, "Be patient therefore, brethren, until the [parousia] Coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits paitiently for the precious produce of the soil, until it receives the early and latter rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts: for the [parousia] Coming of the Lord
draws nearis here".
II Peter 1:16 conveys the same admonition, "We have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known to you the power and [parousia] Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty [on Mount Transfiguration]" (Matthew 17:1-8).
II Peter 3:4, 9-12 prophesies: "In the last days scoffers will come, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of His [parousia] Coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation . . . The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hastening to the [parousia] Coming of the Day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?"
I John 2:28, "And now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears (Gk.) 'phaneroo,' we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His [parousia] Coming". nl985.htm
Pass it on . . . please send this article to someone you knowBrother Grigor-Scott is a non-denominational minister who has ministered full-time since 1981, primarily to other ministers and their congregations overseas. He pastors Bible Believers' tiny congregation, and is available to teach in your church.